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Editorial Reviews. Review. site Best of the Month, June Who better to reinvent the vampire genre than Guillermo Del Toro, the genius. The Strain is a vampire horror novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It is the first installment in The Strain Trilogy, and is followed by The Fall and. Based upon a three-novel book series, Cuse said he expects The Strain to last between three and five seasons. The first season will cover the first book, and.

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About the only non-white person was a Latino. ONE person. We've got ONE woman. And ONE Latino. In three books. I'm always first to blame myself for 'not noticing', but in this case — if I've got to THINK to remember if there were any..?

Probably means there are problems here. Still, feel free to tell me I missed something here. I was super fast-reading books 2 and 3 cause they were boring the hell out of me. I cannot believe the kind of world these authors live in. You've got to be kidding me.

View 2 comments. Feb 25, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: Actual rating: In my review of The Strain, the first book in this series, I said that it started off well but quickly degenerated into an illogical mess. The Fall is the second book in what is planned to be a trilogy, and it starts in the illogical mess phase.

Where does it go from there? Into an extended setup for volume number three. Reading The Fall, I felt like the only reason for this book's existence is to keep interest alive for the eventual release of the third book. The backgr Actual rating: The background situation is horrific, and intrinsically interesting But del Toro and Hogan keep most of that in the background, focusing instead on three or four unlikely characters who are clearly destined to save humanity.

By keeping the overwhelming disaster in the background, they mute the story's main thrill, and instead of reading a truly scary vampire thriller, I felt like I was reading an airport bookshop thriller. Why three stars? Because Goodreads won't let me give it a 2.

Worth reading, but not worth downloading. Borrow it from the library instead. May 20, Lou rated it really liked it. This second book is chilling, the virus is here now and the threat looms. The fate of mankind lies in hand of those who have a certain book and the Hunters, you have mortals, hunters and ancients in the fierce battle against the Masters own plan set out.

The story is action packed and really this book leaves you with loads to look forward to the third installment of The Strain trilogy. I have a feeling the third book has been set up to have all the ingredients of a humdinger of battle for mankin This second book is chilling, the virus is here now and the threat looms. I have a feeling the third book has been set up to have all the ingredients of a humdinger of battle for mankind.

For Interviews and trailers visit http: View 1 comment. Just wow. I wanted to give this 5-stars, as the ending is powerful. But I only gave The Strain 4-stars, and this isn't better overall. The ending of this book is much better, but The Strain is better from cover to cover, despite its own weak ending.

Definitely looking forward to The Night Eternal. I could see the series getting a 5-star out of me though the individual books are getting 4. More than the sum of its parts, and all that. But that will depend on how the authors wrap up the trilo Wow. But that will depend on how the authors wrap up the trilogy.

Stay tuned Oct 04, Heidi rated it it was ok.

THE STRAIN Book Review

I'm not even sure why I read this, since the first book The Strain was mediocre at best. I guess I'm just a sucker heh for anything that combines vampires with apocalytpic plagues my two favorite things! In a nutshell, an ancient parasite resurfaces and takes the world by storm, turning people into vampires of a sort , while a ragtag group of good guys forms a resistance and tries to save the world. In this book, the planet's infrastructure begins to collapse as the parasite takes hold.

What bugs me is the half-assed writing.

Del Toro via Chuck Hogan obviously undertook this project with the film adaptations in mind, and there's nothing more annoying than a book that is not written for reading. It's like this is the first draft and initial marketing push for the movie sensation to come. I hate that. What I do like is the vampire-as-parasite thing. It's been done before Scott Westerfeld pulls this off brilliantly in Peeps , but it's still a breath of fresh air to encounter vamps who are repulsive, destructive and animalistic as opposed to sparkly, seductive boyfriend material.

The creatures here have 6-foot-long suction cup stinger thingies that come flying out their mouths, and their bodies are filled with white pus. These movies are so not going to be for the tween set. I'll probably read the third and last book, because that's what I do, but overall I am disappointed in this series. I wasn't a del Toro fan to begin with Pan's Labyrinth , in my opinion, is all style and no substance , but I did have high hopes for this project.

Meine Meinung Man Achtung! Meine Meinung Man kommt sehr gut rein, da einiges kurz wiederholt wird, um die vorherige Handlung aufzufrischen. Der Meister der Vampire ist einer der sieben "Alten", die seit jeher das Gleichgewicht gewahrt haben.

