JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Finished reading ...

... John Ajvide Lindqvist's Handling the Undead ... excellent tale! And such a refreshing change from the overkill (if you'll pardon the term) of "brainz!"-type zombies that are everywhere (then again, this lack of imagination about something with a very rich folklore might be the proof that more brains are being consumed than we realize).

Anyway, back to the book ... I recall somebody telling me way back that it was quite a bit scarier than Ajvide Lindqvist's first novel ("Let the Right One In"), but I didn't find this novel scary at all. Disturbing, gripping, exciting, deeply emotional ... a resounding "Yes!" to all those. Reminded me, more than anything, of the classic short story The Monkey's Paw and its message of being careful what you wish for, especially if what you want most is the return of a deceased loved one.

Highly recommended reading. :-)

P.S. Was quite happy with the appearance of the drowning victim near the end; I'd been wondering whether any previously unfound murder victims would show up, if only as a one-sentence mention on the periphery of the main story ... the "floater" told me that, while most of his "relivig" came from cemeteries, morgues and hospitals, the author hadn't forgotten about the unknown/unfound dead.
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