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Working Stiffs Paperback – April 30, 2012
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A MUST READ!!
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
Take note: this is a character-centric story that puts a premium on character development and setting. Personally, that's more my cup of tea, but you're not really going to find anything too new or exciting regarding the zombie niche in Working Stiffs.
I really enjoyed the eccentric characters that the author has crafted. What I didn't enjoy was the detail cramming. There is a lot of info thrown your way that can be ducked, dodged, and avoided without missing out on relevance or plot importance. It's not a deal-breaker, but it is one of those pet peeves I have that I like to expand upon when I can. It's the difference between having a book that people can't put down, and a book that people will skim, and no one wants their baby skimmed. I personally feel that this book could have been outstanding with another round or two of editing/trimming.
Minor gripes aside, this book was a fun read, entertaining, and witty. For a new author in the genre, she did a stand-up job, and I hope to see her continue as an author. With some more fine-tuning, her craft has break-out potential. She's already established her storytelling prowess.
Final Thoughts: Working Stiffs is a humorous, witty read with memorable characters. Keep an eye out for Lucy Leitner. It looks like Necro found a winner with their Fresh Flesh series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading Working Stiffs. The plot flowed smoothly and the laughs kept coming. I can't wait to see what Lucy comes up with next....Published 10 months ago by Cookiek8
I am going to start with what I think are the pros for this author and story.
The author’s marketing is freaking brilliant. Read more
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. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Ileana
As an avid zombie lover, I have been disappointed in recent years by the growing zombie trend. While the rising popularity of zombies means there's Walking Dead and zombie... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Zombiephile
Pretty str8 forward zombie stuff. If you like zombie books you will enjoy this. Its not hilarious as it suggests. Funny at parts...but not hilarious. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Brett Grossmann
I'm not typically into zombies, and picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend. I'm glad I did. Ms. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Cathy K-J