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Collected here for the first time is every piece of short fiction from New York Times Bestseller Mira Grant's acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in print.We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one couCollected here for the first time is every piece of short fiction from New York Times Bestseller Mira Grant's acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in print.We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, a man-made virus taking over bodies and minds, filling them with one, unstoppable command...FEED.Countdown"Everglades"San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsHow Green This Land, How Blue This SeaThe Day the Dead Came to Show and TellPlease Do Not Taunt the OctopusAll the Pretty Little HorsesComing to You Live...

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  • karen
    2018-07-25 19:55

    full story-by-story review completed!Countdownit was good to revisit this story, like seeing an old friend. i'd read it so many years ago, but i still remembered all of it, which is a testament to the staying power of mira grant's imagery. and also her many wonderful turns of phrase:Berkeley, being a university town in Northern California, had two major problems: not enough guns, and too many idiots who thought they could fight off zombies with medieval weapons they'd stolen from the history department. It also had two major advantages: most of the roads were already half blocked to prevent campus traffic from disturbing the residents, and most of those residents were slightly insane by any normal societal measurement.considering that a replica of a medieval weapon is later used, to great effect, in a different newsflesh story, the idiocy seems instead to be just good thinking. (you calling kelly nakata an idiot, ms. grant?? hmmm, are ya??) but in the world of newsflesh, it's true that a little insanity will always serve you well, amiright, foxy??and now for the chills:"Oggie?"kills me every time.Evergladesthis one was a first-time read for me, and i'd always felt a bit of a hole in my life for not having read it, as it was the only one i hadn't read. and now i have. it's very… short. it didn't leave much of an impression on me, although i really appreciated her introduction in which she discusses her inspiration for writing this one, when asked to contribute a story to The Living Dead 2 and being at a loss about what to write, feeling like she'd covered so many angles in previous zombie tales (little did she know how fruitful she would find this world in the future - how much unexplored territory, because she's always finding one more dark corner to shine an undead light into)…I was stumped. Because I needed a short story that said something new and interesting about the zombie apocalypse, and I wasn't finding it. Everyone had unleashed the virus; everyone had devoured the world. Everyone had survivedThat was the key. Everyone had survived. What about the people who looked at the face of the changing world - the world that was never going to be the same, even if they made it out the other side - and decided to say "you know what, thanks but no thanks; I'd rather be a statistic"? Any disaster is going to come with a certain soft cost: A certain number of suicides and accidents surrounding the deaths that come as an immediate consequence of the event. I wanted to focus on one of those people.San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoatsi loved this one the first time i read it, and i loved it EVEN MORE this second time. it's just a perfect story, and a love letter to fandom/geekdom in all its manifestations. first of all, the premise of a zombie outbreak at comic-con is genius. while i've never been to comic-con, i have been to many years of BEA and one ALA, and it's the same kind of crowd, with - sadly - fewer costumes. but just the wall-to-wall people - it's a recipe for disaster, if the zombies decide to visit. from the introduction:The closest comparison I have to trying to move across the San Diego Comic-Con floor on a Saturday afternoon is trying to cut through Times Square on New Year's Eve, or across the plaza in front of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World just before the fireworks show. If you have ever done any of these things, I'm sorry. If you haven't, well, I have done all three of them, which means you don't have to.she knows this world so well. just like elle riley, star of Space Crime Continuum, whose sudden superstardom has kept her from being a mere attendee, although she'd love to be just a regular geek again, wide-eyed and not needing to keep any secrets from the media's scrutiny. elle is the best - i love her so much."Nice to meet you all," said Elle briskly. "Now, what sort of danger did you people lead to our door?" She realized she was falling into the speech patterns she used for Indiction Rivers - and well, so what if she was? Indy Rivers got things done. Maybe she was a fictional character, but they were in a fictional place, in a fictional situation. There were worse things to be than fictional.Fictional people cried only when the story told them to.and her email is such a heartpunch.because that's another spectacular thing about this story - you know right from the beginning that NO ONE made it out of comic-con alive. which is fine - you're reading this interview between mahir and lorelei tuttle - a woman who was the last to leave the convention center before all hell broke loose, and you're just absorbing it as a fact - 'yup, everyone died, got it.' but then… then you actually meet about twenty or so characters, on this - their last day. and it's really affecting, because you are rooting for these brave, nerdy folk even though you KNOW it's pointless.there's also another great dog here. so many excellent dogs in these stories. but don't get attached! you were warned! How Green This Land, How Blue This Seai love how much mira grant's voice reminds me of jenny lawson at times. for instance, one of the chapters in this story is titled: Small Planes, Large Fences, and a Rather Daunting Number of Zombie Kangaroos, Because That Is Exactly What This Day Neededand another:In Which There Are Kangaroos Absolutely Everywhere, and No One Is Properly Upset About the Situationafter reading about lawson's trip to australia in Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, i kind of want to fan-pimp these two into being best friends. BE BEST FRIENDS, PLEASE! i'm going to be lazy and requote what i quoted from the first time i reviewed this story, because it still makes me laugh:Video footage of zombie kangaroos laying siege to Sydney was one of the last things to escape Australia during that first long, brutal summer of the Rising. Then the networks went down, and there were other things for people to worry about. Unbelievable as it sounds today, there was a time when the rest of the world genuinely expected the entire continent to be lost.There was one thing that no one considered, however: Australia was populated by Australians. When the rest of us were trying to adapt to a world that suddenly seemed bent on eradicating the human race, the Australians had been dealing with a hostile environment for centuries. They looked upon our zombie apocalypse, and they were not impressed.AND i'm going to repost the zombie kangaroo image:AND i'm going to complain again that by not referring to zombified wombats as "zombats," she really missed an opportunity here. jenny lawson would not have missed that opportunity.but i have NEW reflections! that are NEW!the first time i read this one, i freaking loved it, and i could not understand why so many of the gr reviews were thumbs-downing it. but this time around, i loved it less. and it may be a case of having read it the first time when there was a newsflesh-shaped absence in my life as opposed to reading it now, with 644 pages of newsflesh to roll around in. because yeah, the thumbs-downers were right - mahir really did drink a lot of tea in this story. which sounds like a silly thing to complain about, but mahir is one of my favorites (beaten only by alaric) (okay, and obviously foxy) (okay never mind - but i like him a LOT, okay?) and he kind of does come across a bit cartoonish in this one which OH MY GOD - BEST IDEA EVER - can we have some funko pop vinyls made of the newsflesh series? they should totally do book-funkos. i would buy so many of them. someone make this a thing that