Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Day 5 of the Apocalypse! Mira Grant, Author of Feed and Parasite + Giveaway



Apocalypse around the blogosphere, day 5:
Rainy Day Ramblings: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
Love of Books: Contaminated by Em Garner
The Readers Den: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Whenever I get  asked to name my favorite book of all time, I don't even hesitate before I blurt out: FEED by Mira Grant! If you put aside all the classics that have been stuffed down my throat during my endless education, some of which I actually adored, Feed is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best book I have ever read. So it is with great pride and honor that I welcome Mira Grant to The Nocturnal Library.

    
There is no such thing as "the end of the world." Not unless you're talking with absolute literalism: the end of the world will come when the sun goes nova, when the black hole breathes deep, when the sky burns, when the world where we have lived and died since we crawled out of the muck is finally, mercifully no more. That's the end of the world. If you're being more metaphorical and poetic, then there's no single end: worlds die every die. They die disguised as people or as stories or as bullfrogs, but once they're over, they're over. You can't put a quarter in the slot and start over again (although if you could, I would find life's cheat codes and sell them at the corner of Level 1 and Game Over, quarter a lie, defeat the boss level, become the title character). Worlds end all around us, all the time. That's the awesome thing about worlds. We have more than we can ever know.

Because see, when you make the end of the world a literalist thing, it becomes a lot less fun. How can I enjoy destroying the human race if I know that in so doing, I have also destroyed the world? That's a lot to live up to. Literal destruction happens only once, with a bang or a whimper, and then you need to find something else to do. I recommend kicking off the next Big Bang, since then you can be the Alpha and the Omega and all that other mythic crap, and at least that's something to put in your author bio. "Destroyed creation. Created creation. Author of six novels, one religion, various poems, and the cat." (No, I don't know how you author the cat. You're the one who's restarting the universe here. Figure it out.)

So why, if it's so much bother, do we destroy the world at all? Figurative destruction doesn't get the job done; literal destruction does it too well. It seems like a waste of time when looked at that way, when in fact that's the reason to destroy the world in the first place: because the apocalypse is transitory. It's an opportunity to stretch our wings and fly over burning nations, testing out the various futures that we hope will never come to pass (or at least won't come to pass during our lifetimes; even the most enthusiastic doom-sayers enjoy warm beds and cool porches and lemonade made with real lemons, which are all quite scarce after the end of days).

So we end the world. We end it in fire and we end it in ice; we end it with viruses and we end it with alien invasions. We break our toys with hammers only to glue them back together again, making them uniquely our own. Writing the apocalypse is a way of finding the bearing strain of creation, and that's wonderful, because it teaches us so much about ourselves and the world we live in.

Also because it's fun to hear the pretty smashing sounds. But that's the answer we don't give when we have company over. Mustn't scare the neighbors, after all.



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.


Aaaand it's giveaway time again! Enter to win a Mira Grant book of your choice. The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, anywhere The Book Depository ships. Thanks so much for reading and entering, guys. Now I'm off to find a quiet corner and fangirl until I drop!


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38 comments:

  1. Mira Greant is one of the authors that I have heard lot about but haven't read any of her books. I really like the guest post and I hope that I'll enjoy her books. Great post Maja :)

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  2. I have Parasite in my ARC TBR pile and I can't wait to get to it, she is an author I have been wanting to try for awhile now.

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  3. I've only read Feed, but I'm already a fan of Mira Grant and I love her writing. As always, this guest post is fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Maja!(:

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  4. Confession time: I haven't read a Grant book.

    I really want to, all her books sound gruesome (which maay be the reason why I'm avoiding them). I have PArasite for review and read the first page- termilogy kinda made me go WUT. But I'm going to give it a proper shot soon.

    Thanks for sharing, hon! <33

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  5. I NEED to read Need. Yes, that pun was intended. Great guest post. It's so very true...never really thought of the "end of the world" in that light.

    -Lauren

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  6. Maybe that's why so many authors love writing about the apocalypse -- they like to hear the pretty smashing sounds. And I didn't realize Mira was also Seanan McGuire! That explains a lot...

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  7. I just read Parasite and I loved it!

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  8. So excited to read Parasite, and I definitely need to read Feed since you've been raving about it Maja. I know you won't lead me astray! I love all the worlds I've gotten to witness thanks to books, so I say bring on more apocalypses, I'm ready for them.

