- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (June 2 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061558230
- ASIN: B0053U7BN6
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 23.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,139,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Strain: Book One Of The Strain Trilogy Hardcover – Bargain Price, Oct 5 2000
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Amazon Best of the Month, June 2009: Who better to reinvent the vampire genre than Guillermo Del Toro, the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth, and Chuck Hogan, master of character-driven thrillers like Prince of Thieves? The first of a trilogy, The Strain is everything you want from a horror novel--dark, bloody, and packed full of mayhem and mythology. But, be forewarned, these are not like any vampires you've met before--they're not sexy or star-crossed or "vegetarians"--they are hungry, they are connected, and they are multiplying. The vampire virus marches its way across New York, and all that stands between us and a grotesque end are a couple of scientists, an old man with a decades-old vendetta, and a young boy. This first installment moves fast and sets up the major players, counting down to the beginning of the end. Great summer reading. --Daphne Durham
“[One of] the most original and powerful filmmakers working today.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“His distinctive creatures and otherwordly parables use the realms of fantasy to explore fundamental human issues such as love, alienation, weakness and, of course, fear… [He is] a master of monsters.” (USA Today)
“A cinematic magician who has never lost his childlike sense of wonder.” (Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh in Associated Press)
“[An] amazing writer and director. . . . Pan’s Labyrinth places Mr. del Toro in the first rank of world filmmakers.” (New York Times)
“He elevated gothic horror to art. . . . Bilingual, bicultural, multigenre, he has a voice that feels both fresh and ancient.” (Entertainment Weekly)
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There are no wasted words on these pages, the story is taut and fast paced- I can't wait to finish the series.
In the end, it was an aptly named series. The "Strain Trilogy" became a strain on the reader to get through this turgid offering. Save your money, and wait for the movie. It will likely be an improvement on what in the end was pocket picking by the two jokers that scribed this insult.
The ending rips off Stephen Kings STAND while remaining amateurish. If reduced by two hundred pages it might move a little faster.
I can't think of a single good thing to say about the final in the trilogy while I told all my friends how great the first one was.
What a shame considering the premise they began.
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