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I read pretty much anything, from fantasy (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) to romance (Bared to You by Sylvia Day) to classics (Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad).  The only genres I don't read are self-help and comic books/graphic novels.

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The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Progress: 100/346 pages
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

The Passage (The Passage, #1) by Justin Cronin

The Passage - Justin Cronin

28/2 - Haven't started this yet. But I just wanted to say before I do that this sounds really COOL and I've been looking forward to reading it for weeks. It's been sitting on my kitchen bench waiting for me to finish my last disappointment of a book, Genocide of One. This screams "Read me on a dark and stormy night". Well, Melbourne's currently having a pretty violent summer storm, so while I assume the originator of the phrase 'dark and stormy night' probably didn't mean for it to be dark, stormy, and 25 C I think the current weather conditions are still appropriately creepy (the winds are strong enough that the downing of a tree onto the house during the night is not an impossibility). To be continued...



1/3 - No trees on the house this morning, so that's a plus. What's an even bigger plus is this book - it's GREAT. It's no longer a dark, stormy night (cold but sunny, for the first day of March that is), but that hasn't stopped me from continuing to devour this all day (thank goodness it's Sunday). There's a creepy little girl (why are little girls creepier than little boys?), some kind of facility where they're 'making' vampires while attempting to perfect a 'fountain of youth' virus, and at least two strangers with what seem to be just the right backgrounds willing to put their lives on the line for this little girl who they've only just met. From a comment on another review I thought this was going to be about vampires, but the 'vampires' really aren't doing anything suspicious yet, they're just 'hanging around' in their cage eating the occasional rabbit. What seems to be the more worrying evil is this shadow, or feeling, that comes over a character that they are being watched and suddenly they are gripped by fear that 'he's coming'. Whoever/whatever he might be. Maybe 'he' is one of the vampire's using some kind of psychic power to terrify the main players in the story? Maybe that's the real reason for Doyle and Wolgast to be picking up Amy, one of the 'vampire's' is controlling Lear's mind and using him to get what he wants...or something. Nothing's really clear yet. Except that I'm enjoying it and should finish it in about a quarter the time of Genocide of One. To be continued...


2/3 - What happened to Wolgast? And Amy?! I accepted it when every character bar two, and most of them weren't faceless extras, was killed off, but what's he done to those remaining two. I really enjoyed listening to Wolgast's PoV and I was looking forward to seeing how Amy would, evolve I guess is the best word for it over the years. I thought maybe she would be able to go out into the world and calm the 'vampires', or maybe even make them like her. Now we've jumped at least 92 years into the future and everything's different, suddenly I'm reading a dystopian with a language I don't really understand. The people of this awful vampire-filled, people-lacking future have made some really weird changes in their vocabulary for unexplained reasons. Anyone under the age of eight is kept in a 'sanctuary' away from the rest of the population of the small barricaded community that most believe is the only one left. They are kept completely innocent of all knowledge of what's going on outside the wall until they turn eight when they are put into one of seven trades (whichever is needed by the community at the time). These people are called 'littles' rather than children or kids. That seems an incomprehensible word change. It's not like a whole generation of people was lost and therefore all the language from before the vampire apocalypse happened was lost with them. It's only been 92 (not 100s) years and there is even a single remaining survivor from before the vampires. She was eight at the time (possibly why you stop being a 'little' and get your first job at the same age) of the final evacuation and would, along with the small number of adults sent with the evacuated children, well remember being a 'child' or a 'kid' before the vampires came and everyone evacuated to California. They don't remember the word child, but they do remember 'pickup truck' and 'highway overpass', two pieces of technology that haven't been used since the cars ran out of petrol over 92 years ago. 'Pickup truck' and 'highway overpass' wouldn't be part of the everyday language of a small band of survivors who no longer have a use for cars or roads. It just doesn't make sense to me. Other than those small quibbles, this is fantastically exciting and even with the character change I can't wait to get back to it whenever I'm forced to leave it. To be continued...


3/3 - Umm, question...where do they get all their water? There's been plenty of discussion about the electricity and the fact that the batteries are running out, but nothing has been said about where they get all the water that would be needed for a community of their size. Did the builders of the place dig a never-ending well, or are we expected to be believe it all comes from rainwater and they're very good at rationing? Considering the descriptions of the part of California they're in as being a desert, or close to (sand dunes to cross to get anywhere, buildings half buried in sand, abandoned cars buried to their wheel-wells in sand, et al), I wouldn't think it would rain often enough to provide everyone with drinking water, let alone enough for all the other ways it is needed. To be continued...


7/3 - I'm a bit disappointed in Amy, she seemed to have so much potential to be a superhero-vampire-repeller and she just doesn't seemed to have lived up to that potential. Once Amy joined Peter and the rest of the group from the community I figured that she was going to perform feats of mind control over the vampires and amaze Peter and the rest of the group. Unfortunately, it hasn't happened like that, people have been kidnapped, trains have been attacked and her presence hasn't really done much to change, or avert, any of that. Okay, she was able to hold Babcock's attention for a few seconds, but it's not like no one got eaten in that scene in spite of Amy's amazing powers of temporary attention-grabbing. She just hasn't turned out to be the saviour of humankind that I was expecting her to be after everyone went to so much trouble to save her. To be continued...


8/3 - I can't believe Cronin has more in him on this subject/these characters. You would think 766 pages would be enough to tell the story in its entirety, but no there's a sequel and then an expected third book after that. That's another 568 pages plus 688 in the final book of what looks to be a trilogy. I can't imagine where the story could go in another 1000+ pages, it travelled so far in just this first book we could end up in another galaxy 1000 years from now by the end of the third. The idea of Cronin having this much story information clogging up his brain is a bit mind boggling, the creative writing part of his brain must have been the size of a coconut. It must have been a relief to finally get it all out of his head and onto paper.

Regarding the book (the thought of all those ideas swishing around in his head was on my mind for the final 200 pages or so, so with it grabbing that much of my attention I wanted to add it to my review), pretty good (3.5 stars) overall with a few disappointing, overly dragged out sections in the middle. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book - Peter was talking about going to war and that sounds like it'll be an exciting plotline.


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