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Believe The Hype: Justin Cronin’s The Passage is an Unarguable Post-Apocalyptic Classic

 

 

In the next few days, I’m sure that you’ll be hearing a lot about Justin Cronin and The Passage. Believe the hype. This release won’t just be one of the biggest titles of 2010; it’ll be considered an unarguable post-apocalyptic classic in short order.

 

I just finished my in-depth review of this book. Please check out the Unabashedly Bookish blog tomorrow where it will be posted!

 

Paul

 

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Here is my review:

 

Believe The Hype: Justin Cronin’s The Passage is an Unarguable Post-Apocalyptic Classic

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Unabashedly-Bookish-The-BN/Believe-The-Hype-Justin-Cronin-s-T...

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Re: Believe The Hype: Justin Cronin’s The Passage is an Unarguable Post-Apocalyptic Classic

I can't resist the lure of classic post apocalyptic fiction with a sci-fi edge and rampant vampirism. So, I bought The Passage and should receive delivery within the next two days.  

 

 

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I received this in the mail a few days ago and placed it on my TBR list, I was going to read another book before it.  However after reading some reviews of The Passage, I think I may just read The Passage first.

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PhyllisJ wrote:

I received this in the mail a few days ago and placed it on my TBR list, I was going to read another book before it.  However after reading some reviews of The Passage, I think I may just read The Passage first.


 

 

You're going to L-O-V-E it, Phyl – trust me on this!

 

Paul

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Paul can you put your Site.Review on twitter..Some of my twitter friends want to see it..I directed them to your site,but you can do it much Better..Thanks Paul...Susan..

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Vermontcozy wrote:

Paul can you put your Site.Review on twitter..Some of my twitter friends want to see it..I directed them to your site,but you can do it much Better..Thanks Paul...Susan..


 

 

I tweeted it a while back but I'll retweet just for you....  :smileyhappy:

 

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Done.

 

Believe The Hype: Justin Cronin’s The Passage is an Unarguable Post-Apocalyptic Classic http://bit.ly/bBJv8m

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I retweeted it under the twitter name "paulgoatallen," by the way... feel free to "follow me" if you want to keep up to date with my reviews!  :smileyhappy:

Paul

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Yeah, I can post. Thanks Paul.

 

Wonderful book so far. I'm totally immersed in the story. It's so rich and full. The first section, (prior to vampire escape and widespread destruction), is totally plausible and riveting. And, the second, post-apocalyptic section totally engages the reader with the stories of surviving colony and certain sympathetic main characters. Their struggles and cross-county quest is totally gripping. Plus, a really intriguing plot twist just occurred. It's a great read! 

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Paul wrote--

You're going to L-O-V-E it, Phyl – trust me on this!

 


Paul,  You are so right.  This book is totally awesome.  I left off earlier this afternoon after finishing up section 1 B.V. (I am thinking this is before virus or vampire virus?)  I started section 2 A.V. (after virus or vampire virus) but I wasn't able to get to far into  it yet, I had plans with a friend to see the movie Knight and Day and grab a bite to eat.  I was telling her all about The Passage but she is not a bookworm or even a reader so she was looking at me like = what page are you on?  LOL

 

 

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Paul, I  couldn't post to Thank you.now its fine..Soon "The Passage" for me..Have a few others to finish.I have a feeling from the posts and all I have heard , it does consume you..Susan Vtc...

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Vermontcozy wrote--

Paul, I  couldn't post to Thank you.now its fine..Soon "The Passage" for me..Have a few others to finish.I have a feeling from the posts and all I have heard , it does consume you..Susan Vtc...


I think you are going to find yourself consumed and immersed by "The Passage" and I would love to hear your thoughts on the book.  I think this is the first of a trilogy.

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With a little over 100 more pages to read, I can't envision how the book is going to end. The (vampires infecting the world) premise isn't that unique, but the way the narrative unfolds, the sheer humanity of the characters and the prose is quite extraordinary. I love the way events are explained through the very human reactions and experiences. This book carries you away.  

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I had heard many good things about this book, both here and elsewhere, so I got on my library's hold list for the book about a month ago (before it came out), and I was just able to check it out and read it. While I was reading the first section, I liked it (but didn't love it) and figured that the hype had developed because it was one of those thrillers with a certain medical/science edge that people like Michael Crichton write. While I've read (and enjoyed) books like that before, I have to admit I was a little disappointed because I had thought this book was going to be different.

 

Silly me! As I kept reading, and got past the moment of initial infestation, I realized that it *is* different. This book's strength, at least in my mind, is its characters. While the rest of the book still has thrilling parts, and the vampire threat certainly doesn't go away, this book has as much in common with The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Tower (in its quest structure) as some of those other thrillers. I really enjoyed it. The biggest downside, for me, is that the next book in the trilogy won't be out for another two years.

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After finishing the book yesterday, I can't wait for the second book in the trilogy to come out. Unfortunately, it's not scheduled for release until 2011.

 

This book is a wonderful read with a twisting and encompassing plot, three-dimensional characters, stupendous post-apocalyptic world building and really intriguing themes (such as what it means to be 'human').

 

From the outset I was blown away by the depth of certain characters, particularly the FBI agent Wolgast and Amy's mother, Jeanette. The way the author is able to describe their feelings, actions, reactions, decisions and attitudes is unbelievably insightful, (and, well, true to human nature). The post-infestation characters continue to be described in this phenomenally insightful way. Each primary character is a distinct, three-dimensional individual who comes to life as you read. Even some of the secondary characters are so well-described that you feel you know them.   

 

 

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There's only one thing I can say about this book Oh My God!!!!!!!!!

It was incredible. Paul you have a batting average of 1000. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a vampire novel like this.

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dhaupt wrote:

There's only one thing I can say about this book Oh My God!!!!!!!!!

It was incredible. Paul you have a batting average of 1000. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a vampire novel like this.


Awesome – so glad you loved it as much as I did, Deb!
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And this post is for all of you nay sayers who haven't taken the Passage and listened to Paul

here's my review on B&N or on my blog

 

Thanks Paul for the great recommendation

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Paul,

 

I'm only half way through, I've had some wrist problems, and it's slowed me down.....but....What a read!  Although, I must say.....At the end of the [Second] II section, I cried my eyes out!  I had to stop reading the book for a couple of days, to get over this feeling of loss...... I guess I figured Wolgast would continue....I didn't realize the time passage would happen....dumb, since the book is called:  The Passage....duh!  Not unless he's brought back in some way....anything seems possible in this story!  Amy just reappeared, and I can't wait to see what happens next!

 

I would like to ask these "characters" a few questions, though....Ha!  it's as if the race is starting over from scratch....the language even changes....well, I won't go into the details of my questions, not unless someone wants to talk about it here.  I'm plugging along, as fast as I can.  I've had a few near misses to my nose!  This book is a challenge, in more ways than one!  But, I can't stop now!  Oh, and btw, this setting is close to where I live, and I'm enjoying recognizing the landscape....I keep saying..."Hey, I know where you guys are!"  :smileyhappy:

 

Soon,

Kathy