Underburbs Vol. 2

This collection includes issues 4, 5, 6 and 7. Winifred’s quest to turn the people holed up in Mall-Mart into monsters has not been dampened, for the first time ever the door between worlds has stayed open past Halloween night. Angela enrolls in monster school and infiltrates the Underburbs and tries to recover the scroll that can turn humans into monsters and is responsible for keeping the door between world’s open. Winifred spends her time plotting and scheming …and later digging. The girls also start to form a genuine friendship, Angela goes from being a “frenemy” or a man on the inside to being Winifred’s real friend. She’s torn, knowing that she must thwart the “Duchess” 

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Angela also makes friends with Bel a devil girl who hates Winifred but is probably vastly more evil and Shelley… she’s a Frankenstein’s monster who’s always getting chased by angry villagers. Shelley is gawky and awkward and also a good person who keeps an eye out for Angela. The two are supposed to hang out, but Angela gets stuck with Winifred as they face their greatest obstacle yet …BUREAUCRACY. A paper pusher from above ground who ended up with “people fingers” becomes our pale protagonist’s worst foe yet!

The collection has rad extras like early sketches and creature concept development, there’s also “commentary” with characters after each issue. 

Our girls get a little deeper as we get a peek past Winnie’s diva persona and see her homelife is not perfect and see how evil monsters in the Underburbs can be. Angela’s brother (calling himself Death Lantern) and his posse, Demonica and Goth Mummy make mischief but generally being just a clueless goon in the eyes of either Angela or Winifred. Angela has a moment where it’s all too much and she doesn’t know why or how she is trying to stop Winifred. But she makes the best of it while she goes along, trying and succeeding to fit in, leaving us to wonder if she will want to door between worlds closed after all. 

You can purchase Vol. 2 here. And you should. While the concept of a monster high school may not be unique, the human aspect of Underburbs’ main monsters are what really get attention. These issues were awesome and really created depth for our girls. Bonus features add insight into Joe Haley and TJ Dort’s creative process and call themselves out on mistakes along the way. A fun read for sure.

5 out of 5 pumpkins.

Book Review #25- Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Oh man, this book was so good. It’s one of those series that every one recommends and I’m all “Yeah, yeah, I know the type.” Powerful girl working for magical law enforcement type establishment meets handsome and vicious shapeshifter dude and they both do and don’t hit it off and meanwhile a bunch of absurdly fucked up shit goes on and she tries to juggle her life as a badass with wanting a normal human life…

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Ummm…. the thing is, it’s actually really good. The world in which this takes place is in the future, but magic was unleashed so there’s no advances in technology that would make it seem futuristic, but it’s far enough in the future that all magical things are accepted as reality. Technology and magic alternate so everyone drives weird cars (like Kate’s Karmelion) or rides horses, because machines don’t work when the magic hits. Vampires are ugly and disgusting and have to be controlled by a navigator, Masters of the Dead. Shapeshifters are gross and horrible and drool and smell (and of course they are paranoid and territorial, blah blah woof woof). There are many unique elements. 

Kate Daniels has a magic sword, Slayer, that can cut through undead flesh like buttah, she goes out in search of her guardian’s killer and confronts all manner of weirdness with confidence. She’s not perfect, but she’s pretty awesome. She’s bored by ceremonial pretenses, doesn’t care about looking hot at the cost of being a bad ass (except she keeps her hair long, her concession to conventional beauty standards). She meets a handsome doctor on her quest and that goes as it usually does. Everyone thinks a crazy vampire controlling lady, Olathe, is responsible and that goes about the same as you’d expect. Everyone resumes business as usual thinking the big bad whatever is gone… But then stuff gets really crazy. I won’t spoil it, but there’s a zombie dragon. I mean, that’s just wonderful.

It’s slightly more high fantasy than most urban fantasy type stuff. I’m glad Kate doesn’t appear to be clinging to this “What would it be like to come home from a normal job and have my husband waiting for me and drink a cup of tea?” blah blah (you’d be bored, that’s why we’re all here reading books about YOUR life, Kate) because that’s boring as all hell. Ditch that crap and hang out with the Beast Lord.

I definitely recommend. I will be reading more of this series for sure!

