If you’re jetting off somewhere nice and sunny this year (please take me with you) or just heading to one of our great British coastal towns for your holidays (I feel your pain) then here is a quick sum up of some great books you should take a look at while topping up the tan or hiding in the shade:
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Let the Right One In is a book that has stayed with me, ever since I read it whilst at University. I was searching for material for my dissertation on the vampire as a representation of societal fears and Lindqvist’s novel is packed with disturbing and horrifying representations of people.
It is actually a Swedish book and its Swedish film adaptation is one of the best adaptations of a novel I have ever seen. I went to the cinema to see it when it first came out and thought just how perfectly it captured the characters Oskar and Eli and their internal struggles. I haven’t seen the American version and I don’t really want to.
Let the Right One in is essentially a story about a young boy who is bullied who befriends a vampire. Throughout the novel we follow several characters perspectives, from Eli’s pedophile guardian who kills for her to Virginia who is struggling through life until she is turned into a ‘vampire’.
The book deals with a lot of difficult and disturbing themes but Lindqvist has a special art for storytelling and you feel pity for each one of his characters in some way or form. It’s an excellent read for those who love the vampire genre – I must have read it four or five times now and will more than likely return to it again.
World War Z by Max Brooks
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
This is my absolute favourite Stephen King novel and one of his lesser known ones.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon follows the story of Trisha McFarland who on a walking trip with her Mum and brother steps of the trail to go to the toilet and ends up getting very lost in the forest. The story is a brilliant survival tale and King captures the thoughts of an 11 year old girl perfectly. I think I was 13 when I first read the book and fell in love immediately with her character.
Of course, being a Stephen King novel, on top of Trisha’s fight for survival in the remote woods and her hallucinations that her favourite baseball player Tom Gordon is helping her along there is something supernatural following her every step. When she realises she is not alone the story takes another turn to become a Stephen King classic.
Finally I think if you haven’t got any graphic novels lined up for the summer then you should look into the Harley Quinn series. I am a little in love with Terry Dodson’s illustrations and adore his Poison Ivy.
What books have you got lined up for summer? Will any of these make the list?