The Passage

The Passage

Justin Cronin / Jun 20, 2019

The Passage It happened fast Thirty two minutes for one world to die another to be born An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival The Passage is the story of Amy abandoned by her moth

  • Title: The Passage
  • Author: Justin Cronin
  • ISBN: The Passage
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  • Page: 437
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • It happened fast Thirty two minutes for one world to die, another to be born An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to tra It happened fast Thirty two minutes for one world to die, another to be born An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape but he can t stop society s collapse And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.Look for the entire Passage trilogy THE PASSAGE THE TWELVE THE CITY OF MIRRORS Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Mass Market Paperback, TV Tie In Edition, 843 pages Published December 31st 2018 by Ballantine Books first published June 24th 2010 More Details Original Title The Passage ISBN 0525618740 ISBN13 9780525618744 Edition Language English Series The Passage 1 Characters Brad Wolgast, Lacey Antoinette Kudoto, Phil Doyle, Giles Babcock, Olson Hand, Theo Jaxon, Ida Jaxon, Sara Fisher, Mausami Patal, Caleb Hightop Jones, Amy Harper Bellafonte, Peter Jaxon, Anthony Lloyd Carter, Michael The Circuit Fisher, Hollis Wilson, Alicia Donadio, Jonas Abbott Learless setting Telluride, Colorado United States Las Vegas, Nevada United States Roswell, New Mexico United States Literary Awards Locus Award Nominee for Best SF Novel 2011 , Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Book, Science Fiction 2010 Other Editions 109 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Passage, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Ive just started reading, but Im curious what everyones opinion is on the amount of exposition and the length of the paragraphs in this book Maybe I just dont read enough literary fiction, but it seems excessive I do feel, however, that theres a sense of realism Cronin captures that is superior to most genre psi fi fantasy Ive read Thoughts 16 likeslike 3 years ago See all 16 answers R I am not a fantasy reader I love books that are deeply descriptive and very emotional and capture not only realism but true human conflict and I am not a fantasy reader I love books that are deeply descriptive and very emotional and capture not only realism but true human conflict and complexity.Those things never come side to side with a fantasy sci fi So when someone heavily recommended this to me I was reluctant to give it a try I was blown away to say the least But yes, your comparison to literary fiction is true I do think, however, that most literary fiction focus purely on the quality of writing and the character development The Passage being a fantasy doesn t have that problem In fact, if anything, its jam packed with events.I think the sense of realism comes from the depth of character in this book I don t know how far you ve read, I don t know if you ve met Peter and Alicia yet but those people are so complex Also the issues introduced in the book are not only fantastical At the beginning with Amy and her mother, the poverty and the prostitution, the nuns and all that came with that Its very modern, I think Very relatable Also when you meet Wolgast and hear his background story, again its all very human, very deeply portrayed So yeah, I completely agree with the realism that was captured and I think that was, mostly, because of the phenomenal level of characterization.Fantasy as a genre is usually very plot driven, very focused on the what happens next kind of pacing.And Cronin managed to get above all of that by simply making people so incredibly alive less flag Is this book about vampires 20 likeslike 3 years ago See all 4 answers R This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I d say this book is about monsters They re called Virals or Walkers and many other names that are constantly introduced They are almost never I d say this book is about monsters They re called Virals or Walkers and many other names that are constantly introduced They are almost never called Vampires and they act and eat very differently from classic vampires A lot of people ask me Is this book about Zombies And my answer to them and to you is the same Its a mix of both creatures and intensified greatly They re just monsters of sorts.And I wanna comment about you asking if this book is about them.My answer is no.The story is an apocalypse, sure But the story is about a six year old girl who has the power to save everyone.Its a story about a father who s sense of justice could have been the very reason everything went to shit.Its a story about a criminal on death row who gets a chance to live but on a price.Its a story of an ex pedophile who works in a lab where he witnesses everything as it begins Its a story of survivors who haven t seen past the confinement of their Colony Its a journey of people trying to find a home.Its much than just a vampire or even monster story less hide spoiler flag See all 32 questions about The Passage Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Apr 25, 2010 Ken rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary, finished in 2010 THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera And it s big Spreading its bat wings, it measures in at 766 pages or at least the ARC version does TWILIGHT this ain t, and regular vampire fare it isn t either It s a hodgepodge of Bram Stoker, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and John Steinbeck one if by vampires, two if by military games, three if by bloodbath, and four if by brotherly melodrama.Overall I liked it Honest I THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera And it s big Spreading its bat wings, it measures in at 766 pages or at least the ARC version does TWILIGHT this ain t, and regular vampire fare it isn t either It s a hodgepodge of Bram Stoker, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and John Steinbeck one if by vampires, two if by military games, three if by bloodbath, and four if by brotherly melodrama.Overall I liked it Honest I don t read 766 pages during the school year easily Big Mo that s Momentum to you young folk carried me through as the Laws of Physics applied Meaning Cronin got this off to such a sick start that the action carried me I couldn t put it down.The opening plot line was simple Dr Strangelove goes to South America to find the cure for death and instead turns it loose You can always count on your military brass for that sort of screw up, no You see, they wanted a serum from these batty vampires living deep in the jungles only why didn t they migrate and take in er, over the world, like they did later in the book so they could extract the GOOD part of vampirism you know, extended life, superhuman strength, and damn near indestructibility without the bad part bad skin, bad breath, restricted diet, No Exit signs in the Mortality Room, etc The idea was to give the serum to U.S soldiers and then look out world That s right, the USA would be able to kick some North Korean slash Al Qaedan slash Taliban butt You know the drill, though the best laid plans of bats and uniformed men At their underground Telluride, CO, fortress, the Army injects 12 death row inmates and one special little 6 year old girl hint key to the book and keeps them under lock and key and 12 foot steel walls and multiple doors and so on for observation Only the hanging upside down former prisoners, now virals that s the word for them in this tome , are playing with their guards minds because they want to come out and play Can you say telepathic disaster Uh huh All hell breaks loose and the score winds up being Hell 1 and U.S Army 0.Here s where the book takes wing These nasty hobbits come out of nowhere and rip you open like a can of beets Every couple of dozen victims are just scratched on the throat so they can become part of the Viral Army And soon America as we know it and love it turns into Cormac McCarthy PlayLand Yep It s THE ROAD all over again Dystopia with teeth And compelling stuff, too We go to various outposts where certain humans have figured out certain ways to survive Lights, chiefly Because the virals are creatures of the night and don t like the spotlight Where the wheels start to wobble is halfway through Suddenly Cronin plays fast and loose with his own rules Suddenly a viral attack develops than two possible results death and the equivalent of taxes being a vampire for life Suddenly the good guys i.e major characters are given preferential treatment And he delves deeply into the social life of our hearty crew of humans, too, including a fraternal rivalry between bros named Theo and Peter This is the Steinbeck part East of Eden, West of Transylvania Here Cronin gets a little too sentimental for my tastes, too, especially with the single good vampire Amy, who has none of the bad attributes elongated bicuspids, penchant for Bloody Marys but all the good ones extended life, telepathic abilities, the keys to the city and the book, etcIn the end, the virals become less scary, the bag loses some of its punch, and you re flipping pages just to find out how Cronin ties this mess together Then, when you get to the promised land, you see that he doesn t Then you see on the Internet that this is the just the first of three books Then you say, Oh, no and ask yourself how in hell a book just south of 800 pp would ever need a sequel when it s too long by far already Finally, you collect yourself and recall where you are the United States of A Royalties This, after all, is supposed to be the Summer Blockbuster of 2010 This, after all, is supposed to be money in Cronin s and Random House s bank This is a book already in the cinematic pipelines with Ridley Scott as director Fasten your seat belts, then Get home before dark and pay your electric bill, too This won t be the last you hear of THE PASSAGE.Five stars for the first half, three for the second I ll rate it down the middle and let you judge this glorious, bloody mess for yourself NOTA BENE If you like this review AND reading poetry I know, I know what are the odds , check out my vampire free poetry hey, a viral rhyme Lost Sherpa of Happiness flag 625 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Apr 19, 2011 Garet Wirth rated it liked it review of another edition Oh, The Passage You promised me such wonderful things with your sparkly cover, your titillating title a passage to WHERE , and your massive hype Also your sizable heft, as you are a large, obese book, full of words and things I figured if I didn t like you, I could use you to stone evil doers in some town square somewhere How could I turn you down Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too Oh, The Passage You promised me such wonderful things with your sparkly cover, your titillating title a passage to WHERE , and your massive hype Also your sizable heft, as you are a large, obese book, full of words and things I figured if I didn t like you, I could use you to stone evil doers in some town square somewhere How could I turn you down Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too pretty to be true, and your title too vague to really mean anything I still don t know what the passage was, but it was full of vampire things and massive doses of character backstory that also didn t really mean anything except make you a very, very heavy book Brick like, really I believe next I ll tie a ransom note to you and throw you through a window, just for the giggles.You had such lovely backstory, such vivid characters in