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|John Ajvide Lindqvist|
This is a collection of short stories from the author of "Let the Right One In", the vampire novel that was produced as a movie in Sweden and in the United States. Quite good films too! So back to the anthology... a couple of these are gems that expand one's mind. A couple are good, although a bit creepy (a la Stephen King) and a couple are confusing. My favorites are "The Border" - especially thoughtful of those moments when one feels "outside" of society; and "Let the Old Dreams Die" - what would you do to keep and hold the one you love?
Lindqvist gives the impression that he loves writing and his stories are all (even the not-so-great ones (and who knows, you may love the ones that left me cold)) thought-provoking. There is a thoughtful afterword to the stories - don't peek - in which he discusses his writing and ideas. This is an author who understands the dark side of humanity, that side which makes us all so human.
The book and Swedish film version of "Let the Right One In" are available from the Juneau Public Library.
Recommended by Suzi