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#1 Libertine

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:11 AM

Then what do you recommend I read next?

Btw 'liked' was probably an understatement ! :-)

#2 Lyra

Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

What did you like about it? The Vampire element? The sweeping narrative?

I have also liked

* Game of Thrones (working my way through the series)
* Let the right one in


#3 Libertine

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

I liked both elements tbh. When I started it I thought it was going to be a full on horror and that's not usually my genre of choice but I stuck with it and got sucked into it and couldn't put either book down.

I've read all the Game of Thrones books (in fact I am an incredible bore how much I go about how good they were lol)

I've started Gone Girl after a recommendation on here but I was thinking it would be good to get into another series similar to The Passage.

Or even just a book/books that people who enjoyed The Passage enjoyed!

Anyone?

#4 Arls01

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:26 AM

Have you tried Stephen King? Not his earlier mostly horror ones, but his most recent ones like "Under the Dome". I loved that. Am also a big fan of "The Passage" but haven't read the sequel yet. Is it as good?

#5 Interrobang

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

I was going to say Let The Right One in but Lyra beat me to it. I also loved Handling the Undead and Harbour, also by John Ajvide Lindqvist.



#6 purplekitty

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

I was thinking Let the right one i as well.
I enjoyed The Strain Trilogy but some will disagree.

#7 BlondieUK

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

QUOTE (Libertine @ 04/12/2012, 06:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Then what do you recommend I read next?

Btw 'liked' was probably an understatement ! :-)


I liked The Twelve, but also though that it was not as good as The Passage.

Try some Leon Uris - it has the scope and drama of Stephen King, but is a bit less "shove every pop culture reference in".


#8 Lyra

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (Interrobang @ 06/12/2012, 01:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was going to say Let The Right One in but Lyra beat me to it. I also loved Handling the Undead and Harbour, also by John Ajvide Lindqvist.



I liked 'Handling the Undead' but intensely disliked 'Harbour' and I'm not sure why. It could be that 'Harbour' had a different translator to the other two

I agree with the PP about Stephen King. He can be quite good. The Stand is similar in themes to The Passage

Other books I have enjoyed recently but not necessarily in the same vein are

* Skippy Dies
* The Road (very depressing though, you have been warned)
* Catch 22 (I got more out of it on the second reading)
* Ian Banks can do some great stuff - The Crow Road is one of my favourites

#9 purplekitty

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

QUOTE (BlondieUK @ 06/12/2012, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I liked The Twelve, but also though that it was not as good as The Passage.
I was a bit disappointed in The Twelve.


#10 jenooo

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

I powered through both The Passage and The Twelve and have also been looking for something else good, so will try a few tips already mentioned!

If you haven't ready World War Z, it's a great book, and much less about the horror element than how it's handled all around the world. I am rereading it already. Btw the Brad Pitt movie doesn't resemble the book in the slightest, so don't let the trailer colour your opinion on it.




#11 jenooo

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:52 PM

oops, double post.

Edited by jenooo, 06 December 2012 - 01:53 PM.


#12 Lyra

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE (jenooo @ 06/12/2012, 02:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I powered through both The Passage and The Twelve and have also been looking for something else good, so will try a few tips already mentioned!

If you haven't ready World War Z, it's a great book, and much less about the horror element than how it's handled all around the world. I am rereading it already. Btw the Brad Pitt movie doesn't resemble the book in the slightest, so don't let the trailer colour your opinion on it.



World War Z is awesome! I saw the trailer and got so angry at how they have completely flucked it up! So, yeah, ignore the trailer and read the book instead

#13 Libertine

Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:31 AM

Thanks guys. Some great suggestions, I will look into them.

BTW the writing style of The Passage reminded me of Stephen King a bit so I might retread some of his. I read most as a teenager so it's always fun to see if you still like the same ones Now. I remember rereading Christine MANY times lol.

And I am partial to some early Iain Banks though I hated that more recent one, was it called Solar or something like that?

Off to Google (ah the joys of middle if the night breastfeeds!)




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