The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

What I Just Finished Reading: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson published by Vintage (2009)

This is the second of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. The books occupy the number one slot in the hardcover, and the numbers one and two slots in the paperback bestseller lists. The hero, Lisbeth Salander seems incredibly popular with readers as she extricates herself from life destroying threats through seemingly impossible acts of physical agility and mental acumen.


I keep thinking that Lisbeth Salander is a left wing Jack Bauer. Female, not male. Tiny, not big and muscular. Bisexual, not Alpha hetero.

She is a loner superhero who manifests Asperger’s Syndrome. She doesn’t want anyone’s help in dealing punishment to the wicked.

But I thought the leftist message was, “We win by working together.”

You know, the image of a bunch of tiny fish eating the one big fish?

Anyway, volume two in the Steig Larsson series is as involving as volume one. But it it has the same problems as its predecessor.

Other Books Finished:

25. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson

24. John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founder by Francis Bremer

23. Custerology by Michael Elliot

22. The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Littlebighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick

21. American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent Cannato

20. In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton

19. Roger Williams: The Church and the State by Edmund Morgan.

18. Night by Elie Weisel.

17. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick.

16. Champlain’s Dream by David Hackett Fischer.

15. American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson by Eve LaPlante.

14. The Sovereignty and Goodness of God by Mary Rowlandson.

13. Einstein by Walter Isaacson

12. The Possessed by Elif Batuman

11. Apostles of Disunion by Charles Dew

10. The Renaissance At War by Thomas Arnold

9. Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America by Allen Guelzo

8. Lincoln: Speeches and Wriitings 1832-1858 by Abraham Lincoln

7. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan


About Patrick Young

Program Director of the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) and Supervising Attorney for the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. Blogs for Long Island Wins and New York State Immigrant Action Fund
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