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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

The Strain (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Guillermo del Toro (Author), Chuck Hogan (Author)

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Title:The Strain
Authors:Guillermo del Toro (Author)
Other authors:Chuck Hogan (Author)
Info:Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins, 2009.
Collections:Your library, Horror, Ghosties & Thingys, Fiction
Tags:Vampires, Infectious Disease, CDC, Horror

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The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro (2009)

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    Joles: The authors treat vampires in a similar light. The Strain could very well be what leads up to Matheson's I Am Legend.
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The vampire premise for the book is refreshing. No sexy vampire or vampire in an opera cape here. That said, the story does feel like it was written to be the basis for a movie script. There are a plethora of movie clichés, many generating images of some unremarkable Action/SciFi movies. They diffuse the story, and make the characters less believable or interesting. The first half of the book is riveting, and the last half has too many loose ends. It started with the promise of being a solid 4 star book and ended a three star. That said, it was an good read, and I'm not going to miss the rest of the trilogy. ( )
  KCV | Jul 24, 2017 |
Definitely a thrilling ride. It doesn't take long at all to gear up and once it does it never slows down. Twists and turns I didn't expect. Great story-telling, a real page-turner. I was had a hard time putting it down for any length of time. I loved the characters, the complicated relationships between them. I liked that each character had their own personality and voice, even if they weren't around for long. The way that the authors wrote about the differences in social and class structures was also really nice to see. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the next book to continue and find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend it. So worth it! It's not for the faint of heart, but definitely a vampire story that's much different than anything I've read before. And who knew vampire science could be so interesting?! Get this book!!! ( )
  madam_razz | Jan 19, 2017 |
Vamps, vamps, everywhere the vamps. Cronin's the Passage", Shan's "Cirque Du Freak" series, Meyer's abomination, everywhere you turn, it is vampires stacked upon vampires.

Thankfully, this is a good old horror/thriller with lots of death and destruction. With some pseudo-medical science thrown in, you can even pretend this might actually be real [just like radiation for the fans of the 50-70's, it could make ANYTHING happen].

Looking forward to the next book and finding out more about the Vampire Lords." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Vampires. The word alone will likely draw an image immediately to mind. Chances are, each one of us will have a slightly different image. Vampires being such a versatile creature in fiction, I’ve begun to consider them on a bit of a sliding scale: one end being the fully romanticized, all but human portrayals, where the vampires have a full range of intellectual and emotional capability. The other end has the feral, bestial type, controlled by insatiable bloodlust. What you see will mostly depend on your personal taste.

The Strain leans on the latter end, with mixed results. The creatures presented are undoubtedly frightening, but what, if anything, makes them distinctly scary as vampires?

Full review: https://thebechdelscream.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/the-strain/ ( )
  thebechdelscream | Nov 28, 2016 |
I really had higher expectations for this. I read a review that stated this story started off strong and lost steam along the way-I agree. I did enjoy the zombie twist on vampires though. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
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I am torn about The Strain. I like it for all of its blood-sucking charms, but in order to do so, I’ve got to overlook some fairly major shortcomings in its mechanics. And I’ve got to do it all while somehow managing to avoid blaming Guillermo for anything.
It's so creepy that when I told my wife and daughter about it *they* got creeped out just from my description.
The Strain is a breakneck thrill ride chronicling only the first four days of the vampire plague that may destroy civilization. The cinematic quality really comes though, making the book feel more like a action blockbuster than a thought-provoking horror novel. The publisher is hyping the heck out of this book, and it will sell like a Dan Brown of the Undead. It has some dopey parts, but is also pretty entertaining and scary. This would be an excellent vacation read, although I would not recommend reading the first fifty pages on an airplane if you are a nervous flier. Save it for the beach soaking up the UV rays.
added by PhoenixTerran | editio9, Chris Hsiang (Jun 2, 2009)
Un Boeing 777 aterriza en el aeropuerto John F. Kennedy de Nueva York proveniente de Berlín, y cuando se dirige a la puerta para que los pasajeros empiecen a desembarcar, de repente se oscurece. La torre de control pierde contacto con el piloto y toda la actividad eléctrica del aparato se corta. No se escuchan móviles, ni BlackBerries, ni la radio, nada. Las cortinas de las ventanillas están bajadas y no se ve a nadie dentro. Se reúne un equipo de emergencias y todos observan al avión silencioso ahora bañado por las luces del aeropuerto, en completo silencio. Parece una gigantesca lápida blanca que brilla contra el oscuro cielo de la noche.
Entonces una brecha negra aparece en el fuselaje: es una puerta que se abre desde dentro con una lentitud glacial…
Siempre han estado aquí. Vampiros. Anidando y alimentándose. En secreto y oscuridad. A la espera. Ahora ha llegado su momento. En una semana, Manhattan habrá desaparecido. En tres meses, todo el país. En seis meses, el mundo entero.
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Dedicated to all nightmares, past and present, and to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone. -GDT
To Lorenza, Mariana, and Marisa...
and to all the monsters in my nursery:
May you never leave me alone

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For my Lila -CH
To Lorenza, Mariana, and Marisa ...
and to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone. -GDT
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"Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian's grandmother, "there was a giant."
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They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

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Abraham Setrakian, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust, joins forces with CDC specialist Eph Goodweather to battle a vampiric virus that has infected New York in this first installment in a thrilling trilogy about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity.… (more)

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