Breathers: A Zombie's Lament (Anglais) Broché – 3 mars 2009
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Revue de presse
The dead shall walk the earth, and they’re hungry for…love?
Debut novelist Browne branches out from his mostly horror-related short stories and delivers a rousing entry in the Rom-Zom-Com genre. Based on his short story “A Zombie’s Lament,” Browne’s mortality tale begins rather grimly but almost immediately picks up speed and humor to evolve into a terrific comedy about the perils and joys of life beyond death. Browne’s hero is Andy Warner, who survived, so to speak, the car crash that killed his wife but lost his vocal chords along with his life. Reduced to a pathetic existence consisting mostly of downing his father’s wine collection, suffering Glade spray-downs from his mother and attending the occasional Undead Anonymous meeting, old Andy is in pretty wretched shape. His afterlife takes a turn for the better when he meets Rita, a pale but lovely girl who slit her own throat, and Ray, a feisty undead hunter. Before long, Andy is fighting against zombie discrimination, mutilation and other forms of abuse by those unenlightened “breathers”: “After all, what do I have to lose by standing up for myself? If being a rotting corpse with no rights and no future isn’t the worst thing that can happen to me, it can’t be that much further to rock bottom.” The book has its share of gruesomeness, but it also offers astute observations on the world in which we live.
A zombie comedy with brains. --Kirkus
Présentation de l'éditeur
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.
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Secondly, I was drawn to the excellent quality of Browne’s writing. Third, I found myself chuckling at the clever humor that threads through the story. Gory, to be sure, but I highly recommend it.
S.G. Browne's 'Breathers: A Zombie's Lament' is a fun read from a very different point of view...the zombie's, specifically Andy. Over time and while attending his 'Undead Anonymous 'meetings Andy decides that it is unfair the way zombies are treated. They have rights, too. So he and some of his friends begin a quest to make some changes. Oh...and Andy falls in love with one of his group members Rita.
This is definitely not your typical zombie read. It is very entertaining, but a bit slow at times. The characters are quite hysterical when you stop to think about what they would look and sound like considering their means of death. I greatly enjoyed the dialogue between the various members of the group. It was witty and sarcastic yet, at times, very thoughtful. The setting is a normal everyday town and some of the various homes of our characters. As for the gore, there is definitely some violence and flesh eating, but as mentioned earlier, this is not your typical zombie novel, so even this role of the undead is played differently.
I am pleased to have 'Breathers: A Zombie's 'Lament 'on my bookshelf and definitely suggest you add it to yours as well.
I did enjoy it, um, I'm trying to think what it reminded me of, ummmmmm, Stephanie Plum but written by a man? I don't know, it was a bit on the "chicky" side for me, perhaps that was the romance part of the story. Trying to think when I like romance type stories and the closest I can come is Pat Conroy, depression and agony..
Which this story has, in that it's a bit tragic too, but very tongue-in-cheek humorous too, perhaps a bit of social satire thrown in.
No point in describing the story, or give any spoilers here, which was done in the editorial reviews above, which I think is in bad form, but I digress.
If you like the genre and don't mind some graphic (not really horror) and sexual situations, you'll probably like it, and no, it's not like that trash Fifty Shades of Grey, this book is written 100 times more skillfully than that, I don't know what made me think of that, I guess thinking about weird sex.
Okay, one spoiler: "Is zombie on zombie still necro?" Paraphrased from the book, but the line I laughed the most from, and there were a few other funny situations, it's a good fun read and I do recommend it (if you're into this kind of thing).