5 bottles of Boone’s Farm

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PS I was going to count this as Team Vampire, but the a Zombie Dragon showed up. That’s both for the Vamps Vs Zombies challenge/bloghop! Oh snap! 

Book Review #23- Parasite by Mira Grant

The synopsis: A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.
We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

This book is out October 29th, so put it on your “waiting on Wednesday” bloggas

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My Review: Sally Mitchell was in an accident that left her brain dead and on life support. The doctors were convincing her family to pull the plug when she woke up. She didn’t remember anything from her life and had to relearn everything, how to move, how to speak, what words meant. 6 years later she still had trouble reading or learning new words. Sally Mitchell, who now prefers “Sal” was the first person to ever be saved by their SymboGen Intestinal Bodyguard.

After a series of horrific incidents involving people becoming afflicted by a “sleepwalking sickness” which causes people to lose merely lose cognitive reason, rational thought or at worst become mindlessly hostile and violent. Sal, her boyfriend Dr. Nathan Kim, her sister Joyce, and a few frenemies she makes along the way find themselves embroiled in a complicated and frightening plot involving old vendettas, espionage, pseudo-zombies, and lots and lots of tape worms. 

The writing is so good. It just is. There are minute events that are explained in ways that are overly detailed and very strange, but it does give a great view of what runs through Sal’s head. And some of it clicks into place way later, and more might, there will be two more books! (Hooray for trilogies!) Sal, who has only had 6 years to learn things can be naive, but she’s still clever. She has a very caring relationship with Nathan who looks out for her quirks. Her parents treat her as if she is actually 6, that’s a very complicated situation. Sal is nothing like Sally was, she doesn’t have any childhood memories, she’s different. Her sister actually likes her better than before. But she did almost die, and they are worried for her, and suspicious about her. 

As you’ve probably already deduced, SymboGen and their very strange and frankly gross medical enhancements go awry. But the Intestinal Bodyguard was meant to deliver truly universal healthcare, offering specialized services to individuals tailored specifically for them, their needs and circumstances. The bad guys aren’t always so easy to find and Sal and Nathan have to struggle through to figure out who’s really the villain, who got caught on the wrong side and how to set it right …all the while avoiding government agencies, corrupt doctors and mindless humans out to crush their trachea. 

And it’s not so easy to see who’s trust worthy. Who’s an evil greedy mastermind, who’s telling the truth, who’s trying to sell you a story? The bad guys aren’t cut and dry. Everyone at least STARTED OUT doing what they thought was best. But there are so many different angles. It’s hard to tell, harder if you only have 6 years of life experience to draw on.

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And Tansy. How hilarious is Tansy? Madcap oddball, violent, impulsive, smart, gutsy and funny… so funny. She also makes up for people making her feel dumb by stabbing them. Probably. And she tasted someone’s brain… well, two someones. 

There’s lots of good classic sci-fi themes, money buying the government? check. Media controlled by corporations? check. Media distractions! Political spin!

Between this book and Newsflesh, I’m ready to start checking abandoned buildings for mad scientists wondering what took me so long to find them.

LOVED IT!

5 Broken Doors!

Quotable quotes!

“Oh, fooling laymen with science is sometimes to easy it should be criminal.”

“All scientists are mad scientists.”

“I took the police scanner sledding with me.”

“Is everything alright” “Oh,no. World of no. All the no. The Tropics of Negative. Situation is not good, not peachy, not keen.”

Book Review #22- Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Wowzers, the literary equivalent of a decathalon. Anyway, I’ll tell you what I think about it and we can discuss, if you’re reading my blog you probably have cable and the internet or at least facebook friends who have cable and you have some idea what is going on here.

When people talk about feminist characters… people usually bring up Daenerys. Now, Daenerys is pretty rad. She has a very sad background story but she uses what she’s got. Her brother Viserys, sells her to Khal Drogo in exchange for an army to take the throne back for his family. Viserys is abusive and an idiot, and he says things like “you don’t want to wake the dragon, whore!” which made me so glad that I knew something terrible was going to happen to this fricken juggalo. Daenerys, though, makes the best out of her situation and starts to realize what a loser he is. But he’s the only reason she knew anything about her family who all died before she was born. Daenerys as Khaleesi forbids her soldiers from raping women, she’s bold and ambitious. She also sort of acts like Scarlet O’Hara. “If I look back I am lost” is the new “I can’t think about it now, I’ll think about it later. If I think about it now, I’ll go crazy.”

