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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension
Michio Kaku
Swords in the Mist
Fritz Leiber
Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals
Bryna Siegel
The Apex Book of World SF
Lavie Tidhar, Dean Francis Alfar, S.P. Somtow, Jetse de Vries, Kaaron Warren, Zoran Živković, Aliette de Bodard, Mélanie Fazi, Tunku Halim, Anil Menon, Jamil Nasir, Nir Yaniv, Aleksandar Žiljak, Han Song, Guy Hasson, Kristin Mandigma, Yang Ping
The Hugo Award Showcase
Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson, James Alan Gardner, Ian McDonald
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
Jason K. Stearns
The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
David Finch
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

The Passage (Passage Trilogy Series #1)

The Passage - Justin Cronin This book starts out great. Hooks you with the first 30 pages and then doesn't let up for another 200. The strength of the first part earns this book two stars, but it's all downhill from there. Some SPOILERY content follows, although I keep it vague.Most of the conflicts in the latter two-thirds of the book depend on characters not stating the obvious topics of conversation to one another. Cronin continually uses "Deus Ex Machina" devices to allow his characters to escape. Literally, God intervenes through the characters' "faith" so that otherwise impossible events needed to perpetuate their lives/the plot can occur. Add to this an ending revelation of a character's survival whom we thought had died, that, if you think about for about 30 seconds, means the entire castastrophe could have been halted/greatly lessened in its early stages if this person had bothered to, say, use a phone or cell phone or radio. If you want a satisfying humans vs. vampires book, I'd heartily recommend E.E. Knight's vampire earth books instead.