E clearly destined to save humanity #BY KEEPING THE OVERWHELMING DISASTER IN #keeping the overwhelming disaster in 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 25 which is what I think it really deserves Worth reading but not worth buying Borrow it from the library instead This series was very problematic in my opinion Please read the full review for the series here on my blog Part two starts going downhill It gives way too much power to the baddies too uickly to keep your interest in the series You re reading about the
Resistance When You Alreadywhen you already they re definitely not going to win Where s the fun in that Book two uses the underground passages of the speakeasies which I thought was cool and it also uses cultural and historical lement like the hobo symbols underground and whatnot It grows Setrakian s character somewhat with the backstory and that was well done too I also liked how they used the biohazard symbol and all the lore behind that to make it work But that s about it With these little details making it fun there s really nothing lse driving it Now you know what I would have liked to see view spoilerHumans working with the traditionalist vampires to fight off the outcast vampire group That would have been cool But instead the traditionalists get wiped out after like several tens of pages and all the resistence with all the cool vampire warriors just gets cancelled Colossal waste of potential in my opinion hide spoiler When I read and reviewed The Strain I took some asy potshots at Twilight and credited Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan with trying to rescue vampires from the clutches of teenage girls and turn them into monsters again However the book didn t wow me and I was hoping that the next one would be an improvement After reading The Fall I m ven less wowed and realize that a book can be much better than Twilight and still be very meh So you ve got a brand of vampires that are part viruspart parasitic blood worms with a master vamp who has a plan to bring out about a bloodsucking apocalypse The Master has been working with this vil old rich bastard who is kind of a hybrid of Dick Cheney and Mr Burns from The Simpsons Together they ve got a chokehold on the government and media as well as a rapidly growing army of bloodsuckersAnd in this corner you ve got the standard pack of adventure horror good guys ready to do battle There s the heroic doctor with a failed marriage and a drinking problem to overcome along with his pretty co worker I know you ll be shocked when I tell you that they re a bit attracted to Date Me each other The doctor also has a teen age son who is such a ball of fire that all he wants to do is listen to his iPod while the vampires are munching people outside There s the standard Van Helsing type old man who has been hunting vamps for years and instructs the others You ve also got a Hispanic street hustler who forges a gang alliance based on vampire killing Throw in a pest controlxpert and a former Mexican wrestling star and you ve got your motley crew ready to do battle with the undeadI ve liked several of Del Toro s movies and I was impressed with Hogan s work in The Town But despite a large scale story about a vampire apocalypse going on with tons of action the whole thing seems curiously listless to me It just never comes alive and gets me wrapped up in the story Part of the problem is that the whole thing feels like a collection of things I ve seen before Del Toro has felt free to swipe whole sections of his own movies like Mimic and Blade II with the descriptions of underground New York and the nature of the vampires Plus Joss Whedon used the Master concept and name for his main vampire villain on the first season of Buffy And having one of the primary villains be a rich old guy selling out humanity for immortality doesn t seem particularly fresh ither Sadly instead of trying to build up any "true horror by creating characters you care about and then having bad things happen to them the book just "horror by creating characters you care about and then having bad things happen to them the book just vamp attack after vamp attack at these cardboard cutout heroes and then tries to milk a little sentiment with a few dead wives turned bloodsuckers sprinkled in I almost think that Del Toro just grabbed some old storyboards from some of his movies threw them to Chuck Hogan and said Just write that up We ll make a fortune It s not a terrible book I ve certainly read far worse But I was xpecting a lot from two talented guys and so far it seems like they ve just been going through the motions. Ele vítima pessoal da batalha ntre vampiros tem de inspirar a sua uipa a combater as forças do Mal porue o destino ue os vampiros reservam para os humanos é ainda pior do ue a aniuilação total Terá chegado o momento do ocas. This second book is chilling "The Virus Is Here Now "virus is here
Now The Threat Loomsthe threat looms 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 mankind For Interviews and trailers visit At first this seemed like one colossal boner reading a
book upon which the series I just finished watching is based BUT thereupon which the series I just finished watching is based BUT there Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health enough differences some major to keep things interestingThere is much I love here big ugly NASTY vampires the way vampires are meant to be And no fangs are necessary they have disgustingel like appendages that shoot out dispensing vile infectious worms into the victims they are feeding from YuckI also love the urban setting for this series The cramped tenements streets bordered on two sides by tall buildings and dark scary subways only add to the creepinessAND most of all and pretty unusual in a book of this type the characters are interesting AND intelligent Now my dilemma is whether or not to go ahead and read the last book in the series or share the surprises with the rest of the family when the series returns next year 35 starsThe Fall by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan Audio I liked this second ntry in The Strain series This is the first book I ve listened to narrated by Daniel Oreskes and he was fantastic I was worried that it would affect my njoyment listening to the second book after reading the first but it was for naught First off I probably couldn t have read this one right now due to this stupid slump that won t let me get into anything Second I ve been very busy at work with a lot of mundane paperwork that doesn t reuire too much brain power Overall