Stieg Larsson

Millennium Trilogy

The Millennium Trilogy consists of

-“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo“,

-“The Girl Who Played With Fire“, and

-“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest“.

A well prepared debutant 

Stieg Larsson began thinking about writing detective novels back in the early 90’s, according to co-worker Anna-Lena Lodenius in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Veckans Affärer. He had always been interested in particularly Anglo-Saxon literature and knew the works of Elizabeth George, Minette Walters and Sara Paretsky very well. He knew what ingredients a good detective story should have, and he even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers.

A regrettable refusal

As for his work as a journalist, his preparations for the series were thorough. Before he started writing, he had made a detailed synopsis for ten books. He started writing in 1997, and it was not until he had finished the first two books and had the third one under way thatmillennium trilogy he contacted a publisher in the summer of 2003. His first contact was with publisher Piratförlaget, which refused his script twice, perhaps the biggest mistake in Swedish publishing history. Instead, it was the publisher Nordstedts which got the opportunity to sign him in late 2003. With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer. The publishing rights were also bought by German and Norwegian publisher before it was even published in Sweden. During 2004 Stieg Larsson made minor adjustments to his two finished books and finished the third. When he died in November 2004, it was only a few months before the first book of the Millennium Trilogy was released to the Swedish audience and became an immediate success.

Pippi Longstocking as a source of inspiration

Kenneth Ahlborn, a former colleague of Stieg’s at TT, says in an interview with Veckans Affärer that Stieg got the idea for the character Lisbeth Salander after a discussion during a break from work. They were talking about how different characters from children’s books would manage and behave if they were alive and grown up. Stieg especially liked the idea about a grown up Pippi Longstocking, a dysfunctional girl, probably with attention deficit disorder who would have had a hard time finding a regular place in the “normal society”, and he used part those characteristics when he created lisbeth Salander.

  • “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo“
  • “The Girl Who Played With Fire“
  • “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest“

Screen versions of the Millennium Trilogy

It early became clear that the very popular books would be made in screen versions. In 2008 production began in Sweden, and the three books was shot back-to-back into three movies during the  following year. The three movies were given the same names as the books. They were received almost equally well, as for example evidenced by the inclusion of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo on The Vore’s 15 most suspenseful psychological thriller film list. In the Swedish versions, male actor Michael Nyqvist plays Michael Blomkvist, while Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander.

Meanwhile the books were a major hit all over the world and it did not take long for Hollywood to see the huge potential in the thrilogy. The legal rights for the novels were set between Columbia Pictures, Stieg Larssons brothers and father and Yellow Bird, the production company behind the swedish films. Production was put on a fast track and the the search to fill the roles started.

In the end Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were casted as leads playing Lisbeth Salander and Michael Blomkvist.

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936 comments on “Millennium Trilogy”

  • Martin AT says:

    I read all 3 books within 4 days in German and just want to say – THANK YOU for this exprience.

    - Martin AT,


  • Pieter, Belgium says:

    I Bought this book ( the girl with the dragon tattoo ) last week on an airport when I had a dead moment.

    I Can only suggest people with a hectic life one thing : Don’t buy it !!

    The book is quite fascinating to read, and i’ve finnished it in Three days, with meant almost no sleep in those three days, since I have a full-time job.

    I can’t wait until I have the copy of the Sequel, but I want start reading until I have some day’s of …

    - Pieter, Belgium,


  • Martin AT says:

    I read all 3 books within 4 days in German and just want to say – THANK YOU for this exprience.

    - Martin AT,


  • Charlotte says:

    I read the Millenium series in french & i really enjoyed it! Those books are amazing & hope that the movies will be representative of the books.

    - Charlotte,


  • susan says:

    I recommend it to everyone! I read the 3 books in a week in French. It accompanied me wherever I went, needless to say my husband didn’t hear me for a week. Now it is finished, I’m lost! Just as well not all books are that good. I live in Martinique the passage in grenada was very realistic and accurate. A must read

    - susan,


  • Estelle says:

    As I do not understand Swedish, I am reading the first novel in French: the story and its ramifications are just great! However, I am a little disappointed by the style and wonder if it is due to a poor translation. Maybe, the English version is better. Any comment on this?

    - Estelle,


  • Matti says:

    Reading the first book in Finnish and thoroughly enjoying it! One of the best crime novels I have read in a long time. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next installments :)

    - Matti,


  • Meic Sullivan-Gould says:

    Like others, could not put “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” down once past the set-ups of the principal characters; written with pace and clarity even if some of the plot devices were trite. I’ll be disappointed by the movie, when it comes.

    - Meic Sullivan-Gould,


    • Meic SullivanGould, says:

      get a life fool, the books are fiction

      - Tracee,


  • mark tarpila says:

    the books are fantastic, best reading ever.

    - mark tarpila,


  • Michael Percival says:

    I have just finished reading ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe that it is the best crime book I have read for many years and wait impatiantly for ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’

    - Michael Percival,


  • Therese says:

    I am so disappointed to hear that the second 2 books of the series won’t be out in English for so long. I have just finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English and it was really non-put-downable! Will they be released in the U.S. sooner? Some of of the language seemed to a little strange – the words chosen were sometimes somewhat irritating, so I’m also going to check to see if the second 2 books are available in German as my French isn’t good enough!

