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Little Star (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2010; vuoden 2012 painos)

– tekijä: John Ajvide Lindqvist (Tekijä)

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Rescuing and raising an abandoned baby girl in the woods, a man enters the child in a singing competition when she develops an astonishingly beautiful voice, a performance that leads to the girl's encounter with another youngster with whom she triggers ahorrifying force.
Jäsen:Andrew_Molboski
Teoksen nimi:Little Star
Kirjailijat:John Ajvide Lindqvist (Tekijä)
Info:riverrun (2012), Edition: 01, 640 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 27) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Um.

The reviewers on the jacket would have you believe that John Ajvide Lindqvist is Sweden's Stephen King, and that may be so -- if King's Swedish editions are translated so poorly that large chunks of the book go by with nothing happening. (It is certainly true that they both could benefit from an undaunted editor.)

In a brutally small nutshell: Angst-y and mentally disturbed 14-year-old girls love music, feel alienated, want to kill people, and do. With drills and without the benefit of reader empathy. The End.

The only place this reader (who read this for work, or else would have abandoned it) truly felt cheered was on the final page, when it is strongly hinted that the girls are devoured by wolves.

Sorry. I thought it sucked. ( )
  FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
I am going to keep this short and sweet. I am honestly baffled how this made the top 20 list of scariest books out there. I was torn between boredom for a good 1/3 of this book and then just straight up baffled by the time I got to the end.

This story starts out with a man who finds a baby that is left for dead in a hole in plastic in the woods (did you follow that whole thing). Now don't think that you are going to find out why the baby was put there. Or even the backstory to the baby. Instead the book goes into the past of the man who finds the baby (Lennart) and his anger at his wife (Laila) and the disappointment with his son (Jerry). We find out Lennart and Laila were a rising singing duo in Sweden before they failed to make the charts on their newest song.

Lennart is just..I don't even know. I got the sense he felt his whole life was him being wronged and he lashed out at everyone around him. So for him to find a baby and think that keeping it in the basement where he would let no one around it and he would only teach her music that was "pure" because he realized that the baby had a special ability to sing perfectly (also how the hell do newborns or thereabouts sing?) was his ticket to something. I don't know.

I actually did like Laila a bit better than Lennart. I guess I was more confused about what made her stay. She went from one extreme to the other in the book.

Jerry I felt indifferent towards until things picked up after the halfway point.

We also have the baby which is called Little One, Theres and then Tesla as she grows. Don't think reading this book is going to give you any insights into her. I really don't get what she is supposed to be (some type of vampire, ghoul, etc.?)

The book then shifts other to following the family of a newborn girl named Theresa. We have Theresa who does not fit in with her family, who is okay with that after she meets a boy named Johannes. Theresa and Johannes are able to fill each other up in a way there home life does not allow. Until one day Theresa finds she is left behind and feels more apart, until she sees a girl singing on the show "Idol".

There is just so much going on here that I can't really unpack. I think that breaking up the book into so many different sections that had us following Theres, then Theresa, then Jerry, then Theresa, etc didn't help matters any.

We also have so many other characters in this book it was hard to track them all. I ended up really hating Theresa more than Theres though by the end of this book. At least you could excuse Theres for having a really messed up mindset towards big people (adults), but Theresa did not have that excuse. Her final act before going along with a plan thought up by Theres actually ticked me off.

The writing just turned me off halfway through, it was just gruesome after a while and reading how other people were murdering/hurting others just made me a bit sick.

The flow was off. I think it's because there was so much time spent on setting up the backstories to these girls and we stay focused on people who in the end didn't matter to the main story at all (or at least I didn't think they mattered) I found myself bored.