your opening quarter, I couldn t put you down Well, I could, because you are a fatass and my arms grew lethargic and weak after about an hour, but figuratively speaking I was hooked, and I loved you for it Vivid characters, shocking scenery, emotion You had it all, baby.But then things changed Oh, did they change You forgot your old ways and introduced me to a whole slew of new characters Characters that I didn t care about, in a situation that seemed so distant and unreal compared to your sharply defined predecessors that I thought perhaps I was reading a different book Gone were the late nights of voracious reading Gone were my massive biceps developed from holding you at a readable height I slogged through you, sometimes telling friends that you were getting better, even daring to say really good again in whispered tones but you would then disappoint, like a dog who is allergic to grass, and I would yell angrily at perfect strangers that you were a meandering, lame book with stupid characters and unbelievable situations I finished you, though, because I had devoted a better part of the year reading you, and I had to see it through Like climbing Everest, I just wanted to breath again, but I knew I had to finish you anyway.And see you through I did, to an ending that only set you up for a sequel, likely full of meaningless backstory and characters painstakingly developed over 100 s of pages only to be forgotten or rendered unimportant I did not spend 3 weeks reading you to get a cliffhanger, damnit you, The Passage you.Goodbye, The Passage You were a good workout, and my man arms thank you But you were bit of a slog and kind of boring Sorry flag 527 likesLike see review View all 75 comments Marcela Gagliardi you are my spirit animal Jan 22, 2019 10 30AM Garet Wirth Marcela wrote you are my spirit animal this is my favorite reply in 7 years Jan 30, 2019 10 44PM Jul 03, 2010 Ellen rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves novel, sci fi fantasy

    Later, Keith Olbermann s words, WORST PERSON IN THE WO O R R L L D would echo in my head.The other morning, my daughter called, crying, and said, I just did something terrible I froze As a parent, these words could mean anything I waited I hit a car I was trying to move over because the street was narrow I hit someone s mirror I panicked I just took off I m late for work already They ll fire me if I m late I know I damaged the mirror I feel awful This was all delivered in pie

    Later, Keith Olbermann s words, WORST PERSON IN THE WO O R R L L D would echo in my head.The other morning, my daughter called, crying, and said, I just did something terrible I froze As a parent, these words could mean anything I waited I hit a car I was trying to move over because the street was narrow I hit someone s mirror I panicked I just took off I m late for work already They ll fire me if I m late I know I damaged the mirror I feel awful This was all delivered in pieces, as she was weeping by now.During this, I go into parental stream of consciousness Thank God No one s hurt She s not hurt She left the scene What does that mean What do I do What do I do Trouble Fines Tickets Jail Oh my God Money Trouble, Money, money, money Trouble, trouble, trouble Then, the devil s words Did anyone see you But that s not what I said I heard myself say, Can you go back and leave a note on the windshield More wailing, Noooo I m late now They ll fire me I know it All right Okay You have to report this I ll find out what you need to do It s okay Go to work It ll be okay Of course, I had no idea if it would be all right I m in Wisconsin she s in Minneapolis, and I started to make phone calls The first officer was a huge help He said he didn t know what the rules were, but she d LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT I said she panicked, she feels terrible, she s sobbing He said, It doesn t matter whether she s crying, laughing, smiling She LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT That s a crime My heart was pounding, and I wanted to say, Look you Neanderthal fuck She killed a mirror Could you be human for a moment An hour or so later, I finally reached the right people, and the sergeant assured me she was not in trouble, took my name, number and hers, and said she should report it as soon as possible Situation handled, I suppose But I kept thinking of my first thought, and what I almost said, Did anyone see you Epic fail.I m drawn to apocalyptic fiction, and one of the reasons why is that characters are often tested, and The Passage is no exception Faced with temptation or in the clutch of terror, characters succeed or fail While the book has compelling moments, too often Cronin starts to develop a character but never really completes the task With such a large array of characters, this needs to be done You want to empathize with the characters, and they need to be distinct enough so that you can keep them all straight.One problem and this may sound minor but it drove me crazy, was Cronin s inability to handle dialogue With the exception of the soldiers, who spoke in an exaggerated military fashion, many of the characters sounded the same Also, they seemed to have one expletive flyers, which referred to something horrible in their midst Accordingly, most of the characters, when excited, would begin a sentence by saying, Flyers, what will we do or Flyers, did you see anything It was absurd.Picture, for example, something horrible in our lives Sarah Palin, for example, and then picture her being able to survive, as she is, for decades image error Would we all suddenly start using Palins as our only expletive, and then placing this word only at the beginning of a sentence Palins, hot enough for you or Palins, we should get moving No, for starters, though Palin has been on the international scene just shy of two years, we ve been pretty creative in coming up with variations on her name Caribou Barbie Failin Palin the Thrilla from Wasilla Palin bailin Bible Spice Deranged asshat sorry, that s just me Imagine the variations we d conjure up after decades Just why Cronin thought having most of his characters use this one expletive flyers baffled me, but I also started to wince every time someone used it I wanted to like this book I m a sucker for apocalyptic books where science screws up big time, starting with books as intellectually thoughtful as Mary Shelley s Frankenstein right down to Richard Preston s The Hot Zone And, the book gets off to a good start The first third of the book is quite good the plot moves forward, and characters are developed.Then, you reach Part III, which begins with a long military report that sucks out whatever momentum the book had attained And Cronin does this sort of thing far too often He ll get the plot moving and then deaden it by letting a military report or pages and pages of someone s diary in italics I hate fucking italics stand in for the plot he should have developed This is poor writing, poor pacing, and piss poor editing For a couple hundred pages, the book crawls It gets into gear in spurts, which are again deadened with dull reports or italicized diaries Cronin s book, which had promise, lacks the rich characterization needed for such a long book, fails to sustain momentum, and has moments particularly at the beginning of new sections of horribly overwritten passages, such as this sentence fairly early in the book, which introduces Chapter Fifteen When all time ended, and the world had lost its memory, and the man that he was had receded from view like a ship sailing away, rounding the blade of the earth with his old life locked in its hold when the gyring stars gazed down upon nothing This sentence, already painful, continues for another 37 words.Worst book in the world Not at all Cronin has talent, which he needs to develop, and most of all he needs to learn how to pace a novel, and not cheat by having climactic scenes told in the form of dry reports or diary entries flag 516 likesLike see review View all 102 comments Jan 09, 2019 Emily Books with Emily Fox rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobooks 3.5 This was a wild ride I ve been going through my list of post apocalyptic books to read and this one had been recommend to me so much that I had to read it Within the last year I read The Stand by Stephen King disease and Swan Song by Robert McCammon nuclear war so it s impossible for me not to compare them.In The Passage, the apocalypse happens though vampires not the shiny type You get to see the before, during and after through the eyes of a few characters and writing wise it 3.5 This was a wild ride I ve been going through my list of post apocalyptic books to read and this one had been recommend to me so much that I had to read it Within the last year I read The Stand by Stephen King disease and Swan Song by Robert McCammon nuclear war so it s impossible for me not to compare them.In The Passage, the apocalypse happens though vampires not the shiny type You get to see the before, during and after through the eyes of a few characters and writing wise it did remind me a bit of SK I understand why there s an abridged version this book is very long and I honestly felt a bit exhausted after reading it I do recommend it if you re someone that likes character driven books since, while there is quite a bit of action, you get to follow them while they go through a lot.While it wasn t my all time favorite post apocalyptic book, I am open to reading the rest of the series Shoutout to the author for making the villain call women females and making the male characters think it sounds like he s talking about livestock.Can t wait to hear your thoughts as this was our first buddy read in the Fox Book Club flag 305 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Mar 01, 2018 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves horror etc, own Pretty cool flag 229 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Jul 05, 2010 Will Byrnes rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fiction, horror, fantasy The hype machine was working With some terrific reviews, this was immediately one of THE BOOKS TO READ for summer 2010, a vampire tale not written by Stephanie Meyer, and not even promoted very much as vampiric Maybe our capacity for reading vampire novels has clotted somewhat The world in question begins in 2022 Gas is 13 a gallon Iranian jihadists have killed hundreds at the Mall of America Jenna Bush is Texas guv this is a horror story, after all New Orleans, battered by another mons The hype machine was working With some terrific reviews, this was immediately one of THE BOOKS TO READ for summer 2010, a vampire tale not written by Stephanie Meyer, and not even promoted very much as vampiric Maybe our capacity for reading vampire novels has clotted somewhat The world in question begins in 2022 Gas is 13 a gallon Iranian jihadists have killed hundreds at the Mall of America Jenna Bush is Texas guv this is a horror story, after all New Orleans, battered by another monster storm, is now an uninhabitable industrial park An expedition to a remote corner of South America, sponsored by the US Army, is searching for a promising and dangerous virus What could possibly go wrong The Passage is nothing if not very, very derivative Although there are a few nifty new notions within its 766 pages, I will not spoil them by telling there will be little here that is not almost immediately familiar Government projects gone wrong, post apocalyptic struggles for survival, battles between good and evil, strong people, weak people, and lots and lots of vampires.That said, I felt that there were almost two complete, independent books within the whole The first tells of the beginning of the unpleasantness, lasts