    - Therese,


  • wellwell says:

    you should learn swedish or something, feel bad for you who cant read the books for another couple of years. Finished the last one yesterday, and I thought i had been waiting too long…

    - wellwell,


  • Josephine Huys says:

    I read the first volume in english and like most people , just could not wait years to read the following two. Thanks god I am french and paid dearly for the next two in french then. But I was struck how awful and vulgar the translation is in French. Where you can say the english version is well written, the french one is just painful to read at times by its excessive familiarity of tone, when you know that people such as ministers, journalists or police staff just would Not be so vulgar. It certainly damages the sheer enjoyment of reading the most fantastic, clever and gripping trilogy ever written.

    - Josephine Huys,


  • Diana, London & Tarn-et-Garonne says:

    I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so much so that it is going to be our Book Club choice for September. Do any other readers have ideas/questions that we could use as a base for our discussion then? Any answers would be much appreciated!

    - Diana, London & Tarn-et-Garonne,,


  • M. Dalbec Canada says:

    Thank you to Josephine Huys. I was just wondering if the book was writen in Swedish or in English. I too am francophone and was wondering if I should get the book in french or english. Now I have my answer.

    Merci Mme Ruis

    - M. Dalbec Canada,


  • Harry, Liège, Belgium says:

    great fictions .. or are they?

    you can’t help it but you’re left with the drilling feeling that his heart attack may have been just that, an attack. from people without heart precisely.

    I wish somedoby, with guts and courage, could investigate further.

    - Harry, Liège, Belgium,


  • Animalin says:

    I am also upset with the name change from Men who hates women, to The girl with the dragon tattoo.

    I have read all 3 book in Swedish and I am on my 7th read through them.

    I susually read 10-15 books a month, but these just come back over and over.

    I am eagerly awaiting the US translations, so that my husband can read them… I am also worried that the translation won’t bring out the storyline as well as it could. (Swedish Lord of the ring is a sooze, while the original is amazing)

    Lets hope that won’t happen.

    - Animalin,


  • Claire Diament-Turner says:

    Is there a website where I can purchase the last 2 books of the triology in french? I have just finished the first book in French “Les hommes qui n’aiment pas les femmes” and I loved it, so I am looking to purchasing the last two in french as well. I would read them in english except that I will pass them on to my mother who only speaks french so it limits my choices of language.

    - Claire Diament-Turner,


  • alain thijs says:

    tu peux les trouver sur www.alapage.com. ou a la fnac ou sur le site www.fnac.com

    - alain thijs,


  • Lesley Neufeld says:

    I’m almost done with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to stand the wait until the release of Volume 2 in January !!!!! This could be one of the best reads ever. It’s so sad that there’ll never be a Volume 4, 5, 6 etc etc

    - Lesley Neufeld,


  • M.P., Mannheim, Germany says:

    Simply amazing. I skipped sleep to finish book #1. Not that i was an addicted reader, i just got hooked and now i am getting me the rest of the trilogy. An instant classic!

    - M.P., Mannheim, Germany,


  • bobby says:

    I have just finished

    the girl with the dragon tattooand it was really good. It was full of suspension

    - bobby,


  • Lena says:

    I just finished the second book in Swedish and just wanted to say to all of you who read the first book and anxiously anticipate the second one: the second book it’s even better, you’ll love it!

    I’m starting the third one now. Really sad that this is the last one.

    - Lena,


  • monika, munich says:

    just finished all 3 books – amazing thrilling – and soo sad to be finished. was living in the world of lisbeth and mikael – cant remember a book I was getting so much into it…..

    thank you stieg larsson!

    - monika, munich,


  • Danny Lee, London says:

    I have just finished “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” It was so good, I am considering learning Swedish rather than wait for the UK release of the next two. Mr. Larsson is the benchmark other writers should try adn live up to.

    - Danny Lee, London,


  • Mihai, Bucharest says:

    The girl with the dragon tatoo was recently published in Romania with a different name, Man who hate women; great book, really loved it, I do not understand though why Romanians have this bad habit of changing books and movies titles. I agree, it is much better than other countries where movies are doubled, but still I do not understand why some publisher would interfere with the title (well chosen or not) of a book.

    - Mihai, Bucharest,


  • Kate says:

    Mihai: the original title is “Man who hate women”. the only reason that the English title is different is that the English publisher changed it, maybe because the original title is rather strong? Anyway, your Romanian translation is closer to the original than the English one!


  • Alex says:

    grazie Stieg, il tuo libro è stata una bella sorpresa

    - Alex,


  • Francisco Valladares – Tenerife -Spain says:

    I have finished the “Man who hate women” in spanish. Is a very big novel. I hope the next “The Girl Who Played With Fire”.

    - Francisco Valladares – Tenerife -Spain,


  • Mihai, Bucharest says:

    thanks, all apologies to the Romanian publisher.

    - Mihai, Bucharest,


  • Andrea, Siena says:

    Ho letto che il 3° sarà pubblicato in Italia entro la fine di quest’anno! Lo aspettiamo tutti

    - Andrea, Siena,


  • Giosuè, Genova says:

    Qualcuno sa se il 3° libro della seria è già uscito in italia e se no, quando arriverà? Grazie!

