The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Book - 2015
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After receiving a call from a trusted source claiming to have vital information to the United States, journalist Mikael Blomkvist turns to hacker Lisbeth for help.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015
Edition: First United States Edition
ISBN: 9780385354288
0385354282
9781101872000
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Goulding, George - Translator

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ferm_dawg
Jul 10, 2018

Great summer read. It does start out slow and then get's rolling. Funny how most characters are either idiot's or really good people. Really good read..

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ritrak
Feb 14, 2018

As a fan of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, I was hoping for the best with this continuation of the series by another author and translator. Fortunately it was a very worthy addition to the series, a story that I greatly enjoyed.
A couple of minor criticisms: I would have enjoyed a bit more Lisbeth content. Secondly, found that some of the technical descriptions were not as typically expressed in English (for example - in my experience source code should not have a pluralization s on the end; it means the set of human-written and intelligible programming language statements that are processed into an executable machine-language computer program.)

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librarysrgr8
Feb 07, 2018

This was a good read. I was prepared not to like it but was surprised how closely the new author David Lagercrantz kept the tone and pace of Stieg Larsson's trilogy. It was enjoyable and I recommend it.

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bahabenson
Feb 03, 2018

awesome read! moved rapidly and kept you entertained
4/5 stars here! didn't really notice this was a new author continuing the books--

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humbleworm
Jan 27, 2018

As with the Larsson trilogy, most of the plot is character driven. I remind myself that this is an imitator's extrapolation in translation and, from that perspective, it is pretty good. Although the jargon in chapter 5 is not technically incorrect, it reads like the "I know UNIX" (paraphrased) line from Jurassic Park ... Lisbeth would not have explained it herself that way and she would not have had to hack Blomkvist's computer again since she was already mirroring it. In fact, Lisbeth has been elevated from an understated mystery to mythic proportions that are frankly less believable. This escalation may prove to be a problem for the next book.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

Though the tone was different and obviously it would be with a new author AND a new translator, I still enjoyed the story and it was great to see the characters again after a long time. Altogether less intriguing and far more 'tame' than the other books this addition to Mikael and Lisbeth's story was well done though will never be special like the first 3.

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dlh1
Aug 17, 2016

Wow, I can't believe all of the negative comments made about this book. I loved it! I thought that David Lagercrantz did a fabulous job of continuing the series that I loved so much. I thought that he was true to the iconic characters, while adding in many new complex ones. Just because a story is continued in the voice of a different author, it doesn't make it any less interesting. If anyone wishes to condemn a follow-up story to a famous series, look no further than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (and this had the stamp of approval from J.K. Rowling herself).

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happycanuck
Aug 16, 2016

Boring, boring, boring.

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dveronda
Aug 03, 2016

It is a darn good read. Maybe not as good as Stieg could put together but that was his life's work. I enjoyed it, Lagercrantz took on someone else charactersbuilt on them . I would have prefered seeing Stiegs characters disappear in literary lore, but we have more stories and even though they are not Stieg, they are entertaining.

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Steve11
Jul 07, 2016

I must agree with all the comments from those who rated it with ONE STAR. I got about 25 pages into this and gave it up. This book was stolen from Stieg Larssons's long-time live-in girl friend. It's a shame that those family members of Stieg, who didn't give him anything at all when he was alive, confiscated his computer after he was dead.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

Some good one liners:

“The fact that Russia is little more than a petrol station with a flag on top. They export oil and natural gas, but manufacture nothing worth mentioning. …”
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She was like a thief breaking into a house just to point out that it was already full of stolen goods ...
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You know, you don’t have to be big and fat and shave in the mornings to be a good hacker. I’ve met twelve- and thirteen-year-olds who are crazy good.
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“Do you know what my rabbi says? That the mark of a man is his contradictions….”
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Salander was not drinking as if she enjoyed it, but rather as if it she had to get it out of the way.
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" ... . How’s Sara?” Sara was Amir’s wife and had just had a hip operation. “Complaining and taking painkillers.” “Sounds like hard work. Give her my best.”

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

The A.I. Singularity:
-His objective was to achieve A.G.I., or Artificial General Intelligence.” “And what is that?” “It’s when something has the intelligence of a human being, but the speed and precision of a computer. If a thing like that could be created, it would give us enormous advantages within numerous fields.”
-the hypothetical concept of “technological singularity”, the state at which computer intelligence will have overtaken our own. ... It’s no secret that the organization is working hard specifically to develop quantum computers. For the N.S.A. that would be paradise, pure and simple. An effective quantum machine would enable them to crack all encryptions, all digital security systems eventually, and after that no-one would be safe from that organization’s watchful eye.”

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

On Sexy Primes:
" ... As she looked through the papers and came across the simple sequence 641, 647, 653 and 659, there was no longer any doubt: they were sexy prime quadruplets, sexy in the sense that they differed from each other by six."
(in depth: Sexy primes are pairs of primes of the form ( , ), so-named since "sex" is the Latin word for "six." and not to be confused with prime quadruple which is four consecutive primes, such that the first and the last differ by 8 as 3461, 3463, 3467, 3469.)

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

Quite a bit on prime numbers:
" It was relatively short: 2305843008139952128. She got it immediately. It was not a prime number, it was – and here her spirits lifted – a number which, according to a perfect harmony, is made up of the sum of all its positive divisors. It was, in other words, a perfect number, just as 6 is because it can be divided by 3, 2 and 1 and 3 + 2 + 1 happen to add up to 6."
-For about a year now Salander had been thinking that E.C.M., the Elliptic Curve Method, would be more promising than previous algorithms, and she had spent long nights writing her own factorization program.
(in depth: Mersenne prime numbers and perfect numbers (2^30) * (2^31 - 1) = 2,305,843,008,139,952,128)

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