Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'
Lisbeth Salander is back. The latest book featuring the infamous girl with the dragon tattoo is being published internationally today, and will be out next week here in the U.S. But this fourth book in the Millennium series has a new author — the man who created Salander, Stieg Larsson, died before the books were published, and never had a chance to see how popular they would be. The decision to continue the series is not without its critics — but it's also not the first time that a new writer has been brought in to continue a popular series after an author has died. New books by writers with best-selling franchises, like Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, often continue long after their deaths. Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief and president of Knopf — which publishes the Millennium books in this country — says there's a very good reason to continue the series that Larsson began. "Lisbeth Salander is one of the heroines, I think, of the 21st century, and a most unlikely heroine. She's brave, she's intrepid, she's unfrightenable, she's got a moral core," he says. "And I hope people will just welcome the return of this extremely unlikely pair of Salander and this crusading journalist." More