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San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

(Newsflesh 0.50)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,826 ratings  ·  285 reviews
It was the summer of 2014, and the true horrors of the Rising were only just beginning to reveal themselves. Fans from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California for the annual comic book and media convention, planning to forget about the troubling rumors of new diseases and walking dead by immersing themselves in a familiar environment. Over the course of five g ...more
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published July 11th 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it

how do there keep being more of these?? and they aren't even new, i am just only now discovering them, and it is like when you take your winter coat out of storage (or in my case "flung behind the door that is really just for show because of all the stacks of books preventing it from opening) and finding twenty dollars in the pocket. IT WAS THERE ALL ALOOOONG!

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there is, indeed, a door behind there.

and although this one was in no way as satisfying as countdown, which actually contributed somethi
The book is written with a nod to its brethren in the Newsflesh series: Mahir Gowda, head Newsie of After the End Times has managed to get an exclusive interview with a survivor of the Kellis-Amberlee outbreak that happened on Preview Night of the San Diego Comic Con 2014. While this book is set in the same 'verse as Feed, Deadline, and Blackout, one does not necessarily have to be familiar with the main three books in this series to enjoy this one.

That I read the novel right after San Diego mak
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to sj by: Ceridwen Sock Puppet
Shelves: grrr-arrgh, yorwtfiw
Things you probably don't know about me:

1. Husband and I were early Firefly-adopters. Somewhere I still have VHS tapes with every episode that aired (along with the cancelled too soon John Doe that no one else seems to care about. DIGGER! [shakes fist]). We went so long not knowing other people who watched (and being unable to convince ANYONE to watch) that it's still kind of shocking to me how many people love it now.

2. My first non-TDMA cell phone was a Nokia 3595, and my ringtone FOREVER was
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I don't normally like short stories or novellas as I take some time to get invested in the story and characters. I also find that with a lot of these new dystopian series, it really is just a money making scheme and there is not much to the stories. I am very happy to say that this is not true of the Newsflesh trilogy novella's. They are well written and can almost be read a stand alones. They provide inside into areas of the story not covered by the main books. I will definitely be reading the ...more
Melinda Schmidbauer
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why did it take me TEN DAYS to read this short story/novella? Lots of reasons, and all having to do with how well Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) writes. I think just the title of the book gives some spoilers, and as the story is taking place as part of the zombie uprising that is so well documented in Grant's other books (Feed, Deadline and Blackout), you know someone (and probably more than one someone) is going to die. Grant uses a character we know from the novels, Mahir, to tell the story of th ...more
The year is 2014 and the Rising has made it to San Diego.

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the Browncoats was an interesting, in-depth account of what may have happened at the San Diego Comic Con in 2014, where hundreds of thousands of vendors and spectators alike showed up for the con, but only one survived. I say ‘may have happened’ because essentially, the entire story is crafted around an interview between two people, with the rest of the details pulled from various online accounts of the
Sonja Arlow
I really enjoy these novellas that form part of the bigger Newsflesh trilogy – they are like sprinkles on an already awesome cupcake.

And this brings me to say what I always do in my reviews of these books. The Newsflesh trilogy is for people who normally don’t like Zombie books. The bloody-zombie-chasing-and-chomping action is at a bare minimum as the books rely on strong characterization and plausible science to set the scene and propel the plot.

Yes you can read this novella as a stand-alone bu
Another short story from the Mira Grant Newsflesh series. This one, also set during the year of the Rising: 2014. Instead of concerning itself with the virus or any of the larger story of the Masons, this one tells the story of one of the early outbreaks - The San Diego Comic Con of 2014, the last ever Comic Con.

You would think this would be a perfect story for a series that has, so far, been far more about bloggers and nerds than zombies. Unfortunately, what starts out as an absolutely brillian
Ben Rowe
Jul 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mira Grant aka Seanan McGuire achieved the impressive feat of having more Hugo Nominations than perhaps anyone had managed previously with a nomination for best novel, a nomination for this novella, two novelette nominations as well as a fancast nomination. I had enjoyed reading one or two blog posts from her so I approached this book with a certain amount of optimism although many people had suggested this was the weakest novella in the novella category this year.

There are few books that I give
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Going into the story, you know how it's going to end. Everything, from the title to the narration to the dialogue, points to that end. Yet, as you read, you still have hope that the end will be averted somehow, that these people can escape their fates. Then, when the inevitable happens, that you've known will happen since you started the story, it's gutting. HOW DOES SHE DO IT? HOW?!
Ben Babcock
Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire has been nominated in the novel, novella, and novelette categories for the Hugo Awards this year (and twice in the novelette category). All the more power to her! I admit that I’m not a fan of the Newsflesh series. (I read the first two books when they were nominated for Hugo Awards.) So I’m surprised that San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, a prequel (told through flashbacks) set in the same universe, managed to impress me.

Mahir, Shaun and Geor
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hugo-reading
So I've been on a mission to clear out the short fiction from my queue, as well as to not let any new short fiction become forgotten on my Kindle as I have in the past. So when Mira Grant's new Newsflesh novella arrived on my Kindle, I read it as soon as I finished reading Leviathan Wakes. It seemed appropriate, given that I've been on a Grant binge lately. This should be it for a while, so if you're tired of seeing Mira Grant reviews, this is the last. :)

And I have to say: I got a perverse bit
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies-read, audio
4.5 stars

So yeah, I decided to read this two weeks before San Diego Comic Con. Perhaps not the best time. *will now not be able to go to any vender not right beside an exit*

Anyways.....this was a really good novella set in the Newsflesh world. This is back in the beginning when the virus was first starting. The story starts with Mahir interviewing one of the few survivors of the Comic Convention. This story has it all. Great world building, great characters and oh the feelz. So sad in places. (
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Trapped and Doomed! It’s simple and thrilling!”

