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Infected by Scott Sigler
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Mar 06, 14

bookshelves: the-horror
Read from November 30 to December 20, 2012

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I kind of want to buy a pumice stone and do nothing but exfoliate for the next couple hours.

Infected is just that disgusting.

And horrifying.

Maybe it's because my subconscious is dwelling on the fact that tomorrow's supposed to be the end of the world and all, but lately I've found myself reading a lot of apocalyptic novels.

World War Z - Zombies kill all the humans.

The Strain - Vampires kill all the humans.

Robopocalypse - Robots kill all the humans.

And now, Infected. Aliens kill all the humans.

Infected is "shock horror" or "gross-out" horror in the sense that a lot of the horror elements come from gratuitous blood and gore. At times it borders on torture porn. I literally had to put this book down for several days because there were parts that made me want to throw up. His style is similar to Stephen King, except Sigler lacks that superior understanding of human motivation and human nature that's made Mr. King the superstar that he is.

The plot has been done a thousand times. Aliens come to earth seeking nom-noms. They find humans. Supper time! The biological research Sigler did for this novel really set it apart. What really frustrated me was the fact that he abused this angle, using it for elaborately violent scenes rather than for furthering the plot. I was hoping for something a bit more forensic, along the lines of Kathy Reichs. Instead I got . . . I don't even know. Saw meets Alien as done by Wes Craven?

If you, like me, have a low threshold for shock horror, set this book aside. If you're feeling morbidly curious or want to know what you're getting into, click the spoiler tag.


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One thing for certain--the vegetarian community probably benefited a lot from this book's publication.

Now where did I put my loofah?

1.5 to 2 stars.
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Reading Progress

11/30/2012 page 10
2.0% "Oh boy. Cop humor rife with sexism and homophobia. My favorite."
11/30/2012 page 46
13.0% 2 comments
12/01/2012 page 96
28.0% "Ughhhh. It's the book of TMI. D:"
12/20/2012 page 252
73.0% "So freaking violent!" 12 comments

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