Monday, August 9, 2010

It's Monday, what are you Reading?

What does it mean to you "a great summer read"?

Does it mean a big, epic book that will take you all summer to read, or an easy, light book you can read in an afternoon on the beach?

I just finished reading "The Passage" by Justin Cronin. I chose it because it is on Stephen King's list of "Great Summer Reads" and if it's good enough for Stephen King, it's good enough for me!

It was a long book---766 pages.

At the beginning of the summer, when my daughter-in-law, Sadie told me she loved dystopian books, I really didn't understand what she meant....what genre that was. (sigh) She had just graduated from YALE, and I didn't want to appear too brainless to her. So, I Googled "Dystopia" and when I figured out what it meant, I realized that I have liked that genre for quite some time. I just know what people are talking about now, when they use the word.
You're never too old to learn!

Back to the book tho.... The Passage is a really dark dystopian book. Describing it that way (really dark) seems a bit redundant, but I think it is a bit darker than some dystopia I've read.

Having said that tho, I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters, and the story is creepy. Creepy in a "what if" kind of way. What if something like that really happened? What if humanity was almost wiped out because of some kind of virus, natural or man-made? What if, what if, what if....?

It was suspenseful and I loved the characters.

I would say, YES, put it on your summer reading list....time is a winding down.

Recommended by me and Stephen King.

*And also, that is what I've read this past week. I'm now in the middle of "Baking Cakes for Kigali" by Gaile Parkin. It's for my on-line reading club. You can join me if you want to.


Linda said...

I'm waiting on this from the library. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

bermudaonion said...

All the reviews of The Passage are good, but I'm still leery for some reason.

Kate said...

I am finishing Eat, Pray, Love. Must do it before Friday!

I am always nervous about scary this one scary or just on the edge?

caite said...

The Passage...well, I didn't hate it, I didn't love it.

I thought there was a huge part, in the middle, that could have been edited down. Big a couple of hundred pages. I hung on to the end, and things picked up, but it needs a good editing IMHO.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Flyers! The Passage is good isn't it? :) I am listening to it on audio and am enjoying it.

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