FEED & DEADLINE Book Trailer

by on Jun.17, 2011, under Art, Books, Entertainment, Novels, Reviews, Trailers, Visual Media


I’ve been posting more and more book trailers recently and I keep saying how amazed I am at their quality. The script by Mira Grant, video design by Lauren Panepinto, audio by Matt Schwenker. The dialog and voice acting are pure gold, of course. Having read the books I already knew it was Shaun talking simply because of the words. The entire trailer is perhaps not as compelling as our last book trailer from a cinematic standpoint, it more than makes up for with graphic design. I do have a soft spot for animated narration. Additionally this trailer doesn’t suffer from ‘now we have to tell you what these other people said’ montage that breaks the flow of almost any good real-time advertisement. Overall I think this might be my favorite book trailer, but I might also be biased due to loving the book series.

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Book Watch: FEED and DEADLINE by Mira Grant

by on Jun.06, 2011, under Book Watch, Books, Entertainment, Flash Fiction, Novels, Reviews, Short Stories

Double feature today. I was going through my Book Watch posts and realized I hadn’t posted my review of FEED by Mira Grant. Considering how much I raved about this book to my offline friends, I feel I’ve done a disservice not at least mention it here. The reviews below are non-spoiler reviews covering both FEED and the newest book in the Newsflesh series, DEADLINE. I highly recommend both.

Feed (Newsflesh, #1)Feed by Mira Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Easily one of the most entertaining books I have ever read.

The tag line is fun and confusing at the exact same time: A book about blogging, politics, and zombies. Of course it is much more than that. Mira Grant gives us a glimpse into a future where blogging has become a legitimate journalistic endeavor and threat of a biological plague which reduces people to mindless zombies keeps everybody well cloistered behind bio-hazard sealed doors and finger pricking locks. Yet in this future, America still lives, and it still needs a President, so campaigning must continue.

I waited to read this book because the premise sounded so far-fetched until a friend loaned me a copy. It is a stark reminder that any premise, no matter how odd or ridiculous sounding, can be made into a good story.

Deadline (Newsflesh, #2)Deadline by Mira Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date Started: June 1s, 2011
Date Ended: June 4th, 2011

DEADLINE is the sequel to FEED, the book about Politics, Blogging, and Zombies. DEADLINE is not about Politics, Blogging, and Zombies. It is about Conspiracies, Zombies, and Blogging. The second novel in a trilogy, DEADLINE once again introduces us to a post-apocalyptic future where humanity survives, in fear, of a zombie plague. Where FEED introduced us to the world and it’s politics, giving us a glimpse into conspiracies that run a zombie infested America, DEADLINE jumps right into the conspiracy and hauls the reading along for the ride.

Where DEADLINE suffers, its suffers in being both the sequel to FEED and the second novel in a trilogy. The novelty of the world has worn off and we’re left with the characters and plot to drive the story. The plot is somewhat ham-stringed by the book’s status and the fact that the slow reveals of parts of the conspiracy were not as compelling as the further questions they raised. However, the characters, their insight, dialog, and interaction, manage to keep DEADLINE sailing smoothly in the compelling read sea.

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Interested in the books but not quiet sure if it is for you? Mira Grant, otherwise known as Seanan McGuire, keeps a live journal. During the month leading up to the release of DEADLINE, she posted a series of flash/short fiction set in the Newsflesh world. It is intended to be read after FEED but there are no actual spoilers. You can follow this tag to find them all but you have to scroll down to the first post, titled T-minus 29 Days to DEADLINE.

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12 things about Authors

by on Feb.25, 2011, under Books, Entertainment, Writing

12 Things about Authors by Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is the real name of Mira Grant, the author of FEED, that book I went ballistic over a few months back that has a sequel coming out soon!

So she wrote a humorous list of things that, while I can’t say with first hand experience yet, I don’t doubt are true.

For example:

12. Asking an author who has just released a book (or is in pre-release for a book) “When’s the next one?” is like asking a woman who’s nine months pregnant “When’s the next one?”, only the author is probably not nine months pregnant, and is thus more likely to hit you. I am aware that this metaphor makes me out to be one of those faintly frightening women with twelve children, planning for twelve more. It’s still true.

2. Everything eventually shows up in a book. Everything. Yes, even that. No, we’re not trying to be mean. It’s just how our brains work.

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