bring on the hype

April 30, 2010

as the pub date for Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” draws nearer (June 8, 2010), Random House is rolling out a web site to accompany the book.  Find Subject Zero is an interactive play-by-play on the spread of the deadly virus gone wrong that turns humans into vampire-like monsters.  i’ve never become obsessed enough with a book to pursue it further through a web site, but i had a colleague solve the disappearance of Anna through the “As Simple as Snowsite (fantastic book by the way).

described as an homage to King’s “The Stand,” it also reminds me a bit of “World War Z.”  it received a starred review from both PW and LJ.  the PW review begins with

Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies.

Jim gave away a couple of arcs recently; i am half-way through mine and could easily be convinced to lend it to one of you if you’re desperate to read it.  i am stuck in the middle of the book and have dropped it for “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.”  as a reader who is somewhat versed in vampire lore, as well as a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, i am finding that the background world building and mythology is too sparse for me.  i haven’t completely given up, but i need a break.  the first Sno-Isle Libraries Employee to comment can take a crack at this doorstopper.

posting by marin


3 Responses to “bring on the hype”

  1. dvd.menard Says:

    As a man, I’d only be interested if there were vampire wrestlers.

  2. myounker Says:

    david, i find it hard to believe that you didn’t receive an arc of this one – does this mean you want it?

  3. dvd.menard Says:

    You are correct, we have a copy already — just couldn’t resist continuing the wrestling thread!

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