Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Leaning Pile of Books

I thought I was going to have a week without one of these posts but then yesterday I found one ARC in my mailbox.




Feed by Mira Grant

This is the first book in the Newsflesh series (also known to me as the "RSS Zombie" book, as my husband started calling it). According to Orbit's website, it will be released in May, but I noticed Amazon says it will be available on April 27. In spite of the fact that I normally avoid zombie books like - well, kind of like I would the actual zombie apocalypse - I am considering reading this one. For one thing, Mira Grant is another name for Seanan McGuire and I did really enjoy her novel Rosemary and Rue. Secondly, I read the first paragraph and am actually rather curious about it now.

10 comments:

orannia said...

I look forward to hearing what you think, although I normally avoid zombie books like...well, like the plague :)

BTW, did you see the Book Smugglers' stash? OMG so many pretties. I love the sound of some of them!

crackberrybooks said...

ahhhh now myself, i can never resist a zombie novel :)

TJ said...

I want to read FEED desperately... :P

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Ooh, this one is in my TBR pile. I hope you enjoy it!

Seanan said...

Hiya!

About two-thirds of my early reading/editing pool is the same between the Toby books and the Newsflesh trilogy, and the thing I think I hear most often is "I hate zombie books. I love this." So I'd give it a shot. It's less straight horror than it is political science fiction with a virological framework (and me having fun with horrible diseases).

I do find it sadly ironic that I'm the biggest horror nut I know, and when I write a horror novel, there's no evisceration.

Kristen said...

Orannia - Yeah, I do too - I'm very squeamish so I tend to avoid books about creatures that eat brains. But this one is sounding more and more interesting based on the first paragraph and what Seanan said about it above. It's moved from "I'll consider reading it" to "I'll definitely try it."

Oh yes, I never miss the stash posts! Even though my wallet would probably be happier if I did.

crackberrybooks - I'm just too easily grossed out to seek them out.

TJ - Even though I'm not a zombie fan, it's starting to really make me curious...

Nikki - Thanks, I hope you like it too!

Seanan - Hi, thank you for telling me more about the book! Usually I avoid reading horror (especially if it sounds gory). However, I do like political science fiction, the first paragraph really intrigued me and I really enjoyed your first book so I've decided I will definitely give this one a try. I'm getting more and more curious about it.

And because of it my husband has been inspired to start a zombie blog...

crackberrybooks said...

A zombie blog sounds very cool! will you be posting a link? I have a husband who's a big zombie fan too :)

writtenwyrdd said...

Okay, the pseudonym is a case of Platform: Fail, because I wouldn't have touched this book either without hearing it was the the author of Rosemary & Rue, which I really liked.

Seanan said...

writtenwyrdd - I can totally see where it would be a Platform: Fail for you (and I'm really glad you liked R&R!), but I tell people it's sort of like when Disney launched Touchstone: it was a good way of saying "this is not the same." I already get some folks judging my urban fantasy by paranormal romance standards, where I'll lose by default, due to having insufficient romance. I don't want my political distopian techno-virus-zombie-thriller being judged by urban fantasy standards, because it's very different.

And now I will stop lurking this post. :) Also, hi.

Kristen said...

crackberrybooks - My husband actually isn't a zombie fan, either. He is, however, a website designer who does a lot with social media so the zombie RSS thing gave him an idea...

writtenwyrd - I know what you mean - if I hadn't been doing these weekly posts on books received and actually making sure I had the facts on the book before mentioning it, I may have overlooked it. After I saw Mira Grant and Seanan McGuire were the same, though, it made me curious enough to read a little bit of it and now I'm curious enough that I will read it. (And I felt like I should have recognized the book because I know I'd seen she was writing a horror book under the name Mira Grant before but it had slipped my mind.)

Seanan - Thanks for the further information. I always find it interesting to find out more about about publishing decisions like that one.