John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In

ImageJohn Ajvide Lindqvist’s conception of vampires in Let the Right One In certainly doesn’t include any sparkling, and its human beings behave in rather monstrous ways themselves. Hidden in the pages of this over-long thriller is a trenchant critique of the dark underbelly of all the picture-perfect IKEA commericals, but ultimately, this novel left me with a rather strong feeling of “so what?” I’m not really sure what the point was, and the novel itself seemed uncertain of what it was trying to say and left lots of loose ends still fraying at the end. I’m still interested in seeing the film based on this novel, because perhaps the story works better in a shorter time-frame.

(Read from March 23-March 25, 2010)

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