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Outsourced [Kindle Edition]

Saul Tanpepper
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Undead return in this short dark comedy about zombies and unemployment.

Editorial Reviews


eFiction Magazine calls Saul Tanpepper a writer "armed with a whacked out sense of humor and a PhD in molecular genetics."

From the Author

I'm probably not the first writer to imagine what it might be like if zombies had a craving for something other than brains. (In fact, it's not the first time I've written about this, as I broach the subject in my short story A Thing for Zombies, and it won't be the last time, either.) So, what else might zombies want from us? Respect? Voting rights? Organic all-natural wrinkle cream?

Outsourced offers one intriguing -- and, perhaps, timely -- possibility.

Product Details

  • File Size: 189 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brinestone Press (February 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075AS488
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " Different Look At Zombies, Excellent " January 29, 2013
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I usually don't like to read zombie books, but this is not your typical, "I want to eat your brains" zombie story. This was an excellent, satire. It's an amusing, thought provoking, short story, with a serious life lesson. It covers a possible but yet, not unthinkable effects of global warming, and a disastrous complete end to our economy and society. I highy recommend reading this story this author wrote.

America has been outsourcing jobs, overseas for cheap labor for years, making the unemployment level right now still very high. But, this short story explores what would happen if we had even better laborers, ones who can withstand working forever, 24/7, for free!
As for the black mold scenario, ( Stachybotrys Chartarum ) it's the most toxic, hard to kill, strain of molds out there now. With long term exposure it can have serious effects on the respiratory system. I know.

So in underlying way, this author wrote an excellent, metaphor for the way the world is becoming today.

Now take those two possible scenarios, mix them together, and you never know? What a scary thought..........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of fun and irony February 5, 2012
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I was looking for a quick read to divert my mind from my own writing project. Outsourced by Saul Tanpepper is a short story with wonderful satire. Saul pokes fun at authors (being one myself, his author character made me chuckle about my colleagues), throws a jab or two at the political people and goes so far as to have his protagonist crave a Fillet-O-Fish! Saul creates a make believe world that could come true according to some in our society --- or is Saul a fortune teller showing us the world of our future. The end is great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark satire with zombie bite! March 17, 2012
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Yes, this is a story with zombies. But, no, this is not your typical survivalist zombie story. It is a smart, funny, witty read - and the zombies certainly add to the humor and the irony! If your idea of a great zombie story is a trip to the mall and some headshots, this story will not be your cup of tea. But if you enjoy satire with a bite (pun intended), you will enjoy this one. After reading this short story, I am definitely putting this author on my to-be-read list!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dry Humour. Great short! July 3, 2012
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This author has easily snuck his way into the ranks amongst my favourites. Garth Nix, Eoin Colfer, Isaac Asimov, Saul Tanpepper... sort of rolls off the tongue.

However, where I may select the others based on their characters and storylines, I love the dry wit and writing style that this author provides. This offering is no exception.

The first-person narrative he does so well, is complimented by superb writing and editing and it is only (I have to say) the fact that I didn't connect as well with this character, than I have with others from this particular author, that precludes it from getting that 5th star.

Don't get me wrong. This is a good little story and although I took my time and wandered through it in a leisurely hour, I don't doubt it could be read significantly faster. The humour - as always - is carefully written and nicely applied, dark as it is.
This isn't a Zombie story in the accepted sense, but it is a nice twist on the genre and worthy of the acclaim.

4 deserved stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and clever! April 17, 2012
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An original take on the zombie apocalypse genre. A very witty and clever tale of an uprising that lands an author in the soup line. We follow him through his efforts to survive and learn from him what has happened.

Superbly edited, Mr. Tanpepper has written an outstanding story. Wonderfully entertaining - and I don't usually like zombie stories! Bravo.
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More About the Author

Saul writes in several speculative fiction genres, including horror, cyberpunk, biopunk, and straight science fiction. A former Army medic and trauma specialist, he earned a PhD in molecular biology and genetics; his works are heavily informed by these past experiences.

Saul spent his formative years in a century-old house overlooking the Erie Canal in Upstate New York. He shared an attic room with all manner of creatures, not all, he is convinced, flesh and blood.

After several years spent overseas and working his way to executive positions in biotech, he returned to his true passion of storytelling.

He now writes full time from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He continues to be haunted by a variety of creatures, including a wife, kids, three dogs, three cats, twenty chickens, a wayward rooster, and one very grumpy possum. They are all flesh and blood.

Except for the possum, which he's sure is the reincarnated spirit of Jack Torrance.

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