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Old 08-12-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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The Passage by Justin Cronin

I loved The Passage.

It's a huge epic multi-year, multi-generational Vampire story. In fact this is the first book in a trilogy (according to the interview I heard with the author on National Public Radio). It has a larger scope than The Stand (my favorite book) but the same rag tag group of human survivors trying not to become extinct. It differs in that it's not a good vs. evil story. It's a "we did this and now we have to fix it" story.

I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for the next installment!

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You don't have to be a fan of vampire fiction to be enthralled by The Passage, Justin Cronin's blazing new novel. Cronin is a remarkable storyteller (just ask adoring fans of his award-winning Mary and O'Neil), whose gorgeous writing brings depth and vitality to this ambitious epic about a virus that nearly destroys the world, and a six-year-old girl who holds the key to bringing it back. The Passage takes readers on a journey from the early days of the virus to the aftermath of the destruction, where packs of hungry infected scour the razed, charred cities looking for food, and the survivors eke out a bleak, brutal existence shadowed by fear. Cronin doesn't shy away from identifying his "virals" as vampires. But, these are not sexy, angsty vampires (you won’t be seeing "Team Babcock" t-shirts any time soon), and they are not old-school, evil Nosferatus, either. These are a creation all Cronin's own--hairless, insectile, glow-in-the-dark mutations who are inextricably linked to their makers and the one girl who could destroy them all. A huge departure from Cronin's first two novels, The Passage is a grand mashup of literary and supernatural, a stunning beginning to a trilogy that is sure to dazzle readers of both genres. --Daphne Durham
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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It's on my TBR list.. As soon as I finish the other 5 books I'm currently reading...
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I started reading it a couple of days ago. I only read about a 100 pages but liked it so much that I decided not to take my notebook with me whilst housesitting this weekend so I can spend my time reading.

Earlier this week I was in a bookstore and saw the novel and I must say I'm glad I got it as an ebook!
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:52 AM   #4
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It's on my TBR list as well. Sounds like a good a read.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:48 AM   #5
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I'm about 100 pages from the end, and really enjoying it. I've written about vampires myself, and researched them ad nauseam (there are vampire-type myths the world over), and I've often wondered, hm... if the mythology is actually based on something real--some real creature--what would it be? Cronin answers that question brilliantly. He takes the not-so-new idea that a virus causes vampirism and gives it such a credibly treatment that you can almost believe these things really exist.

The first third is spectacular storytelling, really pacy and gripping. The middle third needed the hand of a good editor; it's longer and slower than it needs to be. (In fact, it truly reads as if it was written by two or more different authors. I'm not saying it was; it just reads that way.) Stick with it, though, because it picks up again.

There are some inconsistencies and things that just don't make sense, but I've been able to set those aside, which means he must be doing something right.

And by the way, I do want a Team Babcock T-shirt.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:35 AM   #6
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Old 09-10-2010, 07:25 AM   #7
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Just finished it - 3 days. Awesome awsome awesome. This is Stephen King's the Stand 30 years improved.
Justin Cronin our next best seller, fabulous story teller and a tremendous epic tale. Please stay with this genre - you are fabulous. Thrilled that you have left the door open, I think the wait for a sequel will be a match for Robert Jordans final chapter!
Will be picking up your second novel as this looks like it might be nearly on par (though not the genre).
I'm hooked and happy to help make you a millionaire!
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:22 AM   #8
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I finished the passage around a month ago. Great book, I really enjoyed it. I hope the next one isn't too far down the road.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:46 PM   #9
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The Passage finally got to the top of TBR list. I enjoyed it but agree with Patricia that it definitely drags through the middle. It does pick up again and the ending was good. Good writing with well developed characters and some deeper themes and ideas brought up. Compared to your average vampire novel this is definitely a cut above. Compared to the trash that has been passing for vampire novels lately this is in a league of its own.

However, whilst I am looking forward to reading more, honestly though, overall it didn't do enough to make me rush out and buy the next installment the day it is released.

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I'm looking forward to reading 'The Passage'.
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I was really interested in reading it...until I'm hearing you all talk about it involving vampires...
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:29 AM   #12
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Vampire stories can be cool, just as long as they aren't the Twilight type, they ruined vampires for everyone.
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Vampire stories can be cool, just as long as they aren't the Twilight type, they ruined vampires for everyone.
I completely agree. I've read the books, which weren't terrible but I hated the movies adaptations. Now 'The Strain' and 'The Fall' by Guillermo del Toro are excellent vampire books. The vampires depicted in those books are what vampires should be.
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:29 AM   #14
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I am 70% done, 30% remains. This amazon topper book is so exciting!
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I just finished it a couple of days ago and thought it was really good. I agree with those who thought the middle dragged just a bit, but not enough to hurt the story much. I am certainly looking forward to the next book.
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