Manchmal wurde mir zu sehr ins Detail gegangen, was ich in so einem spannenden Szenario einfach nicht brauchen kann. Vampires can't cross water Aptly named as civilisation is screwed.

A famous philosopher once said that during a symposium you know! The second book has improved, there's a lot more for the reader to get their teeth into. A lot more background fluff is introduced into the characters past, such as Eph and Abraham Setrakian is explored further.

The o "New York has gone bye-bye and the rest of the world, apart from Britain. The old Polish professors tale reveals to us how he stubbornly pursued The Master as you might of guessed, this guy is the leader of the vampire herd is fairly interesting. I've jump on ahead as per usual. Eph is trying to protect the group, especially his son Zack and Nora.

As well as keeping Setrakian alive. Fet who was a rat exterminator previously always a good trade to have if you want to be the best vampire hunter - transferable skills you see!

They don't mention that at rat catching school I'm sure becomes close to Setrakian and really turns into his bodyguard. While this is going on, Gus finds himself ensnared into a deal with The Ancients the first vampires.

There really isn't any unique ideas or characters that make The Strain series stand out, for me anyway. It's all operating under a previously used archetypal template. Which is surprising given the authors creative talent Del Toro's anyway.

I've gone into this in my review of the first book The Strain. One real problem for me from the beginning was that everyone feared and were terrified of these vampires, all apart from the main characters.

Lucky that really. There is at times, too much explanation by the authors and not actually a lot of doing. What I mean is that standing around talking about a problem, not offering alternatives and doing absolutely fuck all, well, makes for dull reading. It's like a old car, sometimes it starts fine, other's not. The pace of the novel fluctuates and is all over the place, this was also apparent in the first book.

There's a few new characters. The Silver Angel being the first. A broken down Mexican ex-wrestler turns into a vampire killing machine. The ending actually had me rooting for him to Not strictly a new character, Kelly, Eph's ex-wife now vampiric bitch is chasing Zack her son. There is still a bond between family members it appears which pushes Kelly on to hunt her son, attempting to turn him.

During this, Eph is struggling with Zack and trying to keep that from happening. I apologise for the short review folks, I'm just not enthused with this one. It is improved slightly, but overall is a fairly flat read due to the amount of similarity to other works of fiction and films.

Aug 06, Sud rated it really liked it Shelves: Book Two of the Strain is a lot of fun to read. It is, in my opinion, better than the first book.

The Vampire Outbreak has turned into a plague in New York. Book Two continues the story of our intrepid heroes and their struggle against this modern day vampire plague. Book Two delves more deeply into this vampire lore and I really enjoyed Chuck Hogan fleshing out the bare bones background of the first book. Now it starts to make sense why the Master's thinking might have become warped, and his vis Book Two of the Strain is a lot of fun to read.

Now it starts to make sense why the Master's thinking might have become warped, and his vision of the future inspired, by the sheer surfeit from a vampire's way of thinking of food supply.

The Book also helps explain the multiple reasons Dr. Setrakian has for hating the Master and his brood in particular. The confluence of events that starts in Treblinka in and ends up on the streets of New York "currently" give a deep meaning to Setrakian-Sardu the Master's human name conflict.

I like the new twist on vampires. Del Torro and Hogan have created a vampire that is not attractive. The process of turning ,the underlying bloodworm, and the final vampire itself is the antithesis of the sexy, metrosexual, Calvin-Kelin models who tend to slink around in glitter laced ,designer, slim-line clothes seducing all and sundry with their smoking, lusty looks,magnificently undeniable charisma and sheer physical attraction.

Witness True Blood or Twilight. These vampires look disdainfully at that sterotype and declare "Fuck that shit. They are filthy, foul, feces spewing not making this up , undead bloodworm-human host hybrid.

Yes they are killed instantly by sunlight and silver. Garlic, religion and the rest of the typical responses won't work. They also bleed a white plasma that is loaded with bloodworms and can infect you if they get into your bloodstream. No known cure save death. The comparison to a virus is apt. I tend to root for the bad guys. I actually appreciate them, for the most part. These creatures? This is a style of vampires few would find attractive.

I think that is why the humans who do serve the Master tend to strike a more visceral dislike from the reader. It is one thing to make a deal with a well-dressed, wealthy, Brad Pitt True Blood vampire. I get it. I would do that. In a heartbeat. These things? I'll pass. That makes these vampires some of the most disgusting I've seen. Even the ones from "30 Days of Night" had some measure of class compared to this version.

