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Little Star: A Novel

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,347 ratings  ·  457 reviews
“Establishes Lindqvist as Sweden’s Stephen King.”

--The Washington Post on Harbor

John Ajvide Lindqvist has been crowned the heir apparent to Stephen King by numerous sources, and he is heralded around the globe as one of the most spectacularly talented horror writers working today. His first novel, Let the Right One In, is a cult classic that has been made into iconic films
ebook, 544 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2010)
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Joe Valdez
Feb 15, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scandophiles, pregnant people, weirdos
I came to Little Star after John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel Let the Right One In turned into the scariest book I'd read since Helter Skelter, more unsettling than Stephen King at his best. I was more reminded of David Lynch throughout. Lindqvist is not writing books for everybody. They're dark and disturbing, but at times also beautiful and tender. I believe you need both as a storyteller, otherwise you're taking aim at lukewarm junk, otherwise known as the Young Adult genre.

In the autumn of
Colin Leslie
John Ajvide Lindqvist hit the ground running with the excellent Let The Right One In, which resurrected the tired vampire trope into a new, darker being, showing the paranormal romancers how it should be done. He somehow managed to maintain the pace with the "difficult" second and third novels, Handling The Undead and Harbour and now along comes Little Star and what do you know, he's only gone and done it again.

The plot of Little Star is at once both beautifully simple and incredibly complex. Th
Little Star started strong but petered out for me. I guess it's because, rather than following a linear narrative the whole way through, Lindqvist divides the story into two separate sections each about the life of a different little girl - Theres, who's born a psychopath, and Teresa, who becomes one - before bringing them together for a terrible, blood-soaked finale. Unfortunately, while I found Theres's story deeply unsettling and morbidly fascinating, Teresa's story mostly fell flat for me.

From a relatively promising, almost incendiary start to a story, this book practically flat-lines as soon as the tale of 'The Other Girl' is introduced to the extent of very nearly breaking into the realm of utter tedium. It is only through a degree of force of will that I have even delved as deeply into the tale as I have.
It is with such a stench of tedium so endemic throughout that the book that the effect is to be almost offensively inactive to the degree that even when someone is being blood
For some reason this book left me cold – cold in a, really, type of a way. I didn’t find it as good as Handling the Undead or Let Me In.
While the book starts off very well, it seems to descend into a maelstrom of violence intended to shock. Maybe it’s because I live in America where there is too much violence among children that this book feels so facile in it’s look and development of a duo that take up violence. Maybe it’s because to me, violence doesn't necessary equal fear when reading.
John Lindqvist has become one of my favorite writers whose books I eagerly look forward to. When I have his book in my hand, I know I'm going to be setting aside as much time as possible to race through through the story because his books are hard to put down. I enjoy his literary style and his character development is outstanding. His books have unique plots with none of the cliches found in a lot of other books.

Little Star is somewhat hard to describe because it's about so many things. It has
Having become a genuine fan of Lindqvist's work, it brings me no pleasure to say that Little Star comes as a great disappointment. The story revolves around a young girl we come to know as Theres, whom at the beginning of the tale is a baby found left for dead in a plastic bag. Theres is discovered by an ex-pop singer called Lennart, who takes it on himself to raise the child in total isolation from what he perceives to be the corrupting influences of the outside world. Theres is a very strange ...more
I just finished Little Star and I am not at all sure how to describe the book. Because of the genre (contemporary horror), I understand the comparisons to Stephen King, but John Ajvide Lindqvist has a different writing style. One of the main characters and part of her storyline thread reminded me of Lisbeth Salander (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.) Who knew there was a Swedish “Idol?”

I know I’m not making sense, but I do not know how to talk about this book without spoilers. It is well written an
Tanja Berg
I usually review books in the same language I read them in, but I'll make an expection here. This book sat on my shelf for more than a year. I bought it immediately upon publication, but after having read a review that totally slaughtered it, I was sceptical. I make a point of staying clear of bad books. Yes, this is a bad book, it is a terrible book and I LOVED it. The writing is fluid, words ran like water through my fingers. The story is captivating and catapulted me back into my teenage year ...more
'Little Star' or 'How Listening to ABBA Leads to Massacres'.

