The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant

November 8th, 2014 Kimberly Review 47 Comments

8th Nov
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #3.3
Genres: Horror
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Outside the classroom walls the Rising was spreading, but inside was a carefully protected sanctuary against the growing threat. Or so the teachers and students thought. On what will be the last day in the teaching career of Elaine Oldenburg, who fans of the series know as Foxy, she must fight to survive and protect her students when the zombie outbreak shatters the safety of her school.

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant offers us another glimpse of life post-rising that occurred in her Newflesh Trilogy. I am not a huge fan of novellas but Grant tells a complete story and this triolgy is one of my all time favorites so I make sure to read each one. I have yet to be disappointed, in fact I only crave more!

Imagine a school with electronic shackles on student’s chairs and amplification tests. *shivers* Grant shares with the reader events that occurred post-rising at an elementary school in the northern pacific region of the United States. Elaine Oldenburg is a first grade teacher, and our hero but fans of Blackout will squee because this is a character we know as Foxy! We first made her acquaintance in Blackout.

Grant shares the tale from a report that was taken after the events occurred and by taking us into the actual event. The tale is macabre and dark; the type of horror novel that makes me shiver and grin devilishly. We know the outcome, and yet Grant made my heart race, become connected and I found I was completely lost in the tale.

When you think about it, The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell should be horrible..I mean kids, zombies, and death are straight-out of a slasher movie that makes the viewer give up popcorn. I never like it when children and animals are harmed. I am a softy, and as much as I love horror my motto is, β€œkill the adults, eat their flesh but leave the children alone” Grant wove this tale taking great care while delivering a terrific zombie horror story with all the nonstop heart-racing thrill we crave in zombie novels. It makes you think about a world where zombies, mutations, viruses are real.

I honestly think I held my breathe while reading it, and appreciated Grant offering another brilliant tale for fans of the Newsflesh trilogy. While The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell is short Grant gave us a tale to remember and it was well worth the cost of admission.

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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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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47 Responses to “The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant”

  1. Olivia

    I haven’t ever read any of Mira Grant’s books before, but I do intend to! Her first book in the Newsflesh trilogy is on my TBR, and it makes me happy to know that you value them so much. They must be some good reads!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I absolutely love the Newsflesh trilogy. Start with Feed Tyler.

  2. Amber Elise

    I ADORE Mira Grant’s novellas! I think my favorite so far will has to been San Diego Comic Con, but I’m said that I haven’t progressed in this series past the first book (well…I’m halfway through the second book).

    I’m really curious about this, you never think about the process it takes to get to the world that Shaun and them live in.

    Thanks for the review!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  3. Lark

    Glad you enjoyed it. . . but I’m still not reading zombie books. [shudders dramatically] πŸ˜‰

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ha. If any of them would do, this series is the one. The focus is more on the characters and how they overcome. Well, this is darker..but the Newsflesh Trilogy itself is more character focused.

  4. Sophia Rose

    Brave you! I’m still not a zombie story reader. Glad it was a good one for you.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL. Sophia. I love them more for the characters and the way each person responds differently. How heroes emerge. You should add your blog link to link when you comment, I love to visit back.

  5. laura thomas

    How did I ever miss this series. It’s zombies! LOL Thanks for sharing.
    Wanted to let you know WordPress shut down my blog. I’m checking out a few hosting sites and should be back in business, self-hosting this time, before too long.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh nooo. .com site. I hate all those TOS terms. Will be watching for your return.

  6. Bea

    I still have this one sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read. I didn’t realize Foxy was in it, yay!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes the Newsflash Trilogy is a must..and all of the novellas are wonderful

  7. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Her novellas tend to be on the short side, but she does tell a complete story and they always further confirm her brilliance. I have yet to read this, I’ve been saving it as a special treat.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Good idea, of course I was greedy and devoured it as soon at it released..lol

  8. Rita

    Kimba, did you ever read the Rosemary and Rue series (or others) by her alter-ego Seanan McGuire? Just wondering which series you liked better if you did.

  9. Alreem

    hey sound like a great book, it been a while since i last read a zombi book, but looks like i’m going to read one soon πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..it is the characters you make the trilogy. They twist around your heart and bury themselves in your memory

  10. Red Iza

    I read somewhere the Kirkman wrote that the reason he’s attracted to zombie stories are not the zombies themselves, but people’s reactions πŸ˜‰ That one looks great !

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Makes complete sense..you really see the truth strength of characters when faced with zombies.

  11. Sarah

    NOOO NOT THE BABIES… AND THE FURR BABIES D: I haven’t read anything by this author… it sounds like I need to!

  12. Melliane

    I didn’t know Mira Grant had a new book. I love all her books by Seananc McGuire and I know I need to try these ones too! So curious!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I devoured this back in July..LOL Yes she has several novellas surrounding the Newsflesh trilogy and than she has Parasite.

  13. Lupdilup

    OMG Kimba! I have forgotten all about this series! I really enjoyed FEED and I have no idea how this series fell off my radar – Thank you, I need to get back in asap. I’m glad the series continues strong πŸ™‚
    Thanks!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy the second book in the trilogy is perhaps my favorite

  14. A Belle's Tales

    I had to set the Newsflesh Trilogy aside as it just wasn’t striking a chord with me, but I am hoping to be in the mood to pick it up again soon. I hear so many good things about it! I didn’t realize there were novellas, too! Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this series and yes I cannot help myself I read all of the novellas too πŸ™‚

  15. Lily B

    I have to admit the cover is kind of interesting o.o the series sounds a little creepy but well done, glad you are enjoying!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I totally love the Newsflesh Trilogy, it is so much more than zombies and brilliantly written