Though, to be fair, I am speaking of the Master's Brood. I won't give any spoilers. SO I'll avoid the plot. That is the point for reading this, isn't it? Was it fun? The story is exciting. It is certainly dark and grim. Humanity is not winning this battle. There are quite a few surprises in this volume since the shows seems to have deviated in terms of plot for me in terms of character deaths.

So overall- I highly recommend this fun, fast paced vampire outbreak. This book was an improvement over the first book and I certainly look forwards to reading Book 3. If you like vampires or would enjoy a science themed "outbreak" story-check out the Strain. IT is easy to read and flows well except for the painful "emotional" scenes which Hogan excels at butchering making for a quick read.

Sep 06, Twobusy rated it did not like it. Here's something that almost never happens to me: I gave up on this book. Because, quite simply, it is one of the worst-written novels I've ever encountered, regardless of genre. I could try to explain in painful detail just how awful it is, telling you about the amateurish plotting, the paper-thin characters, the abject lack of subtlety and grace and elegance in Here's something that almost never happens to me: I could try to explain in painful detail just how awful it is, telling you about the amateurish plotting, the paper-thin characters, the abject lack of subtlety and grace and elegance in the writing But when something this insidious enters your personal life, all superior thinking goes out the window.

This book sucks, and I'm deeply embarrassed for you both. View all 5 comments. Mar 14, Kevin Bessey rated it did not like it. If you're thinking of reading "The Fall" then you probably already know about "The Strain" For example, the line "my sword sings of silver" has to be one of the worst battle cries ever penned, and of course it bleeds it's way into the sequel no pun intended.

Other lines such as "silver blinged killer" and "he understood the man's pain. He understood the pain of this world" just seem cliche and over dramatic. There are some scenes and other portions of dialogue that are just plain eye-rolling at times.

All too weird and all too lame. If they wanted a biological theme, they should've stuck with it before they introduced a basket of non-scientific elements. Choose one, or the other The dichotomy made the story a hard sell and fully download in to.

What I mean by that is: Was this trilogy to be a "re-invention" or a "re-telling" of the vampire mythos? It seems as if it was trying to be both and needed to stick with one or the other. Otherwise it is confusing and disheartening. Was the "Van-Helsing" as everyone has aptly identified of the novels Setrakian supposed to be this tough "Van-Helsing" character or this crumbling, dying man?

C'mon - the guy is in his eighties with crippled hands and fingers that gets mentioned multiple times with a bad heart condition and he is supposed to be running around and cutting up vampires Was Gus a hard-core gang-banger or loner, street trash? In the first book it seemed like Gus was a lonely street rat and in the second he's a gang leader?

Either I missed something, or someone changed their mind as to how Gus should've been written and what his role in the "fellowship" should've been. Is it Doomsday or Business-As-Usual? If two months have passed since the initial infection and half of Manhattan has burned to the ground along with thousands of people missing across the globe, I'm not sure one's day-to-day routine would still be in place. At this point in the saga, it seems that half of the time everything is in chaos and other times like nothing is going on.

Which makes it really hard to believe when they show up for the book auction that apparently hasn't taken place in years in the midst of world-wide chaos. Like most people mentioned in the review of "The Strain", there is much reason to believe that this trilogy could've been reduced to a single novel. For example, "Phade - the vampyric vandalist" served no point to the overall plot - up to and including the side story of the cop who has been in search of Phade.

If there are any LOST fans reading this, it reminds me of the episode of the couple who were after the diamonds. A single episode that served no plot development or purpose to the general story. Just a B-side that made it's way into the final cut. This touches on my other problem with the writing - character development and purpose. I had a huge problem with the "feelers. At one point, Nora strikes a flare with these guys and I'm guessing they are the feelers, otherwise I take this comment back and they all jump back But not UV light?

Just terrible.

The other character I had a problem with was Phade as mentioned before and also the elderly, retired Mexican wrestler Angel. Similar to my point on Setrakian, it's hard to imagine an old man motioning through some of the scenes that he was written in to.

For those that have read the book and if you're still reading and plan on reading it will find out , did you think it was odd for two instances where Gus blew up the pawn shop and the helicopter. It's like they guy pulls the trigger first and asks questions later.

If he thought they were in the pawn shop, why would he play McGuyver and blow up the pawn shop. And with the helicopter leaving the nuclear power plant why would he just assume who the helicopter was for and grab a rocket launcher handy to blow it up. I know at this point, it has become more rambling than review, but most of it was just to vent a little. If I had to sum my review up in one line it would be: Review based on book I received from site Vine in exchange for an honest review.

