Thursday, May 28, 2009

Social Networking for Ghouls

Book Review - The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Oscar-winning director Del Toro and mystery writer Hogan are working on a vampire trilogy more in keeping with the creepiest of zombie stories than the vampires of the recent Twilight series.

Book one, The Strain, follows a group of characters as they either defy or succumb to a vampire plague. The "virus" hits hard and fast, incubating overnight, with victims returning to their homes to attack loved ones in a perverse form of social networking. Friends attack their own families, who in turn attack more loved ones along with the usual random folks who get in the way.

The authors invent a world where New York City would succumb in just a week, the USA in three months and the world in six. There are also hints of a number of vampire conspiracies working at cross purposes that we'll learn about in the next two volumes. It's a great read if you like vampire/zombie stories with grit.

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