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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. Well, to be entirely fair, we asked for fan fiction fluff of certain people being spectacularly happy. Shockingly, Grant did not deliver that.

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View 1 comment. Oct 07, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: audible. The stories are all great but the last couple are definite 5 stars. Love this whole series. View 2 comments. May 21, Sunil rated it really liked it Shelves: Rise collects all of the Newsflesh novellas and one short story in one beautiful place, AND gives us two new novellas! I did re-read "Everglades," having read it years ago, and it remains Not My Jam storywise, th Rise collects all of the Newsflesh novellas and one short story in one beautiful place, AND gives us two new novellas!

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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. 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. 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.

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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? Feb 26, Kristalia marked it as to-read-asap Shelves: type-book-extras , type-anthologies.

So here is a short list so I remember before reading this which stories I have read. 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. Since this is a collection of short stories I'll write my thoughts separately for each one. 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. Everglades Pre-rising It was so short I barely remember it. It Since this is a collection of short stories I'll write my thoughts separately for each one. It had memories of a grandpa and alligators. Not bad. San Diego Pre-rising Good old geek fun. Is also good as a standalone story. Zombies at ComiCon, full with cosplay and shit.

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. 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.

Companion to the previous story. I enjoyed the action scenes but not much else. Very little octopus also. 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. 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. Apr 06, Danielle rated it it was amazing. The part of my chest where my heart used to be hurts.

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Apr 26, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-fiction , zombies , horror , totally-fun-read , speculative-fiction , totally-fun-to-read , made-me-cry , here-comes-the-apocalypse , library-books. Loved this. I had read several of the stories before and I really enjoyed this compilation of all of the Newsflesh stories and novellas. 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 ha Loved this. 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. Sep 19, Carrie brightbeautifulthings rated it liked it Shelves: horrorshow , urban-fantasy , zombies-run , story-collections. As soon as I picked up Rise, I remembered why I had put it off for so long.

Maybe that was a mistake? Stay tuned for more. There are spoilers ahead for Feed, Deadline, and Blackout ahead. Rise is a collection of novellas and short stories set in the Newsflesh universe, some decades after the zombie virus known as Kellis-Amberlee was released, infecting every person and most large mammals on the planet and causing the dead to rise. The stories span from pre-Newsflesh during the zombie uprising itself to post-Newsflesh where familiar characters like Dr.

It absolutely was a mistake. Give yourself plenty of time and consider taking breaks to read something else in between stories. Rise is clearly a labor of love, but pages is a heavy demand to put on even the most dedicated readers. I love the Newsflesh series, and I loved some of these stories more than others, but I wish I would have approached it differently. What makes me think I can pound an page novel in a week? Hubris, partly. Insanity, possibly. Sheer lack of foresight, likely.

I enjoyed the various character cameos from the series, as many of the stories are framed by After The End Times staff reporting on those events, but that was about it. Fortunately, the second half of the collection is a lot stronger than the first. I love George and Shaun, and I like Dr. Abbey quite a bit, so seeing more of their stories was exactly what I signed up for. They also have two of the best plots if not the best in the collection, plus a cameo of a villain from Feedback for attentive readers. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings. Jan 31, Devann rated it really liked it Shelves: star , g-scifi-dystopian , cr-zombies , c-dl , znew-year-old-series , a-adult.

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. Omi 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.

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. I hate to say that as much as I love this universe and Grant's take on the zombie apocalypse, I simply couldn't bring myself to CARE about most of the events in these stories.

They seemed so peripheral and unnecessary to me. But that might have been because I read them immediately after reading the source material rather than allowing some time for the original to settle in the back of my mind. Grant is still a fantastic writer and the science is weird and interesting and the world is so much bi I hate to say that as much as I love this universe and Grant's take on the zombie apocalypse, I simply couldn't bring myself to CARE about most of the events in these stories.

Grant is still a fantastic writer and the science is weird and interesting and the world is so much bigger than we saw even in three relatively long novels. But I read this collection at the wrong time to really enjoy it. Aug 21, Carey rated it really liked it. I like these stories a lot more than the actual Newsflesh series. I think side stories are always more interesting than the main plot. I kind of struggled though with my stars. But I really dislike a lot of her female characters.

They're all super genius types with massive chips on their shoulders and affected personality traits. That gets tiring. Also, I only skimmed the last story because I'm more than a little sq I like these stories a lot more than the actual Newsflesh series. Also, I only skimmed the last story because I'm more than a little squicked out by Shaun and Georgia's relationship. Overall though, I devoured this book. It was what I needed right now. Jun 02, Wendy F rated it really liked it Shelves: companions-shorts-novella , I made one of my rare exceptions for Rise because I seriously love this world and these characters.

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. Then, there was Everglades that made me feel nothing, which was probably only because it was really really short. 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. 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. 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. Aug 14, keikii Eats Books rated it really liked it. Most were published as standalones prior to their entry into this collection. While none of these are strictly necessary to read, some of them are quite worth the read anyway. Alexander Kellis is working on a cure for the common cold, but before he could test it, a news article comes out lying about his intentions and a group decide to steal and release it.

The CDC has been tracking the spread of Kellis's cure, and they are terrified. But, what's the worst that could happen? I really enjoyed this novella. I think I like Outbreak stories the least of all the zombie story types. Yet, this one was really good. Maybe it is because I had heard the tale before, in bits and pieces, as Shaun and Georgia tell it to us, and I wanted to know more.

