onsdag 30. desember 2009

On Luftslottet Som Sprängdes.



One never ceases to be stupid. Or change one's mind for that matter. Still sick, and I end up being awake through the night, to read a damn book... I thought I was done doing that, like 10 years ago.

The last book of Stieg Larsson's trilogy, it's time to wrap everything up. Ending up on trial for various things, Salander ends up more like a caged animal this time around, while cops and journalist characters of previous books get the more actionoriented stage. Murder happens, conspiracies unveiled, problem with the swedish legal system brought into the light, usual crime thingies, and in the same style as the two other Larsson books.

What was the immediate strongpoint was that it didn't really had any parts of it that felt very slowpaced, except the odd bit in the middle and perhaps the last 3 chapters or so. Less wasted character space with insignificant details about little used characters, making it more of a transfixing read. Rock solid character interactions, and some good details and intrigue, even the subplots being good, in other words the stuff I like put in a book.

On the other hand, some things bugs me. A couple of characters ends up being somewhat akin to superheroes (or supervillains), while the vast majority (even the "elite") seem complete dimwits. The odd person seems to fit the moderate resourcefull character type, so actually it felt even more silly than a fantasy novel here and there. Also the wordcount was stacking up, he makes my writing seem short and to the point sometimes... Sometimes getting a "didn't I just read a phrase or description just like that" and suchlike, which ended up being annoying.

But as usual, one cannot have everything.

Rated:
Entertainment: 9/10.
Thought Provoking: 3/10.

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