Parasite (Parasitology, #1)
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Parasite (Parasitology #1)

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A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest d...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2013)
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i'm calling it now - this is the year of the tapeworm.

seriously, TWO tapeworm novels in just a matter of months?? i am on a roll, boy howdy.

and as cool as tapewormy horror novels are, i was going to read this no matter what it was about, because i love mira grant.

greg got to this before i did, even though my desire for it was so great, so while he was reading it, i kept grilling him for feedback, and he was having a sort of tepid response to it. and when i finally started it myself, at first i w...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
The trouble with writing believable science fiction in a contemporary or near-future setting is that the reader has to willingly suspend a great deal of disbelief. It's a familiar setting, so chances are not a lot of things have changed by then, scientific progress is advancing, things are evolving, but the book's setting and plot should be believable enough for the reader to think: holy shit, this could actually happen. This book was well-written from a fictional point of view, but for anyone w...more
Wendy Darling

I wished the title PARASITOLOGY had stuck, though. We're big girls, we could have handled it.
I got fair satisfaction out of this medical thriller with elements of science fiction and psychological horror. I was aware of the buzz and fandom surrounding Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy kicked off with “Feed” in 2010, but I avoided them because of my aversion to zombies. I figured I might do better with “Parasite” because it concerns a medical innovation that goes awry, and I love to see exposures of the evils of corporate greed.

The premise is that a bioengineered tapeworm is developed that conf...more
Faye, la Patata


This is what Parasite by Mira Grant made me feel:

* It made me want to go on youtube to look for videos of carnivorous plants. Needless to say, I stumbled upon the weird part of that crazy site again. CANNOT UNSEE WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN.
* It made me fucking scared of elongated little buggers who may just have the c...more
FINAL RATING: ★★★★☆/★★★★★

“No one wants to set out to be a hero, and discover that they've been a villain all along.”

Mira Grant is amazing woman & writer. First, she captured my attention with Newsflesh, the series worth all the hype - and also - it was a series that i will never forget and the one that i reread already. What i wanted to say, given how much i loved her previous series, i had high expectations of this series as well.

We all want things that can never happen, and even wh
Wanna know the first thing I thought of when I read the blurb of Parasite?? Monsters Inside Me!! That frightening, super-gruesome documentary that can kill your appetite or make you throw up, depending on when you watch it, if at all. And tapeworms!! I remember there was an episode where this girl went blind because tapeworms had eaten away her retina. Gross, I know, but it's real, people!

I mention this because it may have something to do with why this book fell flat. I was, quite simply, disill...more
In short, I didn't like it. I've had a hard time even finishing it. The outcome was predictable from the start, the novel lacked action and I just couldn’t relate to the main character.

The novel lacked action in first place. It’s a very long description of a 6 year old child waking up from a cocoon her family and friends have built around her. After suffering from extensive brain damage during a car accident Sal woke up without any memories. She doesn’t know who she is, doesn’t know how to speak...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Oct 21, 2013 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (out of inspiration) by: Buddy read with Wendy F.
One confused dog.
A woman without her memory.
And a whole lot of bugs.

I'm fighting off the urge to quote Samuel L. Jackson. The infamous Snakes on a Plane quote kept running through my head while reading this book, except swapped out with the word "worms" instead of "snakes." There weren't actually any parasites on a plane though (even though there were a lot of them), so I am refraining.

So,'s kind of like The Host, except with a believable breakdown and a more polished writing styl...more

Gave up at 37% because this was terrible.

It's because of my sick fascination with this type of thing that I bought this book instead of getting it from the library. I have a love/hate relationship with knowing about parasites, and other creepiness that can gross me out, so I expected to love this book on the merit that it would have me completely freaked out. Nope. BORING.

It was so obvious what was going on with her (though I admit I hadn't thought that for Sherman - I skimmed to the end once I...more
Cora Linn

Mira Grant is a fantastic writer, and why I hadn't read her before I do not know. Parasite reminded me of Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess with the video transcripts and the excerpts from literary sources.

This book freaked me out, it made me squirm, it made me think. It made me stop and think. I didn't need convincing about the overuse of anti-biotics and biocides and how the sterilisation of our environment is bad. I already knew that. But now I'm just going to go ahead and chuck out every nas...more
May 22, 2014 ♥Rachel♥ added it
Shelves: dnf
I was looking forward to this story, but unfortunately it just didn't work for me. Instead of feeling horror at events described (which I think is what the author was going for) I was just bored. Probably doesn't help that there's frequent info dumping in between actual plot progression.

Also, the story felt very similar to the Feed/Newsflesh series which I liked overall, but not enough to read/listen to another 500+ pages worth. I had just read *listened* to the Newsflesh series over the last t...more
Duchess Nicole
Nice and nasty stuff here., that's it! Honestly, it doesn't matter what kind of worm, the premise for this book is disgusting. My only knowledge (so far) of tapeworms comes from microbiology, a college course in which our sadistic professor made us watch a video on parasites. In this video, somewhere amongst the penis-invading, urea loving fish and the bot fly larvae (maggot) growing in a lady's skull, there was a tapeworm incident....more
Jul 06, 2013 Stefani rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the author or fans of end of the world fiction
I am not sure where this book went wrong for me but I went into it with high expectations. I am a fan of Mira Grant, I find her to be a very good writer and I have enjoyed what I’ve read from her in the past. And I started off enjoying this too, but somewhere along the line it just lost its appeal and I ended up bored.

