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Working Stiffs Paperback – April 30, 2012

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About the Author

By getting Working Stiffs published at 28, Lucy Leitner accomplishes her rather dubious goal of being on the same career timeline as Hunter Thompson. She has worked among the (brain) dead in web writing, print media, and the Japanese machine tool game. She finds long walks on the beach tedious and filled with sand. On warm summer nights, she enjoys a glass of red wine and a symposium on the impending zombie apocalypse. This foresight has elevated her to being the entire Board of Directors at breaking news site DailyGhoul.com. Lucy loves movies about phone booth time travel and bands with an unnecessary amount of X’s in their names. Known by many aliases, she has parlayed the dollars she won betting on hockey games into an impressive collection of groceries. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475211244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475211245
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,540,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a local Sothsid'er and a Pittsburgh'er born an raised, I total can relate to this book on so many levels. Lucy is a personal friend of mine, and she knocked the mix of Pittsburgh's love of zombies, with comedy in a awesome way. I highly recommend this book to all my friends!!! I mean (spoiler alert) making an arsenal of weapons out of office supplies, "Myron" and his love of sports chanting the "Here we go Steelers song dancing around dead bodies.... even mention of the "terrible towel." Lets not forget all the "selfies" one had to take with corpses... lol social networking at its best!
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"The employees have gone mad," she had cried into the receiver. "They're killing one another and eating some while they are still alive and screaming!"

"Remain calm, and stay in your office," Harold had said. "I will speak to Mr. Owens."

Then the line went dead, and, unlike her co-workers, it never came back to life.


Try to envision the perfect factory workers...

They'd show up on time, they'd work long hours without complaining, and they'd NEVER try to unionize. In fact, they wouldn't even notice if, say, they got an arm torn off in a piece of machinery.

You got it!

ZOMBIES! The ideal employees!

Until, they get loose. Then they'd take to the streets, and NOT to protest the 1%.

Pittsburghers are once again menaced by roaming groups of brainless, hungry zombies...and THIS TIME, it's NOT just Steeler's fans!

Can a small group of office workers holed up in a conference room make it out of the office alive, AND before five? Will they follow the advice from one of those annoying motivational posters - "Teamwork: You can reach your goals only with the help of others", or end up killing each other instead?

Leitner has crafted a funny, undead romp with a delightful 'Shaun of the Dead' feel. Though there is plenty of grisly zombie action involving organ and intestine chomping, this one is definitely played more for laughs than chills.

I have only two minor qualms about this book:

1) Some characters outside the office setting are introduced, then disappear - POOF! - never to be seen or heard from again.
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I really enjoyed this story. It was different and odd and dragged(too detailed at times), but still remained interesting. It was told from a working class point of view. I absolutely loved Hank. I connected with his witt, dry humor and plain idiocity but somehow intelligent observations of things around him.

He always surprised me and that scene where the pregnant lady got atracked, opened up and eaten(along with the fetus) was classicly gross but I was like yes that's what you get for screwing people over.

And the homeless man had me dying when he was trying to make soldiers out of those zombies and they just weren't listening. And that dude who was taking pictures of everything was the epitome of new age society. I can see characters like him alive, while others are being eaten and infected in a possible future zombie apocolypse that really never becomes one, because their contained before it spreads to the rest of the world. I highly recomend.
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Lucy Leitner starts her novel "Working Stiffs" with a scattershot approach to introducing us to her characters, and the story itself.

First of all, we meet the burn scarred Marshall Owens, an ex-meth maker, dealer, and as we find out later, a murderer, who now owns and runs the pharmaceutical company Pro-Well.

Owens is a genius when it comes to creating drugs, and it is on this that he has built Pro-Well, but unfortunately, one of his drugs has gone awry. It kills, then revives, people, and then turns people into flesh-eating zombies. But, there's a silver lining to all of this, Owens has contemptuously, and sanctimoniously, learned how to make these ex-homeless and desperate into cheap factory labor, and those that he kidnaps off of the street that he can't use, he uses as food for his workers.

Into Owens smoothly running operation will come several other instrumental characters. Like Hank, a gay man who hates everybody and everything, and whose snarky and cynical observations aren't nearly as clever or entertaining as Leitner hopes that they are. As the novel progresses, Hank's attitude, as the novel grinds onward just continues to be just boorish, and causing Hank to be obnoxious.

However, there is one person that he likes, and that's the homeless man called the General, who acts like he's a veteran, but who isn't. Hank feels very protective of the General, but despite his best intentions, the General gets nabbed by some of Owens' goons, and given a shot of Owens' special brew, but for some reason he doesn't lose his mind, much.
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