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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  2,786 ratings  ·  403 reviews
Reviewers have crowned Lindqvist the heir apparent to Stephen King, and now he officially claims his throne

A man finds a baby in the woods, left for dead. He brings the baby home. The man's son, Jerry, teaches the child music. Deciding he can't let the girl's uncommonly beautiful voice go unheard, Jerry enters her in a singing competition. Miles away another young girl see
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Hardcover, 446 pages
Published April 2010 by Ordfront (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
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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
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Mitch
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.

It
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Paul
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
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Chris
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.
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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
Tressa
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
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Helen
'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'?
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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.
Mieneke
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 reall ...more
Riff
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
Josh
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
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
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Greg
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
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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.


ElphabaNewlin
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
Kathy
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!
Martha
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.
Tanabrus
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
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David
Ah-wooooooooooooooooo

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
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Kitty
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
Joy
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
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awesomatik.com

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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Missy
The Basics

A man finds a baby alone and dying in the woods. He gives the baby mouth-to-mouth, and when she begins to cry, a pitch perfect music note comes out. This man just so happens to be a former pop star settling into his older years, and to him this child is a miracle in the making. This being a horror novel, she’ll turn out to be quite the opposite.

My Thoughts

Around this same time last year, I read Lindqvist’s most popular work, Let the Right One In, and it’s possibly the best vampire nove
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Gef
After Lindqvist tackled vampires, zombies, and ghosts with his three previous novels, I saw the title "Little Star" and half-expected a novel with aliens. Nope. Lindqvist had something entirely different in mind, but there was definitely an alien quality to the main character in this novel. And just like his previous novels, a very strong sense of dread.

Lennart discovers a baby buried and abandoned in the middle of the woods. Lennart, a washed-up musician, hears her plaintive cries and sees a se
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Matti Karjalainen
Ruotsalaisen John Ajvide Lindqvistin esikoisromaani "Ystävät hämärän jälkeen" teki ilmestyessään melkoisen vaikutuksen, ja koommin olen lukenut kaikki hänen kirjansa heti tuoreeltaan, vaikkeivät ne olekaan yltäneet lähiövampyyriromaanin tasolle.

John Ajvide Lindqvistin neljäs romaani "Kultatukka, tähtönen" (Gummerus, 2011) alkaa kohtauksella, jossa 1960-luvulla pari pikkuhittiä tehnyt mutta sittemmin unholaan painunut Lennart Cederström löytää metsästä tyttövauvan, joka ei juuri kommunikoi ympär
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Raisu
I actually finished this some days ago, but didn't mark it as read, because it took me a while to figure out what to say about it. And I did want to say something.

I liked Lindqist's first novel, Let The Right One In a lot, but thought it was little heavy on gory details. Too bad then that Lindqvist seems to have looked at that book and said to himself: "Not bad, needs more gore." And so was his latest, Lilla Stärjna, or Little Star, born. A book that I very nearly didn't finish, because on page
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shannon
This was...huh. It was a frightening story because it was so weird, and yet there was a disturbing realism to it, if that makes any sense. The story is about a girl found in the woods by two aging former Swedish musicians, and I haaaaaaaaaaated the guy who found her, even before you learn he's a total prick. The girl is kept in a basement and, surprise, ends up a disturbed and strange young girl who sings beautifully and always eats baby food. It ends with violence and murder and killing as a fo ...more
Danielle
I feel like I'm hitting this book a bit low because of my expectations. I have been meaning to read one of Lindqvist's novels for some time and decided I might as well start with this one, his most recent. My interest was based on seeing both "Let the Right One In" movies, which I loved, and all the press that links Lindqvist to Stephen King, one of my all-time favorite authors. So, like I said, the bar was pretty high.

This is NOT comparable to Stephen King. King novels have this lyric beauty in
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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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