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DEAD IN BED By Bailey Simms by Adrian Birch
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zombie loving!



well, sort of. it's not the same kind of zombie loving that is in i fucked a zombie horde or anything, but it does involve a type of zombie-ism.

and i'm hoping it's not considered a spoiler to proclaim what this book is about, because i think it is more interesting than a lot of "zombie" lit, and might turn the head of someone who is not into zombies but is into smalltown romantic suspense with science fiction elements.

or science-fact. because it is about toxoplasma gondii, which is a parasite i covered briefly in this review, but for those of you who didn't catch it, or don't own cats, or don't care about how awesome parasites are, let me give you the skinny, as i understand it with my not-a-scientist brain. toxoplasma gondii's a little single-celled protozoan that can only reproduce inside of cats. because why the hell not? but so to get INSIDE a cat's tummy, they first must get inside a rat and take over its brain and make it lose all instinctual fear of cats, to the extent of making the rat believe it is sexually attracted to the cat. NATURE, HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING???

now, when toxoplasma gondii gets into healthy adult humans, it's usually fine because the immune system does its job and prevents our brains from thinking we are attracted to cats.

usually.



however:

There have been a few studies with humans, too. Some results indicate a strong correlation between schizophrenia and toxoplasmosis. According to some studies women with toxoplasmosis are more likely to cheat on their husbands. Men with the parasite have been shown to be more aggressive. Infected humans also have slower reaction times.

and the kicker?? the scariest shit ever?

In the U.S., one in four adults has been infected with t. gondii, but only a small number become ill enough to notice

so what if, right??? what if the scientific facts were muddled with a little scientific fiction and what if these things got into us and they WERE able to take over our minds. not to make us sexually attracted to cats - that's a different book altogether, but what if it just made us relentlessly horny, needing to have intercourse with anyone who happened to be around (although disappointingly remaining strictly heteronormative, but happily incest-free), and what if the parasites spread through orgasm, caused its host to fall into a coma and die after infection, but then come back to apparent life as a giant structure controlled by tiny creatures that only want to spread and multiply through boning.

and that's this story.

it is not monsterotica. it's not even regular erotica. yes, there are some sex scenes, but they aren't written in the way they are written in erotic lit. there's no vocabulary that'll make you cringe or laugh, depending on your sensibilities, and they aren't means-to-an-end scenes (where the end is - YOU KNOW), they have actual narrative importance. but at its base, it's more of an action-book than a sex-book, even though sex is an undeniably important element.

it's about ashley, stuck in a small town that doesn't even have a traffic light and a small marriage that has become hopelessly stale. she wakes up in a motel room after an uncharacteristically blackout-drunken evening to find an empty room, evidence that she has cheated on her husband, and a town quarantined after an outbreak of bizarre sexual assaults and a parasite-mad populace.

and shit's going to get worse.

this is a seven-books-in-one first volume of a series, if that makes sense to you, and it ends at a strong starting place for the next installation.

it's well-written with a compelling story and a good ratio of questions answered/things still to discover, and it is a welcome spin on zombielit.

and because i haven't used a picture in a few paragraphs, here:

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June 26, 2014 – Started Reading
June 26, 2014 – Shelved
June 27, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu WHERE'D YOU GET THAT PICTURE OF MY PENIS?!?!


karen from greg's mom


message 3: by Miriam (new)

Miriam what if it just made us relentlessly horny, needing to have intercourse with anyone who happened to be around (although disappointingly remaining strictly heteronormative, but happily incest-free), and what if the parasites spread through orgasm

Oh, hey, I've encountered that plot line before! But not in anything that could be termed "small town romance".


karen "romance" might be stretching it. it's a tricky book to place.

which book was the one you were referring to?


message 5: by Becki (new) - added it

Becki Awesome review Karen. Nice to have a different take on the zombie-ism.

p.s love the penis picture at the end ;p


karen thanks! i think it was from a medical textbook


message 7: by Becki (new) - added it

Becki Bahahaha I could tell, its very accurate. Lol


message 8: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Jason wrote: "WHERE'D YOU GET THAT PICTURE OF MY PENIS?!?!"

karen wrote: "from greg's mom"


And all this while I thought she and I had something special...


karen you do!! she was bragging!


message 10: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu karen wrote: "you do!! she was bragging!"

