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Book review: Handling the Undead 
13th-Apr-2010 12:42 pm
John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In was a very Scandinavian take on vampires; Handling The Undead sees him give the same treatment to the zombie story. A freak heatwave in Stockholm sees everyone who died in the last two months suddenly rising in some form of "life." I say it's a particularly Scandinavian take and by that I do mean it conforms to a bleak stereotype. Lindqvist's interesting twist isn't on the zombies but on the reaction of the living. Instead of running screaming, they want their loved ones back, even if it's not really them but may be something else inhabiting their bodies. This is where the fact that it's limited to the recently deceased is important, this is more of a musing on grief than a thriller. There are some genuinely creepy sections, and in his description of the bodies Lindqvist is once again not one to shy away from gore. The book gets compared to Stephen King a lot on the cover, and since Handling The Undead features a dead child who is revived, it's easy to see a connection to Pet Sematary in particular. There were definitely sections that I found grimly compelling, but overall the book lacks whatever took the author's more famous novel out of the realm of the simply unpleasant. Worth a look if you've got a strong stomach, but I can't see this one getting the movie treatment any time soon.
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