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Let the Right One in

Ajvide Lindqvist, John (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Let the Right One in
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Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night--Publisher's description.
Authors: Ajvide Lindqvist, John, 1968-
Title: Let the right one in
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
Characteristics: 472 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: First published in the United States under the title Let me in
Translation of: Låt den rätte komma in
Summary: Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night--Publisher's description.
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba
Alternate Title: Let me in
ISBN: 0312355297
9780312355296
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ajv
Statement of Responsibility: John Ajvide Lindqvist ; [translated by Ebba Segerberg]
Subject Headings: Vampires Fiction
Topical Term: Vampires
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Dec 30, 2011
  • dshappert rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found the first half of the book disturbing, and could only read small amounts at a time - due to characters with diverse issues like pedophilia, alcholhism, pyscophathy and self confidence issues... (I guess I read for escapism.)
As things started to resolve in the 2nd half, it got easier for me to read. I didn't particularly enjoy the book overall, though it was well written with some surprises character development.

Aug 25, 2010
  • SteveTheReaper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm not sure if I love this book or am completely terrified by it; I think I would probably be more inclined to love it, if purely for the line toward the end about Eli being an angel. (I won't post it because it's a spoiler.) I find it absolutely hilarious, although I'm not sure why.

At any rate, I loved the mix between sad, sweet, and horrifying. They make a somewhat sickening combination, but in a good way.

Aug 09, 2010
  • kat5984 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While the story is interesting, the style of the book is so scattered, jumping between main and secondary characters. It might have just been lost in translation, but it was a struggle to get through the entire thing.

Jul 10, 2010
  • arisenneo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie before reading the book unfortunately but i wasn't disappointed. The graphic nature of the book would have been too much to display on screen. This author seems to have perfected the balance created of the new vampire phenomenon without forgetting the true essence of the creature as well as showing the dark nature of humanity. It's all written in what seems to be a one of the simplest settings.

A vampire book! How did this get on my list? I read a few pages and took it back.

Sep 09, 2009
  • sit_walk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Are you sick of sensitive vampires? Me too. Let the Right One In harkens back to days of yore (gore?) when vampires were vampires (i.e., they actually killed people, drank blood, made other vampires). So, if you're in the mood for something far darker and far less melodramatic than several currently-popular vampire series I might mention, then this is one for you.

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Aug 25, 2010
  • SteveTheReaper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

SteveTheReaper thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

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