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Contagious: A Novel Paperback – December 29, 2009
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More About the Author
In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away -- for free -- every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves "Junkies," have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes. He has been covered in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, io9, Wired, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria.
Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his wee little dog Reesie.
Top Customer Reviews
I inhaled this 400+ page monster in two days, and could not put it down. The novel is intense, thrilling, terrifying, and action packed. The book is a sequel to his novel Infected which (for the most part) took place in the incredibly small setting of an apartment living room. The sequel pulls out all the stops, moving to a few truly memorable setpieces on the rushing ride to an over-the-top finale that boggles the mind in its intensity and scale. Great characters, humor, gore, and a story based on actual science and technology that's terrifying in it's near-believeability.
Buy this book and read it. If you're on the fence, at least visit the author's website, where you can listen to a VERY high production value audio version on the first book, or read it as a pdf. If you like what you see of Infected, this book will get its hooks in you bad. Don't say you weren't warned, and say hello to Chauncey for me.
With Contagious, Sigler has tapped back into that /vast/ and detailed imagination best manifest in his The Rookie universe and capped it with by far the best interpersonal drama he's written. Contagious bridges the private horror of Sigler's previous novel Infected with enough subtle hooks to cut anyone up on the story. It delivers a relentless, constantly accelerating tale that reaches the sublimely horrible in its final act. No spoilers here, but I've not felt as electrified by, and connected to, the grand action in any recent movie short of The Dark Knight.
Sigler is a rising star, and looks to have finally reached the main stage with Contagious. My highest recommendation.
Scott Sigler pulls the reader on to the next page and does not let them stop until they hit the end. Great book...I look forward to much, much more from this author.
While the medical and scientific aspects are still excellent, and some of the horror is still quite good (Sigler has a knack for entirely-appropriate yet terrifying gruesomeness), other attempts at horror fell flat. In particular, those associated with Chelsea often didn't work out well. The tone was off. They felt more like carnival sideshow freak bits rather than actual horrors.
I wanted to give Contagious a higher rating, partially due to how much I enjoyed Infected, and partially due to my enjoyment of certain aspects of the book. However, many of the characters dragged this book down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Creepily good. Look out for those outer space genetic manipulators. They'll get under your skin.Published 3 months ago by john watters
Greatest writer since Steven King !!! keeps you up all night reading might just have to call in sick.Published 5 months ago by ciler retnuh
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After the first book, this story starts to drag on longer than I feel like it needs to. It was really fascinating at first, but when they find out what the triangles are, I thought... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great follow up to an excellent first book. A creepy thoughtful story that has possibilities?Published 5 months ago by Christopher Dunn