When I first heard about this book when Del Toro was being interviewed on the Daily Show, I was very excited about it and could not wait to read it. FWhen I first heard about this book when Del Toro was being interviewed on the Daily Show, I was very excited about it and could not wait to read it. Finally a new vampire book which takes vampires back to their true roots (by that I means restores them into being blood sucking, terrifying, predatory monsters).
One of the things which I really loved about this book and thought was quite unique was the way in which Del Toro takes a very old world fear (that being vampires of course) and merges it into a very new world fear (that being pandemics/viruses) in this day in age there seems to be spreading paranoia about the possibility of a catastrophic epidemic, and I think this in parts contributes to the widespread popularity of zombies these days.
So the basic concept for The Strain is the idea of vampireism operating like a parasitic virus in which (much like zombies though with a few more cognitive abilities) the vampires are then driven to consonantly feed and keep spreading the virus.
Del Toro weaves in a lot of classical/traditional vampire folk lore within his more modernized vision of the vampire, and pays a homage to Bran Stoker within this book. For those who are familiar with Stoker's Dracula there are some scenes within this book which are a direct reference to Dracula. I think it is interesting the way in which he tries to provide a more rational explanation for some of the old vampire folk lore. And I appreciate that nod he gives to the classics.
One thing I have noticed in a lot of the reviews of this book is that it seems many people seemed to say that they thought the book started out interested but became disappointment towards the end. I have to say that I did not find this to be true for myself. I found the book to be thoroughly engaging and compelling from beginning to end. It kept me wanting to keep reading (and I am eager for the next book in the series) I found it read rather quickly and was non-stop fast paced.
I recommend this book for any one who thinks that the primary objective of a vampire should not be trying to woo you, but rather simply looking for the best way to rip your throat out. ...more
I was left with some conflicted feelings about this book. Though on the whole I would say that I enjoyed reading it. It was not quite as good as I wouI was left with some conflicted feelings about this book. Though on the whole I would say that I enjoyed reading it. It was not quite as good as I would have hoped for.
In a sense it seems as if Yarbro takes a similar approach to the vampire as Anne Rice does, in humanizing the vampire and exploring human feelings within vampires, turning it into an unexpected hero, yet without making the vampire too shall we say fluffy or sparkly. But I feel that Yarbro lacks the psychological depth of Rice's writing, and so for me the character of Satin-Germain was not vividness. In some ways the characters of the book felt too shallow and did not come alive enough for me.
There were some elements in the book that seemed like a touch back to Bram Stocker's Dracula which I did appreciate. Also I enjoyed the historical angle. I find the legend of Saint-Germain to be an interesting one, and I enjoyed the idea of retelling it as a vampire.
There were moments when I feared this book would descend into too much of a paranormal romance for my preferred taste but I think that Yarbro did a good job of not deviling too much into the romantic plot and still kept an interesting story outside of the romance going.
One of the biggest disappointments for me in this book was that Saint-Germain seemed a bit too human, other then the fact that you are told he is a vampire, and a few subtle hints, there really was not much about him that felt very vampirc, he seemed to lack certain powers and abilities that one expects to find within vampires. Though it was an original as well as a bit more of a realistic take, I myself wanted a bit more of a supernatural element. I do like how Yarbro played with some of the common folkloric myths about vampires in this book. ...more
This is the second thing I have read by M. T. Anderson, and he truly a skilled writer for the genre of YA books, as I think a wiThis book is awesome!
This is the second thing I have read by M. T. Anderson, and he truly a skilled writer for the genre of YA books, as I think a wide variety of audience can enjoy his work. He really does offer so much.
Thirsty was highly entertaining, a quick easy read, and really quite clever in its own way. If offered a little bit of everything. Behind the background of vampirism, was something much more relatable to teenagers and their real-life struggles and difficulties to adapting, their awkwardness, and changes which occur both in themselves, and among their social groups.
The book was sprinkled with a touch of campy like humor, and yet ended in a very powerful, and delightfully bleak way. More than just a horror story it teetered on dystoipa in offering a less than flattering view of human society, in which it truly became hard to distinguish the true villains between the humans and the vampires, as the lines of so-called humanity become blurred. ...more