Day 964: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Cover for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestI did an odd thing here. I saw that the third book of the Millennium Series was out in a graphic novel by Denise Mina, the terrific Scottish mystery writer, so I ordered it without looking for the other two (which I have since bought). So, I am reading and reviewing them out of order.

Thrust like this into the last volume and having not read the original books for several years, I had difficulty at first getting oriented. I especially had some problems with the multitude of characters, not realizing a cast of minor characters appears at the end. I remembered the general plot but not all the subplots. Still, this is not a problem for those who have read the series from the beginning.

Of course, the plot is the finale of the story of Lisbeth Salander, unjustly accused of murder of three people and of attempted murder of her own father, Zala. It is up to Mikael Blomkvist and the staff of Millennium Magazine as well as her other friends to try to help gather the evidence for her trial. In the meantime, the police are searching for her half-brother Niedermann, the scary murderer who can feel no pain.

The art and story line of this graphic novel are really fine, getting a bulky novel right down to its essence. This is the first time I’ve read the graphic novel for a book I’m already familiar with, and it made me contrast the two. I think the one thing a graphic novel loses is all sense of the original’s climactic moments. In particular, I’m thinking of two scenes: the one during the trial when Lisbeth finally speaks and the fight in the factory. The fight boils down several pages of suspenseful writing into a couple of frames. There’s no way to build up suspense similar to that of the novel. Still, my dabbling in this genre has made me feel it is an interesting one as long as I stay away from super heroes, which really bore me.

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5 thoughts on “Day 964: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

  1. Naomi September 6, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I didn’t know these were out in graphic form. Interesting! I wonder what they’re like for someone who hasn’t read the original books.

    • whatmeread September 6, 2016 / 11:19 am

      I think they might even be better for people who haven’t read the original books.

      • Naomi September 6, 2016 / 4:38 pm

        Oh good!

  2. Carolyn O September 7, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    I thought I was going to read these (the originals) and then never got around to it–maybe this would be a better way to go?

    • whatmeread September 8, 2016 / 9:50 am

      They’re certainly shorter. I think it would give you a flavor of the originals.

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