[E–pub/E–book] (The Strain) author Guillermo del Toro
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 stingersucker thing flies out and it zaps that silly irl 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 Who Is Muhammad Ali? good money to see thatDel Toro who directed several horror movies as well as the critically acclaimed but extremelyruesome Pan s Labyrinth apparently was tired of the vampires being castrated by hordes of adoring teenage Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything girls and set out to make them monsters again And he does a prettyood jobA Boeing 777 lands in New York but most of the passengers are dead Before you can say Bela Lugosi a CDC doctor is etting lessons from a Van Helsing wannabe named Setrakian on the best way to deal with the vamps which are essentially a parasitic virus run amok with a Master bloodsucker as the main villain pulling the strings to launch a full scale vampire apocalypseThe book had a fresh take on the vampire story and Del Toro and co author Chuck Hogan do a ood job of mixing some Old World vampire mysticism with 21st century science and tech Especially creepy is the way that Manhattan is soon being uietly overrun during the initial outbreak It s ot a Stephen King Salem s Lot vibe in those descriptionsHowever Del Toro borrowed liberally from some of his movies most noticeably Mimic and Blade II The characters are B movie thin especially the hero who is also saddled with a bad sub plot of a custody fight for his son His ex wife and the social service worker can t understand why a potential viral outbreak might cause a CDC doctor to have to reschedule an appointment or two The opening set up with a plane load of dead passengers has been used twice before that I know of in Nelson DeMille s The Lion s Game and Fringe in its pilot episodeSo the story seemed overly familiar in a lot of ways and the writing isn t especially reat but it s A Secret Kept got a lot of momentum and is loaded with enoughore and ultra violence to make vampires nasty again It s the first in a trilogy and it was enough fun that I ll be checking out the next two 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 ie book packagerSo why three stars Because I couldn t put the damn thing down Even bought the seuel 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 because I DON T LIKE VAMPIRE NOVELS was enough to keep me reading despite the wooden characterization and leaden prose And then somehow I started liking the damn thing I never liked the ood uys kept hoping for them to die but the villains were so much worse that I kept hoping for them to die first Eventually I was just reading to enjoy every single character s death I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THISBut any book that hooked me this hard deserves at least three stars so here they are Oy vey 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 rading This is sooo irrelevant but a ood 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 The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World 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 timeenre that is to say HorrorBut 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 night being tied to one main baddie a father and son finally
getting close by slayingmutilating vampires as to be the euivalent of close by slayingmutilating vampires as to be the euivalent of chicken nuggets the bright day after an enormous all night fiesta There is nothing out of this world here it is a so so mix between del Toro s Mimic that crap movie I Am Legend you can practically tell where all the CGI in the movie version of the novel will be found at the creatures tongues are than ready and rendered in 3D at this point I was disappointed that there is nothing new to inform on the Tricycle (HISTOIRE) genre But it is not easy to contribute to it at all The familiarity of it just wrapped me up like one large fuzzy blanket This just isn t veryood After a promising and creepy opening it devolves into repetitive ridiculousness The writing is also just not ood and sometimes laughable providing such ems as thisEph too had been turned Not from human to vampire but from healer to slayerI did somehow finish it My wife did not I m sure del Toro will eventually make a movie out of this and it will be one of the rare occasions that the movie is better than the book 60 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 eneral meaning I do not buy every "I am not a vampire book reader in eneral meaning I do not buy every vampire story that comes out I do read a lot of SFFantasyHorror and so I Do Come Across Them On A Fairly Typical Basis do come across them on a fairly typical basis me what makes a Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts 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 2Agyar 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 vampire novels out today but at the time they wereround breaking and created a whole new Vampire Mythos The Strain adds to this legacy by handling the vampire mythos in a very effective way In addition to making the vampires completely alien and scary ie no pretty people biting pretty people the book is structured in a very clinical CSI type fashion which I thought was very well done Another very interesting and original aspect of the book is the way it explores the struggle of the newly infected in coping with what they are becoming and Um Boeing 777 proveniente de Berlim aterra no aeroporto JFK e de repente pára na pista As janelas estão fechadas As luzes estão apagadas Ninguém responde às chamadas da torre de controlo Nenhum passageiro atende o telemóvel Parece ue o avião deixou de existir O ue os investigadores encontram lá dentro ela lhes o sangueO ue ao pri. Offin other than it being a carryover from other vampire novels Its purpose is never explained and the reader is left wondering if there is any reason for it at all I also wonder how a Holocaust survivor turned professor turned pawn shop owner an exterminator and a doctor all somehow turn