The Reviews Are In: ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’

From the initial announcement to the specially released preview chapter, The Girl in the Spider’s Web has gotten a lot of attention. Author David Lagercrantz‘s new book attempts to recreate the style and feel of Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium series. But adding to as respected a legacy as Larsson’s is a tall order, and many fans and critics were questioning the impact of Lagercrantz’s sequel prior to its release.

Now the book is out and the reviews are in. Critics are very much divided on the latest installment! To give you the full picture of how critics are responding to the new book in the series that began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we’ve compiled reviews from respected sources all over the web. Have a look! 

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Though there are plenty of lumps in the novel along the way, Salander and Blomkvist have survived the authorship transition intact and are just as compelling as ever…


Mr. Lagercrantz’s efforts to connect unsavory doings in Sweden to machinations within America’s National Security Agency are strained and fuzzy — a bald attempt to capitalize on Edward J. Snowden’s revelations about the agency and the debate over its surveillance methods…


Mr. Lagercrantz captures the weariness, even vulnerability, that lurks beneath these two characters’ toughness, and he understands that each is motivated by a craving for justice

Read more here.


Mark Lawson, The Guardian

Lagercrantz’s continuation, while never formulaic, is a cleaner and tighter read than the originals, although he follows the template in building the plot slowly and methodically. He is, technically, a more adept novelist than Larsson, smoothly switching viewpoint in two sections where characters come under threat from assassins.

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Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

Like countless readers, I would welcome a fourth novel in the series that equaled the high standard set by Larsson, but “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is not that novel…


I recall the Larsson books unfolding gracefully. Lagercrantz’s narrative is fragmentary and confusing. It’s almost impossible to keep track of all the hackers, scientists and killers who emerge briefly, vanish, then turn up again after you’ve forgotten them. There are absurdly complicated moments when characters discuss such things as singularity theory, black holes, prime-number factorization and self-teaching algorithms. Several of the characters are certified geniuses but, sad to say, most readers are not.

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Karolina Waclawiak, The Los Angeles Times

Unfortunately, the fourth installment, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” written by crime journalist David Lagercrantz, does nothing to elevate the series, and one might venture to say it even hurts the legacy of the original…


Featuring members of the NSA and the Swedish Security Police, dubious tech companies, Russian gangster hackers, “good guy” hackers, a femme fatale and Millennium, the ailing Swedish magazine constantly in financial peril in the series, the novel becomes a soup of flimsy plotlines and convoluted characters that fails to reach the thrilling heights of its predecessors.

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Read an Excerpt From “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the hotly anticipated book by David Lagercrantz and the newest addition to Stieg Larsson’s famous Millennium series. Now, thanks to Britain’s Daily Mail, we have our first glimpse of the story! Check it out in the link below.

Stieg Larsson died before completing his Millennium series, and the idea of continuing the books with the help of another writer sparked some debate amongst his loved ones. His longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson remains opposed to the continuation, but Larsson’s family, who control his literary estate, gave their blessing to this new project. The Daily Mail’s excerpt marks the first time that any section of the heavily embargoed novel has seen the light of day.

David Lagercrantz is an established and respected author, and his writing in this novel emulates Larsson’s style. The Daily Mail’s excerpt puts Lagercrantz’s first-rate writing on display. The selection also includes illustrations.

If you love the excerpt, check out more plot details here and take comfort in the fact that you won’t have to wait much longer for the full novel. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set for an international release this Thursday, August 27.

You can read the entire excerpt here

Main image courtesy of http://bit.ly/1MLn5zc

Stephen L., Staff Writer 


Plot Details Released for New “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Book

The UK publisher of The Girl in the Spider’s Web has released “key details” of the new book’s plot.

The new book will continue Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series, which began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Larsson passed away before finishing his series, and the author’s estate authorized this new installment over the objections of his partner Eva Gabrielsson.  The new novel is written by acclaimed author David Lagercrantz.

Details about the new book have been closely guarded. But now, MacLehose Press has released a limited amount of information regarding the new story. Here’s what we know:

At the opening of the new book, the series’ two most iconic characters, hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, have grown apart. Blomkvist is contacted by a scientist named Professor Balder, who reveals that he has been working with Salander.

Salander, it seems, has been attempting to hack America’s National Security Agency. She’s also being targeted by a group of “ruthless cyber gangsters,” according to the publisher. These gangsters, who call themselves the “Spiders,” have terroristic goals and are soon out to get Salander, Blomkvist, and the citizens of Stockholm.

The book will hit bookstores worldwide on August 27.

Image: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009 film); Courtesy of http://bit.ly/1IoWVm1.