San Diego Comic Con 2014, all geeks’ most favorite part of the year! All I can say is that it’s simple and thrilling!

Picture this…you’re having fun at the San Diego Comic Con then there’s screaming outside then you’ve been locked-in inside. No way out and some people got bit and it starts spreading like hell. The only way of communicating from the outside is the Wi-Fi through status updates of the social media.

People around you become a zombie and
Why do you read a story when you already know how it ends? Because of the story telling. Heartbreaking and triumphant all at once.

I'll never walk into the vendors hall at a convention without a bit of a shiver ever again.
Kimberley doruyter
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
this makes you think twice about going to comicon, just in case the zombie invasion does happen.
Carissa Peck
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun fast read. Not tons of gore for a zombie novel and great examples of how heroism doesn't need to be violent.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It was entertaining reading the whole way through
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017, novella
I have no one to blame for this pain but myself (and Mira for making me love these characters even though we were told that they were all going to die).
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This shtuff gave me nightmares, changing my rating form 3 to 4. It makes you think.

Victoria Hainsworth
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was SO hard to read, but at the same time I couldn't stop.
Even though I knew what this story was going to be about and how it was likely to end (given that I've read all three books in the NEWSFLESH series and the previous novella that described the events of The Rising on a larger scale), it still surprised me in places and several times had me thinking "no, come on, let things work out..."

If you're familiar with the NEWSFLESH world built by Mira Grant in her books, you know that the events of the summer of 2014 don't end well for a large part of the
Jeremy Preacher
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
A poignant little story about the original Zombie uprising. As someone who has been to Comic-con, and who has a baffled but abiding respect for the California Browncoats, this was particularly effective. It works best as a dessert, rather than an appetizer, for the Newsflesh trilogy, but is probably worth reading either way.

It manages to bring me to tears every time. Everyone in the story is doomed - we know that almost from the beginning. And most of their deaths are ignominious at best. But th
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This prequel to the Newsflesh trilogy is the ultimate celebration of fannish culture, a tale about geeks stranded in a zombie outbreak in the middle of the San Diego ComicCon. Unlike the earlier novella Countdown, this one has a self-contained plot that does not require any knowledge about the trilogy to be enjoyed, and, therefore, could probably serve as a good gateway to it, the means to gauge if you like Grant's style enough to commit to reading the whole trilogy.

It must be hard to elicit sym
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Last Stand of the California Browncoats is a bit of a spoiler. We know from the beginning that no one is getting out alive. But, that's kind of the point I suppose.

This is an excellent story, about how a group of people react to the disaster they are facing, and the decisions they make. The story is more an intellectual "what if" than anything else, since if the reader is familiar with the Feed series, they already know that the zombie apocalypse happens, with or without the heroic efforts
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-zombies
The Good: This novella was rich with geeky splendor. Set at the 2014 Sand Diego Comic-Con. A bulk of the main characters are Firefly fans selling merchandise at the con. Another main character is the star of a hit sci-fi show, fictional but seeming to more than mildly resemble Katee Sackkoff (the actress who played Kara Thrace on BSG), but that could just me my own interpretation. Taking us back to the first major outbreak of the zombie apocalypse that is in full swing during the Newsflesh trilo ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this. There are tears running down my face. I don't do tears. I'm a Browncoat, and anyone else who is should definitely read this. Whether you like zombie fiction or not; if you do and you aren't a Browncoat, this is also a good story for you to pick up. It's not very long, but it is very powerful. Oh, and only available in ebook form so far.

Had trouble deciding whether to rate it 4 or 5, as while the scenes and characters combine to make an amazing piece I'm not absolute
Maggie Gordon
San Diego 2014 is a short story dealing with the beginning of the world of the Newsflesh series. One of the first viral breakouts of the Rising occurs at that year’s Comic Con, and Grant introduces us to a very likeable cast of characters who are stuck in the convention center trying to figure out what is going on as this new “zombie” sickness is still unknown to most average people. Grant must also be a fan of the television show Firefly as she focuses much of her story on a group of fans of th ...more
I've read this before but considering that it's now July 2014 and I'm headed to a Con... Why did I read this again?

Seriously, if you love Mira Grant/ Seanan McGuire you will love this. It's an origin story for her Newsflesh series. The story is both engaging and emotionally driven which makes reading this story so hard but worthwhile. What makes this extra fun is the fact that Mira wrote the characters based on actual people she's meet at Cons including the Browncoats.

This is not a happily ever
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read anything else by the author, so am probably missing references in here that would have made this a richer reading experience. That being said, for someone with no prior knowledge, this was a brilliant read.

My love of [i]Firefly[\i] knows no bounds, so I was prepared to be harsh on this...but it was really perfection. Touching, well-written, intelligent, and - surprising to me - tear-jerking. On a train. So I'm pretty sure my fellow travelers think I'm loony.

Nope. This is about c
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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 C

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