There was so much promise in the first book. It was as if Del Toro was brought from screen to page. He reinvented a genre that was in bad need of a face lift. Too many sparkly vampires and angst filled cliches are floating around in the media. We really needed a good old Bram Stoker take on it. The first book delivered in spades, the universe they had set up held so much potential. The characters were well developed and the plot clipped along at an entertaining and engaging pace. And then came the second book, while not as good as the first it felt like was reaching for the same goal.
I really wanted the third book to breath life back into the series. Del Toro is one of my favorite writer/directors and I held faith that the final chapter of his story would offer an original and engaging revival. Instead, as I listened, the atmosphere disappeared, the characters became wooden and shallow, and the plot meandered about as if concussed. I was bored. I am not sure if the story was trying to be too many things at once or just had an identity crisis. Post-apocalyptic/vampire/political drama/world domination/existence of God/whatever. Things were explained too late in the game, or just out right poorly placed within the story. It seemed like this last novel was phoned in, as if the writers just got tired of telling the story and just threw a bunch of fluff at their overall outline.
I'm sitting here still trying to decide if I liked it or not. As a trilogy I would say it is an ok read. Something to kill time between your favorite series. As the third installment, I would say it is the poorest of the three.
I really was hoping for something to give vampires back their dignity. Now I dread another "I am legend" abortion on the big screen. Poor Matheson, that poor bastard needs one of his books done properly. As for Del Toro, I think he supplied a solid world and a setting that had vast potential. I am not sure where the break down occurred but something slipped in the second book and fell flat on its face in the third.
On a side note, while the narrator was solid, you just cannot beat Ron Perlman.
These books decline in quality as the series progresses. It's a good think this is the last one, because a fourth would be unreadable. This somehow managed to get dull at points, despite being a supposed thriller about vampires. Toro and Hogan tried to get too poetic and it definitely misfired, the long passages about Dr. Goodweather's emotional state get extremely boring and detract from the story. This one adds a weird religious component that the other ones didn't have, as a back story for the vampire scourge, and it didn't really work for me.
yes and no. Its nice to have it read.
The orgin of the vampires.
The orgin of the vampires.
Ron Perlman... Vampires.. Great Story... Amazing just Amazing... well that was Book 1 ... one of my favorite Audio Book experiences... This book and this read is how I have turned so many people onto audio books
Book 2... no Ron Perlman..... at least we still have some Nazi Vampires.. So thats a plus...
Book 3... wow.. Instead of saving the series they just totally seemed to rush it and throw it all out the window.. Angels... Wango Tango Foxtrot? It seems they really just mashed a bunch of crap together to get this done and over with. Like a movie that hits production hell and has reshoots.. Its like half way through book 2 they had no idea where they where going and bit off more than they could chew. This book had aspects I did like.. wait .. no .. it didnt. . I was so sadly sadly let down. Its like they took book one and just tossed it in a toilet.
and whats with the long middle fingers and how they function with these? this was incredible frustrating to picture.. as they hold shot guns and swords.
The story line pretty much falls flat on its face in this one. Lots of self pity and analysis, very little substance. I don't recommend this one.
I was wrong. It happens to the best of us. I gave a pretty poor review of Book 2. Mostly because, as with other series, I was jolted by the change in narrator. I let that steer how I felt about the book. But I realize now after hearing Mr. Oreskes again and the conclusion of this series that I was wrong. Book 2 was a good book and Mr. Oreskes did a good job.
The Night Eternal
This was a great end to The Strain Trilogy. I really enjoyed all three of these books and look forward to listening to them again back to back.
One of the few comments I have though is that throughout the 3 books I kept saying to myself, "this would make a great movie." And after this book I really feel that it would and almost feel like Mr. Del Toro's life in movies came through pretty strongly in these books. I'm not saying it was a bad or good thing, it just was very palatable to me. So I hope that these are made into a movie series.
I've read a lot of horror, end of the world, zombie, vampire, etc.. and I can say that this trilogy was my favorite. Most of the time the books are great, but the endings are lackluster. This ended perfectly. It's not a fairy book ending, it's a fitting ending. And it does end. There are no hanging threads. We find out everything.
This is not a stand alone read. You have to read all three books to get the full appreciation. I can't wait to see what this author does next.
The Deus Ex Machina in this story is blatant and jarring, especially considering how smoothly the other two books flowed.
Yes, but only for a completionist. It has some fun ideas about a vampire apocalypse and does some great character development with Effram's kid, but the plot suffers. There's also a fair amount of
Having been disappointed by the second installment in this series, I was very pleased to find that 'The Eternal Night' came much closer to the excitement of the first book (which remains my favorite). This is a painful book, with a deeper range of human emotions than the previous two installments.
Another thing I appreciate about this book is how it completes the trilogy. I'm not giving anything away when I say there won't be a fourth book. I've been involved with this story for over two years now, from its thrilling beginning, through its rather soft middle and this taut, satisfactory ending. I will miss these characters.
I have to say that I loved the pace of the last book of the trilogy! Although we look back to find the story of Mr. Quinlan, the majority of the book is fast paced action leading to a great conclusion.
I wasn't sure I liked where they went with the creation of the Master and the ancients, but as the book moved on, it grew on me, adding to the supernatural lore of the whole subject.
Now I just have to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the movies to be made!