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How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea (Newsflesh #3.1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,733 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
A new Newsflesh novella from the New York Times bestselling author that brought you Feed, Mira Grant.

Post-Rising Australia can be a dangerous place, especially if you're a member of the government-sponsored Australia Conservation Corps, a group of people dedicated to preserving their continent's natural wealth until a cure can be found. Between the zombie kangaroos at the
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
wow, a lot of people did not like this one.

me, i cannot get enough of this world, and i am thrilled that she keeps on writing within it. i have always loved mahir most of all, so this was a very special treat for me.

also, i love reading about australia; how badass its people and adorable its fauna.

Video footage of zombie kangaroos laying siege to Sydney was one of the last things to escape Australia during that first long, brutal summer of the Rising. Then the networks went down, and there were
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Final rating: 3.5/5 stars


Do not read this novella if you haven't read whole trilogy. It contains absolutely serious spoilers about all three books, and if you don't want your experience to be completely ruined, then read it after you read those three.

I was really enthusiastic to read this, but sadly, my excitement killed it. I can't say i was bored, i just lost interest and it made it dragging. Which is why i degraded a star, but it's because of me mostly. This
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Okay, now I'm deeply annoyed. I understand that any book written by an American about Australia and its culture is going to be a little.... off. I was able to put my cultural outrage aside for the most part, but for what? For a book that just stops? With no story arc? No conclusion? No resolution? And straight into an ad for her new series? WHY? Dear Gods... WHHHYYYYYY?!

I was going to give this two stars, because there is still a little part of me that feels like reading anything set in the News
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, bookclub
"We're used to nature trying to kill us here," said Olivia, with obscene good cheer. "It's been doing that for centuries, and we refused to let it, mostly because we want to piss it off by surviving. It's the Australian way..."

I really enjoy this series, and even these little novellas, which is weird for me, because I don't normally like short stories. Loved the humour in this one, and thought it was really nice to see how different countries would cope with zombies. The author always has really
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Zombies in Australia clearly means zombie kangaroos and wombats, silly accents and heavy on the cultural stereotypes. An American writing about a Brit in Australia always risks annoying any reader who fits into either category. Mahir is the Brit, visiting two new Australian journalists at End Times who think that the great Australian rabbit-proof fence would make a great story, and yes, as a fellow Brit he's starting to grate (I'll leave the Australian readers to moan about the Australian stuff) ...more
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

For those who read and loved Mira Grant's Newsflesh Trilogy, this first mention of this novella will probably come with a lot of excitement. At least, that was how it was for me.

Mira Grant definitely maintained her beautifully terrible setting. A zombie apocalypse. A virus that threatens to wipe out the human population and the human population which seeks to reassert itself in civilisation.

This novella is based on Mahir's visit to Australia. Like with almost any foreign por
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Two words - zombie kangaroos.

Also a note: This definitely has spoilers for the Newsflesh Trilogy, so that should be read first.

And my favorite sentence, which isn't really a spoiler, but since it appears towards the last of the book, I'm tagging it: (view spoiler)

Anyway - this was a good fun book about how the zombie infestation hit Au
Two words: zombie kangaroos. And if that isn’t enough to sway you to read this short, I don’t know what is. Perhaps Mahir would be enough incentive? Everyone loves Mahir.

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea takes readers (and characters) outside the US, all the way to Australia. Fans and readers of the Newsflesh trilogy already know that the Kellis-Amberlee virus wasn’t strictly a US plague. While it may have gotten its start in the States, it quickly became airborne and eventually spread all
Fuchsia Rascal
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Somewhere around a 3.5. I definitely don't think it's some of Mira Grant's best work, but it's a nice wrap-up to the entire Newsflesh series. Unlike the previous two novellas, this one takes place after the events of the three novels-- about two years after, to be more specific. The world is changing because of the end events of Blackout, but those changes are coming slowly. In this novella, we travel Down Under with Mahir to learn about Australia's unique approach to dealing with zombies and na ...more
Not Seanan/Mira's best standalone short story - she's done many that were much better than this one, I'm sorry to say - but I really like the opportunity to get to know Mahir. And as a Brit? No, he really isn't that stereotypical.

