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Latest ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Novel To Be Released Next Week

Yes, the original author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its two immediate sequels is dead, but his stories live on.

As I reported earlier this year, the latest novel in the series was set to be released today. Now The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set to come out next week, September 1st. That’s the new official title for the book, written by David Lagercrantz.

While the book’s not out yet, several critics have reviewed it, and Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt. The latest novel follows Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist as they run from cybercriminals. The novel is getting good reviews, despite the controversy over the selection of who would finish writing it.

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New Book Coming in ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Series

The author of the series may have passed away more than a decade ago, but his work hasn’t stopped.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a sequel to Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series — which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — is due to be released in 35 countries later this year.

The Swedish publisher hired author David Lagercrantz to finish the story Stieg Larsson began writing before he died.

I first reported more than a year ago that the sequel, entitled That Which Does Not Kill, would be released in August 2015. Shockingly, it’s on time. The author finished it in November, and a release date is set for August 27th.

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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel On the Way

dragon tatooFor those of you who love Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, you’re in luck. A fourth novel in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (or Millenium) series is on the way.

According to Variety, the Swedish publisher of the books has hired an author to write another book in the series. Stieg Larsson, the original author, died in 2004. Larsson had begun to write the next book in the series before he died, but publishers say this fourth book will not include anything from that unfinished draft.

Publishers say author David Lagercrantz has signed on to write the next novel, which is expected to be released in August 2015.

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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Author Stieg Larsson Short Story To Be Published

A short story written by a young Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) that’s never been published in English is set to be released this winter.

According to The New York Times, the famous Swedish author — who wrote one of the most successful crime series in history (The Millennium Series) — will have a story published that he penned when he was just 17 years old. It will be part of a compilation of Swedish crime stories, entitled A Darker Shade of Sweden, due out in February.

The Swedish author died in 2004, but some of the other authors whose work is included in the series are Henning Mankell, Maj Sjowall, and Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson’s long-time girlfriend.

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‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Graphic Novel Coming Soon

Lots of news lately in the world of graphic novels! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will soon be available in the form of a graphic novel.

Like the series, it seems there will be three graphic novels, so there are plans for DC Entertainment to eventually release The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest as graphic novels. EW reported the news back in April, but now they’ve got a sneak peak at some of the awesome illustrations. Take a look here.

DC Entertainment is set to release The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel on November 13.

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Get The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with Movie Tie In for just $9.99

It was the first book in one of the most popular crime series of our time, and now it’s a major motion picture — and an Academy Award nominee.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo tells the story of a journalist hired to solve a 40-year-old murder case. But he can’t do it without a little help. That’s where the girl with the dragon tattoo comes — Lisbeth Salander — comes in. Her character stands out as one of the most intriguing and peculiar protagonists of our time. So before the Oscars get here, it’s time to dig into the book that start it all.

Now you can get the book in paperback with the movie tie-in for just $9.99.

You can also get the e-book for just $9.99.

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Movie vs. Book: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

****Spoiler Alert: Because so many people are familiar with the bestselling novel, the Swedish movie version and the American movie version, I felt no obligation to refrain from spoilers. They are included. Consider yourself warned.

It’s a story that begins when a well-known journalist is asked to investigate a 40-year-old murder mystery. But readers of the Millenium series know The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not just about journalist Mikael Blomkvist, but also his research assistant and computer-hacking friend/lover Lisbeth Salander.

Not only is this a murder mystery, but the beginning of one of the most adult relationships either character has ever had. They round each other out, thus helping to solve the murder of young Harriet Vanger, the niece of a wealthy Swedish entrepreneur.

The movie version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo follows the plot of the murder mystery in close detail. Blomkvist’s discoveries with the old photographs and Lisbeth’s research into the Biblical references in victim Harriet Vanger’s journals are played out in the movie. What’s changed here are some of the aspects of the characters’ personal lives.

For instance, in the novel, Blomkvist is much more of a playboy, sleeping with not only his co-worker, Erika Berger, and Lisbeth Salander, but also Cecilia Vanger, one of the many relatives of murder victim, Harriet. But the movie doesn’t acknowledge the sexual relationship between Cecilia Vanger and Blomkvist. The movie also leaves out the subplot about Lisbeth’s mother dying. The movie doesn’t feel lost without it — in fact, it’s very jam-packed — but it would have been nice to see that played out, if for no other purpose than to give viewers a glimpse into Lisbeth’s personal life.

Despite the relatively minor plot changes, the movie not only does justice to the book, but enhances it. The only problem I ever had with the novel is that keeping track of the Vanger family — and all the characters, really — grew to be exhausting. But seeing it onscreen and being able to put faces to names helped.

A few other highlights of the movie are the performances, the music, and the graphic scenes. Rooney Mara kills it as Lisbeth Salander, in the way she speaks, works, and even carries herself; and Daniel Craig as Blomkvist is a perfect fit — believable, smart, and sexy, just as I imagined Blomkvist to be. The strange and ominous music, written by Trent Reznor (The Social Network), helps to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The soundtrack is as uncomfortable and piercing as some of the scenes are.