    - Giosuè, Genova,


  • song Jang says:

    I am in the middle of reading US release of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and fell in love with this book. What a story, what a astonishing style of writing! Then I found out the author passed away 4 years ago. What a loss! All these useless people remain alive in this world and we lost a noble, talented thinker… It’s sad.

    - song Jang,


  • c johnstone says:

    Well have just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I am absolutely hooked!! Cannot wait for the next one. Am gutted I need to wait till January 2009. Well done Stieg, book is absolutely brilliant.

    - c johnstone,


  • L.Diechle says:

    Well I have all the books in Swedish, yeahy for me…. For once! am in trance reading the second one. Don’t know why they change that first tile from “Men That Hates Women” in Swedish to “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” In English??? And Lisbeth “jävla hönan Salander” is my new hero….and also feel very sad that such a man of talent is dead…

    - L.Diechle,


  • s. dixon says:

    Just finished first book and loved it, can’t wait to read The Girl Who Played with Fire. I read it in English, very good.

    - s. dixon,


  • Elly-Romania says:

    i read first book and i was so sad cause it’s have only 678 pag is a very interesting book

    - Elly-Romania,


  • Kara Petersen- Seattle, WA, USA says:

    Just finished “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Anxiously waiting for the release of the English translation of “The Girl Who Played with Fire”.

    - Kara Petersen- Seattle, WA, USA,


  • Kobe, Manchester says:

    I recently, and purely by chance stumbled onto Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, and the only thing I can say is that i absolutely loved every single moment of it and it was a pleasure to read.

    - Kobe, Manchester,


  • Adriana-Romania says:

    I have just finished ‘Man Who Hate Women’ and I am expecting ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’. A brilliant book and I am sorry that the author passed away, it is a lost for the readers. Thank you Mr. STIEG LARSSON.

    - Adriana-Romania,


  • TS. Chantilly, VA. USA says:

    I’ll be finished with the girl with the dragon tattoo tomorrow and must say how much I enjoy it. I read the english version and love it. Can’t wait for the other two. Now I want to get map and visualize where these cities/towns are in Sweden.

    - TS. Chantilly, VA. USA,


  • Malin says:

    There is a book called “Men who hates women, and women who loves them” already out on the US market…. and there was a fear that people would be stupid and think it was part of the en are from Mars books…

    I still don’t understand why they have thrown in a family tree of the Vangers family before they have been introduced and why the maps over Hedeby are gonen from the English translation. Why keep using the characters last names all the time instead of their first names?

    Malin, US/Sweden

    - Malin, US/Sweden,


  • M.-A. Amiot says:

    Just finished reading The Girl Who Played with Fire. I couldn’t tear myself away from this unusual and well constructed novel. Although I think the descriptions are sometimes too long and often overwhelming with too many details, the story is riveting and mesmerizing. Good job! I am not looking forward to reading the last of this trilogy as I know there will be no other.

    - M.-A. Amiot, Montreal,


  • Aurelie says:

    I have already read the ‘The girl with the dragon tatoo” and just finished “The girl who played with fire” and they are just the best books ever. I cant wait to buy the 3rd and last one… (the 3 of them have already been released in French… Lucky me !!!). These books are so good, as soon as you start reading you just can’t stop. Love it. Thank you Stieg Larsson…

    - Aurelie, Sydney,


  • Nick says:

    I have read the first one, reading the second and will read the third. There are sooooo good

    - Nick London,


  • teresa artigas says:

    magic book !!

    - teresa artigas,


  • Alba, Portland says:

    I was reading the comments and it seems that both the English and French versions are not that great. Since I don’t know Swedish, my only option left is Spanish… I haven’t seen any comments regarding the Spanish version; any good?

    Thanks

    - Alba, Portland,


  • Nancy says:

    I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo and loved every minute of it. Is Salander only in this novel? What happened to Larsson? He looks so young.

    - Nancy/ Montague,


  • Nancy/ Montague says:

    I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo and loved every minute of it. Is Salander only in this novel? What happened to Larsson? He looks so young.

    - Nancy/ Montague,


  • Margaret/Minnesota says:

    I just finished the 1st book, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” I didn’t know it was a trilogy. I can’t wait until ” The Girl who Playe dwith Fire” is out. I need more Salander.

    - Margaret/Minnesota,


  • Mona says:

    I just love the books. I couldn’t put the books down.

    - Mona / Norway,


  • Caterina / Italy says:

    I read both the books when I was on holidays last summer. I couldn’ t stop reading because they were really exciting. I think Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are better than Kurt Wallander.

    - Caterina / Italy,


  • Caterina / Italy says:

    I read both the books when I was on holidays last summer. I couldn’ t stop reading because they were really exciting. I think Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are better than Kurt Wallander.

    - Caterina / Italy,


  • Carlos Nobre says:

    I´ve read the first book of Millenim series in portuguese “Os homens que odeiam as mulheres”. The title follows the swedish original, which doesn´t happen with “The girl with the dragon tatoo”, in the english translation. The secon one, I´ve read in french “La fille qui rêvait d´un bidon d´essence et d`une allumette”, in just a few hours. It´s hard to put down such a thrilling story. Although I find the portuguese translation better than the french one, I have no alternative, and I´m starting “La reine dans le palais des courants d´air”. Just start. Forget traditional detectives: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvisk blow them all up.

