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At the end of The Girl Who Played with Fire, Lisbeth Salander is left for dead. Fans of the Milennium trilogy
who wait on bated breath will be happy to hear of the resilient hacker and her fight to survive multiple gunshot wounds and a court case.

Bruised and battered physically, Salander’s will to survive is fierce. She survives brain surgery as well as some heavy recovery time while in a hospital under lock and key–a prisoner of the state. Her sadistic father lies in a room only a few doors down, until he, too, is taken down by an assassin.

Mikael Blomkvist enlists his sister to represent Salander at the trial. Blomkvist, with Salander’s help, relies on his journalistic background to come to his friend’s defense. Salander contacts two old hacker friends. Berger gets a series of disturbing and sadistic emails at her new job. More and more information about Salander’s past ponts to a high-ranking government cover up, and the government is more focused than ever to keep that information under wraps.

This, being the final volume of the trilogy, was something I looked forward to, but also dreaded. It took a bit of time to get into the book, but once I was into it, I had a hard time putting down the book. I don’t think any reader thinks it easy to know they are approaching the end of a series and NOT feeling some bit of melancholy.

I got this book at the library.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
563 pages; Knopf
Hardcover: Retail: $27.95

Ralph Truitt places an ad in a newspaper in the beginning of the twentieth century. When mysterious Catherine Land answers the ad, she steps off the train and onto the platform in the small Wisconsin town Truitt calls home. Truitt immediately realizes that the woman is not the one in the photograph he was sent. Calling her a liar, he storms her away from the train station and ends up in an accident.
After nursing him back to health and receiving his forgiveness, Catherine is accepted by Truitt and his household workers, but is still holding back–it isn’t until she goes on an adventure to find Truitt’s estranged son that more details about her past come to light.
Catherine has a dark past, even having a tie in with Ralph’s, unbeknownst to him (who also has a bit of a dark past). And what she starts doing, or rather, stops doing is shocking.
I started reading this for my Nook Owners book group. I was immediately drawn in by the mystery, and to be honest I had held off initially on reading it–but there was a lady who came into work and sang it’s praises. She was right–it was great!
As the story went on, I was drawn to Catherine, her past and the type of person she was.
I got this copy from the library, it was well worth it. I’ve also been recommending the book left and right to people. I recommend it to anyone looking for a literary read–and check out the author’s inspiration as well!

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
291 pages; Algonquin Books
Hardcover: March 2009 Retail: $23.95

I heard about Library Loot straight from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

Here’s my list:
Dracula, My Love by Syrie James
I saw this at work once, and it sounded like something interesting to read, let’s hope that it is!

Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
This is one of the few of the China Bayles’ series I haven’t read.
Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
Again, one of the few I haven’t read. Yay!
These Children Who Come at You with Knives by Jim Knipfel
I liked the title. ::facepalm::

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
This is the last one of the trilogy and I haven’t read it.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Reading for book group (Nook users group).

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Looked interesting, haven’t read much from the time period.

What are you reading??? What did you get from the library this week?

Everyone can relate to having a nightmare, and chances are, there is probably a dark figure in a ratty sweater and even long, rusty claws somewhere in the ‘dreamland’ each night. This is Freddy, and he’s been lurking around dreams for decades, both on-screen AND off.

Behind the horrible burned visage of Freddy is a classically trained, soft spoken man named Robert Englund, and he tells his story with the help of Alan Goldsher in this memoir. From his early days of surfing to his teen years and the discovery of theatre.

Englund regales readers with tales from Nightmare sets as well as from V, the tv series about the alien invasion (originally airing in the 90s).

I always liked Freddy, but by reading this book, I gained a LOT of respect for Robert Englund. He’s been through a lot, and continues to be a consummate professional.

I got a copy of this book from the library, and it was totally worth the read! The photos were great, and I particularly enjoyed the stories from the makeup chair and on the set of V.
Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of your Dreams by Robert Englund and Alan Goldsher
304 pages; Pocket Books
Hardcover: October 2009 Retail: $26.00

Gabry grows up in a lighthouse on a sandy beach, an amusement park lying on the horizon. To some, this would seem like a fairy tale, and without the Mudo, the zombies who wash up along shore (necessitating her mother, Mary, to kill them) and who patrol the amusement park, it might be a fairy tale.

Gabry and her friends defy curfew to play at the park, but the bright lights attract the Mudo. A Breaker, a breed of ultra fast zombie, attacks the group. Cira, Mary’s best friend, and her brother are among the group–the group of friends is changed forever that night.

The group is punished

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
416 pages; Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover; March 2010 Retail: $17.99

Twins Kerry and Terry have gotten quite the reputation as private investigators, but when theyre enlisted to help an old friend with bodyguard duties…when the body they were assigned to guard ends up dead, its time for the girls to investigate.

