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It began soon after the Millennium. Reports of newborns with strange malformations, too weak to live . . . caused by a single genetic mutation. Or, as the press quickly dubbed it, the Dragon Virus. Scientists predicted that it was an evolutionary dead end; that the mutation would burn itself out quickly; that it was nothing to be worried about.

They were wrong.

Every racial
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Published May 2011 by Fairwood Press (first published 2011)
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Curtis
Dec 21, 2013 Curtis rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Dragon Virus is a collection of engaging, eschatological short stories chronicling a slow apocalypse caused by an inexplicable mutation in the human genetic code.

There are six short-stories in the the book, each one slicing out a glass-thin sliver of a different epoch and placing it under a microscope. From these strange lenses the reader gets a fish-eye view of the changing world.

The main characters in each story are well drawn and sympathetic. With the exception of the final act, which fea
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Lyndon
Jan 06, 2016 Lyndon rated it liked it
Shelves: novella, ebook
A series of six stories that progress through a century of evolutionary change to the human species, or as the subtitle puts it, "a tragedy in six evolutions/an evolution in six tragedies." A good descriptor. The author, via a strong character-based narrative and slice-of-life plot structure, captures the fear of change and uncertainty of a post-apocalyptic world that didn't know it had slipped into the post-apocalypse before it was too late.

Intriguing and well done and would have been a four s
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Brian
May 23, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
While I thought that her vision was very interesting and I do like that the novella was told from 6 different perspectives, I really would have liked to have read a full novel of this future.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I kept thinking of the Edward Rutherford novel New York and how he told the history of New York from the perspectives of a number of generations of one family; while no era was long (in terms of the length of the chapter(s) devoted to the era), the overall history was full and the
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April Steenburgh
Jul 18, 2011 April Steenburgh rated it it was amazing
“They say the end is nigh. I think we’re living in the aftermath already (Dragon Virus, pg. 69).”

It looks like such a small book- unassuming, taking up so little shelf space. But it is a trick. As soon as you start to read it will spread through your brain, unavoidable as the spread of the virus the book tracks. It is a cascade in six parts, a staggering move through religion and science before settling firmly into a desperate dig at humanity itself.

There have been many looks at mutation, but th
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J.D.
Didn't like it. Plain and simple. Pretty short, so not a lot of time lost. A virus, cause/cure unknown begins to 'leapfrog evolution' of human children. Society breaks down around the upheaval over a century or so of elapsed time. In the end, everything becomes barbaric & bestial.

The blurb describes the story as a tragedy in six parts. OK, I can agree with that. The stories were tragic. But, I don't like no-hope tragedy type stories. I've ranted on this in several places. The worst example o
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Kerry
Aug 02, 2011 Kerry rated it it was amazing
A fast read, but take the time to THINK about it afterwards.

The characters and their actions and reactions build to a very believable and inevitable conclusion as you read through the six stories. Each story is self-contained, but the long arc should make you think. I recommend reading it in a single sitting, just not immediately before bed.
Frans Karlsson
A collection of six stories that follows the evolution of humanity into mutated beings. Interesting concept.
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