After watching the American version of the movie, I really wanted to read the book. It's been on the back burner for a while and I finally broke down and purchased the title. This is not my first introduction of this author. I have read, "Handling the Undead", which was good, but "Let Me In" is what I was waiting for to become a fan of his writing.
Unlike the typical horror story, Lindqvist writes at if it's almost like a dark drama, love story, but without the tween saga. The thriller will gripe you in, where you can't stop turning the pages, or in my case, couldn't stop listening. I usually don't read the book after watching the movie, but in this case, I just knew that the book would be excellent.
This is one of my favorite reads in a while simply because the author could had wrote this book to please teen pop culture, with yucky vampire love and your typical fairy tale, but he didn't. Lindqvist used his own twisted imagination, where the puppy love between the vampire girl and the boy, is not the center point of the plot, but it's a background drop of the story.
After reading this book, one can understand mature writing versus adolescent puberty materials, from the same vampire genre.
The cat scene is awesome. I just wished that it was written in the movie also.
Overall engaging story and solid performance from Steven Pacey.
It was not the best book I've heard or read but for what it was, it was very interesting and fun to listen to.
i don't agree that it wasn't fast paced enough... i enjoyed the additional character development... now i'm going to go watch the movie again... but after this, my mind is made up... gonna skip the US version of the movie...
wish they hadn't used the "let me in" title over "let the right one in"...
It took me a while to get through this book, but after the half-way mark, I was hooked. It was very scary and I loved this take on the vampire lore. I literally ran to my house and fumbled with the lock after listening to a particularly scary part on my drive home late one night. I will definitely recommend it to friends, and now I can't wait to see both movies. I have heard that the Swedish film is the best. And I do believe that the Swedish backdrop is a very important character in the novel, so I'll be interested to see the American take.
My only issue is with the disturbing descriptions regarding child prostitution at the beginning of the novel. I think that could have been left out and the story would have been fine. And for those who haven't read it - it's more disturbing that "graphic"...which any conversation about child prostitution and pedophiles should be considered disturbing because it is wrong. Don't let this deter you from reading this otherwise excellent novel.
What I really liked about this book is that the author addressed some social and ethical problems for vampire that I had never thought about. He takes you down some really dark places that you do not want to go, but you have to. You have to because you want to understand the point that he is making. Fortunately the author does not lead you someplace you do not want to go. Just close enough to make you think.
the night watchman
This review is aimed specifically at those who have seen one or both movie versions, so there may be some slight spoilers.
I am a great admirer of both movie versions of "Let the Right One In," yet felt unsure about approaching the book they were both based on. I simply did not want to be disappointed; I didn't want to discover that the book was radically different and tarnish my enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the story and characters.
After listening to the audiobook, I can assure anyone else in the same position that there's not a thing to worry about.
Like the best movie adaptations, you'll discover that the book, essentially, is the movie -- there's just more to it. Some events have been shifted, some are extended, some are slightly altered. Obviously, we get into the heads of the characters and learn more about them, but the individual characterization remains the same -- these people are recognizably Oskar, Eli, Hawkin, etc. We are also introduced with more depth to the other residents of the apartment complex and they and their stories receive much more "screen time" here. The second half of the book also contains a major subplot (which I won't ruin) that is completely absent from the movies.
Steven Pacey does an admirable job with the narration. He uses several British dialects to help in establishing characters, and his reading is smooth and dramatic when it needs to be. If I have one quibble, its the shortness of the pauses between section breaks; I sometimes thought we were with previous characters when the story had jumped to others.
Lindqvist's writing (or, at least, the translation of his writing) is very good. His descriptions are vivid and the inner thoughts of his characters are engrossing. My only problem is that he tends to use incomplete sentences for dramatic purposes just a tad too often.
All in all, book is as compelling, if even more grim, that any fan of the movies would hope for. I'll definitely be reading more of Lindqvist stuff, and highly recommend this one.
I am a D-Bag.
Wow never read a foregin novel that captures a city and culture so well. I had saw the film some years back and it was passable but this book takes it miles beyond. Great characters that branch off and come back together. Maybe I little confusing listening if your not paying solid attention as the odd names seem to run together but a great book never the less. If you like character driven horror novels then slap this one in your collection.
All I can say is yuck, or maybe gross and because there is a minimum you have to type for a review to post , I wrote this as well. Just in my opinion the book is worthless and I didn't even get very far into the story. I just could not listen to the story. Sorry to anyone that is offended by my review, it is only my opinion. (That and 5$ will get you a small cup of coffee in today's economy)
I fell for the hype and reviews of this book on amazon. I wish I hadn't. This book is neither scarey nor disturbing. It's basicly just a very, very slow book of an emo kid getting beat up on a daily basis and pedophiles. You gotta wonder about the author on the later part there. It's very boring, hard to get into, hard to listen to and a waste of a credit.
In comparison, if you thought paranormal activity was the most horrifying movie of all time, this book might have a Slight chance of scaring you. If you thought that movie was nothing more then really boring, badly done home movies that makes watching paint dry seem exciting, you will not enjoy this book.
This was listed on The Historian page on Audible as a book that people who liked The Historian liked this one. The Historian is a lovely and elegant story about...well, you know! This book is icky, gritty, has a child continually beaten up and basically tortured, and I gave up when a hint of pedophilia cropped up. I need to contact Audible and get this yucky thing removed from my list of books as my children often dip into my account.