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Let the Old Dreams Die Hardcover – 30 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857385496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857385499
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lindqvist's imagination is full of monsters, and he's brilliant at finding new ways of approaching well-trodden ground. His real talent, though, is the way he writes people' SFX.

'Lindqvist's knack for slick story-telling, inventive twists and cinematic set ups means we wouldn't be surprised if Hollywood are back in touch soon' Timeout.

'very gripping, soulful and imaginative. It's perhaps the best collection of stories I've read since Clive Barker's Books of Blood' Starburst Magazine.

'an example of some of the finest short horror fiction you'll find today' Reader Dad.

'Lindqvist has let loose a wayward brood of stories to enthral, unsettle, intrigue and, yes indeed, sometimes scare the living bejeezus out of us' This is Horror.

'This collection of chilling short stories will have you wishing your DLR journey was just a few pages longer' The Wharf.

'A compelling voice, a simply brilliant collection from one of the horror genre's best living authors' British Fantasy Society.

'These stories, which are surreal, complex, gives the reader insight into the human psyche ... A stunning collection' Terror-Tree.

'skilfully put together, a beautifully written masterpiece of subtle power in which every story shines like a dark gem' Fear.

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Whatever happened to Oskar and Eli? And what became of the beleaguered families in Handling the Undead? Find out in Let the Old Dreams Die. In other tales from this collection, a woman finds a dead body and decides to keep it for herself, a customs officer has a mysterious gift which enables her to see what others hide, and a man believes he knows how to deceive death. These are the stories of John Ajvide Lindqvist's rich imagination. They are about love and death and what happens when the two collide and monsters emerge.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2014
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As a fan of surreal, supernatural and horror fiction I can only urge you to read this compilation of short stories by John Ajvide Lindqvist as they're some of the best and most unique tales I've read in the genre for a while.

The compilation comprises the following stories;

Border, Village on the Hill, Equinox, Can't See It! It Doesn't Exist!, Substitute, Eternal/Love, Let the Old Dreams Die, To Hold You While the Music Plays, Majken, Paper Walls, The Final Processing.

If you've already read Let the Right One In, or seen the movie, you should find it interesting catching up with Oskar and Eli in Let the Old Dreams Die while The Final Processing returns to meet up with the incredibly odd characters from Handling the Undead. For me, by far the best story of the compilation is the totally surreal and completely off-the-wall 'Border' with it's odd themes of folklore and hidden identity. There are elements of Border which hooked me in so deeply I was mesmerized by the tale of Tina and Vore and their growing love story.

I've read all of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novels and he has a talent for mixing the real and unreal in long, rambling chapters that take time to progress and develop. I had wondered how he'd manage to cram his usual themes of human/inhuman into a shorter format and manage to create the necessary tension and suspense but he has, and he's done it perfectly.

Let the Old Dreams Die is an absolute must for fans of horror and supernernatural fiction and there's something here, from a woman keeping a corpse as a companion through to the unique relationship between Tina and Vore, to satisfy most tastes. If you enjoy more traditional horror then Village on the Hill could be for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Sept. 2013
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If you are looking for a book of short stories which are pitch black in tone, unsettling and thought provoking then you need look no further.

I have devoured every book by this Author and I would put them in the top of the quality horror section of my imaginary library!

The stories in this book are completely gripping (I didn't want to put my Kindle down). If you love the horror genre or are John Lindqvist afficianados then you will love this as much as I did.

A five star read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. King on 22 July 2013
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Does an ancillary love story to "let the right one in" which clears up any misconceptions you might have on that story.

Finishes off his walking dead story in a way which.if it had been included in the original novel, would have made it a five star story for me.

Then has a bunch of independent Chillers which show what a great writer he is.

Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cosmo on 3 Oct. 2013
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This makes an interesting read as it's a collection that explores some of the characters from the authors other books. The chapters are varied in length focussing on different stories including some original plotlines besides his other material characters. Would recommend if you have bought other works of this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bari Glew on 6 Oct. 2013
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This was a really good book.
It was nice to see what Oskar and Eli were up to and what was happening on The Heath.

A brilliant collection of short stories.

I would recommended this to any horror fan. But first read "Handling The Undead" and "Let The Right One In".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PaulC on 1 Mar. 2013
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This is another quality product from Lindqvist. Two stories seek to tidy up loose ends from his previous books-Handling the Undead and Let the Right One In. By further developing the themes from those books he has really added to the mythos around them.

The stories vary greatly in length, complexity and abstraction, but all are really well written in his very defineable style. The modern incarnation of the troll is just superb and really plays to one of Lindvist's strengths, turning preconceptions on their head and really making you sit back and take stock of your previous assumptions.

A really excellent collection on the whole, although there were a coiuple of weaker tales.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paula Mc on 7 Sept. 2012
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I am a massive fan of John Ajvide Lindqvist, I have loved all of his books so far and I cannot wait for his next one to be released. `Let the Old Dreams Die' is a collection of stories which are surreal, complex, dark and as always, gives you an insight into the human psyche, where ordinary people experience the extraordinary.

I was particularly looking forward to the stories `Let the Old Dreams Die', where you find out what happened to Oskar and Eli from `Let The Right One In' alongside a story of great love and `The Final Processing', which continues the story of `Handling The Undead', I enjoyed `The Final Processing' more than `Let the Old Dreams Die' , it was more focused on the characters from the original story which I enjoyed, I wanted to know what had happened to Flora, Elvy and Hagar and the `reliving'.

All of the stories are individual and interesting, all of the characters are easy to relate to, which made the book even more of a pleasure to read.

An excellent book written by an amazing writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fhiona on 2 April 2013
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If you are good at suspending disbelief then you can enjoy these stories. I especially like the way Lindqvist portrays his characters and his excellent grasp of conveying their emotions and thoughts and bringing them to life.Given these characters are limited by the fact they are in a story rather than a novel shows great skill in writing.I give this 4 out of 5 because there was one story that wasn't that good, in my opinion, but on the whole the others were very enjoyable.
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