    - Carlos Nobre,


  • Phil, from Sweden says:

    The first book is called “Men who hate women” in swedish. I read that book a few weeks ago and thought it was very good. I am curious as to why its called the girl with the dragon tattoo in english since I dont recall anything to do with a dragon tattoo in the swedish version. Anyone any ideas ? Is the title refering to Elisebeth or Harriet ?

    - Phil, from Sweden,


    • Ayman fayad, says:

      i agree

      - adrian,


  • Jolien, the Netherlans says:

    I already read the first 2 books and I am now reading the 3rd one (released on oktober 10th in Holland). The 3 books are absolutely fantastic. The best books I’ve read in a long time.

    - Jolien, the Netherlans,


  • Constance/ New York says:

    I finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night at 2:00 a.m. I couldn’t wait to get up this morning and order Girl who Played with Fire, only to find it is not available until January!!!!

    - Constance/ New York,


  • Caterina says:

    I think that the english title is because Lisbeth has a big dragon tattoo on the back.

    - Caterina / italy,


  • Joan M. Gaus says:

    Loved “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Thanks, Joan

    - Joan M. Gaus,


  • Romaric/ NYC says:

    Amazing !!!!

    Finished the Trilogie and I just want to read it again !!!

    When is the Movie coming out ??? lol

    - Romaric/ NYC,


  • Michelle says:

    The plot of this book really shocks me and occupies my thinking!

    I am expecting the rest stories of this series!

    - Michelle,


  • Sheryl/ Rockingham, Western Australia says:

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read. It’s not the norm for me, but I could not put it down. I read this within 24 hours of starting it!! I can hardly wait for the other two books to be released.

    - Sheryl/ Rockingham, Western Australia,


  • Margo says:

    Brilliant!

    - Margo,


  • Howard Jones says:

    Am in Sweden visiting my son. Read the first in English in a couple of days. Couldn’t put it down. Bought the next two in Swedish because I don’t want to wait for the translation. Brilliant piece of suspense. Shame Stieg is not around to appreciate the fruits of his labour.

    - Howard Jones,


  • Jnunes says:

    Just finished the first tittle when I find out it was part of 3. I am looking hard for the other 2 but in portuguese of course!

    - Jnunes,


  • carolyn farrar, Austin, Texas says:

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a terrific book–and I can hardly wait for the next two to come out in English. The translator did a great job. I loved the humor and the quirky personalities. Such a loss to the world of crime fiction that there will not be more!

    - carolyn farrar, Austin, Texas,


  • Jnunes says:

    Just finished the first tittle when I find out it was part of 3. I am looking hard for the other 2 but in portuguese of course!

    - Jnunes,


  • Tanja says:

    I just read the first two in French, an I got a bit tired of the word “foutu”, until I though it must’ve been “jävla” in swedish, can someone confirm that?

    - Tanja,


  • Jon Brt says:

    Like the first taste of heroin, the fix is in and I need, need more!

    - Jon Brt,


  • Annerose says:

    Just finished “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”. Made it last longer, because I did not want it to end. Can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy. It is really sad that Stieg Larsson died so young.

    - Annerose, New Jersey,


  • Annerose says:

    Just finished “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”. Made it last longer, because I did not want it to end. Can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy. It is really sad that Stieg Larsson died so young.

    - Annerose, New Jersey,


  • Cheryl Na says:

    so mysterious and so gorgeous. I really love this fantastic stories and who wrote them.

    - Cheryl Na, Seoul,


  • Susan says:

    What a wonderful writer and what a great book! I just finished ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and am anxious to now read the next two. Larssons’s writing is pure joy. The way he layers stories within the book and brings it all to a compelling climax is nothing short of brilliant. So sad to lose a talent like his.

    - Susan / California,


  • Susan says:

    What a wonderful writer and what a great book! I just finished ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and am anxious to now read the next two. Larssons’s writing is pure joy. The way he layers stories within the book and brings it all to a compelling climax is nothing short of brilliant. So sad to lose a talent like his.

    - Susan / California,


  • CG says:

    Just finished reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. What a great book! Looking forward to the next one but sad to know that we have lost such a great writer. Well done to Reg Keeland too – I hope the English didn’t screw up his original edit too much.

    - CG,


  • Katy says:

    I read all three of these books in German and I’ve to say that I absolutely loved them. The story had hands down some of the best character developments I’ve read in a long time. I learned about new insights into the human psyche, especially men’s. I was sad when it all ended

    - Katy / Portland,


  • Austra/Perth Australia says:

    Finished the third one today!Brilliant! I read them in French. I am very surprised that these were not translated into English earlier. I am spreading the word in Australia, not sure it is available here yet.

    - Austra/Perth Australia,


  • L. P. Old, Finland says:

    I finished the third and final book yesterday, and I must say that these books were quite special. I thought the middle one wasn’t quite on the same level as the others (too many convenient coincidences), but it was still good, and the last one left me quite satisfied.