for 246 pages and is gripping I hated to put the book down Even with the been there read that aspect of the book, there was something about the writing of that 246 pages that kept me turning the pages, thirsty for As for the remaining 520, not so much We move forward almost a century and enter the too familiar landscape of post apocalyptic survival Although there were elements here that were interesting, some characters that held promise, I found it a very, very long yawn I also felt that the author cheated a few times too many in leading us to believe that certain events had taken place when they had not He even jokes about it in the writing, having one character say out loud what any reader might wonder about how a particular event transpired If The Passage had kept up the frantic and so engaging pace of its long opening, it would indeed have been one of THE BOOKS TO READ this summer Instead of reading The Passage, though, I would look for an alternate route.I gave it two stars instead of one because the beginning was so good Otherwise, I resented the time it took to read this waaaaaay too long book flag 210 likesLike see review View all 67 comments Jul 08, 2010 mark monday rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves alpha team, after the fall, horror modern when i read horror, i m usually looking for 1 cheap thrills or 2 surreal and metaphysical weirdness or, best of all, 3 an epic full of dread and melancholy there is plenty of the first sort and so much of it is trash but fun can be had with trashy things and i m no snob the second type can be a little hard to find, but there s a lot to be had as well, if you look in the right places, especially the past but the third kind, that s the hardest, i ve only found a few Declare, It, when i read horror, i m usually looking for 1 cheap thrills or 2 surreal and metaphysical weirdness or, best of all, 3 an epic full of dread and melancholy there is plenty of the first sort and so much of it is trash but fun can be had with trashy things and i m no snob the second type can be a little hard to find, but there s a lot to be had as well, if you look in the right places, especially the past but the third kind, that s the hardest, i ve only found a few Declare, It, The Terror and The Passage in a lot of horror, i m not exactly eager to slowly lose myself in the world depicted the experience is often like a rollercoaster or a fun nightmare but that last category, those mournful sagas they are my special favorites i may not want to live in a novel s world, but if it is a world that is so carefully crafted and then grown, one filled with tragedy and sadness and coming together and coming undone i find it very easy to get lost in those worlds it is a great feeling on to The Passage it is an excellent novel, complete with multi leveled characters, spiritual mysteries, exciting action set pieces, and the trappings of several genres vampire, post apocalypse, and in the first third, an on the run from the government style thriller the writing is solid, well crafted, and certainly in no rush particularly outstanding is the depth of characterization present in even minor or elusive characters such as the scientist Lear or the child molestor Grey the first third of the novel is pretty much perfect, tightly paced yet generous with motivation and context, and featuring three of the most warmly written and sympathetic characters i ve come across in a while Agent Wolgast Sister Lacey Anthony Carter fallen agent, unearthly nun, misunderstood criminal the empathy created by the author for these three and the depth of their background stories i just really was not expecting that and it was wonderful to experience.unlike many other readers, i felt the remaining two thirds were very strong, moving easily between a wide range of physical and emotional landscapes, from complex world building to pointed irony to moments of eerie beauty to straight up horror particularly in the Haven sequence although it could be said that characterization was a bit less rich in the last two thirds, the range of emotions depicted was often on a wider and dynamic scale the reader is able to watch characters actually grow and change i appreciated Cronin s vampires they certainly run against the current grain although the threat of their bizarre, bestial presence looms over the entire novel, they remain enjoyably enigmatic and largely in the background i assume the amount of attention paid to the vampire Babcock and his traumatic past also very well done will be paralleled in the sequels by depictions of the remaining vampires The Passage has been compared to The Stand personally i think The Passage is superior my only real issue is the very ending, which could come across as cheaply ironic and unnecessarily brutal if it wasn t clear that this is only book 1 of 3 i assume that this disturbing cliffhanger of an ending will eventually be resolved with the same sensitivity and grace brought to the rest of the novel s various episodic sequences flag 199 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Sep 27, 2017 Matthew rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017, audio, library, horror, post apocalyptic dystopian Epic very, very Epic I feel like I just read about 5 books Not because it was long, but just because there is so much story here that changes direction so many times I cannot believe there are still two books to go I mean, I can believe it because there is story to tell, but how much epic can this get 4.5 out of 5 starsThis one lost a little for me in the middle due to a blah transition that caused me to lose interest for a period of time Looking back after knowing what Epic very, very Epic I feel like I just read about 5 books Not because it was long, but just because there is so much story here that changes direction so many times I cannot believe there are still two books to go I mean, I can believe it because there is story to tell, but how much epic can this get 4.5 out of 5 starsThis one lost a little for me in the middle due to a blah transition that caused me to lose interest for a period of time Looking back after knowing what happened, it makes sense, but it was slow for a bit So, if you are reading this review before you read the book, know that you should not give up if you get bored in the middle this too shall pass In addition to being epic, this was great story telling And, despite the size, there really wasn t filler Each page, each paragraph, each sentence had its place and kept the story moving even during the blah part From deep, meaningful conversations to gore filled action sequences, the story was always moving on to the next place and had me hungry to find out what was next.If you like post apocalyptic and monster stories, but need a new twist and are not afraid to invest a lot of time, you should read this I guarantee that you will enjoy it flag 171 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Jun 29, 2010 Eddie rated it it was ok review of another edition This book, by far, was the biggest book I ve read to date And I stay away from really big books, usually, because I don t want to get to the end feeling dissatisfied This big book left me feeling just that The first 250 pages of this book were brilliant left me wanting Initially But, the rest of the 766 pages Not so brilliant By page 650, I wanted this way too long story to be over I wanted to be taken off of life support and die I had to convince myself to finish the last 100 pages This book, by far, was the biggest book I ve read to date And I stay away from really big books, usually, because I don t want to get to the end feeling dissatisfied This big book left me feeling just that The first 250 pages of this book were brilliant left me wanting Initially But, the rest of the 766 pages Not so brilliant By page 650, I wanted this way too long story to be over I wanted to be taken off of life support and die I had to convince myself to finish the last 100 pages and It took all my effort to do so, and I m honestly glad I did But in the end, this book was like a firecracker I was so anxious to light up, and once lit and backed away to see the display take place, ended up being a dud flag 124 likesLike see review View all 35 comments Aug 16, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves apocalypse now, horror, sci fi, vampires, playing god Good afternoon This is Wolf Blitzer from CNN s The Situation Room, the program that tries to make viewers think that you re seeing the busy hub of television journalism instead of admitting that despite our high tech looking set and satellite feeds, you d probably learn about what s actually going on in the world by looking out your window.We turn our focus now to growing rumors that the U.S Army is conducting secret medical experiments on American soil The bizarre claims seem like somet Good afternoon This is Wolf Blitzer from CNN s The Situation Room, the program that tries to make viewers think that you re seeing the busy hub of television journalism instead of admitting that despite our high tech looking set and satellite feeds, you d probably learn about what s actually going on in the world by looking out your window.We turn our focus now to growing rumors that the U.S Army is conducting secret medical experiments on American soil The bizarre claims seem like something out of a Stephen King novel yet despite repeated denials by the Defense Department the stories continue to grow, and documents posted on WikiLeaks seem to support some of this.Is this just an urban myth gaining popularity thanks to the internet, or is there something to these rumors Joining me now via satellite from his office is Major John Smith, a spokesman from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Major, thanks for joining us.Major John Smith Thanks for having me.Wolf Blitzer So I m sure you re aware of these persistent stories circulating, Major.MJS laughs Yes, they re keeping my office quite busy.WB And the Army s position is that they re absolutely unfounded MJS Of course Frankly, Wolf, I m surprised we even have to bother discussing this It s obviously the work of internet hoaxsters.WB But what about the documentation that s leaked out MJS They are clearly forgeries Have you read this stuff Secret bases on U.S soil Convicted felons recruited and used for guinea pigs for drug trials to extend human life Vampire like creatures that have some kind of telepathic connection and cause bad dreams I think someone just posted an old X Files script I find it sad that Americans are wasting time on this nonsense.WB It does seem outlandish, but let s talk a few specifics The documents mention a Project Noah that the USAMRIID is running And there are line items in the USAMRIID budget for a Project Noah for a significant amount of money.MJS I can confirm that there is a Project Noah, and while it s top secret, I have been authorized to disclose that it involves research into cutting edge medical technologies that could be used to save lives on the battlefield That s all I can say about it But it s obvious that these conspiracy theorists just took a real project name and used it for their own purposes.WB So there never was a research team funded by USAMRIID that was slaughtered in the jungles of Central America while seeking a virus sample that could greatly boost human healing abilities MJS Of course not Unfortunately, we did have a team in that area that was researching a botany project, and they did sustain casualties after accidentally coming across some local drug runners, but that s all it was.WB And the USAMRID does not have government agents recruiting death row prisoners to be the subjects of experimental drug trials MJS Again, that s ridiculous.WB So