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Breathers: A Zombie's Lament Paperback – March 3, 2009
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This book has it all - the blood and gore of typical zombie fare, but also romance (who wouldn't love a twenty-something hottie, even with the stitches at her wrists and throat, who happens to eat lipstick like it was going out of style), humor (I'm sorry, but breather disguised as venison is pure genius), murder (the opening scene is a husband-wife body part freezer bonanza), and an undead support group (yes, they even have field trips).
It's a quick read, and it is just so, so good. Andy, the main character, simply wants his life back, even if he is a member of the undead. As a member of society who now has absolutley no rights whatsoever, it's a lot more difficult than it sounds.
But if you've never had to drink VO5 shampoo (and sometimes conditioner) to get your formaldahyde fix, or had your arm ripped out of its socket only to be beaten over the head with it, or been shot in the face by a Social Security Administration guard, or been traumatized by frat boys in a cemetery, then you probably wouldn't understand what I'm talking about.
Seriously, just go buy it.
It's hard out here for a zombie.
Then Andy and his pals meet Ray, a self-sufficient zombie who hunts for his own food and lives as far away as possible from the Breathers. They all bond over booze and good food, and Andy begins to see a possibility of a better unlife, one with civil rights, a job, a social security number, and possibly Rita. He stages some protests, gets pelted with a variety of fast foods, and has to be bailed out of the SPCA by his sputtering father on more than one occasion.
But he's making progress in his quest to secure equal rights for the undead and love for himself.
Browne delivers a funny little zombie novel with a more light-hearted approach than the standard undead fare.Read more ›
Still, it's an amusing, light read, and a pleasant diversion. It would be good airplane reading.
I really wanted to like this book, but in the end it just fell flat.
Initially I really enjoyed this. Setting aside the opening scene, I really felt for the main character, who lost his wife in a car accident, which killed them both, but he spontaneously reanimated. He found himself in a world that reviled him. He had a daughter whom he was no longer allowed to see or even to contact via letter. His parents took him in, but his father pretty openly despised him, and while his mother obviously still loved him, she obviously couldn't cope with what he'd become. It was a picture of hopelessness and loneliness. We're introduced to the other zombies, who all carry with them the marks of their fatal injuries.
I really would have liked to know more about what Andy's relationship with his parents was like when he was alive. He never gets into that. I don't need details, but I assume his father didn't always hate the sight of him. Some idea of what they were like would've really added to things.
One recurring incident that was amusing, but kind of inexplicable was people throwing their food at zombies whenever they saw one. I initially thought nothing of it, but when people began throwing half a sandwich, it started becoming implausible. I just don't see myself wasting a sandwich I'd fully intended to eat, to throw it at a zombie. Surely if I were throwing something at a zombie I would choose something more likely to injure it and slow it down. Eventually Andy, our narrator, observes that people seem to be going out and buying food specifically to throw it at him, and that's just weird.
When Ray was introduced, it was fairly obvious what his jars of "venison" really were. Something I noticed at first was the main character saying it tasted like chicken.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. I enjoyed the life journey of the undead. It would make an interesting movie!Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Everyone seems to have picked up on Breathers as being a commentary on prejudice against minorities. That's the clear message as the story begins. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Hansen
This was fantastic! There were so many parallels between the treatment of zombies and other minorities that it really made me sad for them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PriPri
This was a very good book about what it would be like if zombies lived among normal people. How their families and society would treat them.Published 11 months ago by JP
I too wanted to like this book. The blurb on the back cover describes it as "a hilarious debut novel," and "a zombie comedy," and a "rom-zom-com. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JW
“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?”
― Jeremy Bentham, The Principles of Morals and Legislation
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This is not just your ordinary zombie novel. Andy is a recently reanimated person who would like to have some of his basic right back. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charles