In his new novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist does for zombies what his previous novel, Let the Right One In, did for vampires.
Across Stockholm, the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with this, with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become.
Here is a horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.
©2005 John Ajvide Lindqvist; Translation copyright 2009 by Ebba Segerberg (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
The only reason I got this after reading all the negative reviews was because Lindqvist's vampire story "Let Me In" was the best horror novel I've ever read, and I wanted to see what he could do with the zombie genre.
I found the story profoundly moving; it had the tragic, melancholic quality and exploration of character that The Walking Dead TV series used to feature in its early episodes before it became a cartoon/soap opera. The prose was beautiful and often poetic (the translator did a phenomenal job). And just as with "Let Me In", which, though ostensibly a vampire horror novel, wasn't really ABOUT vampires or horror, but rather the nature of love and questions of morality, this book wasn't about zombies so much as how the living deal with the loss of their loved ones, and how death affects the living that are left behind.
Zombie books and movies (especially George A. Romero's "...of the Dead" sextet) are a great vehicle for social commentary. Lindqvist takes full advantage of this, but is very subtle with it.
The narrator was absolutely perfect!
I'll definitely be listening to this audiobook again.
this was a good book however it was a little hard to follow at times especially in the beginning.
Not really a flesh eating zombie story. Good writing well acted. But just not what I expected.
Performance was really well done
Classic zombie fans - Beware!
Slow-paced and anti-climactic. The zombies are not stereotypical brain-eating zombies, either. I'm really wondering if this did translate well, because this was just plain boring. The "climax" was so disappointing - the whole story left me with a bunch of questions but without any real interest in indulging in sequels.
Seriously, I should have ordered ordered Book Yourself Solid. This was a waste of time. And credits/money.
If the Zombies had started eating people
This is not a zombie book. I listened to this god awful piece of crap just thinking "at any moment the zombies are gonna go crazy and start eating people..." Nope. Never happens. They wake up, they walk around like idiots, everyone feels bad for them, then they die again.
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