No, but seriously ... this is a downright creepy book, with lots of beautifully interwoven themes on adolescence, bullying, the modern preoccupation with fame for its own sake, consumer culture, the repression of the primal and poisonous adults. Like several reviewers I was kind of miffed at the lack of explanation at times, but if you're reading about mad people doing mad things, there isn't necessarily an answer to the question 'why'?
Thank goodness that's over. I was really enjoying the first third of the book. The middle just went down hill for me. It was just too tedious. I had no interest in the chapters about Idol or Max. I feel like the book could have easily been 200 pages shorter. I do not understand how the media could consider him to be " Sweden's Stephen King". I have read three novels by this author and he can't compare to SK.
Holy Cow! What the heck did I just read?!

I don't really know what to say. Was this science fiction? Or paranormal? Or a psychological thriller? I-I feel so confused! I'm pretty sure Theres was either autistic or a demon.

The violence and morbidity was cool but I didn't really internalize the essence of the story. So all those problematic and insecure girls became a dangerous cult of murderers? That's it?!

Ugh! I am frustrated with the ending because I thought there would be more to the story than
I won this book through the GoodReads first-reads program.

Let the Right One In proved that John Ajvide Lidqvist is a force to be reckoned with. He weaves his plots deftly, intertwining characters in a complex dance of destruction that's shocking to behold. He is the master of suspense, creating a slow dread that refuses to reach a full climax until the very end of the tale. That isn't to say nothing comes before that final cataclysm - for there is plenty. His violence and gore are shocking, an
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
una piccola psicosi

Theres è stata trovata in una buca nel bosco
è cresciuta in un seminterrato
e non ha alcun sentimento
le piace aprire le cose e un giorno si mette ad aprire le persone...
Theres ha un talento naturale per il canto
e un giorno va a uno di quei programmi per artisti emergenti,
là viene notata da Teresa e poi da un mucchio di altre ragazzine
che, come molte adolescenti, hanno un sacco di problemi di integrazione...poi c'è chi cerca di approfittare dell'ingenuità di Theres
ma quello che p
Harry Allagree
How to describe such a horrible book??…Perhaps something like, "Teenage Scandinavian Thelma & Louise Gone Totally Over The Top"! I should have known from the opening chapters of the novel that this was going to be not only bizarre, but meaningless. I'm amazed that the Washington Post could tag the author as "Sweden's Stephen King"! No more Lindqvist novels for me! Save your money & invest in something with some substance.
Last year I decided I needed to man up (woman up?) and get over my wussiness regarding horror. One of the books I read in that pursuit was John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel Harbor . To my utter surprise I loved it. Yes, it was scary, yes it was utterly, dreadfully creepy, but I loved it to pieces. At the time, Little Star had already been released in the UK – I had read the US edition – and from some of the reviews I'd already read and some conversations on Twitter, I knew that at some point I real ...more
Lindqvist is a master at prolonging the horror in favour of subtle hints at whats to come and 'Little Star' is no different. For Theres, a baby girl found near death in the woods by a fallen pop star, life was always going to be out of the ordinary. It didn't help that her discovery and introduction to the world was at the hands of semi deluded couple who kept her hidden in their basement. Naturally Theres was going to develop some sort of complex, violent or reclusive. Unfortunately for her 'fo ...more
Alex Telander
From the international bestselling author of the chilling and horrific Let the Right One, Handling the Undead and Harbor comes a new novel that appears innocent and charming at first, but eventually leads the reader down a long dark path, covered in blood and filled with bodies. Little Star will lull you into enjoyment and then terrify you all the way to the end.

Lennart finds an abandoned baby in the woods, left for dead. He brings it home, feeds and looks after it, much to the reluctance of his
What a strange and unexpected book Little Star is. I found it shelved under Horror in my local library, yet it’s unlike any horror novel I’ve ever read. It’s also about teenage girls, but it’s not YA. It’s about murder, but it’s not Crime. In fact, Star’s genre-defying narrative is part of what makes it so wonderful.

Wonderful might seem a strange word to describe a book as openly macabre as Star, yet it is wonderful. John Ajvide Lindqvist imbues death with humour and finds unexpected light withi
Short take: It was readable and went very quickly, but I was ultimately disappointed in the direction the book went after the first half.

