Summer is a great time for reading. Whether you’re relaxing at the beach, the park, or a cabin in the woods, life just feels a little more low key. I like to keep my reading low key as well, light and easy and quick. I want to feel like I’m in control of the book, the book’s not in control of me. I’ll keep the heavy tomes for winter fireside reading. I made the mistake of reading Gone With the Wind last summer and while I loved the book, it felt like it dominated several of my summer weekends. This July my reading has a distinct, mystery/crime focus, although I wouldn’t call all of them light.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
The latest addition to the Millenium Series was the first not to be authored by Stieg Larsson, the original author. This book is written by David Lagercrantz a Swedish author and journalist. Initially I had assumed that this book was based on notes or plot developed by Stieg Larsson but it turns out that the material all belongs to Lagercrantz. Apparently it has been slightly controversial as Larsson’s estate is controlled by his father and brother who okayed the project, while Larsson’s long-time partner was against the idea. Additionally she possesses a partially completed fourth book in the series. Obviously the success of the series meant that there was significant motivation to continue the books. It is clear though that Lagercrantz, while staying true to the characters, didn’t attempt to simply mimic Larsson’s style, which may or may not have been successful. He imparted his own style onto the book and while good, to me it was not as good as the originals (that may just be nostalgia talking though).