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The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
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Jan 07, 12

Read in December, 2011

I will add my voice to the chorus who found this final book in the Strain Trilogy to be a great disappointment. One of my major complaints regards the Biblical origin story that Guillermo and Hogan have concocted, since it cheapens one of the great premises on which the original book rests: that the vampires have a detailed, real-world biology. Additionally, the plot is sloppily constructed, as with the chapter that, late in the game, describes how Eph's son is developing OCD; in no previous chapter highlighting this character has this even been hinted at, and it is of no consequence to the character or plot after it is addressed (where was the editor?) But actually, the "trilogy" conceit itself, of which every scifi and fantasy author seems to be so enamored these days, is what brings this story low. Trilogies by their nature mean that the third book wraps everything up, and in this case, when there is a single aim driving all of the action for this book, and it is the last book, there is only one way it will end, and it makes for a boring and unsurprising read. This is not a book where the predictability of the plot is compensated for by rich characterization, lofty themes and beautiful language...it is a plot-driven thriller, and as such, it fails.
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Martha I agree with you, a great disappointment.


message 1: by Riki (new) - rated it 1 star

Riki FORGET BIOLOGY, MAGIC DID IT!


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