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Let’s all take a moment and recognize that Arya Stark is THE bad ass. Arya who asked if she could be a knight and was told that she would marry a lord and be wealthy and she said, “Father, that’s Sansa.” Arya Stark who wanted to learn how to sword fight. Arya Stark who tried to warn her father that someone was plotting against him. Arya Stark who yelled at people who took her for a boy. Who ran from the guard after Joffrey took the throne. Who fought off crooks who tried to steal the boots off her feet. Who tried to save her father while Sansa stood there and cried. Arya Stark who wanted to be a bastard so she would be related to Jon more than Sansa.

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Every time Sansa said: “I’m meant to marry Joffrey and carry his babies” I wanted to kill her. But Sansa was doing as she was raised to, and she was a product of her time. So I’m not even MAD about that. She’s 11, she’s naive. It’s realistic. (Even though Arya was only 9, and I’m pretty sure I want to be Arya when I grow up). But she forgets she even HAS a sister! And she makes sure to remind everyone that Jon is only her half brother. Which, by the way is why I also hated Catelyn.

Catelyn who had to tell Jon it should have been him paralyzed instead of Bran. BOOOOOO 

I hate that. In this world here that we live in now: people have out of wedlock babies all the time. Kids have half siblings and step siblings. But for some reason people feel that it’s appropriate to say “Oh, your HALF SISTER” as if someone who grew up around their father’s daughter would be wrong in calling her a sister and not specifying that they are only HALF siblings. It’s so stupid. I can’t stand it. And I was angry for Jon.

Jon, who lives in the shadows of his half brothers, who is constantly reminded that he’s a bastard child thinks life is egregiously unfair until he takes the black and gets the wake up call everyone gets so they can move on with their lives; he went and bullied anyone he could but then it was finally laid out in front of him that his life was actually not that bad. It’s always quite the rude awakening to realize that there’s no reason to wallow in self pity. He handles it well. 

This book is insane, there’s so much going on. Written in 3rd person, but following different characters each chapter, writing them from the outside but paying more attention to the things the characters would. What a nine year old would remember, Catelyn’s were more poetic noticing details of her sons brighter than anything else, Eddard’s chapters were harsher, Jon’s adventurous and introspective. It’s quite a feat. Really really good writing. But everything really whips up at the end and serious, I can’t believe I just finished all of that and I need the second book right now. Seriously, I hate you George RR Martin! 

5 Direwolves! Hell yes!

Book review #4- Deadline by Mira Grant

Alright, this isn’t going to be a review as much as a two and a half part essay. So if you just want to know “if this book is any good”: yes it is, I didn’t love it as much as I loved FEED (but maybe I loved that one a little too hard). The conspiracies are intricately woven, ridiculous, outlandish, terrifying and horrifyingly plausible-ish. The action is so well described I felt like I was watching it instead of reading it and the characters were so real that I was crying, outraged and holding my breath for them.

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It’s wordy, and repeats itself, but it gives the novel a sense of urgency. It gets 5 zombies…

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…I mean stars, whatever I give out here, I need to work on that anyway. Mira Grant is a suspense genius.

 Anyway: Now that the basics are out of the way here,

Are there any vegans here? Not really, but red meat is totally off the menu after the Rising. There’s a steady supply of soymilk, teriyaki soyburgers, and tofudogs.

Where are the ladies at? This book started the way the first one did: with an idiot. In Feed it was Shaun Mason, in Deadline it was Rebecca “Becks” Atherton.

Rebecca could have been marketed as a no-nonsense-action-chick (and I probably still would have liked her). But she is a no-nonsense-action-chick, who kept her hair long and wore makeup and had great ratings and better merchandise sales than anyone else at the After the End Times. She has better analytic skills than most of the staff, quick witted, sharp tongued, and willing to stand outside with her pistol all alone in case any zombies show up while her team leader is having a nervous breakdown.

