okay, fine, it lived up to the hype
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As a mega fan of Nordic fiction, I avoided this triology because it was so popular. But I was curious... out of ALL the MANY books and authors to come out of Swedish translation (and Iceland, Norway, etc.), why is this one so popular among the masses? So I read it, and yes it is different than other Swedish crime fiction, and yes, I did enjoy the LONG books in this series.

It was for sure a fitting end to the trilogy. While I'm sad that the adventures of Lisbeth and Blomkvist won't continue in print form, I'm glad it doesn't have a chance to be too watered down like some neverending series can end up. (As of this writing, that is. I won't mention the unfinished partial future books sitting on the late Stieg Larsson's laptop.)