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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 31 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 5, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004649XS6
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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy Audiobook – Unabridged
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The book is the usual roller coaster ride of intrigue, traitors to humanity, surprise attacks and our heroes’ attempts to thwart the bad guys from achieving world domination that you would expect from a TV-show. When reading the first book it felt a bit different and somewhat fresh compared to the usual vampire stuff but with this book I felt that it had lost some of its freshness and instead fallen back to some mixture between The Walking Dead, a modern vampire story and some general government conspiracy/stupidity crap.
There are quite a few flashbacks into the earlier life of professor Setrakian and I have to say that I am generally not too appreciative of lengthy flashbacks. The book follows a few different groups of people who’s destinies (of course) intermingle after a while. I did like the Silver Angel and the bunch of misfits he ended up with.
The book, the entire series actually, is also a bit of a strange mixture between attempts to put a scientific spin on things and, at the same time, some mythological unexplainable magic. For example the vampires are supposed to be the result of a virus or rather some parasitic entities that invade the body but at the same time it includes nonsense, from a scientific point of view at last, such as the inability for the vampires to travel over moving water. The author should have stuck to one or the other.
The book is a decent enough read but it fails to elevate itself above the level of a fairly mediocre TV-show. The concept of a bunch of humans that collaborate with beings that want to reduce the human race to food stock is really a typical example of this. This kind of plot was dumb the first time it was invented and it is still dumb.
I will probably read the next book as well in order to finish the trilogy but I fear it will not be one of my most memorable moments. I think Guillermo Del Toro should stick to making movies and leave the book authoring business to people more adept at it.
English Period 10
14 January 2016
The Fall:book two in The Strain trilogy
Some people think that books are boring, and they would rather watch an entertaining movie. The Fall is far from boring, at first, when people read The Fall, they can only see one purpose to the book and one purpose only, to entertain. They say that it only entertains because of how violent it can be and how it can be compared to an action movie. Yes it does entertain with its violence and plot, but it also informs the reader about many topics. The book The Strain co-authored by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, two horror novelists, and was published by Harpercollins Publishers. This book is most certainly fiction due its plot about a vampiric plague. The authors are able to use text to world connections, major character development, and vocabulary to fulfill their purpose. The purpose of this book is to entertain the readers while informing them.
In the beginning, Setrakian reveals to the group the last resort they have at beating the virus and the master. The secret lies in an ancient book called the Occido Lumen,“This very book -not a facsimile, not a photograph- was crucial to understanding the enemy, the Strigoi. And vanquishing it” (Toro Hogan 14). But, the Lumen is being auctioned of for $15-$25 million dollars, so they must race to get the money before the auction, at the same time, Eldritch Palmer uses his fortune to help the Master.
The authors use text to world connections to inform the readers of real world problems and history. First, the book starts off with a diary entry from one of the main characters, Ephraim Goodweather. “The first stage of public response to any epidemic is always denial. The second, Search for blame...we never believed it could happen.We were too smart. Too advanced. Too strong” (Toro Hogan 2). The authors use these stages to represent how the world really is whether or not there is an epidemic. We believe that we are “too advanced”, “too strong”, “too smart” for anything catastrophic to happen to us. The next example of when the authors use a text to world connection to inform the readers of something real world is also in the diary of Ephraim Goodweather. In his entry he talks about his hopes for the outcome of the epidemic. He says “the dinosaurs left behind almost no trace of themselves. A few bones preserved in amber, the contents of their stomachs, their waste. I only hope that we leave behind something more than they did” (Toro Hogan 3). By using the phrase “more than they did” the authors show that Eph is willing to fight, not to win, but to go out with a fight. The authors compare humans to dinosaurs because humans are getting wiped out similar to the dinosaurs.
Next, the authors use major character development to inform the readers about the characters and their history. The first example of major character development is for Eph, as the 3rd person narrator gives insight on what Fet is thinking, the narrator says, “Fet thought of himself and Eph...Brothers in arms...One was a healer, the other an exterminator” (Toro Hogan 277). By using the term “healer” the authors remind the reader how Eph was a doctor for the CDC. He changes from a savior of people to a killer of vampires, and how he has become the complete opposite of what he was. The next example is for the development of Abraham Setrakian, While Setrakian explains to Eph his experience in an extermination camp during the Holocaust. Setrakian says “in the camp...many times I wanted to...take down one, maybe two guards. I would've died with them...at least my life-my death-would have meaning”(Toro Hogan 214). By using the phrase “my life-my death-would have meaning” the authors inform the readers of how Setrakian’s view of life has changed. And how he goes from wanting to martyring himself to desperately trying to keep himself alive in order to fulfill his original mission.
Finally, the authors entertain the readers using vocabulary and word choice. In the book, Gus Elizalde’s humor and profanity adds a refreshing tone to the story. In a specific scene in the book Gus is in the den of the ancient vampires. Gus says to the ancients“You think that you’re eating Mexican tonight? How ‘bout you come over and choke on it, b****” (Toro Hogan 72). By using profanity and humor, the authors change the tone and charge of the words that is said by a character. There is a small amount of profanity mostly because Eph, Nora, and Setrakian use more intelligent and complex words. This is entertaining because the different word choice between the characters are refreshing. The next example of the authors using vocabulary and word choice to entertain the readers is when Gus is still in the ancients den. The 3rd person narrator says, “Gus turned. He saw a hunter first, one of the badass vamps who who had grabbed him off the street” (Toro Hogan 73). By using the term “badass” the authors change the way the the narrator speaks and narrates the story, the narrator adjusts to the personality that Gus has. This is very entertaining because it adds a fresh new approach and view to the narration. Nobody likes repetition, so the change into practically a new narrator during Gus’s chapters adds a refreshing point of view and tone to the story.
The authors of the book The Fall use text to text connections, major character development, and vocabulary to not only entertain the readers but to inform them as well. The text to text connections and major character development help the authors inform the readers while the vocabulary used by the narrator and characters entertain the readers. The most redeeming part of the book is how the authors use vocabulary to add refreshing differences between how the different characters speak. This book would be enjoyed by high school students who do not like to read but have to for school purposes. This group of people would like this the most because of how entertaining it is and also has some informing pieces and literary elements that will be good for any essays like this one.
In the first book there is a strong emphasis on the virus that creates the vampires, a virus that seems unstoppable and one that is likely to take over the world. The head of the Center for Disease Control needs to find a solution.
But this is more than a tale about controlling a virus. There are two different types of vampires here and they aren't fond of each other. Of course there is also the danger that ordinary mortals face from these creatures. A particularly poignant part of the book lies in the pain felt by Eph (with the Center for Disease Control), faced with the reality of watching those he knows being put in danger and even taken over by the virus (I'm struggling to avoid spoilers here).
If you are looking for suspense, thrills and a riveting tale and are drawn to these types of books you won't find your money wasted.