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Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Sep 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: horror

From a relatively promising, almost incendiary start to a story, this book practically flat-lines as soon as the tale of 'The Other Girl' is introduced to the extent of very nearly breaking into the realm of utter tedium. It is only through a degree of force of will that I have even delved as deeply into the tale as I have.
It is with such a stench of tedium so endemic throughout that the book that the effect is to be almost offensively inactive to the degree that even when someone is being bloodily slaughtered in the text your intrique is still barely unaffected.

This had such great promise not only from who the author is - and the legacy of the superb 'Let The Right One In' - but also from a relatively good start but it just falls flat on every score afterwards, making it seem far more amateurish and unknowing of what it's trying to achieve than you first think.

I bought this in a well-known national discount store and paid a single £1 for it. In hindsight I'd feel quite aggrieved if I'd paid more than that for it.

The sole reason this gets a two-star not 1 star is the fact that it at least STARTS well, even if it does nosedive pretty swiftly afterwards.
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Reading Progress

September 15, 2012 – Started Reading
September 15, 2012 – Shelved
September 17, 2012 –
page 19
September 18, 2012 –
page 44
September 18, 2012 –
page 147
September 19, 2012 –
page 169
September 19, 2012 –
page 201
September 20, 2012 –
page 219
September 21, 2012 –
page 254
September 21, 2012 –
page 292
September 23, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 17, 2014 – Shelved as: horror

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I felt exactly the same way! I should have just read the first section, then walked away.

Daijw Agree with this totally! Enjoyed the start, but the girls became very annoying and the story spluttered to a predictable conclusion.

message 3: by Kat (new) - rated it 1 star

Kat Unfortunately I paid $14.99 for my copy which is why I may have read it for so long.

Beorn Ah, I feel for you. I tend to persevere with books far longer than I'm often inclined to simply because I tell myself that I've not given it enough chance to appeal to me.
When it becomes a chore simply to progress through a book you know you're wasting your time!

Teri Christman Well said. Wish I would have read your review before I read the book. Spot on!

Beorn Thanks!
I'm just glad I picked it up for £1 or I'd be really annoyed!

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