Let the Old Dreams Die

October 13, 2012 - 2:34 pm No Comments

Let the Old Dreams Die
Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Publisher: Quercus
Page count/size: 400pp
Release Date: 30th August 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Whatever happened to Oskar and Eli after the events that took place in Let the Right One In? And what became of the beleaguered families in Handling the Undead, Lindqvist’s seminal ‘zombie’ novel with a difference? Find out in Let the Old Dreams Die this new story collection by Lindqvist.
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 him to see what others hide, and a man believes he knows how to deceive death. These are the stories of Lindqvist’s rich imagination. They are about love and death and what we do when the two collide and the monsters emerge.
These stories, which are surreal, complex, gives the reader insight into the human psyche, where ordinary people experience the extraordinary.
As always Lindqvist’s delivers tightly paced character driven narrative, which engages the reader from the off, particularly in his story `The Final Processing’, which focuses on those families from Handling the Undead, incidentally my favourite book of his.
It is amazing to think that English is Lindqvist’s second language, given his superior knowledge and skill with words.
A stunning collection.

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