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Little Star - John Ajvide Lindqvist

Little Star - John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Title: Little Star

Author:  John Ajvide Lindqvist

ISBN:  9780857385109

Weight:  990g

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Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

One autumn day in 1992, former pop singer Lennart Cederström finds something unexpected in the forest: a baby girl in a plastic bag, partially buried.  He gives her the kiss of life, and her first cry astounds him; it is a clear, pure musical note.  He takes her to his wife and persuades her that they should keep this remarkable child.  But the baby becomes a strange girl, made more unusual by their decision to hide her in their basement to keep her from the prying eyes of government departments.

When she reaches puberty, a terrifying scene sees her kill both her parents.  When her scheming adopted brother returns to find her over their bodies, he seizes the opportunity and enters her into an X Factor-style talent competition.  She quickly becomes famous.  In spite of this, she remains very lonely, until she befriends another damaged girl on the internet.  They form a powerful bond and soon create a growing gang of other disgruntled girls and, calling themselves the Wolves, they set out to take revenge for all they’ve ever suffered.

Peer & Press Reviews

It might be spooky and somewhat far-fetched in places, but this meditation on nature vs nurture, music, mental illness and TV talent shows is as keen as the edge of a broken glass.  Capable of slicing right through your skin.  Somehow Lindqvist ducks trite when delving into this tale of homicidal emo girls by twisting up his characters so far it’s hard to tell whether they’re sympathetic or to be feared… This is best read with the lights on, far away from girls with black hair.

The Wharf

What begins as a thriller quickly becomes a chiller as the Swedish author proves once again that he’s Scandinavia’s answer to Stephen King.  Actually he’s better right now.

Daily Mirror

Excellent.  And very bloody.  And near unputdownable… a superbly crafted, deliciously twisted constantly shocking tale that’s almost entirely populated by loathsome characters who are fascinating to read about.  Utterly compelling, it merges a series of audacious Grand Guignol setpieces with a satirical look at the music industry…  Brilliantly written.

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Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Little Star
Author
Translator Marlaine Delargy
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
[At the Forbidden Planet, London, ‘Night Of Horror’ event on Monday 3 October 2011]
Lined Choice of two lines (subject to availability):
 i) “I TOOK THEM. THEY ARE MINE NOW.”
ii) “I MADE THEM DEAD”
Dated 03/10/11
Book Stats
Publisher Quercus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780857385109
ISBN 10 0857385100
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 532
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 165 x 46mm
Packed weight 1.249kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Mia Ajvide
Jacket design Jem Butcher Design
Jacket photography Arcangel Images

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