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Kingdom of Needle and Bone

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We live in an age of wonders.

Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more.

Or so w
Hardcover, Limited, 128 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by Subterranean Press
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
oh, man - i forgot to float this on pubday! ahem - NOW AVAILABLE!!!

thanks, assholes!

for some reason, the synopsis for this one didn’t excite me - no zombies, no sentient tapeworms, no killer mermaids, just a faceless, familiar threat: regular old disease. i didn’t grab the novella right away on netgalley, but when i finally did commit to it, i realized how stupid i had been, and i was like YOU DUMMY, THIS IS MIRA GRANT!!!!

because one of the best things about her books has always been the amount
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"We never think about what our choices are going to mean for the lives of the ones we love," said Izzy. "We only think about what they're going to mean for us. If we're lucky, we're not the only ones who have to live with them.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate.... that is the question!

This book started out STRONG for me. Patient zero, Lisa Morris is an eight-year-old girl on vacation with her family. She wakes up one day not feeling well, but it is the last day at the amusement park and she wants
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
It starts with one little girl, the reappearance of a disease that should have long since been eradicated by vaccines, slowly making its way back into the world as anti-vaxxer movements rise. But this disease has a new strain, and it’s leaving wreckage in its wake—forcing infamous vaccine activist and pediatrician Isabella Gauley to choose between ethics and life.

For anyone unaware, Mira Grant is Seanan McGuire’s pseudonym, and if you’ve followed my reviews any length of time, you’ll know I a
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) continues to amaze me. What an incredible story this is. A novella that could easily be extended into a book or three. This flu epidemic gone wrong dystopian story makes me think it was Grant’s other idea to start off her very popular book trilogies Feed or Parasite.
Regardless of the reason she wrote Kingdom of Needle and Bone, I’m sure glad she did.

Not just another Dystopian
At first this story feels like we’ve read it a thousand times before. But at the core of
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

As many of you know, I *adore* Seanan McGuire. Seriously, she's one of my top favorite authors and I will read anything she puts out under that name. What you might not know is that she also writes under the name Mira Grant, and puts out sci-fi and techno thriller/horror type books. Under her Mira brand, she's been hit or miss for me. I love the short novellas she puts out from Subterranean Press
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine-all-mine, signed
The difference between hero and villain was so frequently in the paperwork that most people never thought to file.
I love this book and I need MORE! Part of me adored that ending and another part of me, the greedy reader part of me, needs to know what happens next! In detail!

This was my very first Mira Grant Seanan read and I’m in awe over how much I loved it. I accidentally found Every Heart a Doorway on my library shelf in October 2016 and it became, over the course of one day, my all time
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The logic of the picketers outside Dr. Gauley’s practice was terribly easy to follow, if she let go of the idea that words had meanings, and chose instead to go down the rabbit hole of correlation equaling causation.

A new stand-alone from Mira Grant! The woman really can make anything entertaining, and this short novella is no different. I'm with karen on wanting to see this go the way of her mermaid books and get at least another (preferably full-length) novel, too.

Cut to the very minimum, this
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lena by: karen
Shelves: karen, netgalley, medical
“That’s the thing about monsters, Angie,” said Izzy, lowering the gun.
“It takes one to know one.”

Oh My God Mira Grant!

You gave me chills and they’re multiplying. But I’m smiling through my palpitations because this story was an outstanding medical doomsday drama with a hopeful ending.

And a twist the black heart of me enjoyed!

Thanks again Karen, there’s a reason I have shelf named after you!
This is the first book I have read by Mira Grant although I am from familiar with her other writings under the name Seanan MaGuire. I understood that Grant’s books leaned toward horror which is not a genre that I typically read, however I was intrigued by the description of a viral epidemic and how it disrupted, first Canada, and then the greater world in several waves of massive loss of life.
This is a fairly short book and I will try to avoid spoilers. The main character and her sisters suffer
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it

This is the 7th work by this author that I’ve read and as much as I wanted to like it, I had a hard time getting into it. The biggest issue to me is that throughout much of it, the book reads more like an angry op-ed piece than a novella. The language gets very heavy-handed, preachy, and condescending to the point it sounded more like the author was just talking to me rather than that I was reading in-world dialogue. I am a bit sympathetic with that tendency given the subject matter. The anti
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I know I know, I read this one waaaaay early, but I love this author so much and also it's Sci-Fi September [at least for me] so I figured I would just go for it. This book definitely has more in common with her older works like Parasitology and Newsflesh than her newer stuff. Grant's popular books have always been categorized by their creepy but incredibly plausible medical horror and there is pretty much nothing more believable in this day and
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, science-fiction
Whenever she releases a new book I don't even care what it is about I just buy it. Well, it was pretty tough to get hold of this book outside of the US, I didn't appreciate to have to ask for a favour, but I have it and I read it and it was great. I can see her making this into a full length novel.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book (novella) of 2019 finished in a few hours (the book is only slightly over 100 pages) and HOT DAMN! It was a good one! I have a small obsession with stories about viruses. Sometimes fictions about occurrences that could potentially become very real happenings are scarier than anything an author can cook up supernaturally! I am hoping Mira Grant takes a page out of her own killer mermaid book and writes a full book set in this world.
☕ Kimberly
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you open news channel and read about outbreaks of once eradicated diseases because of an increasing number of citizens refusing to vaccinate In Kingdom of Needle and Bone, Grant offers a possible & chilling outcome of this new movement.

