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Dragon Virus

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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.

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Published May 2011 by Fairwood Press (first published 2011)
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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
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
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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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
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
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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