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Handling the Undead Hardcover – Sep 28 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312605254
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #540,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A unique and humanistic take on the undead that has a place alongside thoughtful horror novels like World War Z.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“The first fresh take on the zombie since [Dawn of the Dead].” ―

“Shivers the spine and hooks the heart.” ―

“Lindqvist is giving us new kinds of monsters.” ―

“Sophisticated horror that takes the genre to new and exciting levels.” ―Suspense Magazine

“A unique standout.” ―

“Will entice longtime zombie fans eager for a subversive examination of some of the horror genre's most recognizable monsters.” ―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

John Ajvide Lindqvist is the author of Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead. Let The Right One In, his debut novel, 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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Format: Paperback
Before you actually dive into this book expecting mad rabid zombies trying to get into your house, while the characters try to survive and scrounge whatever resources they can to make it out into a world turned upside down, you’re not going to find it here. Yes it was disappointing. Is it worth a try? Maybe...maybe not.

In this case, besides the fact that the dead have risen. They’re shells of their former self. Not rabid things we’re so used to seeing. They feed and react to the living’s feelings. (For example if you react with disgust, or hatred, they’ll lash out). Seems interesting. Certainly a different approach. Zombie purists out there probably wouldn’t give this book a second glance. I like trying out different things (just like food!) as there are times when you do come across a gem. Do I consider this one a gem? Not really.

Although it deals with several issues; such as the loss and acceptance of a loved one, or how far would someone go to protect the love one had for someone who was deceased. So in a sense, it’s a book that does make you think (well that mixed with zombies? Sacrilege!) so if you want something for the action fast paced plot, you’re not going to find it here. You want something to slowly digest (har!), read on character development and thinking, and for something to think about then maybe, just maybe this is for you.

My view on this book, take it or leave it. I found it all right. Not the best read, certainly but worth a try just to have a book that actually makes you think about what would really happen in scenarios such as this. Would you sacrifice everything? Or curl up and cry on the floor as the world burns? It’s worth to mull over. Those that want something with raging undead at your doorstep, skip this and go to the next one.
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Format: Hardcover
I have not yet read Lindqvist's "Let the Right One In" but now intend to. Not that "Handling the Undead" is perfect - it has pace issues, some characters are better imagined than others, and there is some general confusion in plot. However, having said all that, it is subtle, unsettling and will stay with you for some time once finished which deserves credit.

It is not a traditional zombie novel and I am thankful for that. There are too many zombie novels coming off what seems like an assembly line and most are poor and repetitive. Lindqvist instead chooses to make such a phenomena as re-animated loved ones as real as emotionally possible. He does so through a handful of characters who experience the real horror of such an event displaying believable psychological and humanistic reactions. It is an intelligent take on the genre and, though flawed, is still a laudable and interesting book.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Handling the Undead" is a zombie book. But not the typical gory, horrendous BRAAAAAAINSSSS-craving type. Instead John Ajvinde Lindquist slowly weaves together an intelligent, philosophical look at what would happen if the dead were to unnaturally rise from their graves... and the only flaw is that the middle section of the book is so SLOW.

Something strange is happening in Stockholm -- the weather is oppressive, electrical glitches are everywhere, and everybody has a headache.

But when the strange conditions vanish, everybody who has died within the last two months rises from the morgue, funeral homes, and even their coffins. The "reliving" wander back to their old homes, mute and seemingly unaware, shocking their loved ones. And of course, the government quickly rounds them up and confines them, until they can be sure what dangers the "reliving" might pose.

In the days that follow, Lindqvist follows five people whose loved ones have come back -- a comedian sunk deep in denial about his wife being gone, a wannabe-rebel teen, a grandfather and a young mother trying to help her undead son "recover," and a widow who believes that she has a mission from the Virgin Mary. But something else is approaching Stockholm, bringing unexpected effects in its wake.

"Handling the Undead" doesn't really focus on the zombies themselves. Instead, Lindqvist conjures up a simple scenario, and examines how people would react to it -- we see hysteria, suicide, denial, dismissal, religious fervor, and a delusional belief that the zombies can simply go back to their old lives. And he brings up a number of philosophical questions with no easy answers.

The biggest problem with this book is that it should have been much smaller.
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