Throughout history, the nature and mystery of death has captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and theologians. This eerie chronology ventures right to the borderlines of science and sheds light into the darkness. Here, topics as wide ranging as the Maya death gods, golems, and séances sit side by side with entries on zombies and quantum immortality. With the turn of every page, readers will encounter beautiful artwork, along with unexpected insights about death and what may lie beyond.
If you ever wondered whether Stephen King attempted to write another amazing epic since “The Stand” that features a virus outbreak and mass-destruction of human society, “Cell” is the answer.
Except the “Amazing” part. Cell fell short of the epic story involving Captain Trips and resembled more the first season of “The Walking Dead”. I kept on thinking as I was reading this novel – this is soley written with TV in mind. The scene already felt edited, the story already had the aura that you get from watching witty-forced dialogue you see on screen. It wasn’t a massive surprise when I saw that the rights to the movie were picked up and that John Cusack who played in the 1408 adaptation also got a star role in the movie. King stated that because fans didn’t like the ending of the book, he had changed it for the film.. it still sucked.
Recently I read the chilling tale of a murderous mother in Sharp Objects and I was interested to see what I could find regarding the Munchausen syndrome. The Americans had the city of Kansas and the story of the Wizard of Oz (a bit different from the Wizard of Glass). The Germans had The Baron Of Munchausen (1785 book Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia)
he fictional Baron’s exploits, narrated in the first-person, focus on his impossible achievements as a sportsman, soldier, and traveler, for instance riding on a cannonball, fighting a forty-foot crocodile, and traveling to the Moon. Intentionally comedic, the stories play on the absurdity and inconsistency of Munchausen’s claims, containing an undercurrent of social satire. (Wiki)
From John Ajvide Lindqvist comes yet another terrifying novel. “Let me in” told the story of dark nights in Sweeden where two predators were out for blood. One was a paedophile, the other a vampyre. You’ll have to read to see who was deadlier.
“Handling the undead” was another hit, dealing with the drama of having your deceased brought back to life after a freak electrical accident. Or was it not an accident?
Now read the story of an island in the seas of Sweeden, an island with a dark past involving human sacrifices to the sea and a more troubling present with people disappearing never to be seen again.
Harbor is about several different people whose lives are intertwined on a small archipelago outside of Stockholm. A little girl vanishes right in front of her parents eyes, a couple whose love still burns as strong as the day they fell in love still live in separate houses next door to one another, a father keeps a tiny insect wormlike creature called a spiritus (spertus Norse mythology) in a box that requires a daily feeding or the consequences are dire and oddly, people just disappear ever so often, without a trace and without rhyme or reason.
There are thousands, if not millions, of writers in the world whose names will never be known and whose novelist careers will never earn them enough to make a living. And then there are the lucky few who receive the critical or market acclaim that elevates them to an entirely different level. John Ajvide Lindqvist has reached that level, at least momentarily.
His debut novel Let the Right One In was a bestseller in Sweden, and the movie adaptation by director Tomas Alfredsson was one of the best movies of 2008. It’s not too often your first book is both a bestseller and adapted into a worldwide hit.
Lindqvist’s second novel, Handling the Undead, hits bookstores today (conveniently on the eve of the October 1 release of the American adaptation Let Me In). Like Let the Right One In was a reinvention of the vampire genre, Handling the Undead is an attempt to revise zombies.
Something very peculiar is happening in Stockholm. There’s a heatwave on and people cannot turn their lights out or switch their appliances off. Then the terrible news breaks. In the city morgue, the dead are waking up…
“But Eva was not dead, he was not allowed to grieve. And she was not alive, so he could not hope. Nothing.”
Everyone in the world would remember the book that started all the vampire mania in Hollywood. It was Dracula (Bram Stoker)! But the book that really changed vampires and made them into the romantic heroes that we see today on the screen acting in movies like Twilight would be the classic Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.