We follow, Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose eight-year-old niece was patient zero in what would become known as Morris’s disease. When an eradicated virus rears its ugly head and causes a pandemic outbreak, one that has long reaching consequences.

One thing I lo
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was super excited when the blurb for this came out because I am a big Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fan, and the subject of the book sounded right up my alley. Crazy disease that knocks out a bunch of the world? I'm in!

The book started off exciting- you're immediately introduced to poor patient zero- Lisa, the niece of the protagonist of the book. However, she quickly dies before you can get too attached. The book largely felt like a prequel to the Real Book. I felt a bit detached as I was reading
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, favorites
Seanan does it again. I'm dead.
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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I am officially blown away. This little novella was amazing in both its detail and capacity for evoking emotions. I am absolutely stunned, and as a medical professional I am HARD to impress with books of this subject matter. Usually I find myself rolling my eyes so hard they hurt when reading books with doctors or nurses as the main characters, but not so with Kingdom of Needle and Bone!

While this is, technically, a science fiction/apocalyptic nove
Deborah Ross
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom of Needle and Bone belongs in the tradition of epidemic thrillers, always a favorite of mine for their medical neepery. In this story, a measles-like a virus (“Morris’s Disease”) results in a loss of immunity to all pathogens. Besides the illness itself, with its fever, rashes, and so forth, the patient’s immune system loses the ability to “remember” being exposed to any other infection. Therefore no immunization to any disease gives protection. The mortality rate from this disease is ve ...more
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
"Of such small moments are disasters made."
Friends, it pains me to say that this was just not the book for me. This is my first Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) read and while I absolutely adored the plot, unfortunately the writing style and narrative voice just did not work for me. This is definitely a case of right book, wrong reader.
"Many of them would continue to leave their homes even as they began feeling unwell. The virus would spread. The virus always spreads."
Lisa Morris is an 8 year
Gerardo Delgadillo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars!

KINGDOM OF NEEDLE AND BONE has a very interesting premise that I find quite intriguing! I was totally immersed in this novel. However, I was worried I’d received an incomplete e-book because the progress was advancing too fast. And then, boom, the book ended when it got super interesting.

I wanted more!

I got the same feeling I experienced while reading THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin, where the first 100 pages
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Mira Grant, aka Seanan McGuire loves a good biological horror story. And you don't need to look very far afield for sci-fi inspiration these days when you look at the current news with things like measles outbreaks surging in the face of anti-vaxxer madness. Writing on a topic in which she excels- the non-selective brutality of viruses and potential for disastrous mistakes with genetic engineering- McGuire envisions a world in which herd immunity to measles has broken down because there
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this story was pretty short, I won't give away any details. All I can say is that this could happen!
I am a huge fan of this author, and as usual I really enjoyed her writing.

I received a copy from Net Galley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book is terrifying because it's actually a possibility, and it made me so angry! Get vaccinated!!! It's a fast read and one you won't soon forget.

Thank you NetGalley and publisher for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Subterranean Press. Trigger warnings: severe illness, death, child death.

Lisa Morris is patient zero for a deadly new strain of measles that vaccines can’t hold out against. Not only does it cause waves of death all over the world, it cripples the immune systems of those who survive, rendering vaccines for measles and other long-conquered diseases such as mumps and whooping cough ineffective. In a last ditch effort to save humanity
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Humans can be many things. Saviors. Sinners. Hunters. Hunted. Monsters, or the divine. We are given ample opportunity to show our true colors during our lifetimes. Often our true colors are somewhere in the grey area as no one is any one thing. We are a collection of moments. Most writers often overlook the many faces of human nature. But great writers give a plurality to their characters. It may not be easy to understand who is good and evil without thinking about it, but isn't that real life? ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) is one of those authors whose work I will always read, regardless of topic. "Kingdom of Needle and Bone" is another solid horror novella, one that I actually found far more disturbing then "Rolling in the Deep" since this one feels eerily plausible.

"Kingdom" starts out with the outbreak of a new and deadly form of measles, one that spreads all the more quickly due to the growing rate of unvaccinated people. The first confirmed vic
Bonnie McDaniel
I suspect this will prove to be a marmite of a book: people will love it or hate it. I definitely don't hate it, but I'm not quite sure I love it either.

This is not the fault of the author. This book is typical Mira Grant--well researched, thought out, and written. The POV here is omniscient, an unusual choice for this kind of book (previous Grant books have been first- or tight third-person narratives), but the reason why becomes apparent at the end. What's also apparent from the get-go is the
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I adore Mira Grant, and her extremely well-researched science and believable (and unbelievably creepy) fiction. As always, Grant creates a wholly realistic and terrifying world, and a fascinating thought experiment.
There are intriguing hints of complex morally grey characters. But in this novella, we spend far too little time with the characters to really connect with them, besides perhaps Izzy. I would love for this to be a prequel to a larger series or novel. There is so much here to work with
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A chilling and very necessary novella speculating about the possible repercussions of the incredibly dangerous anti-vaxxing movement.

We get a pretty significant bomb dropped at the end of the book which had me super excited, only to feel almost immediately let down when the book came to an abrupt ending almost immediately afterward without a satisfactory explanation of the aforementioned bombshell. Otherwise, no complaints.

*I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest
Samantha Beard
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
So wish I could give this 5 stars, I did love it there were just a few too many somewhat repetitive passages for me. I think that may only be due to my science background. If I was less of a science-minded person, I don't think I would have found it repetitive, I think I just would have found it informational. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one, and I would happily read more in this world, but I understand Mira's thought process in not extending the universe. Super happy I picked up the fancy ...more
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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