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Book News Monday: Farewell to Lost and the Dragon Tattoo

  • Get Lost: Well, it's all over now. Depending on whom you talk to or read, last night's Lost finale was either a ratings winner or a total bust — but hey, at least it was packed full of commercials (like these, actually really clever, Target spots).

    As to the quality of the episode itself... well, opinions differ yet again. Here are some spoiler-loaded wrap-ups:

    The Los Angeles Times draws comparisons to Watership Down.
    A recap from Entertainment Weekly's Lost expert, Doc Jensen (who was featured on NPR this weekend).
    EW's TV critic, Ken Tucker, offers his review.
    NPR's Monkey See blog.
    Defamer calls it "incredibly dumb."
    What happens when a total newbie watches the finale first.
    A metric ton of passionate viewer reactions at
    Live reactions collected by the Huffington Post.

  • Kicking the Nest: Lest you think only TV show finales get tongues wagging, there's a whole lot of excitement about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the final volume of Steig Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy, which was finally published in the U.S. last week.

    There is, of course, a plethora of reviews — here are some from Michiko Kakutani at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times ("The best features of Larsson's books are lively, intricately improbable plots"), and Salon ("weirdly addictive fiction") — and even a Larsson backlash.

    Time magazine has a brief summary of Larsson's story. Meanwhile, The New York Times Magazine has an enormous piece on Larsson, detailing the origin of the books:

    Larsson began "Dragon Tattoo" while on vacation in the summer of 2002, thinking of it as a kind of pension fund for himself and Eva Gabrielsson, the woman he lived with. He actually had a series of 10 books in mind, she says. The money from the first three would go to them, they figured, and the rest they would give to charity. Remarkably, he displayed none of the anxiety and impatience typical of first-time novelists and finished two entire books and most of a third before he submitted any of them to a publisher. He considered all three novels a single text and at one point wanted to number the chapters of the second and third volumes consecutively. Gedin says that Larsson never seemed in any doubt about their worth.

    The piece also examines what will happen with the author's estate (and characters) now, six years after his death.

Book News Round-up:

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
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  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...
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  3. Watership Down: A Novel
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  4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's...
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