Guest review: THE STRAIN by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review is a guest post written by my husband, Pierre.

Nosferatu meets CSI.

Vampire literature thrives on contrast. Victorian readers once yawned at Dracula's bizarre antics in the Carpathian Mountains but shivered when Bram Stoker’s displaced him to the city of London. Legions of writers have since inflamed this contrast until it has become positively bi-polar, giving us bloodsuckers as southern gentlemen, little girls, rebellious teenagers, space aliens and a even a librarian. And now worms. Well, why not.

The authors were perhaps over-enthused with the possibilities presented by Vampires, endowing them with so many physiological horrors that a biologically confusing monster emerges. But they are entirely clear in one regard: sex. Vampire tales usually slide easily into sex and sexiness but there’s nothing remotely sexy about these creatures; they are simply repulsive. As it should be, too.

I would have enjoyed more surprises and plot twists, but the story rips along just fine and dialogue is expertly executed. There is much unnatural ghastliness here, and a couple scenes that are stunningly revolting.

The Strain is frighteningly well written and a compelling read.


bermudaonion on June 9, 2009 at 6:53 PM said...

Wow, Pierre writes a great review! I think my son would really enjoy this book.

Cindy on June 9, 2009 at 8:44 PM said...

Great Review Pierre. Will you be guest posting again?

I have this book on my TBR pile.

See you Thursday Donna.

Literary Feline on June 9, 2009 at 9:26 PM said...

Thank you for the great review, Pierre! I've been wondering about this book. It's been getting a lot of press because Guillermo Del Toro is involved with it.


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