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  9. Haven't read that one, it's been part of my TBR list for ages. I'll give this a shot before the year ends.

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  10. I have hear but read none your reviews and excerpts make them seem very interesting to read thanks for your hard work

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  11. I got a copy of Parasite which sounds amazing, but I haven't picked up the Feed series. I've heard nothing but praise for it and I need to clear my schedule to read them! I think Mira is right, we ponder all these scenarios and hope they won't come to pass, but wonder how we'd react if they did. Wonderful post ladies and thank you for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  12. Oh Mira Grant, how I love you so. :) I can't wait to discuss Parasite with you!!

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  13. Usually blood freaks me out, but I love these covers.

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  14. I haven't read Feed yet, but I have Mira Grant's Parasite coming up for me soon, and if that goes well, I'll give it a try. A really brilliant guest post! I'm all for pretty smashing sounds at the end of the world. ;)

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  15. I read Feed and absolutely loved how creepy and realistic it was for a zombie apocalypse book! I still have to read the other two books in the series and now Parasite's added to the list because it looks so deliciously creepy!

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  16. Oh I want to so much read her books. I also can't wait to read the books under her other pen name. I'm starting to collect them so I can read them one after the other. :)

    Oh and I do love it when an author gets into destroying and rebuilding worlds. You can almost hear an evil laugh. :D

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  17. I know I know, I have to read this series! I must do it. I think I will just get it on audio and that way I can work it in. I do have my ARC of Parasite and I am psyched to get it started. Very interesting guest post.

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  18. I want FEED!!!!! I have the second and want the first to go with it!! lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!:)

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  19. I've read all her Toby Daye stuff, but everyone keeps telling me I have to read her Mira Grant stuff too. :)

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  20. I've been meaning to read this series for along time and I am also excited for Parasite which also sounds amazing! I love books dealing with the possibility of the end of the world. It is interesting to see what could happen you never know!

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  21. Feed is one of my favourite books too - and one of the rare 10 out of 10 I gave on my blog!

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  22. I haven't read any of books, didn't know about her either, shocking, I know.
    But I sooo want to read Feed right now, love the post :)

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  23. Oh how I loved that post. I want to keep it.

    I've have Feed but haven't read it yet. I will, though, because so many people tell me that I'll love it.

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  24. The Newsflesh Trilogy is hands down one of my favorite series and I am so excited about Parasite. I will be sharing it in October!

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  25. I've only read her Seanan McGuire books, but I am such a fan!!! I love this post, btw.

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  26. I absolutely LOVE THIS BLOODY SERIES!!!! Gah. I seriously am HOPING for a fracking movie. I NEED IT. But seriously. Feed made me ugly cry. Deadline made me laugh. Blackout was just AHH!!! I cannot wait to read Parasitology. I need it like air!

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  27. I'm not really a zombie fan, but I'm planning on reading Feed sometime this year and I'm so glad that it is one of your highly recommended series. I've heard amazing things about it and I can't wait to finally test it out myself.

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  28. Oh Maja, your favourite book, really? Eeeee, I have no clue how I haven't read these yet! Well, yes I do - lack of time - but I'll definitely be moving them up on my priority tbr list now. And Mira Grant is a great writer, based on this post. She pretty much nailed what I love about apocalyptic reads.

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  29. Mira Grant is one of those authors I really need to read, both are Grant and McGuire. I've heard wonderful things about the Feed trilogy and about the October Daye series. Can't wait to read them both! I really enjoyed reading her thoughts on the literal vs. metaphorical end of the world, as well.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. Yes, I have this series on my TBR list. I really need to start reading it. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  31. I just recently finished The Newsflesh Trilogy and I loved it! I hope to read her new book. :)

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  32. Maja, you were one of the first people to recommend Feed to me way back when I thought I didn't like zombie books. That recommendation and this particular series began my love affair with zombies and post-apocalyptic end of the world books. I read Parasite the same day I got it, it's already reviewed and scheduled all these months ahead of time! But as soon as I saw Mira Grant's name, I knew I would love it! Thanks for convincing me to read this author!

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  33. Her books as Seanan McGuire are pretty fantastic, too! I can't wait to read FEED.

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  34. yup, great covers and looks like a fantastic series for me to check out.

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  35. Feed sounds SO SO GOOD!! Another awesome Dystopian book!!! I'm so happy that you have this giveaway!! I am finding so many great new books to read!!

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  36. Oooh I've been wanting to read these! They sound awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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