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Let the Right One In: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2008)

by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Title:Let the Right One In: A Novel
Authors:John Ajvide Lindqvist
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2008), Edition: Mti, Paperback, 480 pages
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Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2004)

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English (195)  Spanish (4)  Finnish (2)  Danish (2)  Swedish (2)  Norwegian (2)  German (2)  Italian (1)  French (1)  Catalan (1)  All languages (212)
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Is there any point at all in anything that happens in this horrible book?

EDIT: I think the best description I can come up with for it is it's like a crap Wasp Factory that's about four times as long. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
Una serie de eventos desafortunados meets [b:Dracula|17245|Dracula|Bram Stoker|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1387151694s/17245.jpg|3165724], en esta historia donde tanto a los vampiros como a los humanos les pasa todo lo malo que podría pasarles.

(Y sí, estoy al tanto de cuanto odian esas descripciones de "X meets Z".

)

2015 Reading Challenge #1: A book with more than 500 pages.

[b:Let the Right One In|943402|Let the Right One In|John Ajvide Lindqvist|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327893384s/943402.jpg|928338] es un libro que causa sentimientos encontrados; te muestra el lado feo, sucio y repulsivo de la vida: pedofilia, pederastia, asesinatos, psicopatía, alcoholismo, drogadicción, soledad. Y al mismo tiempo te susurra bajito: "No todo es malo. Mira: ahí hay una amistad, ahí hay una madre abrazando a su hijo, ahí hay dos personas que se aman sin condiciones". Te muestra una infelicidad y una esperanza tan absolutas, que al final no sabía si estaba absolutamente maravillada con la vida... o deprimida.

Al principio me costó bastante agarrarle el hilo a la historia, hay muchos personajes —y muchos puntos de vistas—, que van mostrando cosas que pueden parecer irrelevantes. Fue solo después de la mitad que me di cuenta que todo tiene una razón de ser y entonces no pude parar de leer. Las cosas comienzan a formarse poco a poco hasta que de pronto la acumulación de pequeños hechos generan una avalancha de consecuencias.

Me gusta la forma en que el autor aborda el tema de los vampiros y los muestra no como monstruos, sino como seres enfermos. Ellos no eligieron ser así, no quieren tener que matar a otros, no quieren alimentarse de sangre... pero quieren vivir. Sin embargo, más que una historia de vampiros, yo diría que es una historia con vampiros. Pero, sobretodo, es una historia de amor. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
The atmosphere of the decaying housing estate, and the school bullying were the things I remembered most strongly after the first reading; the second was more vivid with the descriptions of Hakan, Eli and Oskar...
Still a 4 star - the subject matter, of Hakan's unearthly longing was too uncomfortable for me to say I "loved" the book ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
3.5

Vampire stories are considered a dime a dozen any more - they've been done and redone to death. Let Me In is different, at least in that the vampire is a child, not with a seductive bite, not even with a specific gift or mission, but a cold creature who adapts as she meets a neighbor boy.

This book's pacing is slow; it's more of a drama piece over a horror one, although it does have eerie moments. There's violence, but most of it isn't through the vampire's hands directly. Gore and blood does not exist just for shock value.

Characterization is...interesting. The main boy-child, Oskar, is enjoyable to read about because he has a violent tendency of his own, is back and forth between two completely different homes, and finds his life surrounded by bullies at school and semi-pals at his apartments. There was a big factor in the story about bullying, trouble at school, summoning up courage, trying to adjust into difficult worlds where you just can't fit.

Eli isn't anything special to me, not that interesting, although the character isn't horrible to read about. Her caretaker was intriguing - what a weird man struggling with such twisted desires!

What I found a turn-off with the book was too much head-hopping and the detailed side stories. These sidelines distracted too much from the overarching storyline. Sure, they come into play later with the vampire angle and what can happen, but I still didn't care much. Too much time was invested in that, which is probably why the page count is larger than the main story warrants.

The dialogue didn't suit me either. It was stilted, often cut off and hesitant. The overdoing of this took me out of the story at times.

There is a cold feel to the main characters, which only makes sense. The distant and sometimes dry tone of the writing compliments that. Slow pacing is the only thing that would well with that mixture. I can easily imagine some subtle and gorgeous musical score accompanying this book if one was composed.

This is not 'another vampire story.' The focus isn't on vampirism, but of a strong bond that develops between two isolated souls who feel a connection. It's certainly not a match made in heaven, but it's a match that works in their world.

The ending...well, it was nifty. Nothing in your face, nothing shocking, not alarming, but suitable. It begins quietly but with power, and then it ends on that same note. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Love the piss ball, and that the boy is so much more disturbed in the book than in the movie. ( )
  victoria.caplinger | Jun 7, 2016 |
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If you have time over, read this book. I will however not recommend that you sell your granny to be able to afford it, unless you really dislike your granny, of course.
added by camillahoel | editRead And Find Out, jh (Sep 7, 2009)
 

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It makes you think of coconut-frosted cookies, maybe drugs. 'A respectable life.' You think subway station, suburb. Probably nothing else comes to mind. People must live there, just like they do in other places. That was why it was built, after all, so that people would have somewhere to live.
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Man tänker kanske kokosbollar, tänker kanske knark. »Ett anständigt liv.« Tänker tunnelbanestation, förort. Sedan tänker man inte så mycket mer. Bor väl folk där, som på andra platser. Det var ju därför det byggdes; för att folk skulle ha någonstans att bo.
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Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival!

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. 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. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .

Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson’s film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!
 

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Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night--Publisher's description.

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