The Strain

The StrainA High Tech Vampire Epic.Terrifying San Francisco Chronicle Part The Andromeda Strain, Part Night Of The Living Dead Chuck Hogan Is Known For His Taut Thrillers, Guillermo Del Toro For His Surreal Horror Films The Strain Brings Out The Best Of Each Minneapolis Star TribuneAn Epic Battle For Survival Begins Between Man And Vampire In The Strain The First Book In A Heart Stopping Trilogy From One Of Hollywood S Most Inventive Storytellers And A Critically Acclaimed Thriller Writer Guillermo Del Toro, The Genius Director Of The Academy Award Winning Pan S Labyrinth And Hellboy, And Hammett Award Winning Author Chuck Hogan Have Joined Forces To Boldly Reinvent The Vampire Novel Brilliant, Blood Chilling, And Unputdownable, The Strain Is A Nightmare Of The First Order. Imagine that you re reading one of those Twilight books as Edward is whispering chaste sweet nothings into Bella s ear, and it was oh so romantic and couldn t you just die OMG OMG OMG Suddenly Edward s head flips back and his throat opens up like he just became a Pez dispenser A six foot stinger sucker thing flies out, and it zaps that silly girl right in a major artery and drains her dry in about twenty seconds while parasitic worms take over her corpse and turn her into a mindless bloodsucking meatbag And that is why Guillermo Del Toro will never direct one of the Twilight movies Too bad because I d pay good money to see that.Del Toro, who directed several horror movies as well as the critically acclaimed but extremely gruesome Pan s Labyrinth, apparently was tired of the vampires being castrated by hordes of adoring teenage girls and set out to make them monsters again And he does a pretty good job.A Boeing 777 lands in New York but most of the passengers are dead Before you can
What if vampires were real, ancient, and spread their vampirism like a virus That s the central premise of The Strain, and I was on board from the first page Ultimately, it was a disappointment for me, and I won t be reading the other books in the trilogy.This book starts out with so much promise It s a taught, intense, compelling thriller that gradually introduces compelling characters that it s easy to care about.Then, in its middle third, it starts to wobble a little bit The characters start doing things that don t make sense based on what we know about them, but because the slightly too convenient plot demands it There were still enough interesting bits to keep me reading, but just past the halfway mark, I started to lose interest.In the final third, it completely collapses under the weight of lazy, hacky writing that moves from one set piece to the next, sloppily throwing in brief and unsatisfying character moment
This is a terrible book Nearly all of the characters were caricatures straight out of Central Casting, or TV Tropes We had the Wise Old Guy, the Street Smart Shitkicker, The Brain, and The Chick Oh, and speaking of The Chick, there were two the love interest of the Brain and the nagging, irrational Ex Wife because Ex Wives must never be charming and smart mother of The Wesley Crusher son of The Brain The whole book reads as though somebody figured out how to do Novel By Numbers and made a bestseller out of it Wait That s probably exactly what happened i.e., book packager So why three stars Because I couldn t put the damn thing down _ Even bought the sequel and devoured it too how bizarre is that It s terrible, but riveting The fresh take on vampirism which I didn t think I would care about b
It was alright I kinda got lost Zero stars for the dogs And the milky stuff ewwwww I hate milk and this made me want to gag I still have to fight gagging when watching the first Alien for the millionth time This is a striking example of what is officially called literatherapy So tired from finals finishing a semester long draft ending with 322 pages plus a non fiction piece PLUS grading This is sooo irrelevant, but a good assessment of this reviewer s desperate mindset whilst reading the novel I REALLY had to do something about the overstimulated brain, to lull my senses significantly and inspire me to finally do something to chillax so I got this from the library, deciding that del Toro seems to be one of the few to have something both legitimately novel and ancient to say about my favorite all time genre, that is to say, Horror.But the cliches pile up like bodies this is what I mean by literotherapy They are so irresistibly recognizable the NYC backdrop WTC site, to be exact , the creatures from the
Seems these days if you want to make a buck, you gotta write a vampire story Don t get me wrong I ve enjoyed many vampire books out there but think the sub genre has all but been bled dry So along comes a book co authored by visionary Guillermo Del Toro, a favorite movie director of mine, that claims to turn the concept of the vampire story on to its head So yeah, I had high hopes for the book It s too bad that after the promising first few chapters it simulated the experience of watching a bad TV mini series with a blindfold on complete with cliche characters, anti climactic and wholly ridiculous action scenes, and a very predictable and unsatisfying ending Here s the set up after a triple 7 jumbo jet taxis onto a JFK runway it goes mysteriously and completely belly up That s a hook All shades are inexplicably drawn and no one is able to communicate with the pilots or gain entrance to the plane Neat o What gives Once it s pried open like a tin of sardines and the door mysteriously opens they find a whole lot of people restfull
This is the first of a planned trilogy The director of Pan s Labyrinth and an award winning mystery author brings their vision to the vampire tale Del Toro and friend from Geek Nation The Strain is a fast, entertaining read, with a twist to the rationale for vampirism that is fun, if a bit derivative In fact a lot of this book is derivative, cobbling together elements from a host of books and films There is a scene that is reminiscent of the haunted ship sequence in Dracula In the original a ship that is carrying Dracula s coffin, home soil, and Drac himself, makes it to its destination, but the ship is completely depopulated In this one an airplane manages to land, but all the passengers succumb to an instantaneous malady that appears to kill all but four of the people aboard Fans of Alien will recognize a smile at how these vamps bite their prey The subcutaneous squigglies that appear here will be familiar to anyone with the SyFy channel in their cable package The New York setting brings together hints of 9 11 with the sort of I Am Legend This just isn t very good After a promising and creepy opening, it devolves into repetitive ridiculousness The writing is also just not good and sometimes laughable, providing such gems as this Eph too had been turned Not from human to vampire, but from healer to slayer I did someh
6.0 stars this one may make it onto my All Time Favorite list This is instantly on my list of the top five Vampire stories I have ever read or in this case read and also listened to on audiobook I am not a vampire book reader in general meaning I do not buy every new vampire story that comes out I do read a lot of SF Fantasy Horror and so I do come across them on a fairly typical basis For me, what makes a great vampire novel is when you can create a completely original or mostly original take on the very well known Vampire mythos Examples of well done, original vampire stories IMHO include 1 Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons 2 Agyar by Steven Brust and 3 the Lestat novels by Anne Rice yes these have been much imitated since they first came out and are likely responsible for the myriad of vampir
If you have found yourself reading vampire fiction and thought, You know what this needs Vampires urinating and defecating on their victims Also, tongues that shoot out of their necks with stingers on the end And, make sure that they have worms crawling out of their milky white blood Then, boy, do I have the book for you As for me You need rubber gloves to touch this book, it is so gross.This book is so disgusting that I need a bath in bleach right now to clean off the yuckiness in my brain I need some therapy Maybe something with bunnies and unicorns Ah, that s better.This book reads like a disaster movie where it is following the story of a few different characters as this vampire virus starts spreading It even starts with an airplane that is down It really seemed like something that could easily be adapted to film and might actually be better than the book I know, I know Impossible, right Usually.It also reads like a total guys book Instead of chick lit, it is a bro book There are so many descriptions of things that seem incidental to me, but might

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  • Paperback
  • 672 pages
  • The Strain
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • English
  • 13 December 2017
  • 9780061893902