Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson

Book #5 for 2012: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

This third and last instalment of the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson brings us back to Lisbeth Salander, the femme fatale of the story, who is in critical condition with a bullet in her head. Laying somewhat 2 doors away from her hospital room is Alexander Zalachenko, whom Lisbeth tried to murder albeit unsuccessfully. 

Upon her full recovery she would be taken back to Stockholm where she is to be tried for numerous criminal offences put against her. At this last straw she must prove her innocence with the help of Mikael Blomkvist, a famed journalist, and at the same time denounce those in power who have allowed those vulnerable, like her, to be used, abused and suffer. 

If you are a follower of the previous two instalments of this trilogy, you would really want to get hold of this one as soon as you're done with 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'. In contrary with its predecessors, 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' revolves more on mystery/crime-solving and not so much on the action part. The case is intelligently closed and of course, the ending is satisfying as well.

Stieg Larsson was a genius and it's such a shame he's no longer around to see what a global sensation his books have become. Regardless, they are here for many generations to come to enjoy as well as for the latecomers of the Larsson phenomenon, like me.
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Louis Vuitton 'Monte Carlo' Loafers

Why loafers? Because they're comfortable and exudes that certain air of effortless-ness yet still being preppy. 

Since Spring/Summer season is upon us, I thought, hey why not get myself a new pair of loafers that I could wear for weekends, either with shorts or khakis. This is the only time of the year where you could get spiffy loafers and sandals in abundance at every store (seriously, who would sell or wear loafers and sandals in Autumn/Winter?).

Initially I was thinking of getting a pair of those Tod's 'Gomminos' loafers in bold hues...until I laid my eyes on these. 

These 'Monte Carlo' loafers are made of suede calf leather embossed with 'Petite Damier' pattern (the checkerboard design). The upper part of the shoe, or the vamp, is hand-stitched and finished with shiny Palladium LV logo and rivets. At the hind part of each loafer, there is the label's logo.

For someone who has never worn a pair loafers before (okay, maybe not - I used to wear one when I was, what, 12?) I must say initially it felt weird slipping your feet into it without any socks on. However, after getting used to it, I must say that I'm sort of addicted to the simplicity and carefree attitude that my loafers bring. 

And it's so comfy too. 

The only disappointing part is when I bought those, I personally asked them whether they had it in any other color ("No, I'm afraid these are the only colors - ivory, black and green") and whether other Louis Vuitton stores in KLCC and The Gardens Mid Valley carry other colors ("No, they carry the same range as we do"). Two weeks later - BAM! - I saw the same pair in KLCC in brown

I would never trust those sales assistants again.

For those who don't fancy loafers with gigantic logo, Louis Vuitton has another range of loafers, the 'Hockenheim', with quite similar design but smaller logo. Price might vary, though.

PS: My loafers are wayyy better than yours, Hafiz. Winks.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Book #4 for 2012: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The chronicles of Lisbeth Salander continue in this second book of the Millennium trilogy.

The story picks up where The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo left, whereby Mikael Blomkvist is planning to publish a story by Dag Stevensson and Mia Johannson about a big sex-trafficking operation which may put Sweden echelons in not-so-pleasant spotlight. The situation gets an unexpected turn when both writers were found murdered and our femme fatale, Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. The murder triggers an extensive investigation into the matter which may reveal more than they have anticipated and shed a new light on Lisbeth Salander's well-kept past. 

Those who have read the first installment of the Millenium trilogy will appreciate this sequel as it probes deeper into Lisbeth Salander's life - both present and past. Readers will finally get to know 'All the Evil' which had resulted Lisbeth to being institutionalized at St. Stefan's Hospital when she was just 12 years old and her connection to the murder. 

The few final chapters will definitely make you turn the pages with its heart-pumping plot and the ending will only make you reach out for the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, as soon as you're done with it. 

Although sometimes, the plot might be too-goo-to-be-true and too predictable, this book still managed to be oh-so-lovable. The intriguing persona that is Lisbeth Salander keeps reader wanting to know more about her and subsequently, understand her. 

Love it.
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