The Passage (The Passage #1)
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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)
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 more than just a vampire (or even monster) story. (less)
Overall I liked it. Honest. I ...more
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 ...more
Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled. While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too ...more
(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 more 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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 more 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 - ...more
This is a novel about a transformed world full of vampires, but it is nothing like anything out there today and is the most original story I have read in a long time. The details of all the storylines and the depth shown in each and everyone of the characters... this was a treat, ...more
We started with a little foreplay, some touching, and it got good. So good that I prematurely ejaculated all over my own face. What can I say, I got that firepower, yo! I then had to run to the bathroom and wash up. Because who wants their own semen on their face? Unless you're into that, then you do you and fuck the haters. All the while, my lover is lying in bed, bored, playing with them ...more
Justin Cronin is not a terrible writer, in fact he's most often a very good writer, and this book has lots and lots of scenes with vampires. Lots and lots because it is so very long ...more
There have been other phenomenons I have ignored so completely I have no idea what I'm missing. Chief among th ...more
If you write a book that is over 750 pages long, then you sure as heck better deliver a whoppingly satisfying ending. What you should not do is write a book of that length that ends with nothing more than a set up for the sequel. To do that is arrogant and presumptuous. And it makes me hate you. More on that later.
The premise is not unfamiliar: secret military experiment goes awry, super virus spreads everywhere, most people die, the rest have to pick ...more
I was immediately drawn in and captivated by the amazingly well-written prose. After a few days of finding myself called back to the book, as if by telepathic inducement, I completed this amazingly satisfy ...more
It was a hot summer afternoon when I finished this book. The sun was at its peak, bringing both brightness and heat to the world around me. A light breeze (if you could call it that), courtesy of the fan whirring over my head tried to provide some relief to the otherwise unrepentant and excruciating heat. And yet as I finished the final words of this book, the first part of a trilogy that at once promises a lot and better still delivers it, all I could hear was the gentle whirring of that fan an ...more
I dug this b ...more
I love it when I decide to give books just another chapter, just a few more pages, because if I hadn't, I would have missed out on a truly unique, truly complex, complicated, but o ...more
I expect that by now any one who reads is aware that The Passage is a post apocalypse, vampiric, zombiesque, horror story of epic proportions. That said, ...more
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|The Passage trilo...: * PASSAGE DISCUSSION 17: Who do you HATE the most?||5||22||6 hours, 23 min ago|
|The Passage trilo...: * PASSAGE DISCUSSION 9: The Passage of Time||2||23||May 04, 2016 07:32PM|
|The Passage trilo...: * PASSAGE DISCUSSION 12: Initial thoughts on Peter?||4||32||May 04, 2016 07:25PM|
|The Passage trilo...: * PASSAGE DISCUSSION 14: Should I stay or should I go?||4||27||May 04, 2016 07:15PM|
|The Passage trilo...: * PASSAGE DISCUSSION 15: Catching up with Amy...||4||29||May 04, 2016 07:13PM|
|The Passage trilo...: * PASSAGE DISCUSSION 13: Alicia The Brave...||5||27||May 04, 2016 07:05PM|