Looking back at the best of 2011
10. I failed to pick up a copy of Chuck Palahnuik’s “Damned” last year otherwise I am sure it would have been here instead of The Passage. In fact 2011 was the first year I haven’t read a Chuck P book since 2005.
Instead, the best thing I read all year was Justin Cronin’s sprawling epic about a band of human survivors in a futuristic world where a vampire like virus has turned the world into a wasteland. The Passage spans centuries and shows the aftermath of a government experiment gone very wrong. This adventure begins in the present and jumps to a century in the future where we encounter a society living inside a walled compound. Their travels lead them to a haven where humans are bred and sacrificed to these telepathic vampires and finally comes full circle to the site where all the destruction began, an abandoned labratory in what used to be the Denver rocky mountains.
I loved this book, and was not at all intimidated by its size, in fact I wish it went on longer. I love that it ends abruptly in the midst of a showdown leaving room for the second installment of a trilogy. I can’t even imagine where the story is going to go from here but I cannot wait to find out when it releases sometime this year.
An honourable mention goes to Duncan Glen’s “I, Lucifer” which I read on a beach vacation. It was sleazy and deplorable, exploring what Satan would do with a human body. Apparently, drugs, sex and sins…it was fun book, although at times uneven and predictable.