Did you know that octopus held grudges?

5 out of 5 stars

Mira Grant is at it again, this time from another unique point of view: Dr. Abbey — the underground virologist.  Follow her as she deals with “everyday” issues and some much bigger ones.

My first word of warning.  Do not read this if you haven’t read all three in the Newsflesh series.  But, another warning is definitely do not read this until you have finished the novels and The Day The Dead Came to Show and Tell.  This book does contain spoilers for the three books, so please be warned.

If you enjoyed Dr. Abbey’s point of view in the novels, then you will definitely enjoy this novella.  It had me cracking up throughout it.  Dr. Abbey is just an incredibly funny character that is allowed to shine in Grant’s novels and specifically this novella.

The overall feel of this book was to give the reader a better understanding of the underground virology world that Dr. Abbey was a part of.  And also, show them what threats she and her co-workers we under every day.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novella.  I picked it up on a Sunday afternoon and I didn’t put it down until I was finished with it.  Mira Grant has a way of doing that to me, though.



A new Newsflesh novella from the New York Times bestselling author that brought you Feed, Mira Grant.
As Dr. Abbey knows, there are difficulties in running an underground virology lab in a post-Rising America.
And unwanted guests must be dealt with.


Mira GrantMira Grant was born and raised in Northern California, where she has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the “Swamp Cannibals” scenario remains unchallenged.

Currently, Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

In her guise as mild-mannered urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire, Mira was the recipient of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. You can find her works as both Mira and Seananat her main bibliography page. Seanan’s website is the best place to find information on where both she and Mira will be appearing.

All three Newsflesh novels have been nominated for Hugo Awards, as has “Countdown,” the first novella in the Newsflesh universe, and Parasite, the first novel of the Parasitology series.


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