In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world’s population will be dead… or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they’re getting smarter.
Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there.
Can he survive? Can he find them? And even if he does, what comes next? Will they survive? Will they, with the few other survivors they have found, find a way to stop this menace? Or will they simply become a few more of the creatures that now rule our world?
Just posted a reply in the 3 week old thread attached to the “What are you reading this fall?” poll, and thought I’d copy/paste this section in case anyone is looking for a good Halloween season read:
Currently reading Let the Right One In for the 3rd time, just for lack of other ideas what to read.
For those not familiar with it, it is a very creepy, disturbing vampire story. Would be a great read for Halloween season.
I think one of the things that’s so creepy and disturbing about it is that the author paints a very realistic world. It’s not magical, mystical, fantasy vampires like Interview or Twilight, just gritty, realistic, psychologically damaged characters.
Fair warning, it was originally written in Swedish and the translation can get kind of clunky sometimes, and it is likewise set in Sweden, which can make some of the cultural references difficult to relate to.
Also, the original, Swedish movie adaptation is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve seen, and way better than the American remake (which wasn’t all that bad).
@f00l@sammydog01 Yes, the American film is titled Let Me In and the more expensive eBook must be the movie tie-in version. No idea if the text would be any different.
Don’t read up too much about it - the two editorial reviews on the kindle site had major spoilers.
IIRC, I originally heard about the Swedish movie on some internet list of ‘best horror movies you’ve never seen’ or some such.
Was a really intriguing story so I read the book and wasn’t disappointed.
When I say it’s disturbing, I don’t mean just the violence, gore and, um… difficult themes. The original movie did a fair job of capturing it, but the way the writer portrays the bleak, depressing existence of the characters creates this dark background that just makes it so much more affecting.
Kind of thing that gives you nightmares, even more so than Stephen King’s best, IMO.
@erisire Yesterday when I was raving about this book, I was wondering to myself, “why haven’t I checked out his other books?”
Still didn’t do it yesterday, but after reading your post I took a look on Amazon…
There’s a collection of short stories that has sequels to both LTROI and Handling the Undead. Let the Old Dreams Die (Amazon link)
Now I know the next couple of books I’ll be reading.
I’m finally onto the third book in Mick Herron’s excellent Jackson Lamb series. I’m half way through Real Tigers. I’m liking it better than book 2 Dead Lions, and nearly as good as the first book, Slow Horses.
I always re-read Grady Hendrix this time of year. Horrorstor is GREAT - imagine working late at a closed IKEA that’s either haunted or you’re losing it, but in We Sold Our Souls the 90’s metal vibe that pallalels with a parody of the 2000’s “metal” is excellent; especially with actual satan.
Amazon has the Camber of Culdi trilogy for kindle on daily deal for $1.99, same price as it was back in August (when I bought it). I remember remember really liking all of Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni books in my mis-spent, fantasy-loving youth, but haven’t read them in years and am not sure if reading them now I’d be all hmm, this lady sure is a trained hypnotist and member of the modern Order of the Golden Dawn in the same way a rereading of The Mists of Avalon made me think this is… just Wicca… which is OK, but really an anachronism.
Anyway, KIND-OF HISTORICAL FANTASY! Not really historical. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01LXGL10L/
I just wrapped up Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark. Not at all my cup of tea. I only semi-enjoyed the Amazon Prime Video series, so I can’t imagine what compelled me to give Tangle in the Dark a shot. I mean, the title should have clued me to the content.
Now I’m a couple chapters into Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation. I do enjoy Scalzi’s stuff.
Noticed an offer banner on Amazon’s main kindle book page (it has to be activated, says by invitation only [but why wouldn’t everyone get it?]) where you spend $60 on kindle e-books between Oct. 22-29th and get back $40 in e-book credit that you’ll have to spend within 21 days. I can’t decide if it’s a good deal or not, because that’s a lot of money to spend on e-books at one time (or, over one week). Sure, I have a bunch of expensive kindle editions of things saved on my amazon shopping list that I have no intention of buying (hello, The Jumbies’ Playing Ground: Old World Influences on Afro-Creole Masquerades in the Eastern Caribbean (Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Series) and Religion and the Decline of Magic [which is somewhat reasonable but which I already own in hardcover]), but… is it a good idea to buy them? If I can spend the same money all over again on, say, Gladys Mitchell mysteries? Or is it stupid?
@Barney@f00l@sammydog01 Well, I’m pretty sure you said that you bought The Rising of the Moon, and that one’s really good, and apparently her personal favorite, but it’s more serious than her other stuff I’ve read. If you want something that’s more Mrs.-Bradley-wears-clashing-colors-and-everyone-is-weird-and-there-may-be-satanists, yes, there are several from which to choose. I was going to offer to lend you the kindle editions, but they don’t appear to be lendable at this time (which is super-annoying).
@Barney@f00l@sammydog01 PS There are a bunch uploaded to archive.org for some reason. I would say anything published before the '60’s is probably pretty good. They’re pretty formulaic, but sometimes there is an occult element and sometimes pig farming. Sometimes both!
I have spent much of the prev month listening to Craig Johnson’s Longmire series, which I really like. I’m about 2/3 of the way thru them, tho have not messed with the books which are novella and short story collections.
The only thing that disappoints in that we don’t get to know anyone but the title character nearly as well as we would like; which is a pity, as I really want to know more about Vic, Henry, Lucian, and several others.
The writer has a gift for bringing individual characters completely to life and into sharp focus.
I would like to know more also of Longmire’s daughter, Cady; but as far as I have gotten in the series, she is more of a long distance plot device than she is a developed individual. She get used mostly (so far) as character background and motivation for Longmire.
Lucian, the retired, elderly ex-sheriff, gets a lot of space in the second novel in the series, and in Steamboat, an exceptional novella. Makes me simply want more of him on the page.
Johnson brings Wyoming geography, weather, and culture into full life, as Hillerman does with northern NM and AZ. And that’s worth a lot in itself.
Hey @RiotDemon: didn’t you first mention these books here on Meh? If so, much thx.