exists.The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tellokay, so here's the thing. i read this way back when, and there was no introduction by mira grant and when the reveal of the story was revealed, i was stunned. my jaw, it dropped.in this collection, she reveals the reveal in her introduction, which i am quoting part of because it is a perfect description, but shhhhh:(view spoiler)[Enter Foxy. She was introduced in Blackout as part of the Monkey's crew, a manic pixie nightmare girl with a knife in one hand and a submachine gun in the other. She was part deconstruction of the trope and part broken bird, and I loved her on sight. (hide spoiler)]so did i, man, so did i…so i would caution you to maybe read the story first and then go back for the introduction, to maximize jaw-droppingness. and i realize JUST now, clicking through to my own old review of this, i fucking revealed it in my review, too. which is something i'm usually so careful to avoid, despite what some people on the internet would have you believe.whatever, i give up.it's a fantastic story, whether you are surprised by the twist or not. so much action, so much peril, so much squirming on my part as i wonder how anyone can even live in the newsflesh world when this stupid virus can be transmitted by such a minor incident as the one shown here. she's always so forthcoming and generous with her science, which is something i really appreciate, even in those instances when i am completely confused. (view spoiler)[clone-george mystifies me - i just can't wrap my head around it (hide spoiler)] but here - it's so horrifying - how it escalates into what it does in such a snowballing way from such a tiny moment. and it's like HOW CAN YOU EVEN AVOID THIS SHIT??? especially when you take into account "spontaneous amplification," which is like, just give up now, man, and makes me understand the decisions made in that Everglades story a whole hell of a lot. but yeah, i love this one. if the comic-con story didn't exist, this would be my clear fave.it's another spectacular locked-room setting, and it's so freaking intense.and this horribly heartbreaking passage:Then there was nothing but teeth, and pain, and redness, and the dim, disappointed feeling that there should have been more than this; that she should have been more than this, somehow. Only she wasn't.reminded me of one of my favorite parts of This is Not a Test, where a young character mourns the likely end of his life in his own zombie-infested world, and how small it has been."…It's nothing. I thought it could be something, I mean, eventually." He finally looks at us. "My life. I thought - but I mean...it's nothing."how absolutely shattering to realize, at fifteen, that you have no fucking hope of realizing any of your dreams. this one is younger, so i guess more tragic, but still, that realization kills me.Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus"I was a doctor before I became anything else. The first rule we were taught in medical school was 'Do no harm.'"That wasn't quite true. The first rule we were taught in medical school was "A cadaver is not a toy."dr. abbey is my LOVE. and her dog. damn, i love that dog. and the wonderful meeting between dog and … someone else that occurs in this book. this book shines with dr abbey's cranky/funny/badass voice, and can we have a round of applause for SUPER-FORTRESS???Give me a group of easily bored scientists and engineers, and give me a couple of undisturbed years, and I can build a stronghold that will never be breached.great story.All the Pretty Little Horsesthis greeting, from the introduction, delighted me even though it did not apply to me:This is the first of the two new stories in this volume. The odds are good that many of you have skipped straight here. Welcome.me, i wasn't going to race right to the new stuff. i wanted to savor the old familiar ones and then celebrate with all-new adventures at the end, otherwise i would never have gone back and read the earlier ones again. plus i would feel like i was cheating on my reading challenge, plus,-plus who wants to have a book with an uneven wear-pattern, pristine until the last hundred pages? not me, that's for sure! these things matter!anyway, this story covers the experiences of the mason parents, post-philip, pre-shaun and george and is a pretty excellent examination of coping mechanisms and survival and how people can start out nice and well-intentioned and fragile and eventually turn into … shaun and george's parents. apology? explanation? warning? whatever - it's really tight and ALL NEW!Coming to You Livethe introduction reads simply: This is what you asked for.as far as a way to close a collection, it's perfect. it's basically a curtain call, one of the segments is even called The Gang's All Here. however, it was my least favorite story overall. it takes place after the events of Blackout, and it answers the question "where are they and what are they doing now?" and you know who 'they' are, yes?My name is Shaun Mason, and I am not okay.there was a lot i liked in this one, including a little passage about foxen:I liked foxes. They kept the vermin down, and since they never reached amplification weight, they couldn't become zombies, which made them decent neighbors. Best of all, they hated the smell of the infected, and they liked to yell at infected things. When foxes yelled at something, it sounded like a murder party getting underway. As biological early warning systems went, you couldn't do much better than foxes.but i think i'm sick of shaun's voice/perspective. i used to really enjoy his character, but either i'm over him or she's out of practice writing him. it was really one-note: george, george, george, burn down the world etc etc. it felt all too familiar. however, once more characters start popping their heads into the story, it got better, but in a "hey, look who's here!" way and not a "this story is very engaging to me" way. so that was a bit of a disappointment, although i'll take all the alaric i can get. to be honest, george was always the least interesting character to me, and this story is very very george-y. even foxy was dull in this one. and since i still can't wrap my head around some of the science related to this series, as i mentioned in the spoiler earlier, a lot of this was over my muddled little head.but whatever- it's new and i got to see some favorite characters interacting (or rather, sniping at each other with hurt feelings). i think my problem with this one was the same as with mahir in the australia one - it was a lot of knee-jerk tics and quirks, all very expected, a parade of characteristics of familiar characters where all the new stuff was george-stuff i didn't really care about. but i'm not going to complain - i loved reading this book, the new and the old and i am SO PUMPED for the new full-length novel. bring it on!***********************************************NOW AVAILABLE!!! and i'm on the very last story. sniff. i just got an ARC of this in the mail, and while i was excited to finally have all the stories i'd read as e-books in one handy volume, i had no idea that there were actually TWO BRAND-NEW STORIES in it! life is good.okay, i am (re)reading this now. i've read all but the two new stories and the one that was only in Zombies 2, which i'm pretty sure i have around here somewhere, since i read the first volume, but i think i just never realized hers was in there. moops. i'm not sure if i should re-review the ones i've already read, but for now, i will just leave links to my previous reviews, because why not?Countdownhttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Evergladesthis is the one from the zombie anthologySan Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoatshttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...How Green This Land, How Blue This Seahttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Please Do Not Taunt the Octopushttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...All the Pretty Little HorsesComing to You Liveand there's also Fed, which i think was on her site maybe? but it's not in this collection. which is weird. but anyway, here, because i like to be complete and thorough:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...and while i'm here, i may as well link to the reviews for the three novels in the trilogy:Feed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Deadline - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Blackout - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Bonnie
    2018-08-01 14:01