Also? I loved having a triad that was not made into a big deal. I wish more authors would include poly relationships in their work (especially in the fantasy and science/speculative fiction genres), or even just non-heteronormative characters, in a way that doesn't mak
Erin (PT)
Like most of the Newsflesh novellas, this is an interesting and pleasant embroidery on the Newsflesh world. Behind George, Mahir is my favorite character, so it's like a vacation to see a friend to get a new story about him and the new characters introduced are all vivid and interesting in a way that I'm really hoping we get to see them again.

As well, I enjoyed being able to see how other countries have handled the zombie apocalypse, and the answer is--in the case of Australia--in typical Austr
Kimberley doruyter
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
never thought i would be scared at the idea of a zombie kangaroo
Victoria Hainsworth
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is bloody brilliant. Mira Grant seriously understands Australia, it feels compeletly authentic and true which is a hell of a thing to accomplish. The contrast in how we dealt with the Rising to how the rest of the world did felt so real and made so much sense and was so culturally accurate that I honestly wouldn't mind so much a zombie apocalypse-- this version at least. The inclusion of the Rabbit Proof Fence and how we adapted it when the dead started to rise was fucking perfect, absolute ...more
Terry Weyna
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books; I prefer paper and ink to Kindles. But even I have been forced to admit that there are distinct advantages to using a machine for reading. Amazon has been promoting inexpensive novellas exclusively for the Kindle for a few years now — a story length I’ve always thought ideal and criminally underutilized. These nice long stories make good reading while one is awaiting the next novel in a favorite author’s series. Because the setting and characters are ...more
Samantha Gillan
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Starting this book off, I was super stoked to be reading from Mahir's point of view. He had really grown on me throughout the trilogy... but this novella slaughtered him for me. A good 98% of the book consists of Mahir whining about his trip to Australia and how he's bound to be ripped apart by a zombie kangaroo. I get it, the safety precautions aren't exactly what he's used to back home, but he would NOT give it a rest. The other 2% of his narrative consists of him sleeping or talking about how ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Much as I love the Newsflesh trilogy as a whole, I don’t think this novella was a success, even despite the weird awesomeness of zombie kangaroos.
Mahir Gowda, left in charge of After the End Times at the end of the trilogy, travels to Australia to discover that Australians, having successfully faced down hostile habitats and fauna for centuries, ”were unimpressed” with the zombie apocalypse. However, the point is driven home with all the elegance of an anvil.
I don’t think the Newsflesh trilogy i
Lauren Mitchell
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to bits when I first learned that Mira was planning an Australian Newsflesh novella, and I've been holding out for it for quite some time. When it at last became available for download today I got it as soon as was humanly possible and devoured it in one sitting, pausing only to leave running commentary reactions on her blog.

I feel that Mira has done an excellent job of portraying the Australian landscape, wildlife, and attitude in this novella. As usual it's by turns humorous and
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The rabbit-proof fence - the world's largest zombie holding pen

This time around in the Newsflesh series, the reader gets to go to Australia and see how the zombies (actually kangaroo, wombat and koala zombies) are handled on that continent.

I have loved this series (trilogy really with three novellas added on including this one). This is a long novella and features Mahir Gowda this time around rather than the Masons. The story is told plainly, masterfully but with edginess and just plain fun.

If y
Two things made this novella very cool: More Mahir Gowda, and more world-building. I am constantly in awe of how Mira Grant has thoroughly thought through this world. And I'm very impressed that she came up with a solution to the zombie problem for Australia that is different from other parts of the world and very, very appropriate.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this was better than Blackout. It might be the best story in the entire fucking series.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
I read Mira Grant for scary science-based terror, and there was less of that in this. My problem, I suppose is that Mahir is always "the boy who lived" in this merry band, so I didn't believe for a moment that he was in true mortal peril, and moreover, there wasn't so much peril to go around really. It takes a while for there to be anything to even be mildly scared of, and there were no big scares, though the first view of the fence is pretty spectacular.