where have these prisoners gone, Major MJS Considering they were death row inmates, I think it s safe to say they got executed.WB I assume you ll also deny the existence of this secret lab, hidden somewhere underground in the Rocky Mountains MJS Absolutely WB What about reports from Telluride, Colorado, of citizens having the same nightmares and behaving strangely MJS Complete nonsense I m based in Telluride myself, and I sleep just fine.WB One last question, Major A new wave of rumors regarding a small girl in Memphis being abducted by government agents have begun circulating today Any comment MJS The idea that the US Army had anything to do with abducting children is absurd, Wolf Think about these stories Does it really seem possible that the U.S government has a secret base in Colorado where we re experimenting with a virus on convicts and small children that turns them into some kind of Dracula type creature with the ability to invade dreams and brainwash people Seriously, what s next I m sure the people who believe that will tell you that it s inevitable that some kind of accident will unleash the virus on an unsuspecting public, and that the country will be consumed by a plague of these creatures until civilization is completely destroyed And then what Maybe a small handful of survivors will manage to establish a safe zone and a new type of society Oh, and a couple of generations down the line, like a hundred years from now, a few of these survivors will embark on an odyssey to find the truth in a post apocalyptic landscape Does that really seem likely, Wolf WB chuckles When you put it that way, Major, it does seem pretty far fetched Crashing noises and screams are heard WB Major, what s happened Are you alright MJS Ugh I m perfectly Arr fine, Wolf Ow Justuh just dropped a glass ArrghWM Major, I don t mean to argue with you, but it seems like some kind of horrible vampire like creature has just burst into your office and is biting you.MJS That s UHH totally ridiculous Oh, shit Ow This is arrr my assistant EH He just has.ow low blood sugar Arrrghh WB Well, you re obviously busy, Major We ll let you go now Thanks for your time.MJS My plesur OWWWW HOLY JESUS SOMEBODY SHOOT THIS GODDAMNWB It appears we lost the link So did we just see a US Army officer get his face gnawed off by a vampire like creature that he had just finished denying the existence of Or is this just another internet hoax We may never know Up next, global warming critics continue to say that the whole thing is a liberal lie flag 123 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Apr 11, 2012 Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves nicholas recommends Cronin combines two classic and overused literary elements vampires and the end of the world and spins them into something entirely fresh and new To me, it s an amazing accomplishment flag 104 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Oct 25, 2012 Maciek rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves big tomes, post apocalyptic, speculative fiction, dystopia, read in 2012, reviewed The hype machine worked With a delay The Passage was a publishing sensation of 2010 cleverly marketed as The Stand meeting The Road, its gorgeous cover will you just look at these trees immediately caught attention of readers, and even its bulk was not discouraging after all, who does not enjoy getting caught up in a good novel Publishing details topped the cake Cronin received a 5 million advance payment 3.5 for the publishing rights to The Passage and two planned sequel in North The hype machine worked With a delay The Passage was a publishing sensation of 2010 cleverly marketed as The Stand meeting The Road, its gorgeous cover will you just look at these trees immediately caught attention of readers, and even its bulk was not discouraging after all, who does not enjoy getting caught up in a good novel Publishing details topped the cake Cronin received a 5 million advance payment 3.5 for the publishing rights to The Passage and two planned sequel in North America alone , and Riddley Scott bought the rights to film the novel for 1,5 million A relatively unknown novelists whose previous output consists of just two slim novels Mary and O Neil A Novel in Stories and The Summer Guest both of which having nothing to do with end of the world, vampires, infections, and an epic on a grand scale Where did this surprising development came from I have no idea, but apparently this goose lays eggs of gold Stephen King sealed the deal, giving the novel a glowing recommendation It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieveread this book and the ordinary world disappears King also blurbed Hannibal as being better than both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs I can understand much but I genuinely have no idea where he got that idea from And did you know that the author of this huuuge novel with vampires is a professor of English at Rice Univeristy in Texas Get it Rice LOL Although the novel has been compared to The Stand, I see another comparison which would be way apt Robert McCammon s Swan Song, another gargantuan post apocalyptic epic Unlike The Stand, McCammon s novel has largely failed the test of time Although one cannot deny the author his efforts and ambition, it remains deeply rooted in the 80 s fear of a nuclear war which is not essentially a bad thing What is bad is that it s populated by cartoony characters and sugary sentimentality, with little or no ambiguity Still, there is a certain merit to Swan Song resulting from nostalgia it s the epitome of the bulky paperback novel which once was what captured our attention and kept us reading late into the night when we were younger and did not mind its flaws, captivated instead by the story which still had time to get old and cliched Now, the Huge Post Apocalyptic Epics are a thing of the past most novels concerned with life after the Big Bad are much slimmer, and adressed to young adults And here, in 2010, Justin Cronin brought it back to life How could we not get excited We still remember reading The Stand years ago and hoped for at least a glimpse of that feeling.The trouble is that this is the 21st century the author would be hard pressed to come up with new ideas instead of relying on all familiar plot devices and developmentsand well, he doesn t The novel opens with a weak first act, consisting mainly of a stereotypical story of a young mother and her troubles eventually it gets so bad that she has to sell her body, and then she leaves her daughter at a convent There is also a B movie like episode of scientists investigating some wild occurences in South America Then two cops show up on the stage and have to take the girl who was left at the convent and deliver her to the feds for some unknown reason probably because she s a messiah character The author likes backstories instead of letting these characters act and come to life, he dumps pages after pages of their past on the poor reader s conscience care damnit It does not help that all the characters are bland as hell the child with hidden powers, the good cop bad cop routine, an innocent prisoner and I swear that there s even a Magical Negro in there and this hasn t been cool since John Coffey But something finally starts to happen the promised apocalypse is sloowly starting to boil Aaaaaaaand that is the moment the novel takes a surprising leap Around quarter through it the reader is suddenly and unexpectedly catapulted into the future, and introduced to a completely new set of characters who are left in the world AFTER the apocalypse happened The fireworks went off, and we weren t even there The post apocalypic world itself I did not find to be very interesting anyone even vaguely familiar with the themes the author approaches will find little, if any, surprises in this part of the text While the first part of the book manages to maintain at least a mild sort of interest in the reader, the rest of the book is meandering and unfocused, never gaining any real momentum In over a thousand pages periliously little happens, and the narrative feels stretched to the maximum and to top that any possible violent or sexual content The Passage is consciously toned down by the author, probably to met the PG13 and reach the younger audience This is reflected in the relative simplicity of the storyline, complete with melodramatic expressions in all the right places Oh, How he loved her.And at the end of the novel there s a giant cliffganger, meaning that the whole thing was just a set up for the other two novels the sequel has just been published Loose ends will probably be tied in the subsequent installments but to take a hardly original idea and stretch into a sprawling and overlong novel which barely accomplishes anything on its own makes me not be at all excited about reading them flag 89 likesLike see review View all 96 comments Jul 01, 2010 Alex rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2010 This book got me to the important realization that zombies are just vampires gone retarded flag 88 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Mar 21, 2018 Mary Ravager of Tomes rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves owned, audiobook, year 2018, 3 star When it comes to Science Fiction or Fantasy that has a literary aspect to it, I usually have to step back ask myself Mary, did you enjoy this because it was good Or did you enjoy it because it was written well Such was the case with Justin Cronin s The Passage Did I like this book Well Yes and no At times Sort of I guess. This book has its really excellent moments, but it has some not so excellent moments too that makes assessing the work as a whole difficult to say the lea When it comes to Science Fiction or Fantasy that has a literary aspect to it, I usually have to step back ask myself Mary, did you enjoy this because it was good Or did you enjoy it because it was written well Such was the case with Justin Cronin s The Passage Did I like this book Well Yes and no At times Sort of I guess. This book has its really excellent moments, but it has some not so excellent moments too that makes assessing the work as a whole difficult to say the least It s honestly hard to even summarize neatly what you will find if you choose to pick up this title There are many things happening all at once constant switches in points of view, character histories, and the current plot line all jockeying for your attention The best way to describe it is a story about a web of interconnected people and how they all interact with each other while they deal with the end of the world Another important thing to note is that this book could easily have been split into two books In fact, if you read the blurb it does an excellent job of encompassing the first half of this book, which in my opinion is spectacular.Cronin begins on an incredibly strong note with a character that immediately grabbed my attention kept me engaged on an emotional intellectual level I remained fully locked into the story for almost all of the first half, and had it been a separate book on its own I probably would have rated it a 4 4.5 stars at the very least But thenThere is massive jump in the timeline right smack dab in the middle of this 766 page or 37.5 hours on audio book while sometimes that technique works, in this case I consider it a negative.The story fast forwards a hundred years into the future that my friends is where I lost my groove almost completely Once I reached this leap, I set the book down for what Maybe 2 weeks Which is quite a long time for me my normal reading speed The characters I cared about were no longer at the forefront of the story, the aspects that kept my attention were replaced with a much