The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been cast in the lead roles of Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy under the direction of David Fincher.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – the first film of the series, which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – begins shooting next month in Sweden.

The screenplay is written by Steve Zaillian and the film is being produced by Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Søren Stærmose. Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez are executive producers. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set for worldwide release December 21, 2011.

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson has been published in 44 countries and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide thus far.

In the U.S. alone, the series has sold over 10 million copies, and the sales were recently calculated at the remarkable rate of one book per second.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has broken sales records in virtually every country in which it has been published. It has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. and has out-sold any other e-book in that rapidly expanding market.

A literary phenomenon, all three books currently sit atop the New York Times Best Seller lists.

In describing the scale of Larsson’s achievement, The Economist said: “Stieg Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre.”

Michiko Kakutani, of The New York Times, described the Lisbeth character: “Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while – a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock. She is the vulnerable victim turned vigilante; a willfully antisocial girl … who has proved herself to be as incandescently proficient as any video game warrior.”

The Millennium Trilogy Boxed SetThe three novels have all become #1 worldwide bestsellers, an achievement unrivaled in trade book publishing.

DAVID FINCHER most recently directed this fall’s much-anticipated The Social Network for Columbia Pictures, which opens in the U.S. on October 1st.

DANIEL CRAIG recently starred in the two highest-grossing films in the James Bond franchise, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. His earlier film roles include Munich, Enduring Love, Layer Cake, The Mother, Road to Perdition, and Some Voices. He has also recently completed filming on Jim Sheridan’s Dream House, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.

ROONEY MARA will appear this fall in David Fincher’s The Social Network.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson

Apparently the greatest nation in the known universe, The United States of America, has fumbled the Stieg Larsson ball.

The third volume of the astonishingly successful and dangerously addictive Millennium Trilogy – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is not yet available in the States.

How this happened is anyone’s guess but now the US publisher is complaining that desperate readers are buying their books from overseas retailers. Mon Dieu! Imagine a world where readers buy from overseas retailers and avoid local providers!

Of course, if you know anyone in the States, let them know we have copies to buy right now: Click Here

Read more here.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – on screen

It takes something really good to get a gaggle of booksellers to sit up and take notice and that is just what happened the other night when a bunch of us were treated to a sneak peak at the upcoming movie version of Stieg Larsson‘s first book in the Millenium Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not only did we take notice, we sat spell bound through the entire – and rather long – movie. And when it finished – the buzz in the room was palpable and the discussion over dinner went on for ages.

Of course there were quibbles. A couple of interesting sub-plots were omitted, plus some of the bits that implied that some Swedes over the age of 40 can be normal,  as opposed to a bunch of psychopaths as portrayed in the simplified movie version. Lisbeth Salander’s life is certainly revealed more completely in the movie than it is in the first book while Mikael Blomqvist is much more visceral in print than on celluloid. That said, the characters of Blomqvist and Salander are pretty true to form. The acting and scripting are brilliant and the sets are appropriately bleak and cold.

Unfortunately, viewers in this country will have to wait until March to actually see the movie.  And when it ends, you will be absolutely itching for the next one, which sadly will be some time around September next year (groan).

Better get in now and actually read this trilogy. And after you’ve finished with number one, I guarantee you will be straight to  The Girl Who Played with Fire. And then the final one, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.

Meanwhile, have a look at the clip to whet your appetite.

the girl who kicked the hornets’ nest is in the house

rhs-9789781906694173girlkickedhornetsGreat excitement today as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest arrived in the warehouse. In fact, we had to order an extra 14 cartons this afternoon (arriving from tomorrow) to take account of the rush of pre-orders.

We still have it up at a ridiculously discounted price of $19.95 so if Stieg Larsson is your man, go for it. The price won’t stay this low for long.

New Stieg Larsson: A Brilliant Book at a Brilliant Price

stieg larssonFour years ago, an unknown Swedish journalilst delivered three manuscripts to his publishers in Stockholm. These supremely exciting, page-turning thrillers featuring crusading liberal journalist Mikael Blomkvist and distrubing punk heroine Lisbeth Salander became  known as the Millenium Trilogy.

The journalist was Stieg Larsson and his books went on to sell more than three million copies in Sweden alone, although he tragically died suddenly aged fifty and never saw the phenomenon which swept the publishing world. It wasn’t long before there were more than 13 million books in 35 countries – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and (finally in English on October 1), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

untitledI know that anyone who has started the series will be absolutely itching to get their hands on Hornets’ Nest.

We have The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest at an unbeatably low price of $19.95. That’s a massive 39% off the retail price of $32.95 and you certainly won’t find anything better than that!

(Delivery or pick up after publication on  October 1).

Meantime, the fans are eagerly awaiting Dragon Tattoo on screen later on this year in Australia.

A fitting finale for the Millennium Trilogy

A sigh of relief. The wait for Luftslottet som sprängdes is almost over.

9781906694173Known as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest in the English speaking world, Stieg Larsson fans will be lining up on October 1 to get the final installment of phenomenally popular Millennium Trilogy.

Stieg Larsson’s three thrillers about a crusading journalist and a rather twisted punk heroine have so far sold 13 million copies in 35 countries.

The Swedish movie adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is being released in Australia towards in the end of the year. Meanwhile, across the Pacific, there is talk of Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt giving us the Hollywood version (inevitable really).

9781906694678August will see the release in this country of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  special edition (with its handsome embossed cover and the first chapter of book 2). If you can’t wait for that one, we have the original one in stock now.  The B format of the The Girl Who Played with Fire is coming out in August too if you want to pre-order but if you can’t wait, you’ll just have to read the trade paperback version. If you have read numbers one and two, you will want to pre-order The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

To get a glimpse of the Millennium Trilogy world, click here.


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