    I was surprised to on the web today that there would have been more to come. Fortunately for us there is a real feeling of closure in the third book. It would have been devastating if the third one would have ended on a hanging note like the second one.

    Note: The original names of the three books directly translated would be: “Men Who Hate Women”, “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “Cloud Castles that Exploded”.

    - L. P. Old, Finland,


  • Jessica, Houston, Texas says:

    I just finished the first book, and can’t wait to read the other two. However, the second one won’t be released in the US until August 2009. So I’ll just have to wait… Truly great writing!

    - Jessica, Houston, Texas,


  • Jessica, Houston, Texas says:

    I just finished the first book, and can’t wait to read the other two. However, the second one won’t be released in the US until August 2009. So I’ll just have to wait… Truly great writing!

    - Jessica, Houston, Texas,


  • Darius says:

    Does anyone know where and if it is possible to order “The Girl Who Played With Fire” in January from the UK even though I live in the US, since the US version won’t come till August? Thanks!

    - Darius,


  • eljot says:

    Strange, there is no one from Poland so far writing comments. In Polish the title is “the original”: “Men who hate women” Brilliant book!

    So short unfortunatly :-)

    It’s a shame we have to wait so long for the rest of the series. Or I start to learn Swedish?

    - eljot,


  • Ed, Montpellier, FRANCE says:

    How unfortunate that the woman on the English book cover looks so unlike what’s waiting inside… Tiny dragon tat, squeaky-clean, not a hair out of place, sanitized… Where’s Lisbeth Salander gone? She’s definitely there on the covers of the 3 excellent French translations…

    - Ed, Montpellier, FRANCE,


  • OFR says:

    “Girl with the dragon tattoo” is one of the best novels I have read. I look forward to the other two books in the trilogy!

    - OFR,


  • Alexandre Santos / São Paulo / Brazil says:

    I´ve just read the first book in portuguese “Os homens que odeiam as mulheres”. The title follows the swedish original, which doesn´t happen with “The girl with the dragon tatoo”, in the english translation. Now, all I can do is to wait for the second book here in Brazil. Lisbeth is a very special girl!

    - Alexandre Santos / São Paulo / Brazil,


  • Katie Mitchell NZ says:

    I could not put The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo down after initially finding the book difficult to get into!!! However what a fantastic read and I can’t wait for the next 2 books in the trilogy to be translated into English. These books are almost worth learning Swedish for!!!

    - Katie Mitchell NZ,


  • Chris, Australia says:

    I think the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is terrible! Because it’s so intriguing that I had to read it straight through all in one sitting and I work from home and so I didn’t work all day….

    I can’t believe I have to wait a year for the Girl who played with Fire! It’s outrageous!

    - Chris, Australia,


  • Barb, MO, USA says:

    Darius, you can usually order from AmazonUK.com. I can’t wait either, so that is what I intend to do. Really great book. Glad I didn’t put it down after the beginning, which I often do if I am not grabbed with the first few pages.

    - Barb, MO, USA,


  • Mila says:

    I loved the first book and can’t wait for the pre-ordered second book to arrive in January. It’s such a loss that Stieg Larsson passed away so young! He, just like Henning Mankell, did show the world the beauty of Sweden and the people of the country as well as their problems and fears. It helped me to see that country from a new angle.

    - Mila, London,


  • Chris F says:

    Just finished first novel and really found it absorbing – characters strongly believable and as ever seemed to be people i know or have met. Want second book immediately ….

    - Chris F,


  • George S., S.F., California says:

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo wasn’t what I expected, but hit the spot with me as I raced through it. I was waiting for someone to pick up where Henning Mankell’s Wallander series left off, and this does it. Suspense, intrigue, information and a real message. Somehow these Swedish writers have a knack for entertaining and informing at the same time.

    - George S., S.F., California,


  • Serena M. says:

    I’m in the middle of the second novel, The Girl who played with fire. Believe me, it’s also more involving then the first one: Lisbeth is a great character, and so Mickael. I’m already looking forward to get the third one, and it’s terrible to know that there will never be a fourth one…

    - Serena M., Florence, Italy,


  • Lil, Germany says:

    This books are brilliant….the characterisation is so detailled and inspiring….the most addicting books I have read in the last years! the german versions are already out and i am looking forward to buy the 3rd one…..maybe even today!but definitely before x-mas. I envy you guys who start off reading now…

    - Lil, Germany,


  • Maria Riesco Spain says:

    I have not been able to stop reading the girl with the dragon tatoo. compulsive reading.

    - Maria Riesco Spain,


  • Maria Riesco Spain says:

    I have not been able to stop reading the girl with the dragon tatoo. compulsive reading.

    - Maria Riesco Spain,


  • Frank says:

    First book excellent. Can not believe I have to wait for the American version. doesn’t quite seem fair.

    - Frank,


  • Jackie Clarke Rep of Ireland says:

    Cant wait for english translation of ‘The Girl who played with Fire’ to catch up with the adventures of Lisbeth Salander———she is addictive

    - Jackie Clarke Rep of Ireland,


  • Su, South Africa says:

    I started two days ago with “The girl with the dragon tattoo”, can’t put the book down. I’m already on page 424, and getting anxious because I don’t know where to find the second book… Brilliant book, best book that I have read this year. Got the book because I have a dragon tattoo….

