Book Review: San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant

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Book Review: San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira GrantSan Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #3.1
Published by Orbit on July 11th 2012
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Dystopian, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
Pages: 120
Source: Purchase
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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 grueling days and nights, it became clear that the news was very close to home…and that most of the people who picked up their badges would never make it out alive.

My Thoughts

The Newsflesh trilogy is one of my favorite zombie reads. If you have yet to read Mira Grant you are really missing out on her fabulous writing and the expertise that she brings to the horror genre due to her knowledge of virology. She’s not only a brilliant writer but she really gets you into the heads of her characters. Making the zombpocalypse all the more horrifying.

In this one Mira Grant gives us the opportunity through interviews and some footage to see the way the apocalypse started in San Diego, and at ComicCon no less. How horrible would it be to feel trapped with thousands of other fans that just want to sell merchandise or even better, get autographs from their favorite heroes? Mira lets us into a sort of behind the scenes look at just how horrible it would be, and it was!

I loved the characters in this one. I felt for each of them like they were my loved ones. Although this story is only just over 100 pages it feels like it is so much more. She has jam packed this story with adventures of many characters in just one tiny place. But I have a feeling these characters are going to stay with me for a long time.

The main character is telling the reader through an interview and at the beginning I was wondering how deep she was going to go but by the end I had tears running down my face! How Mira Grant is able to bring that much passion and character and depth, so much so that I was crying at the end, I do not know but I love her for it.

And she once again added a dog! I remember two books where she added in a dog’s thoughts and this is one of them. I love this portions! Being a dog lover it would be so wonderful to know what my pups are thinking but I think Mira has a special way of looking at this. This particular pup Unis was marvelous and there for her owner. Although the book and all of the characters were great, this small portion of Unis was my favorite.

In short: This one can be read without the others of the Newsflesh Trilogy. There isn’t anything in here about the main characters of those so it is a stand alone but it also goes so well with the others. I love it and I am sure other zombie fans will too. 4




The Author

About Mira Grant

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 Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.


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