    Being back in the Newsflesh world after so. long. had me all sorts of giddy. Sure, I’ve read some of these short stories recently, but the best thing about this collection of short stories is the expectation of more to come. Feedback is coming this October and this is the perfect book to read to get a bit of a refresh and to prepare yourself mentally. More George. More Shaun. More zombies. Oh, man, is it October yet?So, back to Rise: A Newsflesh Collection. This collection consists of eight short stories and two of them have never before been published. These are all set in the Newsflesh world but not necessarily George and Shaun’s world (although a few of course do).The first, Countdown, is a must-read for fans of the Newsflesh novels. Countdown takes you back before the virus was spread, before the zombies came alive, when the world was still as vivid and vibrant as it is today. This is a super short story and left me wanting much much more, but it was still an extremely informative piece of writing that I felt was essential to truly understanding the Newsflesh world. You don’t get to read anything about Shaun or George or even Buffy, but you do get a glimpse into the life of Amanda Amberlee, the creator of the cure Dr. Alexander Kellis, and of the group responsible for unleashing it onto the world, ‘The Mayday Army’. Even with a short story, Mira Grant does a phenomenal job at pulling you right in.’When will you Rise?And the world gave itself an answer:Now.Welcome to the aftermath.’Everglades was a short story that was originally included in The Living Dead 2 anthology. Set on the UC Berkeley campus, this is a story that focuses on the sorts of individuals that have found themselves a survivor among the growing apocalypse but realized that this sort of world isn’t one that they can continue living in. This short story effectively recaps the life of Debbie whose grandfather taught her to respect Nature, that it can be cruel. This life lesson is never more apparent as she watches the dead come to life and the air begins to smell like the Everglade swamps of Florida. Life is only temporary but death is eternal. Incredibly eerie story. Makes you wonder what form you would take in an apocalypse: hero or someone more expendable?San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats tells the story of individuals that found themselves in a comic book convention when the zombies begin to rise. Thirty years have passed since the Last Stand and Mahir Gowda interviews the only survivor Lorelei Tutt. This short story encompasses a large cast of characters and we get to see snippets through their eyes and what they’re doing to try to survive the long five days they were barricaded inside the convention center. Last Stand was a Hugo nominee for Best Novella in 2013 and it really comes as no surprise. This nod to the Browncoats of Firefly is yet another brilliant story that brings to light the realities of just how terrifying a zombie apocalypse would be.In How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea, we get more Mahir but this time he’s in Australia doing an article on their famed rabbit-proof fence. It’s an interesting piece that reads very much like a travelogue, as if Bill Bryson visited Australia except there’s zombie kangaroo hopping around. It was interesting to get a glimpse at how people outside of the United States have handled the zombie apocalypse. There’s a definite lack of action with this one, Mahir never was the type to get out there and slay some undead, so this one is definitely for those interested in the scientific aspects of an apocalypse.The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell is a riveting and suspenseful novella set in the same world as Grant’s popular Newsflesh trilogy. The story follows Alaric Kwong and Mahir Gowda in current day 2044 who are conducting research on the tragedy trying to find the cause of it all. Flashbacks to 2036 are told from the point of view of teacher Elaine Oldenburg and shows the flaws of the ‘secure school system’ she thought she worked in. Her desperation to survive and to keep as many of the children safe as possible is palpable and even knowing that all sorts of wrongs are likely to follow, the reader can’t help but hope for a miracle. Incredibly thrilling for a mere 112 pages, Mira Grant continues to impress with her boldness.Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus centers are my favorite character: Dr. Abbey. Most of these short stories can stand by themselves but Octopus combines not just the story from Blackout but The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell and guys? It’s so damn good. Dr. Abbey is being her badass scientist self trying to figure out how to save the world from the virus that overtook it, but she also has to protect her lab from those who want to take it from her. There were some fantastic character revelations and added backstory to those interesting characters that we never quite knew much about. Bottom line, if you haven’t read this, do it immediately.And now we come to the brand new stories! All the Pretty Little Horses was admittedly a massive step back in terms of pacing after the thrill ride of Octopus but I can’t complain too awful much. We also took a bit of a step back in terms of time as well. Georgia and Shaun have always been center-stage and we never quite knew much about their adoptive parents, at least until now. Stacy and Michael Mason, we know from the Newsflesh novels, lost their son Phillip after the family dog amplified. Stacy, lost inside her deep depression after being the one to have to put a bullet in his head, pulls herself out when she develops a passion for photography. The duo are one of the first to start blogging of the epidemic and photographing it for those too scared to venture out into the unknown. It was interesting to finally get some backstory on these characters we’ve always known but never knew much about.The final story, Coming to You Live, is clearly leading up to events to come in Feedback and if I wasn’t excited before I sure am now. This story takes us into the backwoods of Canada, where Georgia and Shaun have been living since the end of Blackout. Honestly, I don’t want to spoil a single thing about this but I will say that it was so damn good to have those two back on the page. This one was intense and a bit of a nail-biter at times but such a satisfying read. I may not have wanted this one to end but it was still fantastic no matter the size and I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned Feedback but I’m even more excited for it now. Feedback, the fourth Newsflesh novel, comes out in October. But seriously, is it October yet?I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2018-08-04 14:09

