For fans of Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.
Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more.
Browne's black comedy debut brilliantly reinvents zombie culture for the 21st century. Andy Warner reanimates after the car accident that kills his wife, but is too mangled from his injuries to talk. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, occasionally attending a zombie support group and struggling to rejoin a society that offers the undead no rights, bans them from working and doesn't even punish those who destroy them. When Andy and his fellow zombies-notably Rita, a sexy suicide victim with a lipstick fetish, and Jerry, a Playboy-obsessed stoner-learn why they're so driven to consume human flesh, the repercussions are both tragic and hilarious. Browne neatly mixes humor and extreme violence with a surprisingly tender love story, some witty social satire and an extremely strong narrative voice. (Mar.)
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1 . I couldn't put it down!
Posted March 14, 2010 by Meagan , Shalimar, FLI can't say enough about this book - I was actually depressed when I read the last few words! I wish this had been a 1000 novel or the first in a series.
Filled with dark, biting humor this Zombie story actually strikes me as a great satirical novel exploring the one topic that effects us all : human rights.
If you are looking for a book that will grab you at the first sentence, make you laugh out loud and scream for more and has PG13 'zombie violence' this is the book for you.
2 . I loved this book!
Posted January 25, 2010 by Angie , KurztvilleThis is a differnent take on your regular zombie book. Its full of black humer, very well written and i highly recommend this to anyone! Great book :)
3 . Good Read
Posted January 17, 2010 by Carie , Los AlamitosI really liked this book! It was an easy read, very interesting and I laughed out loud a few times. Recommended!
4 . Zombilicious!
Posted March 08, 2009 by Hattie , FloridaI loved Breathers and couldn't put it down! This novel is well-written, smart, sad, terrifying, and funny...definitely on my top 10 list of new books. It's dark and sometimes disturbing, written from the perspective of the newly risen Andy, whose dry wit and desire for zombie rights make for some humorous scenes. If you like zombies, then you need to read this book. And, if you just like horror, then you should read it. I can't wait to see what Browne writes next!
Three Rivers Press
March 02, 2009
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