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Little Star: A Novel Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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Dubbed the Stephen King of Sweden, Lindqvist ("Let the Right One In") lives up to the billing with a chilling tale of two teenage girls who team up as a terrifying singing duo bent on revenge against anyone who has ever crossed them. (New York Post)

Brilliant...A future horror classic and a firm pronouncement that John Ajvide Lindqvist is a force to reckoned with. (

Both [Stephen] King and Lindqvist create rich, memorable characters that quickly endear themselves to the reader.... Lindqvist's shocks are as unpredictable and organic as life itself, to the point where you feel that divulging even the barest plotline to others would betray the wicked-sweet moments that he's so carefully orchestrated. (

Lindqvist makes a series of dauntless leaps and ends up the better for it in this long, fitful work that leaves an impression...Audacious, to say the least, and spirals toward an ending that is as senseless and brutal as it is weirdly poetic. (Booklist (starred))

As keen as the edge of a broken glass . . . This is best read with the lights on. (The Wharf (UK))

Exerts a powerful grip. (Christopher Fowler, Financial Times (UK))

Sweden's answer to Stephen King. (Daily Mirror (UK) on Harbor)

One of the hottest writers in the horror genre. (Mystery Scene on Harbor)

The third consecutive masterpiece for an author who deserves to be as much of a household name as Stephen King. ( on Harbor)

A very scary tale indeed from a writer who is master of his genre. (Financial Times (UK) on Harbor)

Lindqvist gives Stephen King and John Saul at their best a run for the money. (Library Journal (starred) on Handling the Undead)

Sophisticated horror that takes the genre to new and exciting levels. (Suspense Magazine on Handling the Undead)

It is easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker or Neil Gaiman. (Dagens Noeringsliv (Norway) on Handling the Undead)

Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best. (Independent on Sunday (UK) on Let the Right One In)

About the Author

JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST is the author of Let the Right One In, Handling the Undead, and Harbor. Let the Right One In has been made into two critically acclaimed films. The Swedish film was directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and won top honors at sixteen film festivals around the globe. The American remake of the Swedish movie, entitled Let Me In, received rave reviews. Stephen King called the film, "A genre-busting triumph. Not just a horror film, but the best American horror film in the last twenty years."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312620519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312620516
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
'Little Star' is a unique horror story that fits in with the times we live in. It tells the tale of a young girl who is raised in isolation after being found left for dead in the forest. She possess an almost unnatural gift for music - her voice is as pure as the notes themselves. But there is something very different - very wrong - about her. After being taken away by her "brother" Jerry, she enters into the nationwide singing competition - unknowingly setting in motion a chain of events that will change everything.

This novel is incredibly well written and has an almost lyrical rhythm that sucks the reader into the story. The story weaves a spell over the reader and transfixes them with his detailed descriptions and engrossing storyline. The characters are all believable and easy to identify with - even when you know you shouldn't be feeling along with them. As a horror/suspense novel, the terrible events are inevitable - yet there is a slow buildup to the climax of the story, which possibly makes it all the more horrible. I thought that there were some big questions left unanswered, and I think including the answers would have brought more closure to the novel. The horror in the novel is all the more terrible because it is easily imagined in our society today. The events are completely capable of occurring at any time around us - which only brings the terror closer to home. This is a wonderfully creepy novel that makes the reader think about deep issues and concerns within our society such as bullying, the problems of our youth, and media influence. Fans of Lindqvist's other works will not be disappointed with 'Little Star', and new readers will instantly become devoted fans.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Last year I decided I needed to man up (woman up?) and get over my wussiness regarding horror. One of the books I read in that pursuit was John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel Harbor. To my utter surprise I loved it. Yes, it was scary, yes it was utterly, dreadfully creepy, but I loved it to pieces. At the time, Little Star had already been released in the UK - I had read the US edition - and from some of the reviews I'd already read and some conversations on Twitter, I knew that at some point I really wanted to read this book. Imagine my excitement when I received an ARC for the American edition in the mail earlier this year! Since I always try to put up reviews close to their publication dates - and the past months have been busy for various reasons - I put off reading the book until last week, when I finally dove in to the strange and twisted tale Lindqvist has spun in Little Star. It was everything it was promised to be and more.

Lindqvist doesn't rely on gore to make his tale horrific; he gets there by masterfully displaying the deepest and darkest foibles of human nature. In the case of Little Star, there is nothing quite as scary as the mind of a teenage girl and Lindqvist plumbs the depths of said teenage psyche to great effect, playing off a completely strange and unrelatable teen girl against one that is eerily familiar if taken to the extreme limits of plausibility.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John on October 20, 2012
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I had been anticipating the U.S. arrival of this novel for about a year before it had come out. Now that it's here, I feel I could have done without it. Don't get me wrong, the book is well written, and the translation is much better here than it was in Let me in or handling the undead. The real issue however lies in the fact that there really just isn't much going on in this book. If you read the book and then reflect on it you'll come to see there was much filler in this book, necessary filler I guess, which I realize doesnt sound like it makes sense, but I guess you'd have to read it to understand what im talking about. For the most part, I also found the main characters and the ones who interact with them completely unbelievable, just about every person who interacts with the main characters or the main characters themselves literally just serve the advancement of the plot and act in ways that no real person would. I also would have liked to have known more about Theres origins, I feel thats a mystery that would have been better explained, possibly it could have been something very interesting. so we've got a review here where I seem to be bashing yet I give 3 stars and not 1 or 2? Why? Because for everything I've said I thought the story telling was decent, the concept was interesting. At times it was a snoozer, but never so bad that I wanted to stop reading it and just pick something else up. I also like the description of the way the girls are all feeling in this. I think that was the most real part of the book. I liked the way that the story ended as well, it seemed like a satisfying end and natural as to how the book had been building. Give it a chance and you may like it, just be forewarned, this book could probably have fared better a hundred or so pages shorter.
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