into vampire slaying ninjas in a matter of hours They are slicing dicing kicking flipping and karate chopping the vampires with such ruthless efficiency they emerge from every scuffle without a scratch This not only demolishes the believability of the book but also makes us even less interested in each skirmish s outcome We already know they ll be triumphant even if they are picked up by the head like a basketball with dandruff thrown clear across the room into walls and beset upon by legions of strong fast toothy monsters Hell bent to destroy them For all the slapstick violence The Strain could almost have been titled The Three Stooges Meet Dracula save for the lack of humorWe are iven Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus glimpses of some of the other six vampire Mafiosos near the end and are led to believe some kind of Vampire War is coming Some kind of truce was formed and 3 Bossesot land over there the other 3 Rudram in Tamil got land over here Our main vampire Boss in this book appears to haveotten the short end of the stick somewhere along the line and has been causing all sorts of ruckus of late because darn it he s had enough and he s not oing to take it any With a set up like that the series promises to et a whole lot worse before KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! getting any better And I m just talking about the writing and plot 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 seuence 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 suigglies that appear here will be familiar to anyone with the SyFy channel in their cable package The New York setting brings together hints of 911 with the sort of I Am Legend scenario of one or a few real humans holding off the vampiric hordes There is a strong element of 24 Days here as well How long will it be before the entire city and then the nation is overtaken by the bloodsuckers And the vamps here seem to share considerable DNA with zombies There is a hint of Underworld and even Anne Rice in that there is mention of battles between factions of the undead No doubt fodder for volumes 2 and 3While I found the freuent homages they are homages right not crass copying to prior works tiresome after the first batch I enjoyed some of the mechanisms presented as ways of dispatching the blood hungry and the added nuance to how mirrors work And the name Eldritch Palmer summons not only Lovecraft but Philip K Dick s The Three Stigmata of Palmer EldritchJonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer from MashablecomdelToro and Hogan have fun with darkness from the dark cave that first takes the eviliant Sardu to the darkness of the death plane to the darkness of the solar eclipse They head to the appropriate underworld of the New York infrastructure and counterpoint a bit with the skyscraper home of a prime baddie A solar eclipse is imminent actually the next one in NYC is not until 2079 and some people ascribe the extant madness to that event There are plenty of nifty visuals here to be expected iven
that one author is such a master of visual mediaDavid Bradley as Abraham Selvakian from The Mental AtticOur Van one author is such a master of visual mediaDavid Bradley as Abraham Selvakian from The Mental AtticOur Van is Abraham Selvakian an old pawnbroker and Talmudic scholar The authors o a bit overboard with some of their naming Our CDC hero is Ephrain Goodweather ReallyCorey Stoll at Ephrain Goodweather From IGNI enjoyed the vampire mechanism explanation but I felt a strong compulsion not to look too closely I expect it would not hold up to any but the most cursory inspection And how did all the passengers on that plane suffer the same fate at the same time Surely som 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 bloodThen boy do I have the book for youAs for
MeYou Need Rubber Gloves need rubber loves touch this book it is so rossThis 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 betterThis 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 UsuallyIt also reads like a total Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION 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 interest auy Especially an engineer Like when the plane is sitting on the tarmac we et to learn all about planes the different models how the air traffic control system works and airport protocol When there are bodies in the morg we et to learn exactly what oes down at an autopsy Waaaay than I wanted to know And we "get this kind of stuff throughout In the big picture it didn t really matter what "this kind of stuff throughout In the big picture it didn t really matter what of plane it was or how an autopsy is performed but for some reason we had pages of this stuff That was where you found me skimmingIf I want to learn about airplanes I ll oogle it like a sane personSo our main hero is a Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens guy who works for the CDC and is called in when the airplane of dead things arrives All kinds of weird and creepy shit is happening and when a strange old man tells him it is vampires he feels like this is a reasonable explanationLogic Some peoples don tot itSo they pick up their next uy to join their superhero vampire killer roup an exterminator This brings us the a place where we What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers get to learn everything there is to know about rats FMLWhat s nextrossy mcgrosserson How the sewage system works How sausage is madeAnd that s really what I kept telling myself Stop reading this book it is making you miserable But my OCD made me finish it And now I m just relieved it is over Yes it had an open ending Yes there are of them But no Not oing there again. Damente todo o planeta Guillermo del Toro visionário realizador e Chuck Hogan escritor premiado conjugam imaginações neste romance arrojado e épico sobre uma assustadora batalha entre homens e vampiros ue ameaça toda a Humanidade É o primeiro volume de uma empolgante trilogia e um extraordinário acontecimento literário internacion.
