The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

By Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Knopf, c2007, 2010

Genre: Suspense, thriller, mystery

Series: Millennium trilogy; 3

ISBN: 9780307269997

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 563 (plus 2 pages of notes)

Setting: Stockholm and Göteborg, Sweden

Time period: Contemporary – around 2005

Plot summary: Even as Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition after taking a bullet to the head, the secret organization that made her life hell as a child, still plots against her.  Her immediate concern, however, is her father – Zalachenko – two doors down in the same hospital.  She also has police problems.  Fortunately, Salander has help.  Mikael Blomkvist and his sister Annika Giannini both help Salander in their own ways.  There is also a whole team of people eager to help her online in ways in which Blomkvist and his friends have little skill.  Contacting them will be tricky without either a computer or internet, though.  Salander can receive no visitors in the hospital and will be transferred to prison to await her trial once she has recovered. Continue reading

Little Brother

By Cory Doctorow

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Tor, c2008, 2010

Genres: Science fiction, general fiction

ISBN: 9780765323118

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 416 – includes 2 afterwards, a bibliography, acknowledgements, and excerpts from For the Win.  The story is 365 pages.

Setting: San Francisco, CA and the Bay area

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Marcus and his friends decide to ditch school for a rousing round of Harajuku Fun Madness, they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time when the Bay Bridge is bombed by terrorists.  They are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and detained until they give all of the information which DHS requests, including passwords to their phones and emails.  When finally released, Marcus vows to get back at the DHS for using terrorist methods for obtaining information from American citizens. Continue reading