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Questions and Answers
Jeffrey asks when the next book in Justin Cronin’s trilogy that started with The Passage would be coming out. There’s no announced date yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we can. Jeffrey also asked for recommendations of other books that he might enjoy, either similar to Justin Cronin, The Strain series by Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan, Victor LaValle’s The Devil in Silver, or young adult dystopian. Michael and I came up with the following:
- The Last Werewolf by Glenn Duncan and other books in the trilogy.
- Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire and the other books in the series.
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Zone One by Colson Whitehead
- The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
- Feed by M.T. Anderson
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
We know there are many, many more recommendations for Jeffrey out there. Have some? Leave them in the comments so that he can see. Thanks!
Other questions asked include:
- Have we ever recommended books that we haven’t quite finished and then been disappointed in the ending?
- Is there such a thing as a “book hangover?” (Yes, and for some strategies to get over it, see BOTNS episode #209.)
- What are some ways to read and understand short stories?
- Is it helpful to read an author’s books in the order that he or she wrote them, in order to better get to know the author?
- How do you ensure that you accurately rate a book? Do you go back and adjust if your feelings change over time?
- What is the value of introductions, and if they contain spoilerish information, why are they printed at the beginning of the book?
- How do you read a graphic novel? What do the images provide that the text does not? (Check out this pdf from Getgraphic.org: http://www.getgraphic.org/
resources/ HowtoReadaGraphicNovel.pdf). In answering this question, Michael recommends Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, which is a graphic novel with no words.