That's not to say that it wasn't good. I
Paul Bonamy
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It seems that I can't read a Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) book without really enjoying it, and How Green This Land is no exception. This is a Newsflesh novella set a few years after the end of the core trilogy, and so contains some spoilers. They're treated more as assided than actual elements of the plot, but you'll probably still want to read the trilogy first to avoid spoiling the big reveals.

As you might expect from the book's blurb, How Green This Land features (poor, oft beleaguered) Ma
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Upon finishing, the first thing that sticks out to me about this Newsflesh novella is how well Mira Grant writes through Mahir. He is a great narrating character. Travelling throughout zombie-infested Australia in his head was a fun experience that reiterated how much I hated reading from Shaun’s point of view in Deadline and Blackout.

The best thing about How Green this Land, How Blue this Sea is Grant’s portrayal of Australia. It was a different type of environment than any of the other setting

I did not like this at all.

At all.

I don't know if it was the preachy conservation bits, or the fact that Mahir was so entirely stereotypically British, willing to kill a motherfucker for a cuppa, but I just couldn't get into it at all.


Granted, I was reading in bed, but I had every intention of finishing this before I succumbed to naptime - after 2 pages, though, I was out like a light and drooling on my Nook.

The thought of zombie kangaroos should be scary as fuck,
Sonja Arlow
3 stars

This author seems to bring out bipolar tendencies in me.

Not a week ago I rated Parasite a measly 1 star, 2 weeks ago I gave The Girl with All the Gifts (similar theme, different author) also a low rating and today I am giving this Feed Novella a 3 stars.

Oz fauna and flora has always been over-the-top. Either animals that do not look like anything else on earth or are the deadliest of deadly creepy crawlies.

Now imagine these animals infected with the Kellis-Amberlee virus. Absolute cha
☕ Kimberly
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant is one of my all time favorites, so I was tickled to see How Green This Land, How Blue this Sea. This Newsflesh novella takes place in Australia. We travel into fenced of areas where they have quarantined elephants, kangaroo and other large animals infected with the virus . They have found a way to separate animals that amplify and allow them to live freely. Mahir is our guide as he journeys across country as a visiting journalist. I simple adored his dry, wit ...more
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Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books; I prefer paper and ink to Kindles. But even I have been forced to admit that there are distinct advantages to using a machine for reading. Amazon has been promoting inexpensive novellas exclusively for the Kindle for a few years now — a story length I’ve always thought ideal and criminally underutilized. These nice long stories make good reading while one is awaiting the next novel in a favorite author's series. Because the setting and characters are ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2013
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea gives us something we've wanted for quite a while now: MORE MAHIR. Mahir travels to Australia to see the famed rabbit-proof fence, and his voice is distinct from George's and Shaun's. The novella is essentially a travelogue, with almost no plot; Mahir, the Horatio of the series, is an observer, after all. Through his eyes, we see how Australia has handled the Rising and its aftereffects very differently from the rest of the world. Also, there are zombie kan ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zombie kangaroos. Really, do I need to say more?

Oh all right, if you insist. Zombie wombats.

Happy now? No? Okay, then. Zombie koalas.

If that's not enough to make you want to read this novella, you're probably not going to like it anyway.

Every one else - go for it!

On a slightly more serious note, I just loved the idea of the rabbit-proof fence being expanded to be a zombie-proof fence. And there are small hints here relating to the development of the reservoir conditions plot thread as started
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites but still pretty entertaining. Mahir goes to Australia to see how they manage the wildlife. There were zombie kangaroos. I think that sells itself.

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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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“Whoever authorized the evolution of the spiders of Australia should be summarily dragged out into the street and shot.” 16 likes
“There was one thing no one considered, however: Australia was populated by Australians. While the rest of us were trying to adapt to a world that suddenly seemed bent on eradicating the human race, the Australians had been dealing with a hostile environment for centuries. They looked upon our zombie apocalypse, and they were not impressed.” 12 likes
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