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The Strain (2009)
by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan (Author)
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For someone like myself whoâ€™s a big horror fan, most horror books donâ€™t do much for me. On that note, I actually thought this one was done really well as far as the suspense goes. Unfortunately it was also pretty cliche, but definitely but a new twist on and old idea. Iâ€™ll keep going with the trilogy when I get time.
The cover of this book caught my eye at my local library, and when I saw that it was written by Guillermo del Toro, one of my top 3 film directors, I was immediately curious and took it home.
The book started off well and I really enjoyed the way it was written, somehow it felt like I was watching a movie.
The characters felt distinct and fleshed out. The pace was also good.
In the past, I adored all things horror, at the moment, not so much. So when the story started to reveal itself as a virus-vampire-doomsday book I began to lose interest. I was still interested to see how it played out, but I don't think I will be reading the subsequent installments. The big showdown was also a bit of a disappointment after the nerve wracking buildup.
I watched this series years ago when it aired and really enjoyed it. I then realized it was based on a trilogy written by the director and creator of the series, Guillermo del Toro. He is great at horror! I loved the whole new twist on the vampire legend and the characters are diverse and entertaining. They are imperfect and human and we totally root for them. This is obviously very similar to lots of plot points in the series but still very fun and I will read the rest of the trilogy.
I usually don't like vampire stories, but this one had an extra umph! to it. Those tentacles coming out of the mouth after the jaw dropped open. Thrilling. The plane coming to rest at the far edge of a runway and then just going...dead. The coffin that moves by itself out of the airline hangar. The dicks shriveling up, turning black, then dropping off. Pretty cool. Plus, I love Guillermo del Toro's (William of the Bull) work on Pan's Labyrinth. I don't know if I'll continue on this trilogy lol. Junk reading, like junk food is only good once in a while.
I am torn about The Strain. I like it for all of its blood-sucking charms, but in order to do so, Iâ€™ve got to overlook some fairly major shortcomings in its mechanics. And Iâ€™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.
Un Boeing 777 aterriza en el aeropuerto John F. Kennedy de Nueva York proveniente de BerlĂn, 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 elĂ©ctrica del aparato se corta. No se escuchan mĂłviles, ni BlackBerries, ni la radio, nada. Las cortinas de las ventanillas estĂˇn bajadas y no se ve a nadie dentro. Se reĂşne un equipo de emergencias y todos observan al aviĂłn silencioso ahora baĂ±ado por las luces del aeropuerto, en completo silencio. Parece una gigantesca lĂˇpida 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 glacialâ€¦
Siempre han estado aquĂ. Vampiros. Anidando y alimentĂˇndose. En secreto y oscuridad. A la espera. Ahora ha llegado su momento. En una semana, Manhattan habrĂˇ desaparecido. En tres meses, todo el paĂs. En seis meses, el mundo entero.
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"A high-tech vampire epic....Terrifying."
"Part The Andromeda Strain, part Night of the Living Dead."
"Chuck Hogan is known for his taut thrillers, Guillermo del Toro for his surreal horror films...The Strain brings out the best of each."
An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strainâ??the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood's most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, The Strain is a nightmare of the first order
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I have to say that I expected a more interesting and quirkier story from Guillermo del Toro than what I found here. It's a mediocre vampire story and nothing more. I won't go on with the series. ( )