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Vampires the way they should be...

Hairless, insectile, glow-in-the-dark mutants. I am enjoying this book, despite being only halfway through it. I haven't taken this long to read a book in a while, but I can only take a few pages at time because the suspense is just too intense to take in larger doses. Also it's just plain scary, though the gore isn't too bad, but it tells you something that you cheer when the best candidate for main surviving protagonist dies of radiation poisoning rather than vampires. So very bleak, this book.

The Passage by Justin Cronin...

"Cronin is a remarkable storyteller (just ask adoring fans of his award-winning Mary and O'Neil), whose gorgeous writing brings depth and vitality to this ambitious epic about a virus that nearly destroys the world, and a six-year-old girl who holds the key to bringing it back. The Passage takes readers on a journey from the early days of the virus to the aftermath of the destruction, where packs of hungry infected scour the razed, charred cities looking for food, and the survivors eke out a bleak, brutal existence shadowed by fear. Cronin doesn't shy away from identifying his "virals" as vampires. But, these are not sexy, angsty vampires (you won’t be seeing "Team Babcock" t-shirts any time soon), and they are not old-school, evil Nosferatus, either. These are a creation all Cronin's own--hairless, insectile, glow-in-the-dark mutations who are inextricably linked to their makers and the one girl who could destroy them all."

First came a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility that unleashed the product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gave way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

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veijukka
Jan. 4th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
Glow-in-the-dark mutant vampires? Sign me up!
stormyserenity
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
That does indeed sound like fun. hey-- everything's better when it glows in the dark! Even vampires!

Was nice seeing you at the movie the other night. We should hang out more often, watch better (or at least cheaper) stuff!
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