less intriguing set of circumstances, and I had to seriously consider whether or not I wanted to continue.That s not to say that the last half of this book turned out to be dreadful It definitely is not But the abrupt gear change the feeling that I was tricked into reading the first two books in this series instead of just the first was something I couldn t shake Where the first part of the book felt very careful intentional with how it introduced each character to the situation, the second part haphazardly tossed a new cast of characters at me whose faces were hardly developed in my mind before we were off on the next adventure I never formed any sort of bond with anyone from the second half of the story while certain parts of the narrative held my attention than others, this lack of connection absolutely affected my ability to care about what was going on The switching perspectives in the first half were brilliantly timed once the threads were woven together I could see a beautiful terrible picture This technique applied to the second half felt careless without the precision I had come to expect from the previous chapters Even the writing style, which was pleasingly descriptive tonally appropriate suffered from the lack of adequate characterization Where before I had been actively focused in on the details, I came to find them tedious exhausting by the end of the story At this point, I m not sure that I want to continue with The Passage series While there s no denying Cronin has the ability to write deeply engaging characters spin a distinctive tale out of a trope we ve seen many times before, I m not sure I can fully trust him to keep the focus of the story relevant across two books equally as massive as this one is Only time will tell flag 82 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Jul 03, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves and we ve got fangs, yikes it s the apocalypse, 2010, five star reads I haven t read any of Justin Cronin s books I picked this one up solely based on an interview the New York Times did with the author Of course, the interviewer was asking Cronin if he read Twilight he hadn t Is Twilight REALLY the be all, end all of vampire books This book runs circles around that teenage sop fest A better comparison would be Bram Stoker s Dracula Actually, an even better comparison would be to the movie The Village without the awkward twist or George Stewart s Earth I haven t read any of Justin Cronin s books I picked this one up solely based on an interview the New York Times did with the author Of course, the interviewer was asking Cronin if he read Twilight he hadn t Is Twilight REALLY the be all, end all of vampire books This book runs circles around that teenage sop fest A better comparison would be Bram Stoker s Dracula Actually, an even better comparison would be to the movie The Village without the awkward twist or George Stewart s Earth Abides When I first picked up this book, I considered not reading it because it was 766 pages and that seemed way too long However, I read the first sentence and got sucked in Before she became the Girl from Nowhere the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years, she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy Amy Harper Bellafonte. It took me about a week to get through this book I couldn t put it down except to sleep and work Cronin s writing is exquisite I felt like I truly knew and cared about the characters I was even sympathetic to the vamps or virals as they re called in this book Let s face it, his vampires are the creatures in the night you warn your children about, not the ones you want to make out with I couldn t get a good sense of what they looked like, but I visualized something that was a little human, a little praying mantis and a little bat And let me tell you, the thought scared the bejeezus out of me It was a fascinating read I love reading these post apocalyptic books because there s such a sense of hope Even when the world is overrun by scary bloodsucking bat things, pockets of humanity somehow find a way to survive I need to start stockpiling batteries and canned food The ending is a little abrupt and hopefully what appears to happen doesn t actually happen There are two additional books in the series I think the next one is coming out in two years ugh flag 79 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 07, 2017 RedemptionDenied marked it as to read review of another edition All three books Kindle edition in the trilogy The Passage 1, The Twelve 2 and City of Mirrors 3 are currently on offer 0.99p in the UK and 0.99 I think in the US No idea how long for I bought the first two novels, awhile back, when they were on offer and now, I ve finally got the third book, uber cheap Hope they re good I might get around to reading them, someday I hope flag 79 likesLike see review View all 9 comments May 15, 2018 Mark Lawrence rated it liked it review of another edition At the start of this book I was pretty sure it would be a 5 read In the middle I was losing the will to read on and thought it would do well to wring 3 from me By the end I give it a hearty 3 but just can t bring myself to offer 4.So, this is a vampire book without the sparkling, the forever sexy trope, or the stalker horror vibe.Cronin s writing reminded me a lot of Stephen King, though with a literary edge which is not to say that King doesn t have a literary edge he does, and i At the start of this book I was pretty sure it would be a 5 read In the middle I was losing the will to read on and thought it would do well to wring 3 from me By the end I give it a hearty 3 but just can t bring myself to offer 4.So, this is a vampire book without the sparkling, the forever sexy trope, or the stalker horror vibe.Cronin s writing reminded me a lot of Stephen King, though with a literary edge which is not to say that King doesn t have a literary edge he does, and in many ways it s his popular success that blinds a lot of serious readers to King s writing chops.Cronin writes very good prose He is rather too wordy for my taste and spends too long getting around to things, but he writes some excellent lines and has a poet s sensibilities.The book comes in many sub divisions but for me it breaks into three main parts First there is the pre disaster section where we dive in great detail into the lives of a handful of protagonists while slowly bringing them together for the vampire stuff The amount of time spent on these individuals makes you sure that they are going to be the pillars of this story Which makes it rather a shock when you suddenly leave them all behind and start off with an entirely new and larger set of characters far away in time and space.The second section, the colony, is where I started to lose interest There were just so many characters and so few reasons for me to care about them Additionally the point of view hops around between them regularly, which I found distancing and made it hard for me to attach to anyone.I found this section particularly wordy and slow moving Cronin is using these people and their detailed individual stories to indirectly paint a larger picture of the world we find ourselves in I understand that And if it had been half the length with the focus on half the characters I would have been much taken with it.As it was it was a great relief when things started to go tits up and the roll call began to diminish rapidly.The third and final section is the quest, and here I found myself much invested The interest level started to climb along with the tension, and I was pleased with myself to have predicted the existence of something that I felt was the literary inheritor of the new warren from Watership Down Even so, the pace was still sluggish and Cronin takes an age to get us anywhere Some will say that this is a book about characters rather than plot, and that s fair enough I like character driven stories I like stories about characters It s just that in this particular book I found the plot far interesting than the characters.And finally, the book ends But not with an great deal of resolution It s very much a book 1 of a series trilogy I can only think that some of the massive character building at the start of the book, that then vanished down a hole never to be spoken of again, may come to fruition in later books I m looking at you Carter.So yeah Strong literary writing, a great imagination, but just too very many multitudinous words, too slowly meanderingly point failing to get toingly ponderously paced for this particular reader.EDIT And one small but crazy detail the only curse word they seem to own is fliers I don t know if the editors were aiming for a PG rating but with so much time taken to build believable characters the dialogue seemed laughably clean and the appearance of fliers grew steadily comical.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes flag 76 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jul 11, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves horror, fiction, paranormal, 21th century The Passage The Passage, 1 , Justin CroninThe Passage is a novel by Justin Cronin, published in 2010 It is the first novel of a completed trilogy the second book The Twelve was released in 2012, and the third book The City of Mirrors released in 2016 The novel and its sequels were to be adapted into a film trilogy however, they will now be written for television The novel is broken into 11 parts of varying lengths The story itself is broken into two sections The first and shorter sectio The Passage The Passage, 1 , Justin CroninThe Passage is a novel by Justin Cronin, published in 2010 It is the first novel of a completed trilogy the second book The Twelve was released in 2012, and the third book The City of Mirrors released in 2016 The novel and its sequels were to be adapted into a film trilogy however, they will now be written for television The novel is broken into 11 parts of varying lengths The story itself is broken into two sections The first and shorter section covers the origins of the virus and its outbreak, while the second is set 93 years after the infections, primarily following a colony of survivors living in California 2015 1 1392 1 1104 9786001820854 21 2014 90 flag 74 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 25, 2018 Anniebananie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Ich habe jetzt recht lange berlegt ob ich dem Buch 4 oder 5 Sterne geben m chte, da ich im zweiten Viertel des Buches nicht komplett gepackt war von der Geschichte und mich die enorme Seitenzahl schier zu berw ltigen drohte.Dennoch habe ich mich letztendlich f r die 5 Sterne entschieden, denn nun wei ich, dass jedes Wort in dieser Geschichte wichtig und n tig und perfekt gew hlt war Wirklich Dieser Schreibstil und demnach auch die bersetzung waren grandios Jedes Wort hat perfekt an sei Ich habe jetzt recht lange berlegt ob ich dem Buch 4 oder 5 Sterne geben m chte, da ich im zweiten Viertel des Buches nicht komplett gepackt war von der Geschichte und mich die enorme Seitenzahl schier zu berw ltigen drohte.Dennoch habe ich mich letztendlich f r die 5 Sterne entschieden, denn nun wei ich, dass jedes Wort in dieser Geschichte wichtig und n tig und perfekt gew hlt war Wirklich Dieser Schreibstil und demnach auch die bersetzung waren grandios Jedes Wort hat perfekt an seinen Platz gepasst, jede Beschreibung war stimmig.Die Geschichte die Cronin sich hier ausgedacht hat ist so simpel wie aber auch gleichzeitig komplex, denn es wird endlich einmal bei einer solchen Geschichte ihr volles Potenzial ausgesch pft Beim Lesen hatte ich die ganze Zeit einen Film vor Augen, der in meinem Kopf ablief, so sehr bin ich in dem Buch versunken Daher bin ich auch sehr gespannt