    Christine Lakin and John Glouchevitch both did an excellent job of narrating these shorts. I have previously read most of the novellas, so it took me a moment to acclimate to their voices as opposed to the ones in my head.My name is Shaun Mason, and I am not okayCountdown- It was fun revisiting the story and is one of my favorites. Countdown introduces us to Amanda Amberlee. A girl who was cured of leukemia, and the namesake for the Amberlee Virus. A virus responsible for the apocalyptic world, we find in the Newsflesh trilogy. This story also introduces us to Dr. Kellis who was responsible for stealing the untested cure. If you have been curious about the first outbreaks, this story is for you.Everglades is a very short fiction and was originally part of the Living Dead 2 Anthology. (collection containing zombie stories) The tale is very short, but shares an outbreak on a college campus near the beginning of the outbreak. Debbie our protagonist shares what happens along with the survival lessons she learned from her Grandpa.San Diego 2014- The Last Stand of the California Browncoats- Once you read this, you will never attend another Comic CON without thinking of this tale. You have been warned. Grant shares what happens when you have a large crowd, tight quarters, and a freakin’ zombie outbreak. What could go wrong? Another personal favorites, Firefly fangirling aside.How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea- Mahir takes us down under in this Post-Rising Australian tale. A group known as the Australian Conservation Corps has tried to preserve their continent's natural wealth by separating animals that amplify. They are gated in large enclosures that allowing them to roam free. Yeah, I see no problem with amplified elephants, kangaroos and large cats and roaming free behind a fence. Bwahaha! I have always loved Mahir and his voice and thought this tale was particularly good.The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell- A post rising tale featuring Elaine Oldenburg (Foxy). She is a first grade teacher at an elementary school in the northern pacific region. The school has all the latest post-rising security features including electronic shackles on student’s desks and amplification test to keep your precious children safe. Yeah, what could go wrong? This was dark, terrifying and brilliant. Grant did an excellent job of mixing zombies and children.Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus Spend time with Dr. Shannon Abbey as she runs an underground virology lab in this post-rising tale. Fans who love getting stories about side characters will appreciate this short. When a mysterious woman shows up Dr. Abbey investigates and oh boy! Not to be missed folks! On a side note, I friggin love the titles Grant comes up with for these short stories.All The Pretty Little Horses- (Brand New story) Here fans get to meet Georgia and Shaun’s adoptive parents.  We finally get the full story behind their loss during the initial outbreak and the months following.  Told through Michael’s eyes Grant brilliantly captured Stacy’s struggles and reawakening. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.Coming to You Live- (Brand New Story) Oh the mixed feelings, I have for this one. Coming to You Live shares an epilogue of sorts involving Shaun and Georgia. Grant never planned to write this, but fans wanted it. I say, trust your gut Ms. Grant. I have imagined their epilogue many times, revisiting them in my thoughts and pondering what they were doing. I never imagined Grant would tell us. Let us just say things did not end well in Coming to You Live. Read/listen at your own risk. I could not stop listening and admittedly hung on every word. After all, it is Grant and her writing rocks. In retrospect, I am of the opinion some doors are best left unopened.Audio provided by publisher. This review was originally posted on Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2018-08-09 21:40

    holy crap was this a long book, but so worth it.if you didn't see the brilliance of mira grant's writing before you will after this.countdown was the missing piece most people will want to read.everglades shows how some people just can't find a reason to keep living.she also takes readers too comic-con and down under.it fills in alot of missing little pieces and extra bits of awesome.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2018-08-06 13:54

    Despite my immense love of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy, I’d not yet gotten around to reading the various novellas. I was definitely planning to, sooner rather than later, so I was THRILLED when Rise was announced. At that point, I decided to wait, even though I was actively rereading at about that time. I mean, new stories and the old stories all conveniently together in one whole book? SIGN ME UP.CountdownRise opens strongly with Countdown. “Countdown” details The Rising in small snippets, from the creation of the cures that accidentally merged to cause it and the first attacks. Though the information wasn’t precisely new, there’s a lot more detail given to the bigger picture details that you get in the trilogy. Grant does an amazing job with these. Despite the brevity of each snippet, they’re powerful and intense. I have a lot of Dr. and Mr. Kellis feels.The steady undercurrent of “Countdown” is the constant shifting of blame. Many events combine to bring about the Rising, and no one wants to be culpable. It’s sad, really, that the people who feel guiltiest about the apocalypse are the ones who were least culpable.Also powerful are the news snippets at the end of each chapter. They remain cheerful for so long, shifting only when the dead are actually rising, becoming a menacing drumbeat warning people to stay safe and stay inside. Grant has always done amazing things with epigraphs.Everglades“Everglades” is a sort of new work, never having been released as a novella until Rise. And oof is it depressing. Trigger warning for suicide, as this story is about a girl who decides she doesn’t care to try so survive the zombie apocalypse. Though it’s well-written, “Everglades” was a bit too short to have much impact on me, aside from being depressing as hell. The zombies reminding the girl of the Everglades also was a bit of a weird connection that didn’t do a whole lot for me tbh.San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsOof, this one hurts. The Newsflesh Trilogy has some intense, scary zombie moments, but, since it’s set after humanity has figured out how to survive, it’s nothing like this. Set at the very start of the Rising, “San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats” is the story of how everyone at the Comic Con preview dies.Like, you know from the start that no one will survive. And of course all the saddest moments from Firefly are playing in my head as I read. The combination of how likable Grant made these poor, doomed characters and Firefly feels had me crying at the end. It’s sort of amazing how, even though I know there’s no hope, you still really do hope. THE PAIN.How Green This Land, How Blue This SeaMy feelings on “How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea” are a bit mixed. On the one hand, I really love getting to see how hilariously uniquely Australia handled the Rising. I’d not really thought about how other countries would be handling things in different ways, but now I really want more stories set in other places. The commentary on Australia seems pretty on point from everything I’ve heard (though I’ve never been).On the other hand, this story did drag a bit. As much as I love Mahir, he’s too tired to be too bantery for most of the story due to jetlag. It’s not really plot-driven either, more about the science and looking at zombie kangaroos than anything. For what this novella actually accomplishes, it’s overlong. But zombie kangaroos and wombats are pretty damn cool.The Day the Dead Came to Show and TellWow, this one’s really strong. Like, “How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea,” it’s long, almost a hundred pages in this huge hardback. Unlike the prior novella, though, the pace is fast. Where that story lacked in high stakes, this one was high stakes in novella form. It’s about an elementary school suffering an outbreak. Unlike “San Diego 2014,” you know some people are going to survive. Very cool. Very painful. Massively brutal. (view spoiler)[I cannot believe Elaine had to break a kindergartener’s neck. Holy shit. (hide spoiler)] Also, it’s very zombie horror in a way that Newsflesh generally isn’t, if you’re into that sort of thing.Please Do Not Taunt the OctopusThus far, “Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus” was my least favorite in the collection, being both long and the one I felt least connected to. The end picks up, but the first several sections are slow. The constant riffing on “mad science” also got really old. Also, this short story further enhanced my frustration with Parasitology because Dr. Shannon Abbey is basically Dr. Shanti Cale and Foxy is Tansy. It’s not a bad novella, but I don’t think it shines as much as the others have.All the Pretty Little HorsesWoo! I’ve made it to the new stories, written for this collection. I’m not really sure why I’m more excited for these when I hadn’t read any of them before but whatever they feel special. In “All the Pretty Little Horses,” Grant takes us on a deep dive into the Masons in a post-Rising world. The story does make them a bit more sympathetic for sure, and adds some great characterization for them. On the other hand, Michael Mason does not have the most compelling of voices. The Masons are not particularly funny or sarcastic, so I do not love the writing in their section as much as in other stories. Ironically, this does speak to the quality of the voice, but it is not my favorite.Coming to You Live“This is what you asked for.” So says Grant’s Introduction. Well, to be entirely fair, we asked for fan fiction fluff of certain people being spectacularly happy. Shockingly, Grant did not deliver that. I admit to being a bit grumpy that “Coming to You Live” was not that, but seeing these guys again means a lot. I love that Shaun’s still completely fucked up, and I love that he finally feels okay enough to try to get help. <3As a whole, this collection contains some of the best novellas I’ve read. They’re not essential to the Newsflesh Trilogy experience, but there’s some really amazing background and some great peeks into the future. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but who would ever really expect that of Grant?