I would have just DNFed it, if it wasn't on one of my must read lists. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
orecchio puro, note perfette
protagonisti alienati

CIT:
_oggi non va a lavorare
-Perchè è malato?
_No, sta benissimo, Forse lavorerà domani, se starà peggio ( )
  SamanthaRaciti | Feb 25, 2020 |
I'm not sure if Little Star is my favorite of the four Ajvide Lindqvist novels I've read, but it was the most compulsively readable. The story begins as Lennart Cedarström is hunting for mushrooms in the forest when he finds an abandoned baby. He brings it home and, instead of turning it over to the authorities, convinces his wife to let him raise the girl secretly in their cellar. To keep her from wanting to go outside, he tells the child, who comes to be called Theres, stories of "big people" outside who want to eat her up. That this is somewhat true metaphorically is touched on, but Theres doesn't understand metaphor, and that ultimately proves to be Lennart's undoing.

It is rare for anything I read in a book to literally make my jaw drop, but that is exactly what happened at the end of part one. And yet, this twist (if you want to call it that) is perfectly logical and in tune with what we've been shown so far. If you don't see it coming either, don't feel bad; it just means that you probably aren't a sociopath. Little Star is a breathless ride about teen angst, the need to belong to something, and fighting the monsters that want to eat us up--even if it means we have to become monsters ourselves. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
I won this book through the GoodReads first-reads program.

[b: Let the Right One In|8731203|Devil's Advocates Let the Right One in|Anne Billson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348010760s/8731203.jpg|13604234] proved that [a: John Ajvide Lidqvist] is a force to be reckoned with. He weaves his plots deftly, intertwining characters in a complex dance of destruction that's shocking to behold. He is the master of suspense, creating a slow dread that refuses to reach a full climax until the very end of the tale. That isn't to say nothing comes before that final cataclysm - for there is plenty. His violence and gore are shocking, and the perversions that he shines a light upon have never failed to produce within me a truly visceral disgust and horror.

In short, he is fast on his way to becoming my favorite horror writer.

[b: Little Star|13797027|Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star|Jane Cabrera|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344101183s/13797027.jpg|19431349] satisfied in the same way that [b: Let the Right One In|8731203|Devil's Advocates Let the Right One in|Anne Billson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348010760s/8731203.jpg|13604234] did. It shocked me, disgusted me, made me laugh and made me cringe. It ate its way into my brain with its teeth and claws, and while it didn't leave me guessing about the ending, it did leave me guessing as to how precisely we'd get there. Even knowing what would come didn't take away from the strange horrible journey.

The writing is gorgeous, and surprisingly funny at times. The characters are twisted, but not without a certain degree of pity or even affection. These characters are human, rather than the caricatures that commonly populate so dark a book. I, at least, understood where many of them came from and could relate to some of the abuse that they took. I believed in them, and they didn't disappoint me.

[b: Little Star|13797027|Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star|Jane Cabrera|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344101183s/13797027.jpg|19431349] is horrible in all the right ways. For a true horror junkie it will scratch the right itch, but it may draw some blood in doing so.

Enjoy. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
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John Ajvide Lindqvist har för tillfället lämnat hembygdshorror och förortsvampyrer bakom sig. Han har denna gång skrivit en mörkare bok.
 
Ajvide Lindqvist är djävulskt skicklig på att låta det förfärliga liksom explodera innanför det normala. Han gör ondskan så oladdad och konkret.
 
I den bloddrypande och förtvivlade slutscenen framstår romanen därför till slut som en både mer uppgiven, uppriktig och dovare variation av föregångarens grundackord. Men också som nyktrare i sin gestaltning av utanförskap, mindre romantisk.
lisäsi andejons | muokkaaExpressen, Johan Hilton (May 18, 2010)
 
Romanens styrka är skildringen av flickornas ensamhet och utsatthet. Men som helhet har romanen flera allvarliga brister.
 
John Ajvide Lindqvist parar ihop två tonårstjejer och låter på typiskt sätt det vardagliga svenska möta det oförklarligt aparta.
 

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Rescuing and raising an abandoned baby girl in the woods, a man enters the child in a singing competition when she develops an astonishingly beautiful voice, a performance that leads to the girl's encounter with another youngster with whom she triggers ahorrifying force.

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