auf die Verfilmung, was die so kann.Zum Inhalt m chte ich gar nicht wirklich etwas sagen, allein weil sooooo viel passiert und es den Charme dieses Buches ausmacht, dass man den Gro teil der Zeit absolut keinen Plan hat wohin die Geschichte noch will.Sagen kann ich allerdings, dass ich s mtliche Charaktere super authentisch dargestellt fand und die Spannung fast durchgehend gleichbleibend hoch war.Vor allem die zweite H lfte hat mich sehr gefesselt, dennoch konnte ich selten mehr als 100 Seiten am St ck lesen, einfach weil ich das gelesene erst einmal verdauen verarbeiten verstehen musste.Das ist kein Buch f r nebenher, sondern ein grandioser Auftakt eines hoffentlich genauso grandiosen Endzeit Epos f r Erwachsene Ich w rde es vor allem allen The Walking Dead Fans empfehlen flag 74 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Carmen Inourfaults Yay Stimme deiner Rezension absolut zu Dieses ausformulierte und zun chst berfl ssige Gefasel hat eben seinen Sinn und Zweck Kein Wort zu viel, ke Yay Stimme deiner Rezension absolut zu Dieses ausformulierte und zun chst berfl ssige Gefasel hat eben seinen Sinn und Zweck Kein Wort zu viel, keine Beschreibung zu wenig F r mich war die Reihe definitiv eins meiner Jahreshighlights Aug 27, 2018 10 18AM Linda Ich schleiche schon lange um dieses Buch herum man h rt ja ausschlie lich Positives Kurz um Ich werde es mir wohl auch bald zulegen 11 hours, 9 min ago Dec 30, 2016 Babybook rated it it was amazing review of another edition Iako sam upoznata s ovom knjigom ve dulje vrijeme nisam je planirala itati sve dok ne domognem svih nastavaka Me utim kako svaki put kad do em u knji nicu ova knjiga tu no stoji sama na polici ko neko siro e, a ja nisam imala srca ostavit je tamo samu preko blagdana, nije bilo druge nego da je ponesem doma.Sve po inje jednim tajnim projektom pod vodstvom vojske, jer normalno, vojska je uvijek zadu ena za sva sranja Nakon to projekt ode k vragu svijet e uskoro postati pusto mjesto, a ljudsk Iako sam upoznata s ovom knjigom ve dulje vrijeme nisam je planirala itati sve dok ne domognem svih nastavaka Me utim kako svaki put kad do em u knji nicu ova knjiga tu no stoji sama na polici ko neko siro e, a ja nisam imala srca ostavit je tamo samu preko blagdana, nije bilo druge nego da je ponesem doma.Sve po inje jednim tajnim projektom pod vodstvom vojske, jer normalno, vojska je uvijek zadu ena za sva sranja Nakon to projekt ode k vragu svijet e uskoro postati pusto mjesto, a ljudska populacija e spasti na a icu ljudi koji ive u stalnom strahu i oprezu, u nekoj vrsti enklava i za koju no izvan zidina zna i sigurnu smrtOdli an miks horora i distopije s puno akcije i puuno likova Svi a mi se kako vje to osvje io i ubacio u pri u neke ve toliko izlizane motive.Radnja je spora i temeljita u toj mjeri da ponekad zna i i na ivce, razlog k tomu su preop irni opisi koji su glavni nedostatak ove knjige, iz zbog kojih se esto inilo da radnja stoji u mjestu.Usprkos tome mora se priznati da je ovjek smislio kompleksnu, intezivnu pri u koja mami itatelja na jo to se zbiva dalje ja ne u tako skoro saznati jer moja knji nica posjeduje samo Prijelaz a nastavke e nabaviti jednom.ljda flag 97 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Mar 01, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Mark by GoodReads GiveAway Thank you, GoodReads for this Advance Reader s Edition So hard to rate Act I is simply superb brilliantly written, suspenseful, beautiful, a full 5 Act II is cluttered, too many actors moving on and off stage, rarely doing anything of consequence while they are there Act III is a combination screenplay, set up for a sequel, exciting in a dystopian, end of days sort of way, with a ray or two of hope flag 68 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Apr 29, 2010 Shelby trains flying monkeys rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves blood suckers, end of the world, i paid money for this one, read 2016, puppysquisher I ve had this book and the second of it s series for awhile They set on my bookshelf and just look pretty I would have read them one dayand then the third one came up on Netgalley I have a Netgalley problem and I requested it, thinking that it would push me to read these Yeah right.Then my buddy Edward Lorn started reading this He started posting updates He teased me enough that I couldn t keep ignoring these books Damn it So this does have one of my favorite end of the world thing I ve had this book and the second of it s series for awhile They set on my bookshelf and just look pretty I would have read them one dayand then the third one came up on Netgalley I have a Netgalley problem and I requested it, thinking that it would push me to read these Yeah right.Then my buddy Edward Lorn started reading this He started posting updates He teased me enough that I couldn t keep ignoring these books Damn it So this does have one of my favorite end of the world things going A virus happens, this one happens to be sort of man made Because man kind is sorta stupid Things NEVER EVER NEVER work out when they start tampering with sciency stuff This first third of this book was freaking awesome I loved the whole FBI secret stuff and the lead up Then the next third of the book happens I LOATHE how this part of the book worked Cronin just jarred my little mind into a whole nuther story and I almost threw the book down and did my first dnf of the year But I m trying to be good and that Ed Lorn kept posting updates about how it got better and he is a dang old book pusher and I kept reading DAMN IT I also did not like another thing about this book Everyone using flyers as a cuss word confused the heck out of me Just cuss or don t Don t make weird words into them without the reader really understand itbecause I thought since the boogers in this book have some super almost flying powers that they were talking about them Then the last third came in and saved the day I didn t put the book down once it started I couldn t, my fingers were glued to it Now I m interested enough that I can t wait to read the others Now for the baddies, these vampirey things don t sparkle But you don t really hate them I liked this.mething new always gets my interest Except I totally saw them in my head as this No question about who I m spot lighting on this book Ed s review is here Ed is one of my favorite reviewers He makes me want to squeeze in books that I never would have picked up otherwise Plus he cracks me up flag 156 likesLike see review View all 79 comments May 20, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves science fiction, not finished, apocalypse I feel that I need to explain my one star rating.Firstly, it s really not that bad, it s just that I always award one star to any book I feel compelled to abandon before the end, and I didn t get beyond half way on this one Secondly, most of the first half is very good but then it descended into the realms of dull, futuristic nonsense of the type that completely switches me off.Let me clarify I like apocalyptic tales of the end of the world as we know it I m interested in the different ways i I feel that I need to explain my one star rating.Firstly, it s really not that bad, it s just that I always award one star to any book I feel compelled to abandon before the end, and I didn t get beyond half way on this one Secondly, most of the first half is very good but then it descended into the realms of dull, futuristic nonsense of the type that completely switches me off.Let me clarify I like apocalyptic tales of the end of the world as we know it I m interested in the different ways it could come about and how people react when the reality of their situation dawns I also like the stories that develop from the immediate effects of the bomb or the virus or the collision with another planet that bring current events to an unseemly end Books such as The Stand and Seveneves cover the initial catastrophe and its immediate aftermath really well, but then they descend in to fantasy and far future science fiction, respectively This book drops in the same trick as Seveneves in that having engaged your interest in a group of characters and their fates it suddenly abandons them and leaps forward about a hundred years to an imaginary world I found totally unengaging Moreover, the characters I d invested so much time and emotion in are, of course, now nowhere to be seen I know many will disagree with this view, and that s fine with me I know my limitations I ve never been able to deal with supernatural figures, ghosts, demons or worlds where the science or social rules are far removed from what l m familiar with Call it a lack of imagination if you like My favourite science fiction novel is probably The Road and I think that s because although the events that caused the end are only referenced briefly and obliquely, the world it leaves behind feels believable I could relate to it.For all that, I ll continue to seek out books that deal with this scenario because it s something that has a huge draw for me Suggestions welcome flag 66 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Feb 27, 2018 Helene Jeppesen rated it really liked it review of another edition I finished it 1000 pages set in a dystopian setting in which people all around America start getting a horrendous virus that makes them eat other people In other words, they become modern Draculas but in an intriguing and very disturbing way not like Edward in Twilight I was in the mood for a dystopian read and I definitely got one with this book I m pleased to have finished it because it is after all 1000 pages long , but I m also pleased that there are two books to come since thi I finished it 1000 pages set in a dystopian setting in which people all around America start getting a horrendous virus that makes them eat other people In other words, they become modern Draculas but in an intriguing and very disturbing way not like Edward in Twilight I was in the mood for a dystopian read and I definitely got one with this book I m pleased to have finished it because it is after all 1000 pages long , but I m also pleased that there are two books to come since this is a trilogy What I loved the most about The Passage is the way Justin Cronin really allows for us to get to know the characters Peter, Alicia, Cater, Lacey, and especially Amy I loved reading about them all and they were what really made the story worth something for me The dystopian aspect of it was also interesting and cleverly thought out, but it was the characters that I really fell in love with I see why this series is well loved and cherished I, for one, am intrigued to continue on after a short break from this rather claustrophobic, disturbing setting flag 61 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Lea jo wrote More literary and not YA at all Thanks Apr 02, 2018 01 28PM Maria Castillo This is a tv show Jan 27, 2019 08 14PM Jun 25, 2010 Annette2009 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves my favorites A combination of King s The Stand, McCarthy s The Road, and the movie I Am Legend.Very engrossing the first third reads like sci fi thriller, thoroughly setting up the scenarios of the plague that alters the world I enjoyed the small details of the future world no spoilers, but look for the name of the Texas governor and certain details about evacuation plans and state secessions.Unlike others, I enjoyed the second third the best I found the society and government established to precariously A combination of King s The Stand, McCarthy s The Road, and the movie I Am Legend.Very engrossing the first third reads like sci fi thriller, thoroughly setting up the scenarios of the plague that alters the world I enjoyed the small details of the future world