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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
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Nov 17, 2010

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bookshelves: audiobook, fiction, horror, thriller, paranormal, sf-and-f
Read from November 12 to 17, 2010

I hope it's not too much of a spoiler to say that this is a novel about vampires. (The book makes some effort to conceal this at first...the first use of the word "vampire" occurs about halfway through and before the character uses it, he warns that he is about to use a "V-word.")

There are many kinds of vampires in fiction, ranging from mindless monsters to sparkly, sexy teenage boys. Most of the vampires in The Strain are closer to the mindless monster end of the spectrum. Some are intelligent, but none are sexy or romantic.

This book is the first part of a trilogy and doesn't have a satisfying ending.

The audiobook is well narrated by Ron Perlman. He uses a mostly deadpan style (which helps because the novel is somewhat overwritten) but he dramatizes a couple of the characters, and that works quite well.

Co-author Guillermo Del Toro is a film director and it's pretty clear that this book is intended to be a movie treatment. I'm looking forward to the movie.

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