I've read this book twice. My Synopsis: Meanwhile, Eldritch Palmer continues to plot and plan, entirely focu Disclosure: Meanwhile, Eldritch Palmer continues to plot and plan, entirely focused on keeping himself alive forever.

The Master continues its plan to take over the world. And the other Ancients send out their hunters to try to stop him.

Book Review: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

My Thoughts: Book 2: The Fall continues The Strain Trilogy, further developing the story and re-imagining the vampire mythos. We learn more about the structure of vampire society, and about the Ancients, and meet the mysterious Mr. Many times a middle book in a trilogy loses momentum as it fills in the plot, but not The Fall. It continues to speed forward, simultaneously further developing both plot and characters. There were a couple plot points that changed — most confusingly, in The Strain , Abraham Setrakian says his wife, Miriam, has been dead for less than 20 years, but in this book he tells the story of her death somewhere in the vicinity of 40 years previously.

Nonetheless, the series continues to enthrall me and should be well-received by lovers of horror, apocalyptic situations and vampires. Book 3, The Night Eternal , has just been released, and I will post a review soon. Stay tuned! I am really enjoying this series! Very good second book in a series. Feb 20, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: Low to mid 3 stars.

This continuation of the story from The Strain definitely provided more insight into a lot of different aspects of the story, and, if one extrapolates a bit, explains some things that were left unexplained in the first book. There was a lot of action, and a lot of gore and a lot of tension, and a whole lot of things-not-going-well-for-humanity-in-general, but all that being said, I didn't like this one quite as much as the last one.

I felt like some things were very Things mainly pertaining to Z. I like the kid, but by the end of this book, I kind of feel like he's a big ol' plot device. I feel like he's there to move certain pieces of the story into place, and pull at our heartstrings at the same time.

Since when did he have asthma? But in this book, because it would make him more vulnerable, he did. The knife he carries explains a certain quirky naming convention in the books as well. It just kind of felt convenient, rather than realistic or true to the character.

And then this book, seemingly because I said in my review of the last one how I liked that this was a scientific and plausible virulent event, is now heading in the other direction I guess I'll have to see what the next book holds, to see where this goes, but right now, I'm disappointed in this causality shift. But then, I liked it I like the big-picture views we get from Eph's journal entries, and I liked the concept of the Ancients, and their role in this book.

It didn't annoy me well, other than the slight annoyance due to the stuff listed above , and I had no desire to throw it at the wall not like I would, my Nook is my Precious! I just feel like Horror October Nov 27, Rade rated it liked it Shelves: I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. I tried like crazy to care about the people in the book, to care about their families, their friends, and hope for the best.

Unfortunately, I felt the writing was a bit on a half-assed side. The entire book read like it was a mediocre half price bin thriller. I was never completely engrossed into the story. In fact, some pages I can say that I skipped. Mostly the pep talk Eph gave his son Zach which is nice but it did not move the story forward one I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. Mostly the pep talk Eph gave his son Zach which is nice but it did not move the story forward one bit, giving me a reason to just skip it.

I actually did enjoy the background story of Setrakian, but the whole heart in the jar background story was cliche as shit. As soon as it started, I knew exactly where it will go. Lots of cliches in this one but at least the vampires are ruthless, not the kind who have lived on the planet for hundred years and yet have not found a better way to spend their time than to go to high school and win the heart of a lifeless teenager girl.

The Strain (novel)

That's right, I hate Twilight with the passion. Anyway, how an old guy with lot of health problems, a rat exterminator, and two CDC people will stop a vampire apocalypse is a mystery to my ass. I guess I will have to read the next and final book in this trilogy.

Decent amount of action, lots of instances of vampire slicing, and a crapload of times when the author keeps saying that the leavings of vampires smell like ammonia and every time one was killed you can bet your ass the author mentioned the worms leaving the body.

Don't have to keep repeating it. It better be bloody. If it ends with everyone surviving and things being wrapped up in a chapter or two, I will be pissed. Dec 29, Scott Rhee rated it liked it Shelves: Not naming names or anything, but Stephenie Meyer is completely to blame.

Well, the first two books anyway. There are, I think, four books in the series. Reading the first two was actually an accomplishment. Meyer single-handedly took the bite out of vampires.