  • Amanda
    2018-08-09 20:05

    4.5 stars - it took me quite awhile to get through all these stories but I'm really glad I kept going. The stories are all great but the last couple are definite 5 stars. Love this whole series.

  • Kristalia
    2018-07-24 17:07

    So here is a short list so I remember before reading this which stories I have read.Countdown"Everglades"San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsHow Green This Land, How Blue This SeaThe Day the Dead Came to Show and TellPlease Do Not Taunt the OctopusAll the Pretty Little HorsesComing to You LiveSo basically. Almost everything. And I have book 4 to read too. Oh joy! I need to sort out my priorities and this is high on the list

  • Sunil
    2018-07-20 18:02

    Rise collects all of the Newsflesh novellas (and one short story) in one beautiful place, AND gives us two new novellas! Which is what this review will focus on, since I have reviewed all the other novellas: Countdown, San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea, The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell, and Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus.(I did re-read "Everglades," having read it years ago, and it remains Not My Jam storywise, though it's very moody.)Oh, with this collection you get lots of fun introductions! The introductions are worth reading.Anyway, the two new novellas are cleverly chosen/written, as one is pre-series and one is post-series, and each one focuses on (view spoiler)[a different pair of traumatized Masons trying, in their own way, to move on and live their lives. (hide spoiler)]"All the Pretty Little Horses" finally gives us the Michael and Stacy Mason backstory that's only been hinted at before, as a husband does his best to give the wife who was forced to shoot their son some form of redemption, no matter how much she denies herself forgiveness. It's poignant as hell because we see Stacy through Michael's eyes and we feel almost as helpless as he does, yet find just as much hope in every little smile, every small step toward happiness she makes, that they make together. All of this happens in a zombie-infested Bay Area, of course, which means that at any moment a rescue mission could turn into survival horror. It's a touching portrayal of a marriage healing itself, and I love how it explains so much about who they are, who they became, what Shaun and Georgia meant to them, and how Shaun and Georgia became who they were because of their parents."Coming to You Live" finally gives us the (view spoiler)[Shaun and Georgia Mason epilogue (hide spoiler)] that Seanan never intended to write but here it is. As you might expect, things do not go well. I don't want to hint at anything regarding this one, but I found it both harrowing and satisfying: Seanan manages to make us both regret asking for this and be thankful we got it.Rise is a great collection, though I don't know if non-Newsflesh fans will pick it up. Apart from the first few novellas, the novellas are much better appreciated with knowledge of the series and its characters, and the last novella is, of course, spoilery as all hell. But as a showcase for Mira Grant's writing, character work, and worldbuilding? Goddamn.

  • Danielle
    2018-08-13 18:50

    The part of my chest where my heart used to be hurts.

