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17th-Nov-2011 11:29 am
Halloween
I'm reading "Mira Grant's" Deadline -- the 2nd story in the "Feed"/Newsflesh trilogy.

Just got to those 5 little words. I'm not going to say any more because I don't want any visible spoilers. (But if you don't know what I'm talking about, you might not want to read any comments.)

Last thing I read before going to bed. Now I'm torn between readingreadingreadingdevouring moremoremore, and shrieking and never picking it up again. (I know me, I'll keep reading, never fear...)

Just wow.
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17th-Nov-2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ive read it, and I'm not sure which five words you're talking about. But I can't wait to hear your reaction when you finish it.
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17th-Nov-2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, that. It got overshadowed in my memory by, uh, other stuff.
17th-Nov-2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh dear... it gets ... better? Aiiiii!
25th-Nov-2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Wow. I devoured the last 100-or-so pages in about a day. There _was_ a bit of foreshadowing that meant that the information from the coda wasn't a shock to me. (Don't get me wrong -- I was thrilled. And it did take me most of a page to realize that it didn't take place back in Abbey's place.) But I had been wondering, based on a few tidbits that had been dropped if this would be something that would be somehow possible. And if so what it would mean. I'm still not sure how it's going to be pulled off, but I'm looking forward to finding out. If anything I'm a little more interested in how the other person's reaction to the virus will be explained.
25th-Nov-2011 05:28 am (UTC)
I'm also glad that she answered the "I wonder if..." question I had. (Or was it an "I wonder if I'm supposed to assume..." question?)
17th-Nov-2011 05:01 pm (UTC)

Yes, wow.

I immediately wanted to write a song about that scene, with those five words as the title. I didn't. It would be dated by the time I could safely sing it.
17th-Nov-2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
If I had a muse, she probably would have insisted I do so, even if I could never sing it. (I saw the lyrics to something someone wrote about the end of Feed. Now I need to stay awake long enough to make it to a filk so I can HEAR it...)
17th-Nov-2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I suppose those five words were not "director of the Kauai Institute" -- hee hee hee.
17th-Nov-2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hee hee indeed! No, on me it may be hard to tell, but there _is_ a difference between doing a happy dance with a big grin and whimpering and going fetal.
18th-Nov-2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Try hitting those 5 words 2 hrs into a 10 hr flight - thus being unable to slam down the book and pace around screaming and yelling... that was me.
18th-Nov-2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oh my. Yeah, that would probably draw too much of the wrong kind of attention.
18th-Nov-2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
OK, what is this? Now I'm dying to know.
18th-Nov-2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Don't know how much you know... Mira Grant is a psuedo for Seanan McGuire, who won the Campbell in 2010. From what I've heard, "Feed" was #2 (or #1 for the first 4 rounds) in line for the Hugo in 2011. She's a filker, an artist, and an extraordinary author.

It would be selling it short to say that "Feed" is a Zombie book, or a Horror story. Several people who like neither Horror nor Zombies have been enticed by "Feed". I'm not big on either, but it's a near-future God-I-Hope-It's-Science-Fiction story -- with a lot of all-too-plausible twists taken on our current world. She takes on news-blogging. She takes on Politics. She takes on Medicine. We've cured cancer. We've cured the cold. The law of unintended consequences has mated with Murphy.

I spoke a little bit, and vaguely (as is my wont), about "Feed" in http://mbumby.livejournal.com/84110.html.

Anyhow, one of the most wrenching scenes from "Feed" has been re-viewed in "Deadline", with a different set of givens, and something that I didn't think could get any more horrific or tragic just did.

If you find yourself with time, don't mind a high body count (which I really don't like, but the story was good enough I kept reading anyhow) and want to be consumed by a book, I highly recommend "Feed" and its sequel. It's a trilogy, and I understand that "Deadline" ends on a cliff-hanger, so if that will bug you, I recommend that you buy the first 2, and sit on them until the 3rd comes out.
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