I said part of what I liked about Feed was that there was no love story to get in the way of all the suspense and take away from the gravity of the situation. Deadline strayed towards a brief lovestory, and here’s the worst of it: I actually give a shit who Becks ends up with, if anyone. I don’t think it will work out the way I want it to. But maybe it doesn’t have to. Maybe I’m the one in love with her. And you know SOMEONE has to die, and I really found myself clinging to the idea that the next book would be hers. Oh yeah, and she’s from the East Coast.

 Now, Becks is the only girl on the team who’s worth her shit in the field. It’s true. I know that almost seems unfortunate, but a couple of the guys couldn’t shoot straight and the other ladies present held it down for the brain trust.

 This book also introduced us to Dr. Abbey. Ridiculously clever, possibly mad-scientist. She can probably shoot. She also could have probably saved the world. And she’s funny. Very funny.

The important stuff: Sci-fi, classically, has introduced you to all sorts of THINGS, like aliens, robots, mind control and in this case zombies.

These things are not the “big-bad”. There something to bang your head up against while you lose sight of the actual problem. The big-bad in any sci-fi worth it’s weight is: the military industrial complex, bio-tech corporations, the government at large, and in this case specifically the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

 27 years after the Rising, blood tests are part of daily life. 27 years after the Rising, there’s no personal privacy. Going outside requires filing paperwork and body armor, coming back inside requires blood tests and decontamination showers. Letting your kids out of the car to stretch their legs on a road trip could get you thrown in jail for child abuse. You can get criminal charges for “standing too close to a goat.” Travel that crosses more than one state line needs to be registered with the highway Commission, so that your movement can be monitored. Your location gets updated when you check into a motel or stop for gas. Air travel if practically unheard of. There’s always someone watching you, but it’s standard procedure for your safety. In many areas, you can shoot first and claim that you thought the person was infected, if it’s a high enough of a hazard zone, no questions asked.

What if it was determined that it was better to have people living in a constant state of fear? What if people would have gotten better but then they would come out of their houses and demand a different set of rules?

As said by Dr. Abbey, “It could have been worse, that’s what no one wants to admit. So the dead get up and walk around- so what? We don’t get sick like our ancestors did. We don’t die of cancer even though we keep pumping pollutants into the atmosphere as fast as we can come up with them. We live charmed lives, except for the damn zombies, and even those don’t have to be the kind of problem we make them out to me. They could just be an inconvenience. Instead, we let the define everything.”

If the population was under total control and anyone “in the know” could be reasonably sure that they wouldn’t get infected… there wouldn’t be any point in changing anything for them. And for everyone else, they were busy enough with the zombies to not look for a villain.

In Deadline, after a serious outbreak there was a warning, “Anyone found out on the streets may be shot without warning. Anyone leaving their homes will be assumed infected and treated with appropriate protocols.”

 

Oh, and I wanted to say something about Oakland.

The After the End Times moved it’s head quarters to Oakland, “They had a gang problem back in the early nineteen-eighties, but that cleared up, and they were fighting a different war by the time the Rising rolled around. Oakland had become the site of an ongoing conflict between the natives who’d lived there for generations and the forces of gentrification that really wanted a Starbucks on every corner and an iPod in every pocket. Then the zombies showed up, and gentrification was lost.” Yuppies headed out, but the people who’d grown up there knew how to fight for what was theirs. “Maybe they didn’t have the advantages some of the richer cities started out with, but they had a lot of places they could hole up, and they had a lot of guns. Maybe most important of all, thanks to all the gang violence I mentioned earlier, they had a lot of people who actually knew how to use the guns.” The emergency services wrote them off.

This is important. There’s a lot of consideration in this book about parts of the country where you can live. Who fell, who stood. And why. For Oakland, they stood, because this was an area who couldn’t depend on anyone outside of their community for anything. Now, in real life, ask Detroit and Chicago whether they think the government has their back.

I don’t live anywhere that chaotic, and I’m not claiming to. That being said, I live in an area where many buildings already have windows that are less than a foot and a half wide, are further off the ground and/or have bars on them. No one needs a picturesque bay window view of a coke deal across the street or someone peeing in the neighbors yard. For me, seeing someone I don’t know in my yard with no shoes on in the middle of the night gets me ready to throw a punch, not call the cops. Speaking of, there are plenty of people for who “calling the cops” isn’t really a thing. And not even because they are doing anything wrong, it’s just not a effective, results getting type of thing to do. You don’t call the cops, you call your neighbors.

