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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Mti edition (Oct. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312355297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312355296
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'd been anticipating this novel for quite some time, and not just because I'd booked to see the author at the Melbourne Writers' Festival. This tale is much more than just a vampire story. It has crime, social commentary, school life, parental issues, alcoholism and cats. It's so refreshing to read an urban fantasy novel that doesn't have the cliché kick-arse heroine. Instead, we have schoolboy Oskar, bullied relentlessly at school, who has a macabre fascination with murder. Eli, who's just moved next door, is like no one else Oskar's encountered for, and there's a good reason for that. Oskar and Eli are two of the most fascinating characters I've come across in a long time. The cat scenes are disturbing - the moral of the story being not to own eighteen cats. (I'm happy with just one.) The cruelty and violence of the kids is horrifying; forget the innocence you believe children have. An engrossing read that leaves me waiting for the author's second novel to be translated into English.
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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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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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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. Definitely worth my while; what an excellent read! I'm a person who avoids clutter so I only keep a very few precious books and this is one of them, along with books such as Never Let Me Go, A Thousand Splendid Suns and excellent stuff like that. I am a little sad at the unexpected gender thing (yup, I'm still into the story) and if you read this, definitely DO get the follow-up afterword book Let the Old Dreams Die. It clarifies a few important things as the author saw them. By the way, Mr. Lindqvist, that Swedish movie was a truly superb take on the book. I like Oskar better as the actor figure's appearance....somehow more lost. Also I like your good music taste with Morrissey. Nice.
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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. (I have yet to see the North American remake movie.) I opened the book hoping that, as is often the case with me, the original novel would be just as good as or better than the film.

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.
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