Amazing story, building both the backstory and current plot to the already interesting set of characters and timeline. But that ending was such a horr...moreAmazing story, building both the backstory and current plot to the already interesting set of characters and timeline. But that ending was such a horrible cliffhanger. (less)
Loved the story! I love novels that keep me up past my bedtime because I just need to read the next chapter. This was one of those novels.
Parasite is...moreLoved the story! I love novels that keep me up past my bedtime because I just need to read the next chapter. This was one of those novels.
Parasite is the first in a duology, that is to say a two book series, about a medical breakthrough that revolutionizes futuristic medicine. A world where nobody suffers from allergies, accidentally miss their medication, or suffer from germ related diseases. A low cost medical treatment available to the rich and poor, all in the form of a tiny pill, taken every two years, which grows a tiny genetically modified parasite in your intestines.
But what if those parasites decide they're tired of riding around in automated meat cars and want to get into the driver seat?
Parasite is full of everything fans of Mira Grant's previous series, Newsflesh, has come to love. Mad science, conspiracy, relatable human (and surprisingly relatable inhuman) characters, and much more. A believable world built around a fantastic premise that keeps the pages turning.
If I have one complaint it is that one of the primary mysteries is rather easy to guess but remains a secret to the characters for for most of the novel, which some readers may find frustrating. It is not unlike when you're screaming at the person in the horror movie to stop being stupid and realize that they're in a horror movie, but they just won't listen. That being said, the book is hardly predictable. The ending revealed several interesting twists that I personally feel more than made up for the primary mystery being somewhat easy to figure out, and will certainly make the second book very interesting.
If I have two complaints, which I really don't, it is that this story is very much the first in a pair of stories, and having to wait a year for the sequel will be somewhat excruciating. Really it's a compliment in the disguise of a complaint and one should not simply "wait for both books to be out". You'll get much more enjoyment out of discussing what might happen next with your friends, then having to sit there and let them talk in code about the book in order not to spoil you, believe me you.
Overall I highly recommend this book to all Mira Grant fans. If you've never read any of Mira Grant's amazing mad-science fiction thrillers/horrors, you could do worse than starting with this book. If you're a fan of mad science, sci-fi thrillers, dogs, "lovable" psychopaths, and conspiracies, this novel is right up your alley.(less)
A short story that is the first part in a series currently being hosted by Tor.com, The Mongolian Wizard gives the reader a glimpse into an alternativ...moreA short story that is the first part in a series currently being hosted by Tor.com, The Mongolian Wizard gives the reader a glimpse into an alternative universe where Europe is ruled by aristocratic magic users, griffons fly the skies, and phoenix eggs are considered weapons of mass destruction.
The story focuses on a summit where wizards and nation leaders are meeting to discuss the growing threat known as the Mongolian Wizard but follows Junior Lieutenant Franz-Karl Ritter of the Werewolf Corps. and his wolf Geri as they uncover conspiracy and plot.
The short story starts off a little slow in my opinion, as introducing a new and fantastic world often does, but the plot picks up quickly and by half-way through I read quickly to the end. I am curious to see the next episode, which I understand will be set in the same world but might not be the same characters, which is a narrative technique I enjoy.(less)
I liked it. Certain parts dragged but other parts flew by interestingly. Overall the pace was probably what keeps me from loving it, and the level of...moreI liked it. Certain parts dragged but other parts flew by interestingly. Overall the pace was probably what keeps me from loving it, and the level of science I had to study to understand some of the more technical aspects of the exposition, however interesting it was.(less)