I’ve been trying desperately to read / listen to something that doesn’t involve vampires or zombies and well, I failed with this one. The Strain by Guillermo DelToro (the director behind Pan’s Labyrinth) and Chuck Hogan is the first part of a trilogy about a vampire infestation in New York City and I found it in the most part extremely gripping. I particularly liked the little potted characterisations as victim after victim fell to the vampires, each victim mattered as each was so well described. I also liked the biology of the vampires to. The only thing I wasn’t quite as keen on was the last fight sequence with the Master, the lead vampire, maybe in part due to knowing that this was a trilogy, so some of the suspense was taken out of it, I also thought that particular fight sequence may have worked better as a film. However, minor niggle aside I will definitely be either listening to or reading the next one in the trilogy, my efforts to read something that doesn’t involve vampires or zombies will have to wait (actually I am currently part way through reading a not particularly good book about angels, so it is consequently going very slowly, a very funny sort of biography which I should consequently finish in the next few days, an audiobook about ghosts that had such a promising premise but in reality is boring me to tears, so I may never finish it and if I ever find my iPhone again, Wolf Hall, which I had started reading as an ebook).