That's sweet. Well anyway, I appreciate you reproducing the photo to exact measurements.


karen ha!! no problem! i know how sensitive guys can be about that...


message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim Shoot. I thought this was a nonfiction account of the invention of viagra.


message 13: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao 'usually' made me snarf my tea.


message 14: by kuhns (new)

kuhns Great review


message 15: by kuhns (new)

kuhns Great review


karen well, julio, you know better than many the allure of cats.


message 17: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao *flinches guiltily*


karen it's okay. i tell my cat all the time that i will marry her.


message 19: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao we are PACK


message 20: by kuhns (new)

kuhns GREAT REVEIW


message 21: by Shorty (new)

Shorty Karen, you are killing me over here.....lol! Wherever do you find these books? Your review made me wake up the terrier, laughing. I wish there was some way I could show all my facebooks friends how hysterical you are! :D


karen this one was a gift from the author, and it's probably not something i would have come across otherwise, so i'm glad she convinced me that i needed to read a book about a sex plague.


message 23: by Shorty (new)

Shorty I don't think I've ever heard that in a sentence before.....and I probably never will again. Lol


karen stick around me, i'm bound to say something else like it at some point...


message 25: by Erica (new)

Erica OMG! I think I have toxoplasma gondii! I kiss Toki on the lips AND I let him fondle my boobs!!! And I also have super slow reaction times. The only thing keeping me from cheating on Gabe is...well, first my ridiculous morals, then, second, my distaste for having to take care of another man, and third, laziness, and fourth, lack of another man I find attractive, and also, I guess I love hi-ok, this is getting boring. Moving on...to...
Parasites are so weird. My brother found a hairworm in an outdoor dish the other day but there were no drowned grasshoppers nearby and then we had a discussion about being taken over and made to drown. SO weird!

Anyway, I'm glad I won't turn into a zombie due to my infection. I wonder from whom I obtained my parasite? It has to be one of the two current cats; I didn't kiss any of the others on the lips.
I'm totally going to go lick things in hopes of spreading this problem further. Only, wait, no...I don't want to deal with raping zombies so...no licking.


message 26: by Erica (new)

Erica Oh. I already read, liked, and commented on this one. That often comes as a suprise to me as I backstalk your reviews.
Look at me, surprised.


message 27: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Erica wrote: "Oh. I already read, liked, and commented on this one. That often comes as a suprise to me as I backstalk your reviews.
Look at me, surprised."


Excuses aren't necessary, Erica. We know you came back for the penis pic.


karen it's pretty compelling


message 29: by Erica (new)

Erica Jason wrote: "Excuses aren't necessary, Erica. We know you came back for the penis pic."

I thought I was being so stealthy but, now I understand just how transparent my desperation really is.
But, really, it's such a nice, red, roundy penis. How could I possibly stay away?


message 30: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa A parasite that depends on orgasm to spread seems dicey considering the numbers. According to a recent Sex Nerd Sandra podcast 30% of women are physically incapable (something isn't wired right) and from the other 70% a significant chunk often report not being able to with a partner. Then again, Ebola spreads and that's supposed to be pretty hard to catch unless you're handling the dead.


karen there were probably a large number of women who didn't have time to respond to the poll because they were too busy having orgasms.


message 32: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa karen wrote: "there were probably a large number of women who didn't have time to respond to the poll because they were too busy having orgasms."

BOOM!

I like it. Perhaps it is indeed some misreporting that just keeps being repeated over and over and over....


karen no one wants a pole poll shoved in their face when they're trying to have an orgasm.


message 34: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa karen wrote: "no one wants a pole poll shoved in their face when they're trying to have an orgasm."

You're on fire this morning! Also, almost got my drink all over the keyboard.


karen because you were trying to put out my fire? that's not how it works, you know.


message 36: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa karen wrote: "because you were trying to put out my fire? that's not how it works, you know."

That explains so much...


karen i thought you kids were good with technology


message 38: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Eric missed that day's lesson. He was busy giving his wife an orgasm.


message 39: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa Miriam wrote: "Eric missed that day's lesson. He was busy giving his wife an orgasm."

You ladies are sharp with the wit today. Huzzah to you both.


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