Guillermo del Toro è 6 DownloadHe danger they pose to their friends and family Very well done Highly recommended 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 trilogyThis book starts out with so much promise It s a taught intense compelling thriller that radually introduces compelling characters that it s easy to care aboutThen 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 interestIn 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 moments as an afterthoughtSo I m of two minds on this one everything I stated above The other maybe I could have just suspended my disbelief and enjoyed the ride which I suspect a lot of readers are able to doStrangely I expect that a lot of what didn t work for me in this book will actually play out fairly well on the television series that starts in July and I m interested to see how they will handle it It was alright I kinda How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar got lost Zero stars for the dogs And the milky stuff ewwwww I hate milk and this made me want toag I still have to fight More scary stories for sleep-overs gagging when watching the first Alien for the millionth time Happy Halloween Mel Seems these days if you want to make a buck youotta write a vampire story Don t et me wrong I ve enjoyed many vampire books out there but think the sub enre 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 Heads of the Colored People 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 orain entrance to the plane Neat o What ives Once it s pried open like a tin of sardines and the door mysteriously opens they find a whole lot of people restfully peacefully in their seats all dead Oh and a coffin filled with some very nice compost Thankfully a small cast of stereotypes is perceived to still be alive the pilot the rock star the vicious lawyer bitch the cute kid and serve as some of the agents of the book s slow plot progressionWe are left with some intriguing uestionsWhat s that horrible smell Why were all the shades drawn How did this very modern plane with independent and redundant electrical systems fail all at once Why were there no signs of struggle How did that coffin et through Customs when I have to practically strip naked to et on a plane Well one of these uestions is kind of answered in the rest of the book so I hope you re not a nitpicker like meEnter our ood uy a free thinking doctor from the CDC with marriage problems He s not a bad fellow you see he just works so hard at his job but BOY does he love his son He could have completed the cliche by being named Jack but
INSTEAD GOES BYEPHFOLLOWING OUR INTREPID HERO THROUGHOUT THE BOOKgoes byEphFollowing our intrepid hero throughout the book no other reason than to provide a romantic interest and a counterpoint to his limp wet dish rag relationship with his ex wife is Nora the Strong Silent Type So silent that she isn t iven than two sentences of dialog throughout the entire book despite being nearly inseparable from our protagonist If this trilogy does make it to the theaters as so many speculate I feel for the woman cast in this thankless roleExpanding on our list of characters we have a burly exterminator no really we do and a Holocaust survivor turned avenging vampire slayer Abraham Rambo Setrakian Abe though pushing 80 something according to my calculations is an absolute death dealing merchant in the presence of those pesky vampires His walking stick predictably conceals a silver Ginsu sword which he swings about like Errol freakin Flynn and yells My sword sings silver or something eually silly as he lops heads arms and other vampire appendages free in a furious rage Oh please Abe hints at the end of the book that there s a lot about the vampires that the authors have been keeping him from saying We ll see if that pays off in the future booksSo this whole redefining the enre nonsense You re asking yourself Can this really be true In a word no As I said the vampire enre has petered out significantly The be true In a word no As I said the vampire enre has petered out significantly The publication of The Passage was entertaining and somewhat original but the concept of vampires being created by viruses was plumbed many times before Micheal Romkey s vampire books come to mind Cripes one of them was even called The Vampire Virus The vampire elements could have been assembled from any number of checklists The Strain is purely paint by numbersThe middle of the book is maddeningly repetitive We are uickly presented with a sketch or our next victim in their home arriving home or leaving their home Their routine is interrupted by Something Unusual dirt on the floor a Haitian housekeeper sneaking into a house the shed door being strangely open etc The soon to be victims move forward without a flashlight or lights turned on to investigate unsuccessfully trying to build up some tension in the reader are faced with a turned vampire usually a relative friend or cute kid are are pounced upon drained by the vampire s proboscis and pooped and urinated on by the attacker Aaaaand sceneThis is played out so many DAMN times with so many people we don t know or care about it becomes nearly unbearable The Strain might refer as much to the effort it takes to make it through these tedious scenes as it does the vampire virusOther parts of the book are meant to inform the reader city rats the inner workings of the CDC the lunar eclipse HA HA It s actually an occultation you fool for example but are so unnecessarily drawn out that they detract from what little story there is As I felt recently with Cherie Priest s Boneshaker book less is often in these cases Lookit me I did my RESEARCHAs for logic problems and plot holes they exist a plenty I won t o into all of them "But The Biggest To "the biggest to seem to involve the virus itself If it s a virus why do our vampire buddies reuire an invitation to cross a body of water Is the virus transmitted by vampire blood or by these pesky inchworms Why would silver affect the vampires the way it does What the heck is with the Ncípio parece apenas um vírus altamente contagioso revela se uma ameaça aterradora Os vampiros estão de volta e estão sedentos de sangue A epidemia vampírica propaga se a uma velocidade vertiginosa e ao cabo de poucos dias invade toda a ilha de Manhattan Mas isto é apenas o começo Porue existe um plano sinistro para conuistar rapi.