This article was originally published on Ferretbrain. I’ve backdated it to its original Ferretbrain publication date but it may have been edited and amended since its original appearance.
Justin Cronin’s The Passage came out with no small fanfare a while back. A 1000-page brick presented as an important literary event, the book was offered to the public with a creepy picture of a little girl on the cover, a slew of quotes from reviewers on the back, and precious little in way of a blurb to explain what the hell it’s meant to be about.
Spoiler time: it’s a post-apocalyptic horror/conspiracy thriller/science fantasy quest saga with vampires and a 300 page prologue.