The book goes on to the towns that survived versus those who didn’t. The rural areas were left pretty much to fend alone… unless they had farming or fishing. Cities were likely to be saved if there was a business district. The dust settles after the Rising, you still need banking, you need tech firms, pharmaceutical companies, you need weapons, you need cellphones, computers, cameras, satellites, you need gasoline. How would your area stand up? I think Worcester is pretty great. But no one can pronounce it, it’s a “joke” that we’re a post industrial wasteland. We’re the second largest city in Massachusetts. This is a map I’d like to show you:

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It’s pretty legit.

 

Oh, and something does go wrong in Oakland and the CDC claims that it was people illegally breeding pitbulls for dogfighting. Which was a wonderful way to illustrate how people of authority play up stereotypes to create a culture of fear.

This is already long enough, so maybe more on that later. Or comment if you would like to talk more about that. Because I could go on. 

Book Review #2: Generation V by M.L. Brennan

The synopsis: Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how

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ML Brennan concocts some weird as living vampire rules: vampires are born after powerful vampires make host parents to create the child. It’s very complicated and most of the hosts go bonkers. Which explains why vampires don’t run the show. And also, these vampires are BAD, really bad, since vampires are born (not turned) they are RAISED in a way that makes them separate from humans, not “humans are food and we’re better than them” or even worse “we have to blend in with the humans… for some reason.” THAT MAKES NO SENSE. Fort was raised by humans, and lives and works with humans and he sees the evil, destructive, violent, psychotic nature of vampires. It makes sense.

Fortitude, Chivalry and Prudence are all vampire siblings with really dumb names. Prudence is batshit crazy. Chivalry is a dashing alpha male type vampire, and Fortitude. Fortitude is a mess. He has a bad job, worse roommates, bad clothes and worse luck. His kitsune bodyguard lets him get mugged. He’s actually really pathetic, but you still kinda want to give him a hug.

Random things I liked about it: It takes place in the Providence/Newport/Cranston area, it’s New England-y, he’s a vegetarian (his sort of ex-girlfriend is vegan).

The kitsune, I applaud thinking out side of the folklore box. Suzume is a fox that turns into a woman, she is also a trickster. I thought it was a good switch up. Werewolves are my favorite, but really, there are an awful lot of vampire/werewolf team ups, so new is good. And instead of just being a spunky sidekick/love-interest, Suzume is the more bad ass, more capable and more well-connected of the two, she was a fully developed character worthy of her own book who somehow managed not to steal the story away from Fort. And she spends more time antagonizing him than making kissy faces at him.

Things I didn’t like. I didn’t like Beth. Beth, possibly, considered that she was having an open relationship, Fort did not want that. But instead of you know, not being with her; it was agonized over that she was cheating on him blah blah slut blah blah. “Two days later she’d sent me a sixteen page email that outlined her view of what a modern an liberated relationship was supposed to look like, which boiled down to her being able to have sex with as many people as she liked. ….I’d been trying to come up with a better response to her email than ‘You shouldn’t because it makes me unhappy (plus I really don’t want to catch venereal diseases).'” All fine and valid, open relationships, like monogamy are not for everyone. But there’s just a ton of bitching about what a hobag Beth is. Suzume nails it in the ONE COMMENT HERE “No, I’m really sure that if you are going to have an open relationship, it has to be preagreed upon by both parties before hand, otherwise it’s just post-sanctioned cheating, which is still cheating.”

Anyway, I like that Fort’s broke and has to worry about going to work even when he’s beat up and depressed. AT&T does not care if you got beat up by a vampire lacky. You cannot tell your landlord that you were secretly investigating the abduction of a young girl by an Italian vampire. Busy Beans (your employer), does not have time for these shenanigans they will not understand why your female (fox) bodyguard is hanging out with you at work all day, You have no doctor’s note because you went to an elf instead of a hospital.

Most importantly. He didn’t just gain a kooky set of friends, become all powerful and save everyone. Shit went wrong. He met kitsune, an elf and a witch and mostly, they were not thrilled. People died. Things got wrapped up, but it wasn’t all neat and tidy.

Also, this one line, “the Boston Area looked at Rhode Island as it’s mentally slow country cousin.” Yes, that’s true.