  • Anelis
    2018-08-05 18:49

    Since this is a collection of short stories I'll write my thoughts separately for each one.1. Countdown(Pre-rising)How everything began. Normally, this would be the beginning of a zombie movie. We learn exactly how the virus was formed and spread. Interesting and exciting. I remember when I first read it I was annoyed with the olde trope of "damn hippies go and free the monkeys and everything turns to shit". I still am tired of it.2.Everglades(Pre-rising)It was so short I barely remember it. It had memories of a grandpa and alligators. Not bad.3.San Diego 2014(Pre-rising)Good old geek fun. Is also good as a standalone story. Zombies at ComiCon, full with cosplay and shit. Yeah!4.How Green This Land How Blue This Sea(Post-rising)Mahir goes to Australia and sees zombie kangaroos. Interesting ideas - Australian security is very different - which is nice since we (at least we as Europeans) always criticize american media's use of fear on their citizens. Nice to see Mira taking this approach. 5.The Day The Dead Came To Show And Tell(Post-rising)How cool is this title? Even if it's a lie, because it wasn't "show and tell" day. At first I was a bit annoyed with the emotional milking of the tragedy that is when kids die. The story is so fast paced though, and filled with excitement and agony, that I quickly forgot about it. Did not care for the protagonist before reading this, now I do.6.Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus(Post-rising)Meh. Companion to the previous story. I enjoyed the action scenes but not much else. Very little octopus also.7. All the Pretty Little Horses(Pre-Post-rising)A story exclusive to this volume. Where we learn all about the Masons. Grant wrote them as total monsters for the duration of the Newsflesh series, and now we get to learn why they became that way. Couldn't care less really. Got the chills however at the last chapter, when they decide to adopt.8.Coming To You Live(Post-rising)Also a story exclusive to this volume. An epilogue of what happened to the protagonists. I did not need this. The whole feeling of the story was much darker than that of the books. Reminded me of novels like The Road, and movies like Winter's Bone. Alone in a wasteland, post-apocalypse type of thing. Could have done without. Wasn't bad though.

  • Devann
    2018-08-05 16:54

    I had been avoiding reading this for ages because, while I like Newsflesh, I generally hate zombie fiction as a whole and was worried that reading about characters other than George and Shaun would kind of ruin the experience for me. As always, I should have just trusted Seanan because she uses these stories to take a lot of minor characters from the main series and make me love them just as much as everyone else! There also is one story at the end following up with George and Shaun's story. Ominously the introduction states only 'this is what you asked for', but it was actually a really great story and I just missed them so much. If you've read the other Newsflesh books and were on the fence about this one I would definitely recommend it.

  • Wendy F
    2018-08-07 14:08

    Generally I’m not a fan of companion short story novels. I made one of my rare exceptions for Rise because I seriously love this world and these characters. Shawn and Georgia Mason, Alaric and Mahir… together they make up my favorite Zombie reality, that’s including the crew of Walking Dead. There’s something so inspirational about how humanity managed to triumph over the zombie apocalypse and even find a way to thrive. I’d love to see this story on the screen.Anyway, my emotions ran the gamut with Rise. There were stories like The Last Stand of the California Browncoats that broke my heart, and made me sob. (As a Firefly/Joss fan myself, this touched me.) Then, there was Everglades that made me feel nothing, which was probably only because it was really really short. I didn’t have the opportunity to know the character. As a character driven reader, really empathizing and caring about the character is imperative for me.I think what I enjoyed the most about Rise was the opportunity to get to spend more time with beloved characters, but also to read how the virus started, and how it affected the whole world. In particular, I loved reading about Alex Kellis and his husband in Countdown. He was innocent, as far as any scientist can be. He was doing work that many may considered dangerous, but isn’t that what scientists do? They discover ways to help humanity thrive. He never intended anything negative with his cure for the common cold. In the end he lost everything, and was villainized despite how screwed up the reporters lies were, and fact that it was the actions of the activists that truly caused chaos. It was so tragic.Most importantly, what Rise really succeeded in accomplishing was getting me all amped up about Feedback. I know it’s not going to be about the Mason’s, but it is going to bring us back to the world and hopefully give us more amazing characters to love. Goodness knows, I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye.Thank you to Orbit Books via Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.For this and other reviews, please visit Badass Book Reviews.

  • Nancy
    2018-08-05 20:09

    To be fair, I only read the two new novellas (and the short story I hadn't read before... and all the intros), so it's not like I read the whole book through. But I'd read those novellas before (and still think that what Mira Grant pulls off in San Diego 2014 is rather amazing), and I liked them all.As for the new stories, they're pretty great. Not to give anything away, but "All the Pretty Little Horses" gives some pretty unsympathetic characters from the full novels remarkable depth and I think meeting them again in the novels will be a different sort of experience. As for "Coming to You Live," even with everything they're going through and how difficult it sometimes was being in their heads, I just found that I'd missed those voices.

  • Roz
    2018-07-28 19:03

    Most of these stories I've read before, but I loved rereading them! When I got to the last story I actually shrieked, I was so happy it was about them! After the first page, however, I was so depressed, I had to put the book down. Way to go, Grant.. I haven't given every story 5 stars (like How Green..), but the whole book deserves all the stars! (I wanted to reread Feed before the new book, but I don't think I can put myself through that pain again..)

  • Deborah
    2018-08-02 15:58

    I'm reviewing the stand-alone ones separately because I had already read some of them. Don't miss the introductions to ones you've already read. I didn't really enjoy Everglades, but it's very short. The two new ones are very good, especially All the Pretty Little Horses. I love the first paragraph of the acknowledgments.

  • Kara
    2018-07-19 15:59

    I love this series and I will continue to read every single book, novella, and short story published until the author decides to stop writing them. There are two new stories in this collection! One about the Masons before and one about Shawn and Georgia after.