The idea behind this book is a good one although I have to admit I was skeptical about the idea that science had engineered tapeworms to treat our medical ills. These things can se...more
I don't know where to start with this review. I only know that I need to start it now because I have this weird thing that keeps me from starting a new book before I've written a review for the book I've read before. And I really just want to start reading a book now and forget about the snooze fest that was Parasite.

I've read Mira Grant's Feed a few months ago and wasn't a fan. It was one of those huge tomes where you wonder: why did I put myself through this and waste my time? I didn't hate it...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
The first thing you need to know about Parasite is that it is not Feed. If you expect the emotional impact of Seanan McGuire’s debut as Mira Grant, you will be sorely disappointed. Feed is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of book and it’s unlikely that Seanan will ever repeat it.

The second thing you need to know about Parasite is that it’s brilliant nevertheless. This is Mira Grant after all, so if sci-fi medical thrillers are your thing, very few authors write it better than she does. For me,...more
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Thank you Orbit for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
"...going to wind up having another one of those nightmares, the ones where his smile spread all the way around his head and met at the back of his neck. Once that happened, his skull would spread open like a flower, and the mouth hidden behind his smile--his real mouth--would finally be revealed."

Ever since my science teacher showed our class this video with a...more
Alex Ristea
Say one thing about Mira Grant, say that she can write for a modern audience.

Functional prose is used without reservations so that language is a vehicle for the story. The conversations and actions in Parasite feel so natural and real that the reader is instantly convinced and dropped straight into a believable world. Not necessarily in a world-building sort of way recognizable from Fantasy novels, but even better: with characters that start off fleshed out and rounded.

I'm a fan of epidemic/pand...more
Emma Sea
Are you fucking kidding me? You make me read 502 pages of mediocre and entirely predictable plot and then give me a TO BE CONTINUED?
Pavarti Tyler
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in ARC form from the publisher at BEA (Book Expo America) No promise of a positive review was made.

Review: Parasite is going to be a hit. This book is genetically engineered to be a success. To say I liked it isn’t quite enough. I was disturbed and angry. I was completely engrossed. I was disgusted, fascinated and most of all I believe this book is completely possible. Perhaps not exactly the way it happens here, but in some way, I’m sure humanities hub...more
You know what I did last night?
I read the "blog posts" from the Newsflesh series.. They brought tears to my eyes reminding me of how much I loved that series.

Now I'll have the chance to read another story form this amazing author and I really can't wait to fall deeply in love with a different pack of characters. November, please come faster!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A copy of Parasite was provided to me by Orbit for review purposes.

"There's one more good thing about being the girl who lived because her genetically engineered tapeworm refused to let her die: I lived. That made everything else possible. Everything else in the world."

In the not so distant future, SymboGen Corporation has developed a genetically modified tapeworm that is designed to replace your daily medications/vitamins and keep you healthier than normal. SymboGen’s mar...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire has wowed me before with her work, more specifically, with the book Feed in her Newsflesh Trilogy. I confess my deep love for zombie goodness, which is why I was so excited when I got my hands on Parasite, her new novel that appears to contain similar horror/thriller themes. Due to several factors, though, it turned out that wasn't able to get on board with this one as much as I'd hoped, but I did ve...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Once again, I find myself in the position of having to write a disappointed review of a book by a favorite author. This just is not my year. Expectations certainly are a factor in such an experience. Little can compare to the amount that I love Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy. As such, odds of Parasite being THAT good were low. Even so, I’m left underwhelmed by Parasite. While I do think it’s a decent novel, it lacks the powerful characters, the dark humor, and the strong plot that made Mira Gran...more
Review to come. I really liked Mira Grant's "Parasite" for what it offered. Compelling narration and intriguing premise in the way that I expect Grant's narratives to be, though there were moments where I think the plot turns were a little difficult to get through for plausibility. Still an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to the next installation of the series.
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
Oh, Mira Grant. You've done it again. Wonderful premise, snappy dialogue, likeable characters.... and a sloppy "To Be Continued". Sigh.

I don't mind trilogies but I do think that any book, whether it is part of a series or otherwise, should be able to stand alone on its own merits. There should be a full story arc with the story largely resolved at the end. This book, however, pretty much ends the same way the first two Newsflesh novels did - with a revelation and a "Stay Tuned For The Next Thri...more
Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I got the ARC for this book, I was so excited. I couldn't believe my good luck. As a previous lover of Newsflesh Trilogy, I was keenly awaiting the release of this book (or the ARC as it happens).

And I am happy to say that I was NOT disappointed.

Mira Grant creates a beautiful but scary world. A decade from now, the world is a different place. Medical advancements have been made through the introduction of a genetically engineered parasite that allow humans to have a healt...more

Review based on an uncorrected advance content provided by NetGalley.
Sally Mitchell had an accident. Or did she?

Parasite was definitely difficult to rate and that's mainly because at the end of it, I don't know how I feel.
First of all, let me just say that I love Mira Grant, she really has a knack for bizarre apocalypse scenarios, she's a well-documented lady and overall a good writer. But, you know there's always a but, I feel like Parasite was a bit draggy. Please don't shoot me - I will mo...more
Faye, la Patata
Jul 02, 2013 Faye, la Patata marked it as to-read
This is a READ NOW on NG!

Buddy read with Ellis,Khanh, Jenn, Nessa, Cora Linn, Kristen, Rose and Scott starting July 3. Want to join? Just comment below! Woot woot!
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Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallen...more
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