I was most interested in the angle about what happens to a person who is raised with a completely different set of stimuli and human interaction than the rest of society. I guess you could say that's exactly what the rest of the novel is about, but it seemed more to steer away from the deeper facets of that aspect and more towards general female teen angst. Th
Rex McCulloch
Little Star is far from perfect, but it's very creative in many ways, timely, and, in spite of its self sometimes, absorbing. Some of the issues it examines, with more or less insight and success, include loneliness, alienation, the need to fit in, the need for attention and its effects, predator/prey behavior in the human, the nature-versus-nurture arguments regarding violence and psychopathy, and the nature of the murderous impulse itself. It handles much of this deftly and from a very contemp ...more
Janette Fleming
I cannot add anymore after reading Colin Leslie's review which is perfect.

Just to say with this fourth book John Ajvide Lindqvist has confirmed that he is up there among the best literary horror writers. The author has really got inside the mind of a depressed, angsty teenaged girl and with the disturbing cult aspect he shows how easily disaffected, socially isolated people can be drawn in where there is such a charismatic leader.

Back when the movie came out, I felt a serious need to pick up LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and read it. I had a kind of clunky translation, but I really enjoyed the story that John Ajvide Lindqvist told. He took the vampire story and shot new life into it, and while I wasn't terribly compelled by the story HANDLING THE UNDEAD, I did think that he was very original, and so didn't write him off completely. Fast forward to this summer, when I was recommended LITTLE STAR in my Reader's Advisory class throu ...more
OMG! Lindqvist does it again! I have absolutely loved everything I have read by him! Just when I thought this book was going in one direction, he makes a crazy hairpin turn and takes you in another. Don't get too "comforbable" when you read this book, because you are in the ride of your life. A truly disturbing book! I highly recommend it!
Hard to explain how I feel about this one, but if I had to describe it in three words, they would be bizarre, unsettling and yet...compelling.
I libri di Lindqvist solitamente sono horror atipici, horror che giocando sugli schemi classici ci regalano romanzi che riflettono sul concetto di amore.
Era così per la commovente storia di Eli, era così per la riunione dei morti con i loro cari in una torrida estate, era così per l’amore paterno contrapposto al mare.

E’ così anche adesso, in questo libro?
Onestamente non penso.

Questo libro è, per quanto visto finora di Lindqvist, atipico.

Non abbiamo degli schemi ribaltati, non abbiamo figure miti

When I first read the back cover of this book, when it had just come out, I wasn't very impressed. Who wants to read a horror novel about the Sweedish version of American Idol?

Disregard the back cover of this book.
Just straight up ignore it because reading the back cover of this book is like reading how the big mac is about special sauce.

I don't want to give anything away, but I will say a few things.

This is not a traditional horror novel, by any means. That isn't how Lindq
This was the first full length novel I read from John Ajvide Lindqvist. "Little Star" was not entirely what I expected but I really enjoyed it. A former musician in Sweden is out looking for truffles and finds a baby in the woods wrapped in a bag, buried under leaves, and singing the most perfect note. He, like any normal person, brings the baby home to care for her. Everything that follows after is anything BUT normal. He treats the girl like some sort of music experiment, depriving her of any ...more
Read it and never be able to listen to ABBA's 'thank you for the music' the same way again.

There is always a point in reading each Lindqvist book where I regret ever having started it but I cannot deny their effectiveness in horrifying me and making my skin crawl for weeks afterward.
I suspect that I'm susceptible in part due to a shared 70s and 80s childhood and I suspect that goes double if you happened to be Swedish through that time.
I'm struck each time by how well Lindqvist portrays the int

Das absolut miserable Cover und der nichtssagende Klappentext (“Das Grauen lauert überall”, seriously?) hätten mich wohl nicht dazu bewegen können, diesem Roman eine Chance zu geben. Gott weiß, was sich die Marketing-Abteilung von Bastei Lübbe dabei gedacht hat.

Glücklicherweise hatte ich von Lindqvist das großartige "So finster die Nacht" gelesen. Und dank Krimiantiquariat schien mir das finanzielle Risiko von zwei Euro überschaubar.

In den Herbstferien begann ich das Buch zu lesen. Doch als es
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John Ajvide Lindqvist (John Erik Ajvide Lindqvist) is a Swedish author who grew up in Blackeberg, 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.

Let the Right One In was a bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005
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