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I read light, but broadly. Currently one of my favorite things is to dig up female sci-fi/fantasy authors from the 70s and 80s. Still trying to figure this bookwyrm thing out.

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False Dawn (Paperback, 2001, Babbage Press) No rating

I found this awesome site cataloging science fiction and fantasy books translated and published in Dutch during the 70s and 80s. Through that, I found one series (SFEM) published by the Arbeiderspers that focused on female science fiction authors. Eight books, and I only recognized two authors (Octavia Butler and Joanna Russ). Of course, an immediate addition to my TBR list. According to reviews False Dawn (the Dutch title is great: Hazegrauw) is very, very bleak. Looking forward to it!

Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) is a 2004 vampire …

Review of 'Let the Right One In' on 'Goodreads'

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"Let the Right One In" is essentially a horror book combined with a Scandinavian thriller. And if you've ever read one of those, you know how bleak they can be, with this one no exception. This book is one of the bleakest and, strangely, most realistic vampire stories I've ever come across.

The rules of vampirism that Lindqvist decided on are on the strict side of the spectrum, and he handwaves nothing to make Eli fit better into society, like many other vampire media does in order to tell the story they want to tell. No fake blood substitutes, no constantly cloudy skies, not even the idea of vampires as a different, superior species which is so often used to explain why they're not morally conflicted over drinking blood. In fact, in this story, there are very few vampires because most of them end up killing themselves out of guilt. …