  • Melanie
    2018-08-09 18:39

    My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.4.5 starsThis is a collection of stories that are set in the world of the Newsflesh series. Many of these stories have been previously released in some form, but Countdown is the only one that I was familiar with prior to starting this anthology. I really believe that this collection is a must read/listen to fans of the Newsflesh series. If you haven’t started the Newsflesh trilogy, there are some stories here that will have spoilers for the series. I would recommend reading/listening to the first three books before tackling this one. If you haven’t started this series, it is a really fun zombie series, with a mix of horror, suspense, humor and even some romance. For me, it was the mix of horror and humor that made this series so much fun, not to mention the wonderful characters.CountdownThis story is about how The Rising comes about. Amanda Amberlee is cured of leukemia with the Amberlee Virus. Then there is Dr. Kellis, who is working on the cure for the common cold. However, it is still in the testing stage until some morons decide to release it upon the world so that everyone is cured, not just the people with money. When the two viruses come together, they create the Kellis Amberlee Virus, which causes the zombies.EvergladesThis story was very short and follows a girl named Debbie who was on a college campus during The Rising. She uses some survivalist knowledge she got from her grandfather to stay safe during the initial outbreak.San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsThis story is one of my favorites in this anthology. It is about The Rising starting at ComicCon in San Diego. Can you imagine that? Trying to deal with a brand new outbreak of zombies, which you didn’t know were real, at ComicCon. There were some really great characters. The story is told from Mahir who is interviewing a survivor. The story breaks from the main storytelling to have Mahir and Lorelei Tuttle have discussions about the story she is telling Mahir, even though is told from several POVs.How Green This Land, How Blue This SeaThis is another favorite. It takes place after the third book in the series. Mahir travels to Australia to see how things are done there. They have much more lax security there. He ponders that it is because the Australians have been dealing nature trying to kill them for years. Were zombies that much different?There was one thing that no one considered, however: Australia was populated by Australians. When the rest of us were trying to adapt to a world that suddenly seemed bent on eradicating the human race, the Australians had been dealing with a hostile environment for centuries. They looked upon our zombie apocalypse, and they were not impressed.The Day the Dead Came to Show and TellThis story is about a kindergarten teacher and her class as she tries to save them when there is an outbreak at her school. Now, this doesn’t take place during The Rising. I can’t remember how long after, but there was security in place to help prevent outbreaks. Kids were strapped to their desks and there was blood tests throughout the school. Also, the teachers wore protective gear when they went out for recess and even carried guns.Please Do Not Taunt the OctopusThis was a great story about Dr. Shannon Abbey. We meet her in the second book. She is quite a lot of fun. She is a bit of a mad scientist. She runs an underground virology lab and does tests that the CDC can’t because of many bureaucratic reasons. I love Shannon Abbey. She is the right mix of crazy and smarts.All The Pretty Little Horses (Brand New Story)This is the story of how Shaun and Georgia’s parents become the legendary bloggers that they become just a few years after The Rising. It has been three years since Stacy and Michael Mason lost their son, Phillip, to The Rising. Specifically, a beloved neighbor’s dog turned (yes, all mammals over a certain weight of about 40 pounds, if I remember correctly, can be turned) and let’s just say Phillip was too young to turn. Stacy puts Phillip out of his misery and the courts rule that it wasn’t murder, but Stacy doesn’t see it that way. Michael starts to look for anything to get her out of bed and acting like a living human being again. They go to clear out areas that are deemed unsuitable and look for survivors in infested areas. They become the journalist of this new world.Coming to You Live (Brand New Story)This story takes place at the end of the series. It features all the characters we’ve come to love throughout the series. I’m not going to mention names for people who haven’t read the series yet. I don’t want you to know who lives and who dies, because there are a lot of deaths of beloved characters in this series. While I really enjoyed seeing all my favorite characters from this series, I don’t know that I really liked the story itself. I think it was better with how the series ended than what happened in this story. I guess it was great for the characters to all come together again, but for me personally, I would’ve prefered things left the way they were. So not horrible, but my least favorite story in this collection.NarrationThese were all new-to-me narrators. I have no idea why they haven’t picked narrators for this series and stuck with them. I think there has been at least one narrator change for each book, which is frustrating as a listener. That being said, I thought all three of these narrators did a great job. All the narrators in this series, in all the books, have done an amazing job. I would just like to see consistency across the series. If given the choice, I would still go back and listen to these books over reading them. One, because I prefer to listen. Two, I think each of the different narrators have done a great job.**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Craig
    2018-08-13 20:46

    This is a very long collection of all of the Newsflesh short pieces. Most of the surviving characters from the original trilogy appear, and new and interesting ones are introduced. Countdown is the introductory piece that introduces the apocalypse, Everglades is a very short bittersweet tale of choices, San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats is a terrific action tale that celebrates fandom, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea shows more of the impact worldwide and is set in a very charming Australia, The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell is the best horror story set in a school I've read since Dan Simmons' This Year's Class Picture, Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus (terrific title!) takes us back to the scientific setting in which Grant so excels, All the Pretty Little Horses appears in this book for the first time and is an excellent story that explains the development of the elder Masons, and Coming to You Live also appears here for the time and is the big pay-off story that answers the big questions left after the conclusion of the trilogy. Each story has an interesting and illuminating introduction, but the one-liner that prefaces Coming to You Live is the truest and best. This is one of my favorite books of the year so far.

  • Tracy
    2018-07-20 22:09

    Loved this. I had read several of the stories before and I really enjoyed this compilation of all of the Newsflesh stories and novellas. Some standouts were "San Diego 2014: Last Stand of the California Browncoats" which made me cry again, "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell" which broke my heart.I also loved "Please do not taunt the Octopus", the no nonsense tone of the narrator was very welcome. Any one who enjoyed the newsflesh books would definitely enjoy these stories and most of you have probably already read them. I'm just slow.

  • Denlillebogblog
    2018-08-05 16:47

    3½ stars.

  • Stephanie Moore
    2018-08-01 13:43

    I loved this collection so so so much. The stories expanded the world so much for me, even though they were just tiny novellas. Every single one brought some moving, tear-inducing detail to the table.My favorite one has to be "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell". That one actually brought me to tears and made me so sad and anxious that I had to put the book down a couple of times.My only negative for this book has to be that I forgot how weirded out by Shaun and Georgia's relationship I am. I couldn't get over the fact that they were raised as siblings (and refer to each other as brother and sister) and were sleeping with each other.

