Friday, June 18, 2010

Creepy Vampires for Dad...or Others

Holy cats! I forgot a very important book in my last posting about possible titles for Dad for Father's Day. Not counting the Stieg Larsson books, it's probably destined to be the hottest book of the summer: The Passage, by Justin Cronin.This book, the first of a planned trilogy, is a door-stopping apocolyptic literary thriller with government secrets, vampires, and humanity's future hanging in the balance.

Stephen King says "Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."

The Library Journal says "Although the novel runs 700 pages, Cronin is a master at building tension, and he never wastes words."

Ron Charles of The Washington Post said ""by the third chapter, trash was piling up in our house because I was too scared to take out the garbage at night."

Cronin, a professor of English at Rice University, definitely has writing chops.  He is the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and Stephen Crane Prize for his 2001 short-story collection, Mary and O’Neil, and he also wrote the novel The Summer Guest.

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