no spoilers, but look for the name of the Texas governor and certain details about evacuation plans and state secessions.Unlike others, I enjoyed the second third the best I found the society and government established to precariously survive this new and dangerous world was very well constructed, and grew to care about all of these characters Knowing now that the book is the first in a trilogy, I think Cronin would have been better served ending the first here, with central characters departing on their heroes journey The last third just seemed rushed to me Too many characters resolving too neatly too many details about the viral plague explained mystically, rather than scientifically Above all, I found myself very frustrated by the end I know that some of these answers may be resolved by Book 2, but would love anyone s theory about just this one sentence from page 759 Like Peter, what he was For Amy believed Alicia knew that, too Huh Was this something I was supposed to understand from all that had come before, or something that has to wait for Book 2 Also, was anyone else bothered by all the typos and misprints in Chapter 19 flag 59 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Annabel Smith Unlike others, I enjoyed the second third the best I found the society and government established to precariously survive this new and dangerous wor Unlike others, I enjoyed the second third the best I found the society and government established to precariously survive this new and dangerous world was very well constructed, and grew to care about all of these characters I agree I think this section really elevated this book above the standard military experiment gone wrong thriller Apr 03, 2012 08 42PM Lynne Parker but look for the name of the Texas governor That was the scariest part of the book Jul 25, 2012 09 46AM May 10, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves scifi First things first I need to mention I won this book in GoodReads Giveaways.A high secret military experiment some scientists decided to play God went Terribly Wrong and as a result a terrible virus is unleashed in the wild I had trouble suspending my disbelief when I realized the virus already existed in a remote place it would be believable if it was artificially created It kills the lucky majority of infected people unlucky few who do not die become for all practical purposes First things first I need to mention I won this book in GoodReads Giveaways.A high secret military experiment some scientists decided to play God went Terribly Wrong and as a result a terrible virus is unleashed in the wild I had trouble suspending my disbelief when I realized the virus already existed in a remote place it would be believable if it was artificially created It kills the lucky majority of infected people unlucky few who do not die become for all practical purposes vampires They love garlic and do not care much about holy water and crucifixes, but otherwise they behave exactly like their famous great great great grandfather Count Dracula The humanity is practically wiped out on North American continent the scattered groups of survivors have no idea what is going on in other places on Earth and some of them are not even aware other such groups exist One seemingly ordinary day several people in one completely isolated group found what they think a mere glimmer of hope for all survivors Other circumstances force them to act upon the information they have Good old fashion carnage ensures This part of the book does have a strong Max Max the original Vibe I would like to discuss the book weaknesses first Once upon a time there lived a German philosopher Immanuel Kant who according to is now considered to be the central figure of the modern philosophy The first logical question a this point would be, What the heck does Kant who lived in eighteenth century have anything to do with the book I am trying to review here With all of his brilliant contributions to philosophy and I would be the first one to admit they were brilliant Kant was not exactly get to the point kind of guy In fact some of the passages from his works are outright painful to read Now fast forward to twenty first century Justin Cronin wrote this book I suspect he is a great fan of Kant s style as his pace makes Kant s look like a charging cheetah Look at the page count of this monster I am sure one would not be allowed in some weapon free places while carrying it the book size makes it qualify as one What contributes to the size Author s inability to listen to his editor, first and foremost.You will get to see a background of every single character appearing the tale is of epic proportions, so there are quite a few of them The said background is usually presented in flashbacks The flashbacks themselves often contain other flashbacks, several levels deep In fact I think Cronin created a brand new type of flashbacks one ones with changing POVs The most frustrating part about half of the characters with flashbacks would be killed two pages after the tale comes back to present day Why do we need a complete background of this book s equivalent of Redshirts Starting all the way from his her birth.I could not help noticing one huge plot hole I mean big enough to host a couple of galaxies The vampires could not be stopped by modern military armed to their teeth Make no mistakes, modern military has some very neat toys with serious destruction potential at their disposals Look no further than Russian RPG 29 as an example This guy can penetrate frontal armor of a modern tank, but vampires could not be killed with it To add insult to the injury the dystopian survivors successfully held vampires at bay with just bows and crossbows Some explanation of the phenomenon would be welcome, but none was given Now with all my criticism of this book you would think it was bad Take a look at my rating This is right, 4 stars The plot was interesting and intriguing enough when it was not dealing with flashbacks Exactly the same can be said about some characters While reading I kept asking myself that one question typical for a really good book, What is going to happen next I do not regret reading this one even though the problems with it made for a very frustrating read In the beginning of my read I though about DNF, but now I am curious enough to give the second installment a chance flag 62 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Jan 15, 2018 Elizabeth Sagan rated it it was amazing review of another edition I AM BABCOCK.I have never, ever, ever read about the world going to s in a realistic way This series has the potential of getting into my TOP 5 If not TOP 3 I understand why many people didn t like the second half of the book it was because the first part was so damn good that everyone wished it would never end I wished it too I stayed till 4AM to finish that first part and it took a while to get used to the sudden time jump But I came to the conclusion that as it is, the story is I AM BABCOCK.I have never, ever, ever read about the world going to s in a realistic way This series has the potential of getting into my TOP 5 If not TOP 3 I understand why many people didn t like the second half of the book it was because the first part was so damn good that everyone wished it would never end I wished it too I stayed till 4AM to finish that first part and it took a while to get used to the sudden time jump But I came to the conclusion that as it is, the story is perfect Do you hear me Perfect The kind of perfect that isn t going to bore you even after 1000 pages This book had everything for me And the style Dude, it s Stephen King level Even , it s The Dark Tower level.I have one thing to sayYou guessed it.I AM BABCOCK flag 54 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jun 19, 2010 galleycat rated it it was ok review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here All that beach book buzz you re hearing these days is almost certainly for The Passage, Justin Cronin s big as a brick apocalyptic vampire saga.One part Stephen King s The Stand, one part Cormac McCarthy s The Road, this dark, humorless, 784 page morality tale is the opening act for Cronin s ambitious trilogy about a military experiment gone horribly bad.The marketing machine for this thing is in overdrive 3.7 million for the three book deal, 1.7 million for the rights to the first movi All that beach book buzz you re hearing these days is almost certainly for The Passage, Justin Cronin s big as a brick apocalyptic vampire saga.One part Stephen King s The Stand, one part Cormac McCarthy s The Road, this dark, humorless, 784 page morality tale is the opening act for Cronin s ambitious trilogy about a military experiment gone horribly bad.The marketing machine for this thing is in overdrive 3.7 million for the three book deal, 1.7 million for the rights to the first movie, over the top reviews, and, drum roll, please a breathless jacket blurb from the King of horror himself.And if all that isn t enough, Passage has been hyped to the hyperbolic heavens by just about everyone with a book blog as the summer s big It blockbuster.Well, wait Not so fast.The book does get off to a spectacularly great start But ultimately, it stumbles and staggers under the weight of all the hype and Cronin s inability to sustain the pace and promise of his first 200 brilliant pages.The novel turns on the U.S Army s botched experiments to breed immortal, indestructible super soldiers by injecting them with tricked up serums from a vampiric bat virus discovered deep in the Bolivian jungle, using 12 expendable death row inmates and an abandoned 9 year old girl named Amy as the test subjects.Instead, the 12 inmates transmute into vicious, vampirelike creatures who escape and then quickly decimate an entire nation of on the run humans with their infectious bites Before long, just about everyone s dead, infected or controlled telepathically by an exponentially expanding army of vampires, called virals and dracs in the book.These aren t your romanticized Twilight like vampires, by the way No, sir The message here, I suspect, is that if you re going to play Russian roulette with Bolivian bat serum, don t use convicted murderers in your clinical trials Just saying Although Amy doesn t mutate into a bloodthirsty viral, for reasons we probably won t find out until the second or third book, she can no longer stand sunlight, ages super slowly, and communicates mostly through paranormal whispers.This is just about where the book fast forwards nearly a hundred years, to a barricaded outpost in the San Jacinto mountains where a small band of survivors lives under bright night lights powered by dying generators to keep the nocturnal virals away.Most of the colonists have never even seen the night sky or stars.Soon enough, Amy shows up at the colony as the mysterious, ageless girl with viral like qualities who may hold the genetic key to mankind s survival if her small but brave band of uninfected humans can survive the dangerous journey back to her birth place in the Army s secret laboratories in a Colorado mountain compound.The first 200 pages of the book are undeniably fantastic, filled with memorable characters and scenes and tension than most writers wring out in 500 pages This is seriously good writing the kind of can t catch your breath storytelling that propels us forward while demanding that we read every beautiful, perfectly placed word.Then it all starts to crumble, partly because we re introduced to a new cast of characters after the 100 year leap forward who don t carry our interest as much as the ones we ve just left behind, and partly because we begin to sense logical lapses in the storytelling.Why, for example, wouldn t the two colonists who