Spotlight on: Steig Larsson

Stieg Larsson has been writing since the 1970’s, well-known in his homeland of Sweden as a science fiction writer for fanzines, even becoming chairman of the Scandinavian Science Fiction Society.

Stieg was born Karl Stig-Erland Larsson, changing the spelling of his name to not be confused with another Swedish writer of the same name. He lived a varied and influential life, serving as a left-wing activist, writing regularly for political journals, was also a photographer and spent time training female guerillas! He documented and exposed racist right-wing groups for which he received many death threats.

He became well know as a crime writer following his death at age 50, when his three manuscripts, which became known as the Millennium Trilogy, were published in 2005 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2006 – The Girl who Played with Fire, and 2010 – The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. All three have been or are currently being made into films.

Winter reads

Library staff have continued to do a lot of recreational reading over the months and we’ve collected some short reviews of titles we’re reading this Winter.

Alison just read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, just in time to see the film of this book. This is part one of  the posthumously published ‘Millennium‘ trilogy by Steig Larsson featuring middle-aged journalist and soon to become amateur detective, Mikael Blomkvist. Alison thought it was one of the better books she’s read this year and has since bought the sequels.

Avid soccer fan Helen is currently reading SBS’ World Game presenter Craig Foster’s latest book Fozz on football. A very descriptive book, Fozz discusses every aspect of the ‘beautiful’ game and the direction of the sport for Australia. A must read for any soccer fan, especially topical with the World Cup taking place.

Robyn has just finished the classic science fiction book The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham. A very English style of story where the population of a small village fall ‘asleep’ for a day awake the next with no effects, but later find that all the women are pregnant. The Children grow at a remarkable rate and have some strange powers. It was later made into the film, The Village of the Damned.

Let us know what you have recently read and what you liked or didn’t like about it.