Chimera by Mira Grant

The first book I finished reading in 2016 is Chimera by Mira Grant (pen name of Seanan McGuire). It was the third and final book in the Parasitology trilogy.

The main character is Sal, formerly Sally, who had been in a terrible car accident. A medical tapeworm was implanted to try to save her. Sally was actually gone, and the person known as Sal was the tapeworm driving the body. This is actually a minor spoiler from the first book. As the series continues, the tapeworms start to take over more bodies, but unlike the success that is Sal, they are more like The Walking Dead. The series tackles what is a person, as well as different concepts of identity.

I enjoined the series including this final book. If you have not read Mira (or Seanan) I would recommend the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. It is fantastic. I also very highly recommend Imdexing, which she released under Seanan McGuire.

Seanan McGuire

This post appeared in a slightly different form on my previous site. I have made some updates to it. One thing remains true in all versions of the post: You should be reading Seanan McGuire.

Seanan McGuire, who also writes as Mira Grant, is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. I first became aware of her writing when I read a rave (and well deserved) review of her book Feed, book one of her Newsflesh trilogy. It is the story of a post-zombie apocalypse world, where humans won the war, but the threat remains. Two internet journalists are embedded on the campaign trail with a candidate for president. Through their eyes we see the post-zombie apocalypse world, and witness as they uncover a conspiracy. It is brilliant, smart, a fantastic read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I recently finished reading Indexing, a Kindle serial written under her own name. It too is amazing. Think “Once Upon A Time” meets “Fringe” with an edge. Also highly recommended.

On March 21st of this year Seanan McGuire did a Reddit AMA, which I just became aware of. All writers should read this, especially her writing schedule. She works a full-time day job, but still tries to get in at least 2,000 words a day, more on the weekends. Inspirational, and frankly, a kick in the butt for me to hunker down and write way more than I am currently.

Seanan McGuire, whether writing as herself or as Mira Grant (whose latest book is Parasite) is a real find. Get on this now or when you finally do (and trust me, you will), you’ll say to yourself, “Why didn’t I check this out earlier? This is great!”