    - Su, South Africa,


  • Julia, Australia says:

    I accidentally bought the first in the series a few months back and LOVED it! I finished it in 2 days and went on to tell all my friends about it who have now also read it. By accidentally i mean that I knew nothing about the book and had never heard of it, but the cover and back of the book looked intriguing so I decided to give it a shot. It’s by far one of the best books I’ve EVER read and the first one that I actually recommended to my friends (before they recommended me books).

    I’ve just arrived home from christmas shopping where I again accidentally stumbled across the second installment and bought it as soon as i could. I thought it wouldnt be released until january 2009 but i guess i was wrong. Now I have something to keep me busy till christmas! I LOOOOOVE this series!!!! Can’t believe we’ll have to wait till january 2010 until the 3rd installment! buhuuuu :-(

    But seriously, what a talented, talented writer he was!

    - Julia, Australia,


  • Patricia Knight, Sydney Australia says:

    I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo while in Paris last year. I could not put it down and I lent it to a friend who was staying with me and she would not stop reading until she finished it also. I have been trying to get the other two books but they are not available in Australia. I heard a book review which said the other 2 would be released 2009-10. Is this correct?

    - Patricia Knight, Sydney Australia,


  • Suzanne Zeitouni, USA says:

    In the first book, Blomkvist makes reference to Lennart Hyland’s Rhyming Alphabet….is this a real book? I tried to look for it on the net

    - Suzanne Zeitouni, USA,


  • Suzanne Zeitouni, USA says:

    In the first book, Blomkvist makes reference to Lennart Hyland’s Rhyming Alphabet….is this a real book? I tried to look for it on the net

    - Suzanne Zeitouni, USA,


  • Lorena, Australia says:

    I can’t remember being so engrossed in a book like I was with ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’. And now am just taking a breather to cook dinner before returning to ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’, I dont think I’ll be getting much sleep tonite! Thanks to my fabulous in-laws in Stockholm for sending me both these books. Am hopefull the third will be translated to English sooner what has been reported. RIP Stieg Larsson and may his partner receive what she is entitled to.

    - Lorena, Australia,


  • Colleen (South Africa) says:

    Lennart Hyland’s Rhyming Alphabet. Is this printed? Can’t seem to locate it. The only referende I’ve encountered is similar frustration from others.

    - Colleen (South Africa),


  • robert says:

    “Stieg Larsson described his writing as his “pension fund”

    Somewhere in the discussion boards somebody wrote that after his death, his family took over everything, leaving his wife with nothing. Is this true?

    Excellent writer, by the way.

    - robert,


  • Karoline says:

    Yes, that it true.

    He wrote a testament (will) where he said that his girlfriend of many years should get everything. But he had no witnesses when he wrote it, so it isn’t legal.

    His brother and father took everything, and never followed Stiegs wishes from the will. Very sad!

    - Karoline,


  • Daniela Schubnel da Silveira, Brasil says:

    I have just finished the first volume of Milleninum, translated to brazilian portuguese as “The men who didn’t love women”, and I am just craving for the other two books, but the editor doesn’t know yet when it will be released!

    What a shame!

    I am just in love with the story and very well impressed by the author! He is such a wonderful writer, with such great ideas and an astonishing talent to tell stories!

    Too bad that he didn’t live to witness his success.

    This is just to share with others my love for the book-story-author and to hopefully make some pression to the brazilian editors to release the other volumes as soon as possible! Otherwise I will try buying them in english….

    - Daniela Schubnel da Silveira, Brasil,


  • Felix says:

    Oh mon dieu, the titles in French are much more poetic than the english ones. I wonder what the literal translation would sound (from swedish)

    - Felix,


  • John says:

    From Australia. I have just finished reading the The Girl with the dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire and found them to be fascinating stories. Can someone please end my misery and give me hope that I won’t have to wait 12 months to be able to read Castles in the Sky

    - John,


  • Graça Proença says:

    Amazing suspense on a hyper realistic story, especially now 2008/009, cause it looks so real. I’m also looking to read the 2nd book

    - Graça Proença,


  • Jessica Higgs says:

    I’m a high school sophomore and I loved this book! It was so descriptive and had a wonderful story! The ending was GREAT. I can’t wait to read the next ones!

    - Jessica Higgs,


  • Nancy Jones says:

    Ij ust finished ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and am looking forward to the next two books in the series. Lisbeth is much like Mallory in Carol O’Connell’s books–another series that I love. I am so sorry that Larsson’s talent was taken from us so soon.

    - Nancy Jones,


  • Tine Årnes Sandaker says:

    The literal translation to all three books:

    1. Men who hates women.

    2. The girl who played with fire.

    3. The Skycastle that blew up.

    - Tine Årnes Sandaker,


  • Nancy Jones says:

    Ij ust finished ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and am looking forward to the next two books in the series. Lisbeth is much like Mallory in Carol O’Connell’s books–another series that I love. I am so sorry that Larsson’s talent was taken from us so soon.

    - Nancy Jones,


  • d says:

    I have read the girl with the dragon tatoo and the girl who played with fire. what is name of third book in trilogy.

