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Justin Cronin

Author of The Passage

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About the Author

Justin Cronin is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and a professor of creative writing at La Salle University in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in many literary journals. (Publisher Provided) Justin Cronin was born and raised in New England. He is a graduate of Harvard University and show more the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has written several books including The Summer Guest, The Passage Trilogy, and Mary and O'Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. He taught creative writing and was the author in-residence at La Salle University from 1992 to 2005. He is currently a professor of English at Rice University. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Cronin, Justin
Legal name
Cronin, Justin
New England, USA
Places of residence
Houston, Texas, USA
New England, USA
Harvard University
University of Iowa (Iowa Writers' Workshop)
La Salle University
Rice University
Awards and honors
Whiting Writers' Award (2002)
Short biography
Justin Cronin (born 1962) is an American author. He has written five novels: Mary and O'Neil and The Summer Guest, as well as a vampire trilogy consisting of The Passage, The Twelve and City of Mirrors. He has won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and a Whiting Award.

Born and raised in New England, Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He taught creative writing and was the "Author in-residence" at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1992 to 2003. He is a former professor of English at Rice University, and he lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.

In July 2007, Variety reported that Fox 2000 had bought the screen rights to Cronin's vampire trilogy. The first book of the series, The Passage, was released in June 2010. It garnered mainly favorable reviews. The book has been adapted by Fox into a television series, with Cronin credited as a co-producer.



post-apocalypse people living in a enclosure in Name that Book (October 2011)


Glimrende bog. Var godt underholdt undervejs. Faktisk så godt, at denne post-apokalyptiske verden spøgte i mit hoved om natten.

Til gengæld var bogen for lang. En dygtig redaktør kunne nok have barberet 2-300 sider af, uden at det var gået ud over fortællingen.
bech | 632 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
Väga hea, parem kui Del Toro "Tõbi". Kohati läheb tempo maha ja süžeekäigud on etteaimatavad, kuid üldkokkuvõttes väärt kraam.
sashery | 632 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
The first 250 pages of the book were pretty good.. at least, good enough that I wanted to keep reading to see what happened. After that, pages and pages and PAGES of "meh".
jilldugaw | 632 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |
(2012) To fill in the back story of The Passage, we see how the Virals spread across the country and the effort by a group of insurgents to stop it . Pretty good, although too many balls in the air to keep track of.KIRKUS REVIEWCronin continues the post-apocalypticor, better, post-viralÂ¥saga launched with 2010's The Passage.The good citizens of Texas might like nothing better than to calve off into a republic and go to war with someone with their very own army and navy, but you wouldn't want to wish the weird near-future world of Cronin's latest on anyone, even if it means that Rick Perry is no longer governor. Readers of The Passage will recall that weird things have happened to humankind thanks toÂ¥sighÂ¥a sort-of-zombie-inducing virus unleashed by, yes, sort-of-mad-scientists who were trying to create supersoldiers out of ordinary GIs. You may be forgiven for thinking of The Dirty Dozen at that point in the plot, but the ?virals? in question are far badder than Telly Savalas and John Cassavetes. Enter Amy Harper Bellafonte, known Eastwood-esquely as The Girl from Nowhere, whose job it is to save humankind from its own dark devices. Amy's chief butt-kicking sidekick is a virally compromised cutie named Alicia Donadio, ?scout sniper of the Expeditionary,? who has a weirdly telepathic way of communicating with the baddies. The tale that ensues is pretty generic, in the sense that the zombie/virus/sword-and-sorcery genres allow only so much variation from convention; if you've seen the old Showtime series Jeremiah, then you'll have a good chunk of the plot down. Cronin serves up a largely predictable high-concept blend of The Alamo and The Andromeda Strain, but his yarn has many virtues: It's very well-paced. It's not very pleasant (?A strong smell of urine tanged in her nostrils, coating the membranes of her mouth and throat?), but it's very well-written, far more so than most apocalypse novels, and that excuses any number of sins. And it's always a pleasure to see strong women go storming around as the new sheriffs in town in a world gone bad, even if they're sometimes compelled to drink blood to get their work done.A viral spaghetti Western; it's not Sergio LeoneÂ¥or, for that matter, Michael CrichtonÂ¥but it's a satisfying confection.Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2012ISBN: 978-0-345-50498-2Page count: 640ppPublisher: BallantineReview Posted Online: July 29th, 2012Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2012… (more)
derailer | 165 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |



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