Started reading Justin Cronin’s _The Passage_

I don’t think this one was on my list, but I remembered about it a few days ago. Another literary writer dabbling in genre: in this case some kind of vampire/zombie/apocalypse mashup. Not sure. I haven’t really gotten to the meat yet. But so far it’s extremely good. The prologue is a virtuouso performance: the author goes through the super-depressing life of the protagonists’ mother in about ten pages. It’s very real. I was almost disappointed when we got to the military / FBI actiony stuff.