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I recently read “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” written by David Lagercrantz, the next installment in the Millennium series by the late Steig Larsson.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz (via Goodreads)

I loved the Millennium trilogy and thought it was brilliant and original writing. I was not happy to hear that someone else was writing a follow-up to the series which I felt was good enough to leave as it was intended by its creator Larsson. I was in two minds about reading it because I was curious as well as worried it would ruin it for me, but I eventually got around to reading it.

The blurb reads:

“She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .”

The plot is OK, although it took a while for me to get into it and one of the new characters seemed kind of boring until it emerges just how important he is. Blomkvist is having more problems with keeping his role at Millennium and desperately searching for a new story. Salander has her own issues to deal with but ends up helping Blomkvist bring the truth to light.

Lagercrantz has tried to keep their characters as alive and interesting as Larsson made them, but there’s still something missing. Salander is just not as unique as she was portrayed originally and seems a little too normal. The story is interesting eventually, but the problem seems resolved too easily and quickly and there are a few loose ends, maybe they are for building on in a new novel? He also killed off 2 characters just as they were getting interesting, which kind of ruined it for me.

The book did keep me reading until the end but it wasn’t anywhere near as special as the original writing. I give it 7/10 because it is well-written and you can see what the fuss is about, but at the end of the day, it’s a poor imitation of the greatness of Stieg Larsson.

I recently read “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.  

The blurb reads:

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…”

It is an interesting read and feels like a mixture of several things put together: one huge dollop of “The Hunger Games” (a dystopian world of segregation where people fight each other), a tiny pinch of “Twilight” (a girl discovers she has supernatural powers and is in her element), a bite of “Noughts and Crosses” (a world of segregation of the elite and the commoners) and a chunk of the X-Men (people born with special powers).

Mare is an interesting character who had no idea she was special and was just struggling through life knowing she hasn’t got a promising future. Then everything changes and her world becomes full of secrets and power struggles. There is plenty of promise in this novel, especially as it is the start of a series, although it’s not as good as “The Hunger Games” so far. It’s a good read and is fairly easy to follow. The ideas are intriguing with all the special powers and the fact that certain people have red blood and others have silver blood is quite weird.

It seems to end fairly quickly but if there’s more books to come then it isn’t too bad. I recommend it if you liked “The Hunger Games” as it’s got a lot of similar features but then that could be a downside to this novel!

I give this book 7 out of 10.

I recently read “He’s Just Not That Into You” by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.

“He’s Just Not That Into You” by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (via Amazon)

It is essentially a self-help book on relationships, with letters from readers about various aspects of dating and so on, with Greg and Liz replying to them. It’s mainly from Greg’s viewpoint, so using a man’s perspective on problems usually dealt with by a women. I got this copy free with a magazine years ago and never read it. I thought it might be interesting so I started reading it this week while off work. It’s really quick to read but it didn’t really teach me anything I didn’t already know!

I’m not sure how they managed to base a film (of the same name) on this book but I haven’t seen it and don’t intend to! I would probably not read it again and I’m not sure I’d recommend it!