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
I read all sorts of books from various non-fiction to YA fantasy. Love them all!
I have been interested in reading this book after reading a fascinating short story of his a few years ago. This book did not disappoint. It was eerie and consuming. It was also very gruesome, and it has some graphic child-sexual-abuse scenes, so beware. Luckily, I had read reviews of this book beforehand and already knew about the child abuse, so I was not quite as repulsed by it. However, this book lost an entire star because of the child-sexual-abuse, which didn't appear at all in the movies and wasn't absolutely necessary. The child abuse did help develop the character of Eli's father as a disgusting and pathetic failure, but I think both attributes could have been manged in other ways. Or, at least, without the graphic scenes.
In general, I am pleased with Lindqvist's style - it is mysterious and flows well. The characters were well-drawn and believable (in a there-be-vampires sort of way). There dark, dreary mood was set early in the book and retained steadily throughout. There was nothing particularly original about Lindqvist's vampire, though Eli had some original personality traits and circumstances. Also, I've seen this book described as a romance, and I don't agree with that. Yes, Oskar asked Eli to "go steady," but that was about it. I mean, he was 12, and those feelings were very naive and not pronounced. This was a book about friendship, not romance.
Overall, I was pleased with the book and would read another by Lindqvist, though I'll probably wait before I can get through another that has sexual abuse in it. The audiobook was well-read - the voices were distinguishable and the pacing was quite reasonable.
I read this book many years ago and couldn't put it down. I had an urge to read it again. It is just as emotional and unsettling as it was the first time around. Almost poetic.
Hands down, the best vampire story I've ever read.
If you had seen the movie, this book contains more graphic tones of the pedophilia so it may not be suitable for sensitive readers. It is also much more gory.
Highly recommended to horror fans.
This is a technically very good book but it took me way longer to finish it than it should have because it made me so uncomfortable. There was A LOT of first person pedophile talk and while I understand why it was included, it made it very difficult to read. Otherwise it's an engaging and unique story, well written and performed. Read if you can stomach it.
I watched both the foreign movie and the American and thought both were good. After reading this book I think that it's better than the movie and wish they would have stock to it a little more.