Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box
Word count: ~3,900
hahahah awesome! if every book i read this year is as short as this one, i am well on my way to victory!!!
but i am not trying to cheat - i really did want to read this, and since i borrowed this blessed nook, i was able to read all sorts of interstitial and prequel type books and stories.
and this one.
which is kind of neither, but is a fantastic story by an author who has...more
If the name Mira Grant sounds familiar, then you've probably read her Newsflesh series and you know she's an awesome writer, as I am now convinced she is.
I admit, although I have Feed(Newsflesh#1) on my TBR list, I haven't gotten around to reading it, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this short story.
By the end, that comes way too soon, all my doubts aside,The Boxis great!
Andy, Mike, Sandi, Elsa, Ryan and Cole have been friends since highschool, when they first invented, accident...more
Like Mira Grant's other books, this short is set in the Newsflesh universe and and revolves around virology. This short story is chilling and haunting; I felt that this was something that could actually happen. It's not unheard of tha...more
This is told from several different POV’s but is easy to follow. We meet the creators of the viruses and see how they were well intentioned. In this case, it seems that the road to Hell really was paved with good intentions. We also meet the Masons in this story and see how normal they were when all t...more
I was so surprised how short this story was. I thought it would consist at least a two or few more chapters but whoa. It was too short than what I expected. No chapters. Just a very short story. I admit at first I was kind of feeling lost tuning on the characters' entire 'game' but later on, thankfully, I caught up. I thought it would somehow connect to the Newsflesh series yet the 'diseases'(<--it's literally not a codename) mentioned differed to that of the series. I would've enjoy...more
I, however, am going to harp on the fact that this was a very predictable story. If I can tell you the ending of a story by the third page, I don't like the story, simple as. I wish I had been wrong; if this was meant to be a twist ending, that failed. That's about as much of a twist now as "I am your father" - that horse is not pining, it's passed on. That horse is no mo...more
I bought this last year when I visited Amazon.com to download Countdown: A Novella (review LJ || WP), and happened to notice this short story lurking around too. My brain said, "Hell, yeah!" and downloaded it immediately, and then I promptly forgot about both. Bad me.
Especially since this short story is so short. I could've read it in less than ten minutes if I'd just sat down and read "Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box" when I'd downloaded it. It's barely 4000 words, and Gr...more
A group of friends gather on a Friday night as they have every Friday for the past 15yrs to discuss a situation where the world ends and how they would deal with it. This time, the friend who started it and whose turn it is has left a taped message with her scenario as she is missing for the third week in a row. Only her scenario may not be fictional after all...
Wasn't my favorite of her work. Not bad but predictable except this person wa...more
The actual st...more
The premise is simple, the word count very small, but the effect is a little bit shocking. By the time you get to the end of the scenario, if you're anything like me, you'll be profoundly uncomfortable.
The reason I am giving a rating of only 3 stars is because it's a little too short. There was a lot of promise to plot thread, but not much was done with it. Granted doing too much more would ruin the e...more
I'm feeling fairly dumb (but then I have had a headache all day and I'm coming down with the flu), but I couldn't completely work out exactly how the scenario was supposed to work. I get the first bit, but not the second and the choice the characters have to make.
If someone out there did get it, could you let me know in the comments? I assume spoiler tags can be...more
While this is not a zombie story, a few of the main themes of her other work show clearly here, as does her clever way of taking a story and giving it a twist that make...more
Friends are good;...more
I'm sad that this shortshort story wasn't better. Still wo...more
It's no surprise then that Mira comes out with this little gem, and I do mean little. At just 3,900 words it's possibly the most involved and exci...more
It was obvious from the start where this was heading, which leaves me with a feeling of uncertainty. (view spoiler)[Being so obvious leads me to think it isn’t what it seems; rather, Cole is playing a very elaborate trick on her friends... which I would find hilarious, because I’m cruel like that. (hide spoiler)] This uncertainty isn’t a bad thing, either, given that the overall story feels like an episode of The Twi...more
It's okay and for the low price I paid I can't complain at all. If you're...more
There is nothing at all wrong with Mira Grant's short story (I don't even think it could be called a novella) Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box. The problem arises in that the short story just sits there, like a lump, 10 minutes after your started reading it. Staring at you. It's a $3 Kindle purchase, (or $2 I can't remember) and it takes 10 minutes to finish. When you've finished you realize that you're only 50% through the Kindle content (the rest is just the first c...more
So I've been watching The Incredibles (A LOT) on BD lately (I mean you couldn't just tell could you ;-) and I think I figured out the two moments of that movie that completely embody my feelings towards these two short stories. Oh I mean Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box and the short shorty presented in The Living Dead 2. What was the name of that again??
Anyway. For The Box see quote above. For... Hmm must get the name of that story. I shall quote you:
Bob Parr: What...more
I'd price this as .99, I have to say.
So, the story gets 4 stars but the overall rating is 3 because of the ridiculously short length. $1.99 ought to get me a little more than these few pages.
If you read and liked Feed and/or Deadline, or you're wondering what all the fuss is about, this is a small, chilling, bite-sized chunk of what you can expect from Mira Grant.
It's going to stay with me.
|Apocalypse Whenever: Apocalypse scenario #683. I'm confused. [spoilers]||5||48||Mar 16, 2012 02:52am|