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Let Me In | [John Ajvide Lindqvist]

Let Me In

Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.
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Publisher's Summary

Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day.

While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door - a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s cube before, but who can solve it at once. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night....

©2004 John Ajvide Lindqvist (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Lindqvist develops the plot in rich detail. The characters, adult and child, are quite convincingly the sort that one would probably cross the street to avoid in any city." (Booklist)

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    Tim United States 07-11-12
    Tim United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Not a mainstream reader.

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    "Mature Writing vs. Puberty Materials"

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 06-29-11
    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 06-29-11

    homesauce

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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Arlington, VA, United States 11-04-10
    Caroline Arlington, VA, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "so much better than the sweedish movie..."

    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"...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia United States 01-28-11
    Cynthia United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2010

    Cindy

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    "Very Creepy and atmospheric...."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14
    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautiful and Creepy"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene had to be where Eli was revealed as Vampire to Oscar.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Csilla GREENBELT, MD, United States 07-21-14
    Csilla GREENBELT, MD, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad writing, sickening plot"

    I picked up this book because I saw the movie, but the book has way too much detail and it seemed to me like the author is obsessing over sickening details.

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    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2012

    monnie1976

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    "Dark, twisted but ultimately a well written story."
    What made the experience of listening to Let Me In the most enjoyable?

    I really felt like Oskar and Eli were interesting and fascinating characters and both are well drawn.


    What other book might you compare Let Me In to and why?

    I can't think of any book like this one.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could take any character from Let Me In out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None of them. I'd be more likely to do therapy with them!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Columbia, MD, United States 12-27-13
    Daniel Columbia, MD, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Not for me"
    What would have made Let Me In better?

    removal of pedaphilia


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?

    I will probably not listen to anymore of his performances. His mispronunciation of words coupled with his accent make it unbearable listening


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Temporal Singularity Lompoc, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Temporal Singularity Lompoc, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very interesting take on the vampire genre."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Cummings r/c, ca 04-25-13
    Thomas Cummings r/c, ca 04-25-13 Member Since 2013

    the night watchman

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    "Fans of the movie(s) won't be disappointed"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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