    - d,


  • Michelle McKenzie (Australia) says:

    Just finished the first book. Thought it was going to be lame as it was a gift from my mother-in-law. Boy wasI wrong – a fantastic story that I just couldn’t put down once I got started.

    - Michelle McKenzie (Australia),


  • Marie N. Ireland says:

    I have just completed the second book in the Millenium series, and I found them both amazing.

    I cannot wait for the third novel.

    This man’s early death was so unfair. However, he has left behind amazing books for the world to enjoy.

    Thank you Stieg.

    - Marie N. Ireland ,


  • Johan DG, Antwerp, Belgium says:

    My wife and myself read the three books in about a week. Sometimes untill 3 am.

    By far the most entertaining and interesting read we had in years. As good as the Berlin trilogy (philip Kerr) or more recent ‘Child 44' (Tom Rob Smith).

    Top quality thrillers!!!!

    - Johan DG, Antwerp, Belgium,


  • Steven, Belgium says:

    First book in years that I could not put down. Wish I could read the original text. Was sad when I learned that Stieg had passed away too soon.

    Thank you.

    - Steven, Belgium,


  • Itxaso says:

    I ´m from spain and I have just finished the second one, does anyone know when the third one will be publised?

    thanks and see you soon

    - Itxaso,


  • Kristina, San Diego says:

    Finished the first one in the wee hours last night as I couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the second one to come out in the U.S.

    - Kristina, San Diego,


  • Inga (Warsaw, Vienna) says:

    Fantastic stories! the first part I read in polish (3 days), the second one in english (for me it was the better one, 4 days) and the third one I have in german only – thats really a pity, as I dont know german yet :) but now am highly motivated to learn it quickly! Its really unfair that such a brilliant author passed away…

    - Inga (Warsaw, Vienna),


  • Daryl, (Darwin) Australia says:

    The first two books in the Millenium series are sensational! I wonder whether Lisbeth is modelled on a real person. If, so, boy would I love to meet her!

    - Daryl, (Darwin) Australia,


  • Daryl, (Darwin) Australia says:

    The first two books in the Millenium series are sensational! I wonder whether Lisbeth is modelled on a real person. If, so, boy would I love to meet her!

    - Daryl, (Darwin) Australia,


  • ClaudiaSchwarz@Web.de says:

    Gibt es das Buch “Verblendung” auf Italienisch? Wenn ja, wie lautet der Titel?

    Does the book “The girl with the dragon Tattoo” exist in Italian? If so, what is the title?

    - ClaudiaSchwarz@Web.de,


  • Vanessa (France) says:

    I got the box with the 3 books last Xmas (in French)-what a fantastic present!!!- and I am nearly done with the second one which is brilliant.

    I understand that the author’s former partner has the manuscript of a 4th and final book?

    - Vanessa (France),


  • Manuela C. says:

    The Italian version of “The girl with the dragon tattoo” is called “Uomini che odiano le donne”.

    - Manuela C.,


  • Jo C, Australia says:

    I love the books too. How is it that some people are saying they have read all three books when only two have been released? Are there advance copies?

    - Jo C, Australia,


  • Julia Justina says:

    I’ve just read the first two books and loved them. I’m horrified to learn that I will have to wait till next year for a UK release of the third book …

    Does anyone know if there is an English language edition of the third book available anywhere else (like the US)?

    JJ

    - Julia Justina,


  • Jo C, Australia says:

    I love the books too. How is it that some people are saying they have read all three books when only two have been released? Are there advance copies?

    - Jo C, Australia,


  • J says:

    i just picked up this book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, ndomly from a bookshop. It’s amazing and love. Now i’m searching for the remaining of Milleniem series…..

    - J,


  • didier Bourguignon (France – Antony) says:

    The series was my christmas’s gift and I am about to finish the 3 part. I feel sad to end it and to loose contact with the characters… but that’s life !`

    reading these books was a real pleasure.

    - didier Bourguignon (France – Antony),


  • KG says:

    I’ve read all 3 books (danish translation), they are amazing. Love them so much, I just started reading the first one again.

    - KG,


  • Suze (England) says:

    I have just finished the first book (in two days), the second one will be started as soon as it arrives. I can’t believe we will have to wait until 2010 to read the third one (in English).

    - Suze (England),


  • Suze (England) says:

    I have just finished the first book (in two days), the second one will be started as soon as it arrives. I can’t believe we will have to wait until 2010 to read the third one (in English).

    - Suze (England),


  • Marie ( Australia) says:

    My brother sent me Millenium1 for Xmas ( in French) and I have just discovered after reading it in one weekend, that it’s called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Can’t wait to read the next one but I too can’t believe the entire trilogy wasn’t translated and published any sooner in English . I will eagerly wait for my brother to send me the 3rd volume!

    - Marie ( Australia),


  • Emily Kshanti says:

    I just finished the 2nd book (it also took me two days!) feel lost without the characters, can’t believe i’ll have to wait until next january for the next one but at least then i’ll REALLY be looking forward to it. I had to wait a year for the 2nd one and it didn’t let me now. Best books i’ve read in a very long time.