She literally removed their fangs and somehow gave them the ability to sparkle like unicorns. Zombies have basically filled the void for truly creepy-as-hell monsters that vampires once proudly filled. It also set the stage for the city-wide pandemic that has made Manhattan a battleground and threatens to spread outward quickly, state to state and potentially globally. This leads to a skeptical general public, one that already mistrusts its governments. Palmer, motivated solely by compassionless self-interest, has made a deal with an ancient legendary creature called The Master.

Nora quickly dedicates herself to uncovering the vampire conspiracy, and is determined not to be relegated to doing the "woman's work. Professor Abraham Setrakian[ edit ] A Romanian Jew partly of Armenian descent , Setrakian was held in the Treblinka extermination camp during the Second World War , where he became aware of the Master feeding on the weak and sickly inmates.

His first attempt to stop the Master was a failure, leaving him with multiple fractures in his hands that never healed properly.

After escaping from the camp, he dedicated his life to hunting down the vampiric scourge for more than six decades.

Originally a professor of East European literature and mythology at the University of Vienna , Setrakian was dismissed and forced to go into hiding after refusing to help Eldritch Palmer locate the Master. Wielding an ancient silver sword with his nearly crippled hands, Setrakian is an expert on vampire biology and destruction, and recruits Eph and Nora to his cause.

His determination and will are strong, but his weak heart has become an obstacle to his lifelong quest. In the television series, he is played by David Bradley , and by Jim Watson as a young man. The Master[ edit ] One of the seven original "Ancients," the propagators of the vampire race, the Master scorns the truce between the six others and intends to eliminate their strains and subjugate the entire human race.

By the time of his arrival in New York, having spent nearly a millennium in Europe in various host bodies, the Master currently inhabits the body of Jusef Sardu, a 19th-century Polish nobleman afflicted with gigantism. Through the cooperation of Eldritch Palmer, promising the dying billionaire immortality, the Master has gained unlimited financial and political power to ensure the success of his plan.

Thomas Eichorst[ edit ] The Master's chief facilitator. He was a Nazi SS officer at a concentration camp whom the Master turned into a Strigoi, a Renfield type character but immortal. He killed Setrakian's wife in the past. In the television series, he is played by Richard Sammel. Vasiliy Fet[ edit ] An exterminator ' of Ukrainian ancestry working for the New York City Bureau of Pest Control, Fet's occupation soon leads to his discovery of the truth about vampires while working in a derelict building.

Reaching Eph through a professional connection at the CDC, the exterminator lends both his skills as a vermin hunter and his powerful physique to Setrakian and Goodweather's cause.

Loyal and unwaveringly brave, he becomes a surrogate son to the old professor. In the television series, he is played by Kevin Durand. Agustin Elizalde Gus [ edit ] A Mexican gang member fresh out of prison , Gus is attacked by a newly turned vampire on the streets of Times Square and is subsequently arrested by the police after throwing the creature under a truck.

Learning the truth about vampires from a temporarily incarcerated Setrakian, Gus escapes confinement and finds himself to be a natural vampire slayer on the streets of his tenement neighborhood. He is recruited by the three American Ancients as a "day hunter" against the Master's exponentially spreading hordes.

Eldritch Palmer[ edit ] One of the richest men in the world, Eldritch Palmer craves the one thing that all his money cannot download: immortality. The elderly tycoon's fear of death leads him to make a pact with the Master, trading his vast fortune, political influence, and the fate of the human race in exchange for an undead place at the vampire king's side. Skilled in the politics and media aspects of the medical industry, he is a shrewd bureaucrat who carefully maintains a quaint, "country doctor" image.

His insistence upon wearing a Navy style Public Health Service uniform, combined with his white goatee, make him resemble a "combat-decorated Colonel Sanders. In the television series, he is played by Daniel Kash. Well-meaning, he has nonetheless sold his services to Eldritch Palmer, who has recruited Kent as a spy under the guise of being concerned about any impending health crisis.

Strain - Book Series In Order

In order to avoid news of the vampire infestation leaking out prematurely, Palmer has Kent and Gus retrieve the body of Captain Redfern and dispose of it. He is attacked during a gas station battle and begins transforming into a vampire.

His life is subsequently ended after he begs Eph and Nora to kill him but they cannot. In the television series, he is played by Sean Astin.

Kelly Goodweather[ edit ] Eph's estranged wife and current opponent in a drawn-out custody battle over their only son, Kelly is a public school teacher and fiercely protective mother, pulling no punches in her attempt to paint her husband as the less suitable parent.

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