The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1)
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This book starts out with so much promise. It's a taught, intense, compelling thriller that gradually introduces compelling characters that it's easy to care about.
Then, in its middle third, it starts to wobble a little bit. The characters st ...more
"Eph too had been turned. Not from human to vampire, but from healer to slayer."
I did somehow finish it. My wife did not. I'm sure del Toro will eventually make a movie out of this and it will be one of the rare occasions that the movie is better than the book.
Me: Welcome back to the studio everyone, we have a wonderful surprise for you. Joining us for a few minutes on the airwaves today are two men that have transformed the vampire world: let’s welcome Chuck Logan and Guillermo Del Toro.
Let’s start with you Chuck. You are the recipient of a 2005 Hammett Award for your novel PRINCE OF THIEVES, and are the bestselling author of numerous others. I have to admit, I just saw Ben Affleck’s version of your novel PRINCE OF THIEVES, renamed The ...more
What is your idea of a vampire?
a.A sparkly 'Monster' like this:
b. A vicious, stinger flaring Monster like this:
If you answer (b), read on. Else, you might find this review a little offensive.
The First Bight:
When I saw that Guillermo del Toro had written a book, I simply could not wait to read it. Reason: He's the Master of dark fantasies. No no, not paranormal eroticas, which people try to pass off under the s ...more
I have had this book on my To-Read list for a while, but never got around to reading it until now. I'm glad that I read it because it was pretty good, and parts were very creepy. I didn't find it scary and had no problem sleeping or anything reading it, but there were parts that had a higher than average creep factor, and it was nice.
I liked that this book had a realistic baseline, and felt like it could truly happen. Don't get me wrong, I like the tradit ...more
It reads like a movie, which is a refreshing treat as I detest slogging through useless detail, description, etc. that is so prevalent among adult fiction. I like to bottom line it, which is why I love most young adult fiction. However, when stories read like a movie, the characters tend to suffer, and as I can read a completely crap book and love it if I can fall in ...more
The vampires in this book were both disgusting and fearsome. I admit that thinking about the vampires and their nasty stinger and how they would excrete their waste products gave me the shivers (both in repulsion and fear). I liked the scientific angle employed in this story, taking an ancient ...more
I confess that I am a newcomer to vampire fiction. It was the buzz surrounding Meyer's Twilight that dragged me into the genre and I found myself pleasantly piqued to see what else it had to offer. You can imagine, then, my immense pleasure at discovering Guillermo Del Toro's remarkable essay in the New York Times about why we hunger for monster fiction generally and vampire fiction specifically. The essay ...more
There are a lot of characters so it did take time for me get everyone straight.For whatever reason everytime Gus come around I was like "who the Hell is Gus" and had to sort of go back and get reaquainted with him. I appreciated that this was shorter then The Passage(what isn't? am I right?). It seemed like Hogan and Del Toro got everything right for me, the length, not too much gore, lots of eerie creepy ...more
My Plot Synopsis: A plane arrives at JFK airport in New York City – after landing, before it reaches the terminal, it stops in the middle of the runway and completely shuts down. Dark and dead. The air traffic controller is unable to raise anyone on the plane – there is no answer by anyone’s cell phones. All the window shades are down. A baggage handler drives out to see wh ...more
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Jusef finds his father's body as well as all of his co ...more
As it turns out, i wound up reading multiple books beforehand. But this was one heck of a book with which to begin closing out the month. Part zombie-apocalypse story, part vampire story, part epidemic story, this book is relentlessly dark and disturbing and left me feeling pa ...more
This thriller of a read begins when an arriving Boeing 777 stops dead in its tracks on the runway with zero communication from within, and continues amidst the darkness of a solar eclipse with a virus from hell and "Thriller"- like zombies threatening to infect you with their disgusting oral stingers at every opportunity.
Book One of this vampiric trilogy is action-packed with convincing characters and an interesting storyline. Definitely recommend if you...more
4.5 -- but I am going with the 5 above because, you know, I am usually really mean and it is the holiday season.
First, I am shocked and appalled, well actually just shocked, that my most trusted Goodreads reviewers only gave this an average of about 3.5 stars. Usually I feel like I am the one who is too critical and won't give a novel that isn't on some book award list somewhere more than 3 stars. Nonetheless, I loved this book despite the rousing okay ...more
on the upside, I was generally impressed with the horror of the familiar that's going on here. as the greater new york area is infected with vampirism, the small changes we see build tension aplenty, and the modifications the new vampires make (I'm thinking of the westchester basement, specifically) are exactly enough to be both interesting (how smar ...more
The Strain is a new series by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. This book had a really great concept and it was quite original. The summary itself spooked me...
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-r ...more
Eph too had been turned. Not from human to vampire, but from healer to slayer.
The truth is it started pretty well. Multiple POVs gave this story the feeling of intrigue and plotting, of something bigger than just an isolated incident, more than just one character. But eventually, slow paced and with so many voices and people around, I got bored. Seriously bored. I paused it a few times, that's never a good sign.
I should say that the idea of Vampires as a decease was a cl ...more
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