San Francisco Chronicle reviews INFECTED

ChronicleGetting reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle is, in my opinion, a big fucking deal. San Francisco is a HUGE book town. They even have an event called "LitQuake" that brings thousands of people to the streets of the Mission district for a marathon session of author interviews and readings. It’s like a Lollapalooza for books.

So when my Google alert (read also: one of my many vanity searches) popped up this morning with a review by the Chron, I was excited and nervous to open it up. Reviewer Michael Berry clearly did not like INFECTED, but he gave it a fair shake and didn’t beat it up too bad. The review reads like I’m a first-grader who don’t spell so good, but he tries hard so the teacher gives him a silver star (but no smiley face, those are reserved for the smart kids).

Unlike most reviews, this one is open for comments, so feel free to swing over there and leave your feedback.

Click here to read Michael Berry’s review of INFECTED

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  1. railroadgrrl

    Being reviewed in the

    Being reviewed in the chronicle is great. 

     I personally think we should chase him down and use the chicken scissors on him.  It would definitely make him sing a different toon…..hehe

  2. Scott

    Only when Hobbes eats Calvin’s innards

    And that episode where Calvin’s stuffed bear goes rabid makes him mist up a bit as well.

  3. Pjotr_NL

    he probably

    cries after reading a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon too.  

    Convoco vel intereo, [1st Dutch junkie] All that matters is getting my fix.

  4. AcousticMonster

    Don’t Worry…

    …We’ll use Michael Berry’s guts to grease the treads on the Sigler Juggernaut of Doom!

  5. BarbaraJ

    This is the kind of guy…

    This is the kind of guy who cried reading "The Deep End of the Ocean" and talked it up big.  I read that piece of junk and decided at that moment to never read a review again.
    Tastes Like Chicken

  6. treed

    sounds to me like he didn’t finish the book

    -"By the time poor Perry meets his ultimate, disgusting fate…" is a statement that tells me that he doesn’t know that "PERRY LIVES!!" when i first heard the story, i was expecting perry not to survive. the reviewer makes perry out to be a typical "dumb jock". he isn’t, he just has "impulse control" issues, mr. berry seems to think Perry is illogical in his actions, but doesn’t remark on the fact he exhibits ENORMOUS control and discipline in NOT succuming to the parisites and his "various forms of intimately described self-mutilation" keeps the Triangles from not only winning, but insures perry’s survival. i am not a fan of gore, but i do enjoy a good story and do not shy away from gore, this is a good story, well told, and not predictable in its outcome and it leaves you wanting more.

  7. Pjotr_NL


    people tell me a lot of things and I usually don’t listen to them. Especially if they are about our FDO™

    [1st Dutch junkie] All that matters is getting my fix.

  8. amaster

    Don’t Worry About It!

    Micheal Berry seemed to come across to me as a whiny kid saying that he didn’t get enough desert.  He will fall under the Sigler March. 

    Sitting here with my computer hooked directly into a vein in my arm.

    See my writing at http://Writing.Com/authors/amaster

  9. Adam_from_Japan

    No such thing as bad press

    Hey Scott, I’m glad to see that you are taking his review well. Yeah, he may not have liked it that much, but you have a strong and loyal following to show that your stories are extremely well received, and that we want even more stories from you. As they say, no such thing as bad press. This will hopefully pull in some future addicts!

  10. jtswambo


    more junkies cumin this way then neh?


    (subliminal ad – chek out ‘enders game’ – osc  8 books but u need to look 4 them)  


    what’s wrong with a bit of senseless violence?

  11. ogreoregon

    But Perry is the perfect example of a sympathetic protagonist

     From the beginning we find out about his past ghosts and demons and I think readers are really sympathetic to his struggle for control both before and after being infected.  He is the best kind of protagonist ..possibly dangerous in control, and after becoming infected, when he does somthing really horrible, it’s mostly to himself.  The flaws are what make him sympathetic…he was trying so hard to stay in control.

  12. MuchAdo

    infected review

    Just tell Michael that this is the NEW sci-fi/horror that reaches across party lines to pull all sci-fi/horror enthusiasts together and that he needs to get with the program.



    “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time;”

  13. darn

    Michael Berry will be the

    Michael Berry will be the first example to be set in the New Sigler Order.



    No bout a doubt it