Cause Of Fear everything worked out perfectly The story itself was just okay I thought the narration made it sound better than it actually was if that makes any sense However thend really came together in an Working Windows: A Guide to the Repair and Restoration of Wood Windows explosive way and now I can t wait to see how the third novel wraps this all up I meanverything seems beyond saving at this point including the International Space Station When The Game of Love everythingven stuff in space is messed up how can the world come back from that I guess I ll have to read the last book and see Wow Just wow I wanted to give this 5 stars as the Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition ending is powerful But I only gave The Strain 4 stars and this isn t better overall Thending of this book is much better but The Strain is better from cover to cover despite its own weak nding 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 an I m not ven 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 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 ncounter 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 Sigh 35 starsI liked this second ntry in The Strain series This is the first book I ve listened to narrated by Daniel Oreskes and he was fantastic I was worried that it would affect my The Lady in Pink enjoyment listening to the second book after reading the firs. Nova Iorue Umastirpe misteriosa transforma os habitantes da cidade um a um Eyes em vampiros O vírus tomou conta da cidadestá a spalhar se pelo país ameaça o resto do mundo Apenas um peueno grupo tenta lutar contra os monstros. ,
T but it was for naught First off I probably couldn t "Have Read This One "read this one now due to this stupid slump that won t let me get into anything Second I ve been very busy at work with a lot of mundane paperwork that doesn t reuire too much brain power Overall Sinner's Heart everything worked out perfectly The story itself was just okay I thought the narration made it sound better than it actually was if that makes any sense However thend really came together in an xplosive way and now I can t wait to see how the third novel wraps this all up I mean verything seems beyond saving at this point including the International Space Station When Spirit of the Wolf everythingven stuff in space is messed up how can the world come back from that I guess I ll have to read the last book and see WARNING THERE ARE NO VAMPIRE KITTENS IN THIS BOOK 40 stars Let me begin by saying that I seem to be impressed with this series than some of my friends who find the series to be too formulaic Personally I am really A Vineyard Christmas enjoying this series and think that this second volume did a great job of moving the story along I didn t like this installment uite as much as The Strain which I thought was just superb I think part of the reason for the lesser rating on this book is that in The Strain I really loved both the back story of the Master vampire which del Toro and Hogan spent a lot of time on and also the detailed description of the turning through theyes of the soon to be vampire which I had never seen before and that I thought made The Strain uniue in the crowded world of vampire fiction As the title implies this second installment begins soon after the Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose end of The Strain with the Vampire plague having pretty much destroyed New York and the world is poised to follow One thing is clear humans are no longer at the top of the food chain and are now fighting simply to survive Also true is that the vampires in this novel are vicious vile and disgusting creatures and are a far cry from the kind of sparkly vamps that inspire scenes like this Returning from the first book are Ephraim Eph Goodweather the only person to recognize the vampire plague for what it is and his soon Zack The two of them are on the run from Zack s mother who has turned and feels a compulsion to find and turn Zack A minor point but I thought this dark reflection of the maternal instinct was an interesting nuance to the story Apart from Eph also returning to the story is the van helsing like Abraham Setrakian who has been hunting the Master and his kind since thend of World War II Setrakian is my favorite character in the series and I found his narrative thread to be compelling Setrakian is joined by Vasily Fet a former rat xterminator who adapts his killing methods to be ffective against the vampires Together they are on the hunt for a rare manuscript that holds the key to the origin of the vampires and a possible means of stopping themThis leads to another highlight for me which was learning the ancient history of the vampires as well as the nature of the rift between the renegade Master and the original master vampires While the back story is not particularly new or original I thought its xecution was very good and it kept my interest throughout I also thought the scenes with the Master and the other original vampires were very well done They all made for compelling bad guys Ultimately if you liked the Strain then I think you will njoy the Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) evolution of the series that takes place in this installment and will be satisfiednough to pick up the concluding volume in the trilogy If you did not like The Strain or were lukewarm about it I am not sure that this book will do anything to change your mind It is in many ways of the same but for those like me that Math Basics 6 enjoyed the first book that is definitely a good thing Recommended Actual rating 25 starsIn my review of The Strain the first book in this series I said that it started off well but uickly 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 anxtended setup for volume number three Reading The Fall I felt like the only reason for this book s Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, existence is to keep interest alive for theventual release of the third book The background situation is horrific and intrinsically interesting one of the world s seven vampire masters has come to America and unleashed a plague of vampirism and society is rapidly crumbling vampires feed and convert humans into vampires But del Toro and Hogan keep most of that in the background focusing instead on three or four unlikely characters who ar. Sedentos de sangue ue vagueiam pelas ruas da cidade Entre The First Ghost elesstá Eph Goodweather o médico ue consegue finalmente identificar o parasita ue causa a infecção Mas pode ser demasiado tardeCom o futuro do mundo m jogo Eph também.