This is a somewhat bittersweet vampire story. It introduces you to a lot of characters that all seem to be in separate circumstances then get woven into this emotionally entangled little horror story with a young bully victim and his equally young vampire friend in the middle of it. One by one they become victims in one way or another, until you don't know what your feelings toward this young vampire should be, as Eli is also a victim. My only complaint is that the story was too drawn out for my tastes and I found myself wanting it to end. When the end did draw near however, the suspense was relentless as Oscar's fate drew closer.
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.
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 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.
removal of pedaphilia
I will probably not listen to anymore of his performances. His mispronunciation of words coupled with his accent make it unbearable listening
This book is full of deviant behavior, while I am not abhorrent to such things, the one thing I can't stand is pedaphilia, which this book has plenty of. I was only able to get through the first few chapters and decided it wasn't for me, or for anyone with children of their own
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 got this book because I love horror. The pretense is good, a nice little take on vampires, however there are extra characters that aren't needed, graphic sex scenes that really don't need to be in the book (perhaps the author gets off on grossing people out) and other scenes in the book just act as useless filler. The book moved slow, made no sense in parts and was very tough to get through. I was really hoping that I would enjoy this book and would be able to write a great review, but I can't. Just listening to the book makes me feel very disjointed and scratching my head as to what was just said and why. It was as if the author had trouble transferring his thoughts for the book to paper, somewhere in between the connection got lost.
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.