Meh. More of the same from the Newsflesh universe. Much as I love the novels, there was nothing new in this. All the faults of the longer stories - the overblown rhetoric and formulaic approach in particular - are emphasised in this short story format. [b:Countdown|11509894|Countdown (Newsflesh Trilogy #0.5)|Mira Grant|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312235315s/11509894.jpg|16445861] has the advantage of a fascinating origin story for the virus itself, whereas this novella really isn't adding anything to the mythos. It was entertaining enough, and it's always nice to sink back into a familiar fictional universe, but there really isn't much to get excited about.Oh. And I do hope she doesn't plan on killing a dog in every Newsflesh story from now on. As a general rule, that storyline only works the first time you do it.