Darby Applewhite was a preppy cheerleader in high school. Now, shes known as Ephemera, Queen of the Undead. Kerry and Terry, with the aid of three muscle-bound guys collectively known as The Brucesgo deep into the vampire subculture in Venice Beach to determine who the killer is.

This fast-paced, comedic mystery is fun to read and very well-written. Jennifer Colt clearly knows her environment. Its fun to be able to go to the places she talks about in Southern California.

I cannot wait to read more of these books. There are two more, so far, in the series after this.

I got this from the library.

The Vampire of Venice Beach by Jennifer Colt
368 pages; Broadway
Paperback: March 2007 Retail: $11.95

China Bayles takes on the holidays with an expanded family (with the addition of niece, Caitlyn) in the home she shares with her husband, McQuaid.

A visit from McQuaids ex-wife, Sally, brings all sorts of problems with it. Problems that, due to McQuaids out of state investigation, China will have to deal with on her own.

Sally, never been what you could call stable, is in Pecan Springs, and shows up at Thyme and Seasons, asking for McQuaids help. When she cannot speak with him, she turns to China. At one point, China wonders if its Sally that needs her help, or a possible multiple personality (which Sally has been known to have), but the herbalist takes pity on the woman, partially because its the holiday and possibly because Sally is able to break through to shy Caitlyn.

But, as China learns when dealing with Sally, things arent always as they seem, and as the trail of bodies begin to pile up behind her, China takes it upon herself to investigate.

I thought this addition to the series was great. It was a quick read and it was good to get back into the series for the holidays. As much as I love hearing from Chinas perspective, the chapters with McQuaids point of view were great, too!

I got this book from the library.

Holly Blues by Susan Wittig Albert
304 pages; Berkley Hardcover
Hardcover: April 2010 Retail: $24.95

Halloween comes to Cabot Cove in Murder She Wrote: Trick or Treachery. Jessica Fletcher and coauthor; Donald Bain takes readers into Cabot Cove and into a mystery that has ties into an old Cabot Cove legend.

Jessica dresses up like the popular Cabot Cove legend. Jessica goes to a Halloween party with her friends. When its realized there is a murderer in their midst, Jessica takes it upon herself to solve the crime.

There were some holiday special type moments in this book. A visit to Cabot Cove is nice and I always like the expanded universe created by the two authors. This is a great book, and a very quick and easy read.

I got this book from the library.

Murder She Wrote: Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
272 pages; Signet
Paperback: October 2000 Retail: $6.99

The 19th book in the popular Murder She Wrote novel series, Murder She Wrote: Majoring in Murder takes our favorite sleuth Jessica Fletcher back to school.

After agreeing to teach a workshop on writing a mystery novel at Spellman College, Jessica settles into life on campus, but when a body is discovered in the wake of a campus destroying tornado, our favorite mystery writer/ amateur sleuth starts to investigate, partially to help the old friend she promised to help when coming to the college.

Upon investigation, Jessica finds out the deceased professor had secrets, a lot of secrets. When the local constabulary is unwilling to listen to her, Jessica has to use stealth to get the answers she seeks to solve the crime.

A Murder She Wrote novel is always a treat, and this one, while it was very easy for me to figure out, the university setting was realistic and fun to read. I got this book from the library.

Murder She Wrote: Majoring in Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
272 pages; Signet
Paperback: April 2003 Retail: $6.99

Readers breathed a sigh of relief when Carolyn Jessop left her husband and the cult-ish atmosphere when she left the fundamentalist Mormon group she grew up in with her children in her first memoir Escape, but what happened after she left everything she knew? Anyone who has wondered this is in luck, Jessop talks about her life after the cult in Triumph: Life After the Cult–A Survivor’s Lessons.
She knew once she left, life would not be easy, but at the same time she has lived through abuse and hunger during her marriage. Jessop also realized that life would be hard for her children, and she made sure that the children received attention of the emotional and physical kind. She struggles with her daughter, Betty, and Betty’s need to go back to the cult (even leaving her mother to go back).
And then there is the federal raid, Jessop is called by the government to help determine what motivates the cult members, what federal agents can expect with the families and the types of services the children will need once they are rescued.
Somehow, despite her personal struggles, Carolyn Jessop manages to help the government and retain her sanity. She also finds the love of a man and happiness with her children outside of the cult.
I really liked reading the first book, but this was a great book to read psychologically. It was great to see that Jessop was still able to survive and thrive!
I got this book from the library.

Triumph: Life After the Cult–A Survivor’s Lessons by Carolyn Jessop
288 pages; Crown Archetype
Hardcover: May 2010 Retail: $25.99

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