David Fincher does not shy from the graphic style of the book, clearly portraying the scenes of Lisbeth’s sexual abuse and rape, her violence against her abuser, and the torture of Blomkvist at the end. I admit, I had to close my eyes for much of these scenes, and the rape had me so upset, I cried. As a woman, reading that scene was extremely difficult. But to see it played out onscreen was excruciating.

All in all, the power of the novel comes through on camera, and whether you loved the book or couldn’t quite get through it, the movie is definitely worth seeing — especially before awards season starts.

Get The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for just $9.

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Get Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy in Hardcover for Under $40

If you haven’t read Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy yet (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), you must take yourself out from that hole and get a copy. If you have read it, you know how thrilling and valuable this series is.

Set in modern-day Sweden, a journalist teams up with a troubled girl to crack mysterious, vicious crimes. But the girl with the dragon tattoo has a dark past of her own, and the story that ensues finds the two fighting for their lives.

Now you can get the entire trilogy – plus an additional book including essays by and about author Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004 — in hardcover for just $34.74. That’s a 65% savings.

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H&M To Offer Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Clothing Line

Anyone who’s ever read the Millenium trilogy (aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books) is entranced by the story’s heroine, Lisbeth Salander. She’s the badass most women wish they had the cajones to be. She’s strong, fierce, and doesn’t take no for an answer.

But if you’re having a hard time inheriting her strong attitude, it’s okay. Now you can wear her clothes. Sort of.

According to this article by the L.A. Times, H&M is launching a new line of clothing next month, inspired by the wardrobe of Lisbeth Salander. The trendy international clothing store was established in Sweden, where the Millenium series and its author Stieg Larsson are from. The chain plans to release the Salander line December 14th, a week before the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is due to come out in theaters.

Lisbeth Salander is described as a punk, gothic character, and it seems that’s what shoppers can expect from the line — lots of leather, pleather, and deep, muted colors.

Not only is it an amazing marketing strategy for the new movie, but it’s also the perfect kind of clothing for winter. Not to mention, it fits in seamlessly with what H&M already offers. I’m definitely checking out the new line. Will you?

 

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Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Recap: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third and “final” novel in the Millenium series. It picks up with the protagonist, Lisbeth Salander, being transferred to the hospital after she narrowly escapes death in the second novel. Salander spends the majority of the book in the hospital, healing and waiting to stand trial for the attempted murder of her father, Alexander Zalachenko. Nest  centers on the way in which Mikael Blomkvist (a reporter, who is also a good friend and former lover of Salander’s) furthers his investigation. With his investigation also comes revelations about The Section, the group within Sweden’s Security Police, or Sapo, that has been covering up illegal activity for some 30+ years.

Analysis: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is everything a last story in a trilogy should be. It ties up loose ends, gives the reader a desirable ending, and still leaves a bit of room for growth should the author  change his/her mind and decide to write more. (**In this case, Stieg Larsson wrote half of a fourth book before he died in 2004, but more on that later.)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is a direct sequel to The Girl Who Played With Fire. Whereas Fire explains Salander’s background and history to the reader, Nest reveals this information to the other characters. Salander is an undeniably jaded woman, but Nest confirms that she isn’t crazy. Her innocence is proven as the complicated web of lies, cover-ups, and murders unravels.

The best part of the book is learning about the Section – its function, power, and disregard for those hurt in the crimes they work to cover up. In Fire, we learn there are a bunch of rats, but we don’t care. In Nest, however, we learn how integral the Section is to the story. And let’s be honest. Audiences love a good story about a rat getting crushed. As a reader, one becomes more caught up in this plot than the fallout of the murders that happened in the second book.

The one downfall of the novel is the access Blomkvist gains regarding the police’s murder investigation. Yes, he’s a journalist and has the ability to investigate. But as a journalist myself, I know the police would never give media the access Blomkvist receives. Though one might say it makes sense because he is a part of the story being investigated, I don’t believe he’s so involved to be allowed to sit in on private meetings among the police and the Prime Minister.

MVP: Monica Figuerola. Figuerola is introduced in this novel as a Sapo investigator, assigned to look into The Section. The Section, of course, is made up of fellow officers, putting Figuerola in a tricky position. But she does her job successfully. We also learn Figuerola is a former bodybuilder. Herein lies her purpose: she is the anti-woman – a female with a male role. She takes charge and gets results. She’s actually a parallel to Salander, but a stable one. This is why we like her. (Plus, she sleeps with Blomkvist, and we’re jealous. )

**Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004. By then, he had written 3 novels and half of a fourth. His longtime girlfriend, Eva Gabrielsson, who has published her own memoir, could potentially publish the fourth. But right now, she has her own legal matters to contend with.

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