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Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Jan 18, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, from-library, horror-and-horror-ish
Read from February 15 to April 03, 2012 , read count: 1

Finally picked this back up and finished it. What a weird book! I loved some of the ideas, but the pacing of the book is very odd -- it feels like it starts to get really interesting right near the end, and then it just... ends.

Without giving too much away, the basic idea is that one day, everyone in a portion of Sweden starts suffering from a massive, ever-growing headache. Then, electricity goes haywire: nothing will turn off, the lights keep getting brighter, the volume blares on the TVs. It all builds to a fever pitch, and then -- sudden relief. Except that Eva Zetterberg, who was in a terrible car accident and was dead, sits up in her hospital bed and starts to try to speak. And she's not the only one: the dead have risen and are trying to come home.

Overall the book is not entirely successful. It's not a classic zombie novel and it's not meant to be, so that's fine, but there were a lot of great ideas here that didn't strike me as fully developed. It's definitely not as successful as Let Me In, but if you're interested in an idea of the undead that's not George Romero, this is an enjoyable venture.

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