Anyway,

5 Stars- Totally Killer… it’s brain candy, but it’s good. No smut, lots of plot, great world building.

Book Review #1: FEED by Mira Grant

This is the first part of the Newsflesh Trilogy. This takes place 25 years after a zombie apocalypse So everyone has somewhat created a reasonably safe lifestyle coexisting with Zombies. Well, not quite, obviously. But there are places that are fully quarantined, places totally off limits, places where a zombie attack is about as likely as a mugging. Security measures that are… scary. But the protagonists were born right after the Rising and so this is all pretty standard to them. I bought this book because the cover was ugly, it’s about 600 pages and it’s not a love story.

I’m going to go light on any spoilers (I’m not going to tell you who kicks it… come on, it’s a z-poc, somebody’s got to die, be realistic)

They call their zombie outbreak “the Rising” and the virus they are driven by is called Kellis-Amberlee. It started out a well intentioned cure for cancer and the common cold.

The 3 main protagonists: Shaun Mason, Georgia Mason, and Georgette “Buffy” Meissonier. (Georgia and Georgette, female names deriving from George, as in Romero. And Shaun of the dead. Apparently parents have a sense of humor after the Rising) are reporters/bloggers who start out covering any action, news and Rising related fiction to entertain the masses, most of whom are not real into travelling outside in search of adventure given that zombies are shambling and/or hunting around trying to find someone else to zombify.

Anyway, about those security measures: Built in at the Mason house, they have a state of the art security system which involves them getting a blood test and reading a sentence in an airlock at their doorway before they can proceed in.

-“Coming in together means that if one of us ever tests positive, that’s all she wrote; they won’t let anybody out of the garage before the cleanup crew arrives, and the chances of whoever comes up clean making it to the van before something happens aren’t good. Our next door neighbor used to call Child Protective Services every six months because our folks wouldn’t stop us from coming in together. But what’s the point of life if you can’t take risks now and then, like coming into the damn house with your brother.”

There’s tons dealing with government regulations, like making it a felony to raise a child in an area deemed too hazardous. There was also this bit; “Quarantine procedures hit different social and economic classes in different ways, just like outbreaks. When Kellis-Amberlee breaks out in an urban area in hits the inner cities and the business districts the hardest… …the slums may not have the same security features and weaponry, but they’re the most self-policing and fewer people try to conceal injury when they know amplification isn’t going to cost them coworkers; it’s going to cost them their families.”

So there are two interesting major points there. All people are infected with Kellis-Amberlee, it’s just a matter of when they die or amplify, so it’s not a matter of just coming in with flame throwers and saying “problem solved” ..it’ll help in the immediate future, but the virus is still an issue. The CDC is notified when someone pulls a positive blood test and there are SO MANY security cameras, security procedures and rules and regulations to where you can and cannot be at. Where do you draw the line? How much of this is really protecting the population? And secondly, who survives this? For a while, it seemed like only rich (mainly white) people survived, but to be honest there aren’t many physical descriptions of people (but I’m pretty sure there was only one Asian man and one black man in this whole book). And sidenote -I live in “the slums” (no one really says that) and half of the first floor apartments around me have bars on their windows, so they are that much ahead of the game in terms of zombie outbreaks, we have security measures. I like to consider these things.

Most of this story takes place while our bloggers are covering a presidential campaign. It’s action packed, it’s bad ass. Everyone’s pretty levelheaded. No one’s a “special snowflake” and everyone can and will shoot. Oh, and Mira Grant came up with some neat stuff involving animal zombification.

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5 Stars- Totally Killer… can’t wait to start the next one. Actually, I had to wait to start Deadline because I was a little emotionally drained and exhausted from having z-poc dreams all week.

Edited to add: Also, did I mention that I liked that there was no love story? I like the story of a brother and sister going on adventures and people looking at them funny because they want to share a room. (hello? zombies! Shit, everyone can sleep in my room. Armed.) And it wasn’t a creepy or romantic relationship like in some series (Ahem! Charlaine Harris- Harper Connelly series, who made her main characters brother and sister and love interests because Charlaine Harris can’t write a fucking plot.)

Are there vegans here? Yes. Because cows can turn into zombies. Most people enjoy white meat only, or teriyaki soy burgers.