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Let the Right One In: A Novel [Paperback]

John Ajvide Lindqvist , Ebba Segerberg
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Oct. 28 2008

Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden!

It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager 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 and Swedish readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!

Following the success in Sweden, this movie was remade starring Kodi Smit Mcpheem, Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins under the new title Let Me In.  The story has continued to reach new viewers in a London Musical and the book remains a vampire favorite among its readers.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky is he who has such a friend June 5 2009
Vampire stories tend to come in two flavours -- either they're creepy horor stories, or celebrations of goth hotties tortured by their immortality.

But John Ajvide Lindqvist's "Let The Right One In" is neither kind or story. Instead this haunting, atmospheric Swedish movie is a poignant look at a very unique friendship between a young boy and a vampire child. His spare prose has a haunting poetic edge even in the violent scenes, and is littered with moments of pure creepiness and beauty.

A man and a young girl have moved into the apartment next to Oskar's. But he's more concerned with the savage bullies that attack him every single day.

But as he vents his frustrations by stabbing a tree, he sees a ghostly young girl named Eli, who informs him that she can't be his friend. She turns out to be as much of an oddball as Oskar -- especially since she only ventures out at night, smells like death, and is unaffected by the winter cold. But despite her odd greeting, the two strike up an innocent friendship.

At the same time, her servant Hakan is going around town killing young boys for Eli's sake, and trying to blackmail her into sleeping with him in exchange for blood. Oskar realizes that Eli is a bona fide vampire -- and not really a girl -- but doesn't intend to let that get in the way of their puppy love. Yet when Hakan's errands go horribly awry, Oskar finds himself to be the only person Eli can rely on.

Trust me, "Let the Right One In" has no sentimental ideas about children (even vampiric ones) -- they can be more violent than anyone, because they are more vulnerable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming with a side of horror. Dec 7 2009
I love vampire fiction. I usually had to search really hard to find them (till Twilight created this vampire storm). But now I have to try and find good ones, which is far more frustrating.

Unfortunately I watched the movie directed by Tomas Alfredson first. By unfortunately, I mean that I like to read the book first, the movie was NOT a disappointment, I very much enjoyed it. Afterwards, when I was googling this movie to find where I could buy it I noticed the book. The next day I bought it, in two days it was devoured and I cannot praise this book enough.

After enduring love stories with sufficient eye-rolling on my part; this book surprised, shocked, disgusted and delighted me. It was far from a predictable read.

Oskar is a troubled, awkward twelve year old. He's bullied, ignored, strange and longing for a friend. When Eli comes along, the friendship slowly blossoms (it's not BAM, "oh you're hot and we must date because you're undead") it's frightening at first for Oskar when he discovers Eli's (at least one of many) secrets. But, the story isn't just focused on the two of them - though they are the main story - there are several other interesting characters who add to the story. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes horror/sci-fi/urban fantasy and/or vampires.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect antidote to the urban fantasy cliche Jan. 7 2009
I came across this book on a pure fluke, but I'm so glad I did. At first the book starts out like a typical murder mystery. But it starts taking twists and turns right away, like when we are introduced to the protagonist who's an unpopular, socially awkward boy who falls in love with a girl that's dirty and weird. Once we delve more into the book, the twists keep on coming as the girl's identity is revealed and the harshness of the world that the protagonist lives in.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story of adolescence and horror July 26 2009
I avoid most vampire stories, let alone a vampire story with any kind of love, friendship and romance in it. Usually too far fetched or sappy. However, I found, Let the Right One In a great read even without the horror parts. It is a good tale about adolescence, the supernatural and friends.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual vampire story
Unusual vampire story in that the vampire and child appear to be about the same age even though she is not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. Paine
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought about this for a LONG time
I actually saw the excellent Swedish version of the movie some time ago and couldn't get it out of my mind. Eventually I searched out the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diane Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome from start to finish
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 12 months ago by Bolder
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the Right One In - John Lindqvist novel
I loved the Americanized version of the movie "Let Me In" and thought it was a wonderful and poignant story. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2012 by Marie de Heryng
4.0 out of 5 stars A different take on vampires
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 more
Published on Oct. 29 2011 by Selena Halasz
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Tea and Tomes ([...])
I received this book as a gift, which thrilled me to no end since I really enjoyed the Swedish movie that was based on this novel. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2011 by Ria (Bibliotropic)
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy?
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 more
Published on Dec 24 2010 by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Let The Right One In is about a boy named Oscar who is bullied at school, who meets a girl named Eli. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2010 by Donnie
5.0 out of 5 stars dark, interesting, with grittiness woven together
You'll never find a vampire fiction such as this one. Haunting, atmospheric stories are hard to come by. Especially in this day of age. Read more
Published on April 14 2010 by Joss
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