In before jumping in And what s that wormy thing on your arm 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 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 ventually make a movie out of this and it will be one of the rare occasions that the movie is better than the book Seems these days if you want to make a buck you gotta write a vampire story Don t get me wrong I ve The Trust 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 thexperience 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 A Scandalous Regency Christmas 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 gainntrance 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 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 The Return electrical systems fail all at once Why were there no signs of struggle How did that coffin get through Customs when I have to practically strip naked to get 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 good guy 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 book for no other reason than to provide a romantic interest and a counterpoint to his limp wet dish rag relationship with hisx wife is Nora the Strong Silent Type So silent that she isn t given than two sentences of dialog throughout the ntire 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 xterminator 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 Prince Hafizs Only Vice eually silly as he lops heads arms and other vampire appendages free in a furious rage Oh please Abe hints at thend 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 genre nonsense You re asking yourself Can this really be true In a word no As I said the vampire genre has petered out
significantly The recent publication of The Passage was ntertaining and somewhat original but the concept of vampires The recent publication of The Passage was ntertaining and somewhat original but the concept of vampires created by viruses was plumbed many times before Micheal Romkey s vampire books come to mind Cripes one of them was And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen even called The Vampire Virus The vampirelements 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 victim in their home arriving 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 tc 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 is played out so many DAMN times with so many people we don t know care about it becomes nearly unbearable The Strain might refer as much to the ffort 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 Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security What to Do About It eclipse HA HA It s actually an occultation you fool forxample 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 Girl in Pieces exist a plenty I won t go into all of them but the biggest to me 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 coffin other than it being a carryover from other vampire novels Its purpose is neverxplained 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 Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention 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 ruthlessfficiency they merge from very scuffle without a scratch This not only demolishes the believability of the book but also makes us Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education even less interested inach skirmish s outcome We already know they ll be triumphant ven 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 given glimpses of some of the other six vampire Mafiosos near the nd and are led to believe some kind of Vampire War is coming Some kind of truce was formed and 3 Bosses got land over there the other 3 got land over here Our main vampire Boss Ncípio parece apenas um vírus altamente contagioso revela se uma ameaça aterradora Os vampiros Cruise Control estão de volta stão sedentos de sangue A pidemia vampírica propaga se a uma velocidade vertiginosa City Limits e ao cabo de poucos dias invade toda a ilha de Manhattan Mas isto é apenas o começo Poruexiste um plano sinistro para conuistar rapi. ,
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 nd 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 to touch this book it is so grossThis 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 ven starts with an airplane that is down It really seemed like something that could asily be adapted to film and might actually be better than the book I know I know Impossible right UsuallyIt 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 interest a guy Especially an ngineer Like when the plane is sitting on the tarmac we get 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 get to learn Culture and Enchantment exactly what goes 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 type 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 google it like a sane personSo our main hero is a 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 reasonablexplanationLogic Some peoples don t got itSo they pick up their next guy to join their superhero vampire killer group an xterminator This brings us the a place where we get to learn verything there is to know about rats FMLWhat s next grossy 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 D DAY Through German Eyes 2 ending Yes there are of them But no Not going there again 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 havever 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 Baroque Personae every new vampire story that comes out I do read a lot of SFFantasyHorror 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 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 were ground breaking and created a whole new Vampire Mythos The Strain adds to this legacy by handling the vampire mythos in a veryffective 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 done Another very interesting and original aspect of book is the way it Democratic Art explores the struggle of the newly infected in coping with what they are becoming and the danger they pose to their friends and family Very well done Highly recommended 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 fastntertaining 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 Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? 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 stronglement of 24 Days here as well How long will it be before the ntire city and then the nation is overtaken by the bloodsuckers And the vamps here seem to share
Considerable DNA With ZombiesDNA with zombies is a hint of Underworld and ven 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 Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group 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 thevil giant Sardu to the darkness of the death plane to the darkness of the solar Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust 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 solarclipse is imminent actually the next one in NYC is not until 2079 and some people ascribe the Conscience and Memory extant madness to thatvent There are plenty of nifty visuals here to be xpected given that one author is such a master of visual mediaDavid Bradley as Abraham Selvakian from The Mental AtticOur Van Helsing is Abraham Selvakian an old pawnbroker and Talmudic scholar The authors go a bit overboard
with some ofsome of naming Our CDC hero is Ephrain Goodweather ReallyCorey Stoll at Ephrain Goodweather From IGNI njoyed the vampire mechanism Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods explanation but I felt a strong compulsion not to look too closely Ixpect 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 someone saw someone lse being harmed and left his or her seat at the very least the Master from The Strain WikiaThe TV show from which the above images were all taken is fun as is the book but for both book and show you will definitely have to check your bra. Um Boeing 777 proveniente de Berlim aterra no aeroporto JFK de repente pára na pista As janelas Education in a New Society estão fechadas As luzesstão apagadas Ninguém responde às chamadas da torre de controlo Nenhum passageiro atende o telemóvel Parece ue o avião deixou de Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education existir O ue os investigadoresncontram lá dentro gela lhes o sangueO ue ao pri.
review The StrainN this book appears to have gotten the short nd of the stick somewhere along the line and has been causing all sorts of ruckus of late because darn it he s had nough and he s not going to take it any With a set up like that the series promises to get a whole lot worse before getting any better And I m just talking about the writing and plot This is a striking The Baby Swap Miracle example of what is officially called literatherapy So tired from finals finishing a semester long draftnding 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 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 xact 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 uivalent of McDonalds chicken nuggets the bright day after an normous 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 genre But it is not asy to contribute to it at all The familiarity of it just wrapped me up like one large fuzzy blanket It was alright I kinda got lost Zero stars for the dogs And the milky stuff wwwww 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 Happy Halloween Mel 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 xactly 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 Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation 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 good guys 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 tonjoy Gender Justice 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 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 gradually introduces compelling characters that it sasy
to care aboutthencare aboutThen 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 Generations and Collective Memory 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 oneverything I stated above The other maybe I could have just suspended my disbelief and njoyed the ride which I suspect a lot of readers are able to doStrangely I xpect 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 Imagine that you re reading one of those Twilight books as Edward is whispering chaste sweet nothings into Bella s From Notes to Narrative 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 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 thatDel Toro who directed several horror movies as well as the critically acclaimed butxtremely 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 jobA Boeing 777 lands in New York but most of the passengers are dead Before you can say Bela Lugosi a CDC doctor is getting lessons from a Van Helsing wannabe named Setrakian on the best way to deal with the vamps which are Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America 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 good 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 got 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 thinspecially the hero who is also saddled with a bad sub plot of a custody fight for his son His x 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 has been used twice before that I know of in Nelson DeMille s The Lion s Game and Fringe in pilot pisodeSo the story seemed overly familiar in a lot of ways and the writing isn t Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) especially great but it s got a lot of momentum and is loaded withnough gore and ultra violence to make vampires nasty again It s the first in a trilogy and it was nough fun that I ll be checking out the next two. Damente todo o planeta Guillermo del Toro visionário realizador Chuck Hogan scritor premiado conjugam imaginações neste romance arrojado épico sobre uma assustadora batalha Foraging for Survival entre homens vampiros ue ameaça toda a Humanidade É o primeiro volume de uma Fragments empolgante trilogia um xtraordinário acontecimento literário internacion.