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Here is a question for you. Is there a scent that you associate with books? I don’t mean the smell of the paper, or the leather when you walk into a room full of old books. I mean, is there a smell that immediately transports you to reading heaven? Do you associate a perfume with a particular memory of reading, or a particular book?

For me, it is an easy ask. The minute I catch even a whiff of jasmine, I am in sensory heaven – jasmine poking through the paling fence, a sprig or two tucked behind one ear, sun on my back, book in my hand, sheltered from the cold early spring wind in a walled courtyard, pot of tea steaming by my Continue reading

Faletti with I Kill v Cronin with The Passage – it’s the battle of the big guns

All the action in book sales this week  is with the blockbuster buy-ins as Giorgio Faletti’s I Kill and Justin Cronin’s The Passage go head to head. I Kill has picked up more sales in its first few weeks than did The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo which, of course, comes a huge relief to its Australian publisher which was probably wondering how to shore up sales once (if) the Dragon Tatto juggernaut finally runs out of steam. Meanwhile, the full weight of the US marketing machine is behind The Passage and for once, it sounds like it has backed a damn good story.

I Kill and The Passage – coming soon to a light wall near you.

Meanwhile, if you missed the July edition of Booktopia Buzz, here is my coverage to bring you up to speed. And check out our prices! Continue reading

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage is an epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil that is destined to be a global bestseller. With its vast narrative sweep, dazzling cast of characters and towering vision (not to mention an impressive worldwide marketing budget), The Passage is a feat of imagination that will captivate a huge audience. Combining the mythic storytelling of Stephen King with the brilliance of Cormac McCarthy, The Passage was acquired in a fiercely competitive auction involving the entire UK publishing industry.  Meanwhile, movie rights have been sold to Ridley Scott. This book is going to be big, big, big.

And the Australian paperback edition is the cheapest way to own a copy – click here for more details or to buy The Passage$27.95 SAVE 20%

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

“Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” — Stephen King

“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bonafide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” —Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

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