a little linkfest

Shelf Awareness reports that “the late Stieg Larsson is the first member of the Kindle Million Club, according to Amazon, which announced that the Millennium Trilogy author has become the first writer to sell more than one million Kindle books.” Say what you like about Larsson and all the attendant hype, this makes me happy.

In the CS Monitor, Sarah Seltzer considers Salander’s (and Larsson’s) feminism.

Salander is a controversial figure; feminists and other observers are divided over the message she sends to women today. That debate, while valid, misses a key point: We should all celebrate the emergence of an utterly original female literary character. In an action-story landscape where women are too often relegated to girlfriend, sidekick or prey in need of defending, Salander grabs the spotlight and refuses to let it go. . . .

Larsson’s novels achieve something perhaps more difficult than advancing a social-justice cause: introducing an utterly original female character to the world, one who avoids the tired archetypes of helpless victim, lovelorn and needy single female, karate-kicking babe, ferocious tiger mother, or deranged scorned mistress. Lisbeth Salander is a fascinating mess, a real piece of work, but she’s active and human, more than one can say for than insipid Twilight heroine Bella Swan.

The Sipilas are in the Strib’s spotlight. Jarkko Sipila’s Finnish procedurals are being published in English translation by his brother in Minnesota. He has told me he is planning to publish at least one other Finnish writer, too. I reviewed Against the Wall and Vengeance here.

Maxine is now leading summer tours, and very entertaining they are, too. Denmark is one of her destinations.

Karen at Euro Crime reports the happy news that Norwegian writer  Thomas Enger now has an English language publication deal with Faber. I have happily updated my “wanted” page. Since I don’t have a picture of him, I thought I’d include one of Oslo’s mean streets (courtesy of jamtea).

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3 thoughts on “a little linkfest

  1. Poor Lizbeth Salander! She’s been dissected more than the human genome. Why can’t everyone give it a rest? She survived; that’s the first thing. Instead of becoming catatonic and giving up as a result of the terrible abuse she was subjected to, she fought back. She’s brilliant, independent, courageous–a strategist, a thinker, a fighter. She’s unusual, yes. She’s withdrawn and doesn’t trust people–gee, wonder why. She survives in her own way, finding a way to live and to defend herself and does end up trusting a few people in Book III. And she is vindicated and moves on with her life in her own way. What is so hard to understand? Lizbeth Salander has moved on. Why can’t the readers, critics, blogosphere? Time for new books, stories and characters and letting Salander enjoy her own life.
    I’m enjoying “August Heat,” by Camillieri; never could get into his books before. This one is fine, can see why it was nominated for a Dagger. But soon, in the hot August heat here, I’ll dive back into the frigid Nordic north.

    • Thanks, Philip! I had seen this when hot on the heels of tracking down something else and had lost track of it. It’s a terrific report. She seems like such a lovely person – head firmly on her shoulders. I especially liked this line: “Martin Beck is not a fantastic police officer because he has too much empathy and he feels sorry for those people he prosecutes.”

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