These books are so dated now because of the technology references. What must have seemed so cutting-edge to Larsson when he was writing the series is now obsolete. In another decade, readers will be LOLing.

Example: Lisbet’s phone

Posted by Bob , 15 May 2011

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10 thoughts on “Old technology”
  1. There are some technical aspects to the story that to me were a bit jarring, e.g. Why would a trained killer such as her father be using a .22 pistol? and 22’s do not have copper jackets projectiles (mention somewhere in the 3rd book). Why would a so called derelict, abandoned wharehouse have the power on and be full of expensive power tools? There are a few others, but I still enjoyed reading the 3 books.

    Posted by Ray in Sydney ,

  2. Brian, you put the sour in sourkraut.

    And yes I did mis-spell it on purpose.

    Posted by Claudia Schiffer ,

  3. Bob, you make no discernible point. Who would laugh at a telephone (apart from self-conscious teenagers)? Nobody laughs when Sherlock Holmes hails a hansom cab, for example, do they? Or perhaps you do. Of course technology advances, but most people have imagination enough to account for that.

    Posted by Lisbeth in Stockholm ,

  4. .22 cal rim fire cartridges in the US often have copper jackets and hollow points. That said, they are essentially worthless antipersonnel rounds, with the exception of being insanely cheap (i.e $6 U.S. for 500 rounds) So useful for suppressing fire from (i.e. an UZI converted from 9mm to .22) but for the actual assassin’s weapon useless save at point blank range.

    Posted by Alan in Atlantic ,

  5. yeah… but who cares? in pride and prejudiced, it isn’t weird that women dress in long dresses instead of pants, and in sherlock holmes, no one thinks it’s funny when they use a typing machine instead of a computer!!!

    Posted by someone in somewhere ,

  6. I was amused with the somewhat naive language that Larsson uses to refer to technology, particularly computers (e.g. the RAM and hard disk memory sizes, 17 inch PowerBook G4, etc). The descriptions are quite contrived but charming in a way too.

    Posted by Albygiddeon in Toronto ,

  7. With regard to the .22 pistol – it is often used by hitmen for double taps to the head because the bullets don’t exit the skull but ricochet inside the skull (causing far more damage) also the .22 is easier to suppress/silence and smaller to carry.

    Posted by Viking in Felixstowe ,

  8. I too have used copper jacketed .22 ammo.

    Actually the one error may be the minimal penetration of the round into her brain. 4 centimetres isn’t even two inches, and given a relatively close range shot, feet rather than a thousand yards for example, I expect it would be much worse. But all of this is quibbling over details and ruins a perfectly enjoyable story.

    Posted by Rob in Toronto ,

  9. Holmes took Hansom cabs but Mr Doyle didn’t go on and on about the construction details of it. Anyone remember reading anything like :

    “.. as Sherlock Holmes sat pondering the latest case, in the 1893 Hansom cab with leather seating and 26? wheels offering a well cushioned ride on the latest struts…..” ?

    Posted by DC in USA ,

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