discover that the generators are failing convene a big meeting with everyone to brainstorm solutions instead of keeping it to themselves to avoid a panic What no one s going to panic when blood sucking, body shredding vampires overrun the outpost after the lights go out Really The book has too many ensemble type characters for readers to become attached to most of them good thing lots of them don t last long And, frankly, they tend to blend together, with indistinguishable personalities and names like Peter and Michael, and are quickly replaced by other generic characters after they re killed or disappear.The bigger problem, though, is that the character we care about most, the ageless girl Amy, communicates only occasionally in frustratingly short, cryptic, paranormal conversations She s mostly quiet and passive in this first book, when she s even on the page at all Even the zombielike virals don t leap out of the shadows often enough in a book where they re center stage.It s a curious choice to take the story s two most interesting elements Amy and the virals and banish them to the sidelines for long stretches, or worse, to turn them into one dimensional, secondary characters.Talk about your buzz kill flag 53 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 01, 2015 Sh3lly grumpybookgrrrl rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves buddy read, omg this book is so long, sci fi, thriller suspense, horror, abandoned series, dragged on forever, im so bored, library, maybe its just me Aaaaaand I m DNFing the audio as well This just isn t very good I keep waiting for SOMETHING to happen, but nothing does Every once in awhile the virals will attack, but seriously I need than that There is no characterization I can t even remember or care about anyone s names There is a Michael, a Caleb, an Alisha, a Sarah There is no purpose to anything I mean, I get it It s post apocalyptic survival But, I don t care about any of the characters and it goes on and on and on Aaaaaand I m DNFing the audio as well This just isn t very good I keep waiting for SOMETHING to happen, but nothing does Every once in awhile the virals will attack, but seriously I need than that There is no characterization I can t even remember or care about anyone s names There is a Michael, a Caleb, an Alisha, a Sarah There is no purpose to anything I mean, I get it It s post apocalyptic survival But, I don t care about any of the characters and it goes on and on and on and on and on I wish there was about the virals besides them being like zombies It s like The Walking Dead, but less interesting You can t say I didn t try I got about 75% through Just bored bored bored.Edit Looking at a lot of my friends reviews for the next two books in this trilogy, I m going to have to say I m glad I quit and these books seem highly over rated PPrevious post July 11, 2017 Giving this another go on audio since my library had it Edward Hermann narrates and I think this is going to work Original post I am putting this one on hold for now I don t think I m in the mood I only got to 16%, but do plan to try it again in the future This was supposed to be a buddy read with the Buddies Books and Baubles group, but I m just not into it Sorry guys.Previous post 1 1 15 1.99 at flag 53 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 17, 2017 Stjepan Cobets rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Fans of Sci Fi, Dystopia and Post apocalypse genres, Horror Shelves horror, apocalyptic post apocalyptic, dystopia, science fiction, supernatural The book, The Passage The Passage 1 by Justin Cronin is a prime example of an excellently written story that the reader draws and draws to read Although the story dark because the whole world is experiencing apocalypse enormity scale, the book tells the story about people who find themselves in these catastrophic times, who are struggling for daily survival even though the survival conditions are minimal But in moments in the book I have too many descriptions that sometimes draw attention The book, The Passage The Passage 1 by Justin Cronin is a prime example of an excellently written story that the reader draws and draws to read Although the story dark because the whole world is experiencing apocalypse enormity scale, the book tells the story about people who find themselves in these catastrophic times, who are struggling for daily survival even though the survival conditions are minimal But in moments in the book I have too many descriptions that sometimes draw attention to the main story, despite everything in the story have tense and the reader does not know who will survive and who dies In some parts of the book, I have a sense of how a writer literally deliberately kills some protagonists from the book to keep the story from spreading Regardless, this is a very good book with a post apocalyptic story featuring vampires Viral We should be honestly afraid of what the story tells us because in laboratories controlled by the government and the army who knows what is being investigated to destroy the enemy In this book, one such research has gone catastrophically and the world has become the place of hell overnight Since in each summary of the book you have a description of the book I do not intend to recount the story of the book, I just want to say that we have to keep it of human stupidity because it is undetectable The book tells us what would happen if a crazy experiment went out of control and turned Earth into a place where the human species would be food The characters and story in the book are well elaborated, if you love stories about vampires and post apocalyptic world, this is a book for you I would like to recommend the book to all lovers of 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    The Passage TV Series Jan , Created by Liz Heldens With Mark Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie When a botched U.S government experiment turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires, an orphan girl might be the only person able to stop the ensuing crisis. FOX Broadcasting Company Full Episodes, Shows, Schedule Based on author Justin Cronin s best selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an epic, character driven thriller written by Liz Heldens. The Passage Cronin novel The Passage is a novel by Justin Cronin, published in by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, IncNew York The Passage debuted at on the New York Times hardcover fiction best seller list, and remained on the list for seven additional weeks It is the first novel of a completed trilogy the second book The Twelve was released in , and the third book The City of Mirrors The Passage TV series The Passage The Passage, by Justin Cronin THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera And it s big Spreading its bat wings, it The Passage TV Show News, Videos, Full Episodes and More There s Much More to Richards and Babcock s Backstory on The Passage Jan , PM EST Monday s episode of The Passage filled in the backstory of Shauna Babcock Brianne Howey , a The Passage Season Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus Strong performances from leads Mark Paul Gosselaar and Saniyya Sidney can t course correct The Passage s wayward plot and feeble tone.

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        In 2010, Justin Cronin s The Passage was a phenomenon The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe It spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list It was featured on than a dozen Best of the Year lists, including Time In 2010, Justin Cronin s The Passage was a phenomenon The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe It spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list It was featured on than a dozen Best of the Year lists, including Time s Top 10 Fiction of 2010, NPR s Year s Most Transporting Books, and Esquire s Best Brightest of 2010 It was a 1 Indie Next Selection It sold in over 40 countries and became a bestseller in many of them Stephen King called The Passage enthralling read this book and the ordinary world disappears Now, PEN Hemingway Award winner Justin Cronin bring us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors For the last time, Amy the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years will join her friends and face down the demons that threaten the last of humanity Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O Neil which won the PEN Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize , and The Summer Guest Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer s Award A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts


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    1. THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera And it s big Spreading its bat wings, it measures in at 766 pages or at least the ARC version does TWILIGHT this ain t, and regular vampire fare it isn t either It s a hodgepodge of Bram Stoker, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and John Steinbeck one if by vampires, two if by military games, three if by bloodbath, and four if by brotherly melodrama.Overall I liked it Honest I THE PASSAG [...]


    2. Oh, The Passage You promised me such wonderful things with your sparkly cover, your titillating title a passage to WHERE , and your massive hype Also your sizable heft, as you are a large, obese book, full of words and things I figured if I didn t like you, I could use you to stone evil doers in some town square somewhere How could I turn you down Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too Oh, The [...]


    3. Later, Keith Olbermann s words, WORST PERSON IN THE WO O R R L L D would echo in my head.The other morning, my daughter called, crying, and said, I just did something terrible I froze As a parent, these words could mean anything I waited I hit a car I was trying to move over because the street was narrow I hit someone s mirror I panicked I just took off I m late for work already They ll fire me if I m late I know I damaged the mirror I feel awful This was all delivered in pie

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    4. 3.5 This was a wild ride I ve been going through my list of post apocalyptic books to read and this one had been recommend to me so much that I had to read it Within the last year I read The Stand by Stephen King disease and Swan Song by Robert McCammon nuclear war so it s impossible for me not to compare them.In The Passage, the apocalypse happens though vampires not the shiny type You get to see the before, during and after through the eyes of a few characters and writing wise it 3.5 This was [...]



    5. The hype machine was working With some terrific reviews, this was immediately one of THE BOOKS TO READ for summer 2010, a vampire tale not written by Stephanie Meyer, and not even promoted very much as vampiric Maybe our capacity for reading vampire novels has clotted somewhat The world in question begins in 2022 Gas is 13 a gallon Iranian jihadists have killed hundreds at the Mall of America Jenna Bush is Texas guv this is a horror story, after all New Orleans, battered by another mons T [...]


    6. when i read horror, i m usually looking for 1 cheap thrills or 2 surreal and metaphysical weirdness or, best of all, 3 an epic full of dread and melancholy there is plenty of the first sort and so much of it is trash but fun can be had with trashy things and i m no snob the second type can be a little hard to find, but there s a lot to be had as well, if you look in the right places, especially the past but the third kind, that s the hardest, i ve only found a few Declare, It, when i r [...]


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