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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
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Jul 18, 10

Read from July 17 to 18, 2010

This is about vampires and how they start taking over Manhattan. I don't want to get too specific into story details, because the mythology in this book is very different than your typical vampire fare and I don't want to cheat anyone out of the discovery.

I will say that this book gave me a serious case of the creepies, and I wasn't sure why at first, seeing as how I love scary movies and anything even remotely unsettling. (In fiction--not a big fan of real serial killers.)

But now I think I know what it is. Most of the time when you read about vampires, it's fun. They're generally malevolent creatures and there's something to be said for watching them gleefully spread havoc throughout their respective communities because they can. The ones in this? Really, not so much. It's like the shark in Jaws. It's not mean and it doesn't particularly enjoy what it does. It just kills because it can and because it's hungry.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and I'm very excited to start book two.

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