    - Emily Kshanti,


  • David Gold,Sydney Australia says:

    I read the first book in one day as it was so captivating and I was hooked. Went to bed at 4 am and was a zombie next morning. The “Fire” book was even more enthralling and I could feel every part of emotion, passion and pain but above all the intrigue. I cannot wait for the final trilogy in English and ask ” please hurry up”. Stieg leaves Jeffrey Archer and all others, so way behind. Sad he is no longer with us! Will miss his writing so much. thankyou Stieg.

    - David Gold,Sydney Australia,


  • Phil – Haywards Heath, England says:

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent story that draws you in and keeps you there right tot he very end.Looking forard to reading the girl who played with fire. – Phil

    - Phil – Haywards Heath, England,


  • José M. Bigas (Madrid – Spain) says:

    I have read books #1 and #2 in Spanish in 2-3 days each, after full day job. Really appealing, impossible to leave before finishing. I will have to get #3 in French, or I will run crazy of waiting for it to be published in Spanish (May 09 seems to be the deadline).

    - José M. Bigas (Madrid – Spain),


  • Mike McPhee Perth Australia says:

    I read “Dragon Tattoo” on a flight from Dubai to Perth only interupted by meals. I managed to find “Played with Fire” a few days later and again read it over night. It is a shame Stieg has gone because he is a great story teller. It is almost as big a shame that the third wont be released in English until 2010…

    - Mike McPhee Perth Australia,


  • Laurie Lacombe, Canada says:

    I just finished reading “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. What a great way to spend a quiet Sunday..excellent book!!

    - Laurie Lacombe, Canada,


  • Tracy (Barnsley sth Yorkshire says:

    I bought the girl with the dragon tattoo last summer when my husband was workin in london i went with him for along weekend bought the book for the journey home it was the cover that made me pick it up as i read the back of the book it intrigued me so i bought it and couldnt put it down so compelling to keep you reading then i like many others searched the net lookin for the others only to be dissapointed to find the next one didnt come out till january 2009 i ordered it and got it in december the girl who played with fire is just as amazing and compelling to read las the 1st im sorely dissapointed that the next issue of the trilogy is not to be published till next year in english its a shame id love to be able to satisfy the complete need to read it so fantastic some of the best reads ive had in along time

    - Tracy (Barnsley sth Yorkshire,


  • Nigel says:

    My journey to work takes just over an hour each way in the car. A friend suggested I listen to audio books as I was getting increasingly bored with the radio. I had no idea what I was going to buy to listen to, whilst browsing on Amazon. It was then I spotted the cover of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, I read the synopsis and that alone convinced me to buy it. No sooner had I added it to my basket, the cover of ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ also popped up. I didn’t read the synopsis for that, as I didn’t want to know anymore too soon. On a whim I picked that one also. The last two weeks journey’s to and from work have been amazing, I didn’t want to leave the car for the office. The reader Martin Wenner does a great job in bringing these characters and the fantastic stories to life, I miss Lisbeth Salander already! The third instalment cannot come quick enough, and now there’s the first film! I might have to learn Swedish.

    - Nigel – Birmingham, England,


  • Tamara says:

    I have to be honest that it took me a while to warm to Larsson´s long descriptions when I first picked up Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But OMG once I got into it, there was no stopping. I took “Fire” with me on holiday to Bali and only put it down to have valentine´s dinner with my swedish hottie. There is NO WAY I am going to wait until Reg Keeland has translated “Hornet”. I am going to buy it in German … and then when the UK version comes out I´ll re-read it … what a shame Stieg Larsson is no longer with us. Brilliant writer and highly perceptive social commentator.

    - Tamara,


  • Jules says:

    I read 3-4 crime novels per week and belong to a crime reading group (comprising doctors and lawyers). Thses novels are fantastic. Immediately I finished the second one (last one not yet available) I went back to a plumb ordinary crime book I had been halfway through and it was so poor by comparison I could read no further!. Stieg must either have been to Australia or knows we read more books per capita, but there are NO sheep stations in Central Australia (only cattle) and NO HILLS -desert and semi-desert country- part of the scenery in the first book.

    - Jules,


  • GEORGIANA.P.,BUCAREST.ROUMANIA says:

    I’ve just read “MEN WHO HATES WOMEN”(DRAGON TATTOO) and I loved it. Amazing suspense ,so mysterious ,so unexpected denouement… Brilliant book…I’m looking forward to the next two books of the Millennium series ,but it’s hard in my country…because of the translation…

    - GEORGIANA.P.,BUCAREST.ROUMANIA,


  • Laura P. Australia says:

    I have purchased the first book “man who hates women” in italian..read it on the plane back to australia, couldn’t put it down..now I am trying to find the second”the girl who played with fire” in english..and I am sure I will not be able to wait till january 2010 for the third one…my sister will have to send it to me in italian..the all way to australia. Great author!!

    - Laura P. Australia,


  • Mads R. Norway says:

    I saw “Men who hates women” yesterday, and it was great. Absolutely fantastic!

    - Mads R. Norway,


  • Namia H.,Paris (France) says:

    i have just finished the 1st book! nd i’m ready for the 2nd! i’m waiting the movie (16may in france)! i love the story!!!

    - Namia H.,Paris (France), 22 Mars 2009


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