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Stieg Larsson's gone. Now what?

Asked by Jeruba (51331points) October 18th, 2010

After handing over the manuscripts of the worldwide best-selling Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels), author Stieg Larsson went and died of a heart attack at age 50, leaving seven more planned books undone.

If I loved those three and want more of this brand of intelligent, quirky, suspenseful fiction with interesting, complex, brilliant protagonists and world-class villains, what should I read?

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Blondesjon's avatar

I feel for you. Robert Jordan did it to me.

Winters's avatar

Wait, WHAT?!

That sucks, may he rest in peace (though now I want him to possess someone’s body and crank out those 7)

Sorry but I can’t think of any other author at the moment that matches his style. If I do, I’ll be sure to come back and post it.

janbb's avatar

Try Kate Atkinson; I’m loving her. The first one is called Case Histories and I’m on the fourth with the same protagonist. English, literate, good characters, some vioence but not too

MissAusten's avatar

@Jeruba Thanks for asking this, because I loved those books too! I’m eagerly waiting for The Girl Who Played with Fire to come on on DVD and for the final movie to hit the art theater here in town.

I’ll have to tray Kate Atkinson, thanks @janbb .

It’s nothing like Larsson, but right now I’m reading the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. They are cute, and entertaining, and have loads of references to literary characters. Miss Havisham is a menace behind the wheel. It’s quirky, it’s interesting, and it’s fiction, but I don’t know if it meets the rest of your requirements. :)

troubleinharlem's avatar

Woah, yikes. I didn’t know that he died… poor guy. I hope the movies will still be good, though, since he’s not around to 1) finish the story and 2) isn’t around now to help with the screenplay and such.

I just wanted to say that. Maybe try reading “The Help”? Its really good, but it might not be your particular style.

janbb's avatar

Yes, the Thursday Next books are a fun literary romp of a different sort.

tranquilsea's avatar

@Blondesjon Have you purchased the newest book co-authored by Sanderson? I have it but I haven’t had the time to read it. What I’ve read about it though is that it is better than some of Robert Jordan’s books. And I have to admit that although I love the series there a few books that really dragged on and on and added little to the overall story.

seazen's avatar

Maybe it’ll be like Tolkien’s nephew taking over with the Silmarillion?

Winters's avatar

@seazen eh, that really wasn’t that good, I was dissappointed.

ZAGWRITER's avatar

I like the Dark Tower series by Stephen King if you are looking for something epic. I didn’t find anything one-dimensional in that series. Once somebody reads “The Gunslinger” they always feel compelled to finish all seven books. The Gunslinger is my favorite book of all time.

seazen's avatar

@Winters Agreed, (I didn’t say it was a good idea or that it was well done. I suggested it could happen and possibly done well this time.)

ratboy's avatar

@Jeruba, why don’t you just finish the series for him? He died in 2004—news travels slowly.

Jeruba's avatar

I did know he died in 2004. Before I even began the series, I knew the author was dead. I just didn’t know then that I was going to like the books so much—and that he had planned so many more to come.

Would if I could, @ratboy, would if I could.

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