Maybe it is because of the way it is presented. All I know is I did not want to set this down. This story is presented to us in a way that keeps hope alive, though every one of the readers of this novella knows the outcome. It starts out like today is any other day, before everything goes wrong. A single lie, one almost anyone could make. One death, a death hundreds every day encounter, unavoidable. And then. Then the fear, then the panic. Yet this isn't just what we have been told before. I can't tell if I was an inattentive reader before, or some of the facts changed.

There was new stuff, too. How the cure for the cold reacted to different things, not just Marburg-Amberlee. We also see the Masons, before anything was even confirmed. Before the worst had happened. Professor Mason is calling out zombie movements. All she can do is wait. This is a very, very short tale, strictly unnecessary to read.

It is mostly a scared young woman being glad that her grandparents are no longer alive to see the rising. No one knows what is going on. She is the only survivor of the San Diego Comic Con. This is their tale. This was interesting, but I could have done with less fan service. Technically, this is a story being told after the events of the Newsflesh trilogy, about events that happened during the rising.

It is nearly completely spoiler free for the trilogy, though, and you should feel free to read this prior to it if you wish. This is basically a love letter to the Comic Con. If you take out all the fanservice, this is a pretty basic tale of "everyone gets trapped in a building with no way out and the zombies have come" story. The interesting part is that we're talking to the only survivor as she recounts the worst event in her life, 30 years after it happened. If there is one thing I know about Seanan, it is that she really, really likes weird creatures.

Australia is the perfect hunting ground for her to show off this love. Prepare yourself for a lot of "everything in Australia can kill you, even the zombies! Maybe the zombies are less dangerous than the wildlife, even. This was pretty interesting because it showcases just how deeply into the fear America, and the rest of the world, has fallen since the Rising. Australia has sensible measures, and they're just as well off, maybe more so.

There aren't a hundred blood tests a day, there aren't armed guards everywhere. It is people, living with their new world, instead of away from it. This also continues the tale of Reservoir Conditions. This isn't strictly a fun little tale of someone from a deeply scared country going to a more sensible country. It is continuing the news that they released in Blackout. When an outbreak occurs at her school, she does everything in her power to save her students.

Jesus fucking christ, Seanan. I need a drink. And to never, ever read this novella again. I'm so glad I don't have kids. If there is one story I would say to read in this entire series, it would be this novella. Shannon Abbey runs an illegal lab, and one day some woman shows up asking for her help. Only problem is, no one is quite certain who she is or why she came, other than to be drugged into oblivion. Well, I enjoyed this story a hell of a lot. I wasn't expecting to be horrified all over again, but it happened as well.

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Abbey, honestly, but it wasn't this. I always really liked her, she was fun and strong. Being inside her head just was really a special treat. Plus it was fun in its randomness. Even though it made the bottom drop out of my stomach when I realised what was going on. He pulled some strings, and now they're going with to clean out the Zoo. And after that? We'll see.

This really manages to humanise the Masons. We know what they're like in the trilogy, cold, callous, only caring about ratings. Here is how they got that way. This comes before the series even starts, and there are no spoilers for it. It is still best read after you have completed the trilogy. I enjoyed reading this, even if I still hate them. My insatiable hunger for more of the Masons was only fueled by this story, not calmed.

Probably because I hoped for a nice, comforting story, and this wasn't any of those. Still amazing though. Did you know you can taste your heart in your throat? I do, now. I just wanted to see their happily ever after. In the end though, I loved this. See more reviews in this series and others at keikii eats books. Jun 29, Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves: work-reads , year To be fair, I only read the two new novellas and the short story I hadn't read before But I'd read those novellas before and still think that what Mira Grant pulls off in San Diego 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 thin To be fair, I only read the two new novellas and the short story I hadn't read before 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. May 03, Roz rated it it was amazing Shelves: , science-fiction , favs 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.. I wanted to reread Feed before the new book, but I don't think I can put myself through that pain again.. Feb 10, Deborah rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-stories , library , read-when-new. 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. Jun 27, Kara rated it really liked it Shelves: series , short-stories , fantasy. 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.

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One about the Masons before and one about Shawn and Georgia after. My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens. 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. For me, it was the mix of horror and humor that made this series so much fun, not to mention the wonderful characters. Countdown This 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. Everglades This 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. Can you imagine that? 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. 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? The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell This story is about a kindergarten teacher and her class as she tries to save them when there is an outbreak at her school. 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. Shannon Abbey. We meet her in the second book. She is quite a lot of fun. She is a bit of a mad scientist. I love Shannon Abbey. She is the right mix of crazy and smarts. 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. I think it was better with how the series ended than what happened in this story. So not horrible, but my least favorite story in this collection. Narration These were all new-to-me narrators. 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.


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Two, I think each of the different narrators have done a great job. If you are a fan of the Newsflesh series, this is a must read but only after reading all 3 novels. You get a look into what happened after Blackout. It also takes place shortly after The Rising, so you see how society is changing and dealing with this new reality. Abbey and see what she's up to a If you are a fan of the Newsflesh series, this is a must read but only after reading all 3 novels. Abbey and see what she's up to as well as learning a little more about her backstory.

More about Foxy here too! Michael and Stacy were not sympathetic characters to me and I kind of hated them. This makes them a little more likable. What I didn't like: Coming to You Live I don't feel like this added to anything, except to possibly give closure to people who needed it. Oct 13, Craig rated it it was amazing. 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 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 This is a very long collection of all of the Newsflesh short pieces.

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