  • Maya
    2018-07-21 21:02

    Oh my goodness, I'm so happy to have had this in my life. This series has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I can't believe I've never read any short fiction from this world before. To those friends of mine who are reading this and haven't read Feed - do it. Do the thing. Right now.COUNTDOWNWhat an introduction! I already knew most of these events from the main series, but it was kinda cool to see it in action. It probably doesn't help that I'm also reading The Stand, which is also a post-apocalyptic novel about infections. Huh. Either way, a fantastic little story. Oh, and Marigold transmuting nearly broke my heart!EVERGLADESI'm not really sure what to think of this one. It was interesting but only a little. The perspective of the apocalypse from a student's eyes was different, but I think the story itself was too short to do it justice.SAN DIEGO 2014: THE LAST STAND OF THE CALIFORNIA BROWNCOATSThis is seriously one of the most badass pieces of fiction I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Holy cow. Besides the fact that it's the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE taking place at a COMIC CON, it's one of the most wonderful and heartbreaking things I've ever read. I didn't cry, but it was close!HOW GREEN THIS LAND, HOW BLUE THIS SEASo this one was a lot cooler than I thought it would end up being. I mean, number one - zombie kangaroos. Number two - Mahir! Yay! Number three - did I mention zombie kangaroos?Either way, it was super cool to see the differences between Newsflesh-America and Newsflesh-Australia. It makes sense that the security protocols for both would be different and the reasoning behind it makes super good sense. The people in Australia are already used to murderous creatures in their back yard, what difference would zombification be?THE DAY THE DEAD CAME TO SHOW AND TELLJesus fuck. If I could give these stories different stars, this would get a million. My heart is in absolute shreds. I can't stop crying. I simultaneously want to vomit and drink myself into a coma. This is the worst nightmare when it comes to zombie apocalypse scenarios. When you think that you've got enough security to get around mass outbreaks, and that it would be impossible to have them - this is what happens when you get too secure. When you're sure everything is going to be okay and then nothing is ever okay again. This is where the illusion of safety is shattered. Everyone, regardless of whether or not you're a Newsflesh fan... Pick this up. Read it. Seriously, it's worth every second. PLEASE DO NOT TAUNT THE OCTOPUSThe only thing I can really say about this story that its description doesn't already say for me is... Foxy is seriously badass and I'm really glad that you can bribe her to be on the good side. Also, it hurts your heart more after reading SHOW AND TELL.ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSESIt's so nice to see the amount of love that Michael had for Stacy, how worried he was about her after Phillip died. It was refreshing after what we've seen of the Masons through Shaun and George's eyes. And Stacy, the original post-Rising Irwin, coming back to life by discovering that there's still something she can enjoy. COMING TO YOU LIVEThis picks up after the trilogy ends, with Shaun and George. "My name is Shaun Mason, and I am not okay."Either are we, Shaun. Either are we.To sum it all up:This anthology has done nothing but get me super excited about Feedback, which I was already super excited for. All of these short stories were amazing. There were a couple I could have lived without reading, but most of them were worth every second. My favorite : The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell. Hands down. I'll be changed by this and probably want to curl in a ball and die any time I hear about it.My least favorite : Everglades. I could have done without it, but it was by no means bad fiction.Until we meet again, Seanan.

  • Ariel
    2018-07-25 20:48

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  • Minh
    2018-08-08 19:45

    There's something about the length of a novella which is misleading, when you're reading one on its own it ends entirely too quickly. However when grouped together as one mass omnibus it quicky becomes apparent just how much material we're talking about. And so was the case with Rise, over the past few years little stories have been drip fed to us and are now finally in one volume for our reading pleasure. The thing is, the drips rather worked, there's a magic to the stories when they're read with time separating them, the shocks and reveals come quickly and feel somewhat muted when all together. Foxy is still the standout however. And of course it's the last two stories that everyone has come for, our reunion with George and Shaun, messed up as ever and facing a medical emergency when it appears that Georgia's clone body is failing them at last. Because it's the rising nothing good ever happens and there's more ugliness to come in this universe, but the story is a welcome piece of closure in the overall universe.

  • Marie
    2018-08-12 13:42

    I picked the 100% best time to finally get around to reading the Newsflesh collection.... right after this was published. Score! So I read all the books and continued on to these collection of short stories, so everything was new to me.How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea and Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus were fun. I mean there are always the on edge moments (because ZOMBIES), but they were enjoyable stories and fun to read. Loved them!The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell was..... well, it gave me nightmares. But it was a good story, and helped understand a character. And of course, Coming to You Live, about George and Shaun and life after death (ha) which I needed. I needed those ends tied up, and I was happy to hear it. I wanted more, way more about them.The rest were good, even if they didn't stand out, I enjoyed reading them.I also really enjoyed the forwards to each story.

  • Kerry
    2018-08-03 17:47

    This is a collection of all Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)'s short stories in the Newsflesh universe.I hadn't read any of these since they were originally published, so it was a nice chance for a reread. I happily rediscovered the early stories in the collection, but I admit I skimmed The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell and Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus. The first was because I didn't really need to live through all those children dying all over again and the second because I first read it only three to four months ago.The two new stories were great. It was lovely to see Michael and Stacy Mason coping with the immediate aftermath of the Rising and the last one (which I'm not going to say anything much about at all) was an excellent piece that leaves the way open for more stories is they are there to tell.

  • Shannon Luchies
    2018-07-26 16:46

    VERY very good book. Collects the perviously released ebooks, as well as adding two new stories.'All the Pretty Little Horses' brings us back to the elder Masons, Michael and Stacy. We knew, after Countdown, how horribly badly they were damaged by the Rising, and this story both spells it out as well as showing how they became the folks we met in the original trilogy. 'Coming to you live' shows what happened to Georgia and Shaun after the end of the books. Amusingly, Grant's introduction is just 'This is what you asked for.' So... be careful what you wish for? *lol* Good story, and yeah, I guess we shouldn't have expected a Happily Ever After. Also ties in to 'Do not Taunt the Octopus from earlier in the book...

  • Penny Ramirez
    2018-08-14 20:50

    Oh this was good. I'd read all but one of the short stories before this hardcover came out, so I read that, all of the introductions, and the two novellas original to this book. Wow. Just wow.This is such an awesome world, and I hate to see it go. I have book 4 to read, but it's from other points of view. I do so love Georgia and Shaun.

  • Suzy (ereaderuser)
    2018-08-02 16:02

    Only giving this a 5 star rating because of the 2 new stories. I hate that this author combined those with old stories that many people had already purchased. That being said, this is on my list of all time favorite top 10 series.

  • Ashley
    2018-08-04 17:58

    I liked most of the stories in here. I was worried after not liking the parasitology books at all that maybe I didn't love Mira Grant's stuff and that nothing would ever be as good as the original Newsflesh books but this is a solid collection.