Let the Right One In: A Novel Paperback – Oct 28 2008
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“It's easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman.” ―Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)
“Sweden's Stephen King...a classic tale of horror.” ―Tucson Citizen
“A brilliant take on the vampire myth, and a roaring good story.” ―Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of Haunted
“Absolutely chilling. This page-turner grabs you from the onset and just won't let go. Vampires at their Anne Ricean best!” ―L. A. Banks, author of Bite the Bullet and the Vampire Huntress series
About the Author
John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An American remake, Let Me In, written and directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, was released in October 2010 to rave reviews.
Lindqvist grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm and the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television. He lives in Sweden.
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I loved this book despite having some creepy moments and moments that made me exclaim outloud. It was very chilling, but it was a much welcome respite from the usual vampire romances that are full of cliches and gender inclusive romances. I recommend this book highly for people that want to read something that's realistic and a fresh perspective on an almost laughable and too cliched genre.
Meet Oskar, a shy, imaginative 12 year old boy of a single mom. Typical target for high school bullies. The poor guy is constantly ridicule and beaten to the point where he literally wets himself. Enter the weird girl next door, Eli and her weird "older relative." Oskar soon makes an awkward friendship with this girl-next-door. He finds that, in many ways, she is the least mixed up character in his life. Meanwhile, Oskar's neighborhood, a bleak, low-income area, soon becomes a worse place to live when people start disappearing or dying in gruesome ways.
Oskar suspects something odd, even wrong about his new friend. He soon realizes something is dangerous about her constantly changing health, expressions and the way that she asks him "Can I come in?" Yet, from knowing her, he gains an independence, strength and courage that he never knew before. He begins to see the inadequency of the police, the neighborhood drunks, the school and his own separated parents. With the social pressures, threats from bullies and despair with his parents, Oskar starts realizing the worth of a true friend, human or otherwise.
I was not disappointed.
The author has an incredible talent for detail, building realistic characters and all their idiosyncracies that are not essential to a novel but add so very much. It isn't often that I see a novel create such complete people; most often, the only parts of a character that are revealed are the ones essential to the plot, or at least to an important scene or two. As it was, I came away feeling that the characters were real, were people and not just skeleton figures dressed up for the purpose of telling a story.
The plot moved along with wonderful pacing, though I confess that I was more interested in what happened to Oskar and Eli than most of the other adults who were touched by an encounter with vampirism. It wasn't that those bits were boring (on the contrary, some of them were quite interesting), but they didn't hold my interest as well as other parts.
I also loved how gritty the setting was without being over the top. No idyllic little town, but it wasn't filled with wife-beaters and drunkards in every house. Families were broken, people's lives were strained, but they lived as well as they could and took their pleasures in what came their way, the way that the majority of people do. Life was neither great nor crappy. It just was. I like seeing that.
If anything baffled me about this novel, it was the reviews on the back.Read more ›
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A great story of romance with horror elements, but not too insulting like other "vampire tales."Published 1 month ago by Toni
This book "Let Me IN" can best be described as creepy, horrifying and dark. Its not only set in Sweden, it was originally written in Swedish. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2014 by Bootsy Bass
Unusual vampire story in that the vampire and child appear to be about the same age even though she is not. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2014 by D. Paine
Awesome book, just like the movie, if you can past the strange Swedish names this book definitely delivers, if you are a fan of the remake Let Me In, then i recommend the book.Published on Oct. 29 2013 by Bolder
I loved the Americanized version of the movie "Let Me In" and thought it was a wonderful and poignant story. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2012 by Marie de Heryng
This is a translation of a novel written by a Swedish author. I enjoyed the story very much. The character development was well done and it was not the typical vampire story. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2011 by Selena Halasz
This book is not for everyone. Some of the relationships and situations in the book are uncomfortable to read and will turn many off. Read morePublished on March 28 2011 by Reads bookman
I picked this book up after much talk about how creepy and scary it was. I for one can't say I would classify it as horror but what I did find was an excellent read that kept me... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2010 by A Customer