Consisting of three novels centering on Stieg Larsson’s unique characters, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, the Millennium Trilogy has earned critical acclaim and was recently produced as a film series. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first novel in the trilogy, achieved publication in 2005, while the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest went to print in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

The fictional works echo Stieg Larsson’s complete aversion to sexual abuse, and revenge powers one of the strong female main characters, Lisbeth Salander. Salander deviates from the normal constructions of society and enters the story in the first book when journalist Mikael Blomqvist meets her while investigating a murder. Together, the pair works to uncover a mystery that mires them in a long line of complications. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo won several awards, and its publication aided Stieg Larsson in the process of becoming the first author to sell more than one million e-books on Amazon.com.

In the second two parts of the trilogy, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist find themselves immersed in a dangerous lifestyle rife with murder. The reader slowly starts to learn more about vindictive Lisbeth Salander’s past as the two characters pursue justice. Critics and readers alike tout the Millennium Trilogy as one of the best modern works in the thriller and crime genres, and its crossover into the movie industry established The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest as international sensations. Stieg Larsson released the Millennium Trilogy posthumously, after a successful career as a magazine editor for the anti-racist Swedish magazine Expo. For more information about the Millennium Trilogy, visit Stieg Larsson’s website at http://www.stieglarsson.com/Millennium-series.

Siata 208S

November 1, 2010

An avid fan of vintage sports cars, Elliot Dolin regularly participates in car shows around the country. Elliot Dolin has gained significant recognition for his 1953 Siata 208S Spider Motto Roadster. Siata stands for Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori, which means Italian Society Car Transformations Accessories. Giorgio Ambrosini founded Siata in 1926, at which time it focused on custom tuning and installing various modifications on Fiats. In 1949, Siata released its first proprietary vehicle, the Siata Amica. The following year, Siata began producing the Siata Daina and, two years later, the firm unveiled another vehicle, the Siata 300BC Barchetta Sport Spider. Siata first manufactured the 208S in 1953. The company built only 56 of the 208S versions during the course of two years. Siata also constructed the Spring model from 1967 until 1975, when ORSA bought the Siata name and manufacturing rights. The Siata 208S Spider employed Fiat’s two-liter V8 engine, which Siata helped design. The engine utilizes an aluminum block and aluminum heads to reduce weight with wedged combustion chambers to create maximum power without any form of forced induction. Using 2 Weber carburetors, it achieved a 7.5 to 1 compression ratio, making a base 110 horsepower. The Siata 208S Spider easily reached speeds greater than 100 miles per hour, an impressive feat for the naturally aspirated cars in the early 1950s. The company constructed only an estimated 35 Motto Spiders using the Siata 208S chassis. Elliot Dolin’s vehicle remains one of the most impressive examples of the Siata 208S, combining gorgeous aerodynamic lines with one of the decade’s fastest Italian engines.