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Monday, March 2, 2009

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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.
While I am all about reading, I would say this time the movie was so much better, reading the book is just to compliment the magnificent movie. The book is good (always is) but I do prefer the movie this time. The author spent a lot of timje providing backgrounds and unnecessary entries that made me bored at some point. (I read 3 books before finishing this one). I highly appreciate the book because I have seen the movie first. Now it all made sense and it just made the movie more riveting the 2nd time I watched it. Especially on the part where Eli moves in with this man and then... Oh I cannot tell it'll kill for those who hasn't read the book or watched the movies yet.
P.S: I have a movie copy staight from Sweden from a friend, on avi file though, and I cannot find a media share site that takes the good amount of the file. So if any one can please suggest so i can share it with you guys that'll be great.

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