Much better than either the foriegn or English movie could ever be. The characters truly come to life. Awesome spin on the whole vampire thing. I've been a horror/suspense reader since the mid 70s and this one moves to the top of the list. Just can't describe too many of the great attributes of the book without being a spoiler for those who have yet to experience this great book. If you like this genre, JUST GET IT!!!
It was decent, but the pedo overtones were way more disturbing than the vampires. Also the author cut away from action moments. Reader is good. Movie is better than the book because it focussed on the good parts and trimmed the nonsense out
The prose here is often breathtaking, but the plot is relatively dull and meandering. Totally worth reading for the quality of writing, but the story itself feels a bit empty -- developing characters that often seem to go nowhere.
I'll give it a fourth star just for the inventive wordplay and solid narration, but the storytelling falls flat.
I loved Eli. Seldom have I met a character who was as ambiguous as Eli is. Eli is complex in unexpected ways and serves (at least for me) as the heart of the story as it is Eli that truly drives many elements and weaves them together.
My favorite scene had to be where Eli was revealed as Vampire to Oscar.
I really felt like Oskar and Eli were interesting and fascinating characters and both are well drawn.
I can't think of any book like this one.
He did a decent job. I can't remember anything specific but at the end of the day I stayed in the book and wasn't taken out of it by anything he did or did not do.
None of them. I'd be more likely to do therapy with them!
I read nothing that is popular.
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.
The small scenes of humor thrown in from time to time. For example, the slapping of Lacke, the wrestling between Eli and Oskar, and Tommy's attitude and treatment towards Staffan. These scenes lessen the dark tone of the novel, even if it was only by a little bit.
Surprisingly,Tommy and Lacke. I really do not know why, however I believe it is because every time a scene involved one of them I always found myself laughing. Something about their characters and personalities just evoked laughter.
Too many to really say which one was my favorite, however I will say the slapping of Lacke scene had me dying laughing for quite sometime. I even believe I rewind the audio to hear the scene two more times.
Definitely, laughter and also, from time to time, repulsed. I already explained the reason for why the novel was funny, however the repulsed sense comes from some of the other scenes within the book. Like when Hakan attacked Eli, Tommy, and another nameless boy, naked. He was such a dirty and lonely old man!