Summary: Swedish author Lindqvist's debut, a horror novel, offers few twists that won't already be familiar to readers of modern vampire fiction. Oskar, a much bullied 12-year-old schoolboy living in a Stockholm suburb, notices that his next-door neighbor, Eli, has some peculiar traits: Eli only comes out at night, smells like death warmed over and is of ambiguous gender. Eventually, Eli reveals he's a vampire who survives by feeding off the neighborhood lowlifes. Occasionally, his bite accidentally turns victims into undeads who, unaware of their vampirization, go on rampages that end in spectacularly gruesome fates. As sweet as the pure and wholesome friendship between Oskar and Eli may be, it's the gory set pieces that propel the predictable plot.
My Review: This book is nothing like the typical vampire book. I loved the descriptive writing and the character development. But the only negative comment I have is the ending...I felt like it was too open ended for me, I was left with questions but no answers. But, overall it was a good book.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Author's Website: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/479779.John_Ajvide_Lindqvist
Purchase at: Amazon.com
Monday, June 1, 2009
Posted by Eleni at 6:38 PM