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Brains: A Zombie Memoir Paperback – May 25, 2010
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A few of the zombies, the ones primary to the story, are self-aware. One is fast, one can speak, one can perform first aid, one can shoot and the main character can write. There is also a pregnant zombie that ultimately has to give birth.
Robin Becker's book is based on a strange premise, making it rather different from other books in the genre. The reader is put into a zombie's head, thinking a zombie's thoughts. I'm a huge zombie fan, but never once did I ever consider the world through their eyes. Jack, zombie who had a Ph.D. in life, leads the self-aware zombies. He learns along the way that once people became zombies, the playing field was level. There were no class or race distinction. It was quite interesting to see the subtle message among the gore.
Brains: A Zombie Memoir is a light, quick read that allows you to shamble a mile in a zombie's shoes.
BRAINS is every bit as funny as its premise demands. The humor is bold, sassy, and never tires as the story proceeds. Author Robin Becker, a teacher of writing, is in complete command of the language. Numerous references to pop culture create an air of irreverence and sarcasm that lend themselves naturally to the outrageous scenario. Told from the perspective of the zombies, in particular the former college professor who leads them after first devouring his wife, BRAINS is a ground breaking contribution to the genre. I was rooting for the walking dead and couldn't wait to learn whether their mission would succeed.
All that said, I thought this book was pretty funny at times. Not ‘laugh out loud’ funny, but silly and fun. It was incredibly original and interesting. Despite all of this, I didn’t LOVE the book. I did enjoy it for the most part, but felt that it could be a bit slow moving at times, and wasn’t as developed as it could have been. I liked the characters, particularly Ros, the speaking zombie who had some pretty good one-liners, but would have liked to see more character development, maybe a little more back story for some of them.
I’d recommend this one if you’re a zombie fan looking for something different.
I hope there is a sequel in the works?
The main character is lovable at a few points, but overall, I didn't find myself in his corner. I thought that the build up took a little too long, but the supporting characters were ultimately what saved the story. I did enjoy reading this quick read, and it was nice to have something clearly for an older audience (evident through the swearing and allusions).
If you are an older teen or adult who enjoyed any of the stories I listed above, this is worth a try.
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I consider myself a connoisseur of zombie fiction, so I did not find this an especially unique idea; sentient zombies have been done before: the iZombie graphic novels and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Maerling
Offers some new ideas for the zombie genre, but can be heavy on gore at times.Published 10 months ago by Rae F
I truly loved it! It is such a creative and amusingly plausible take on the complex psyche of the "post-living"!Published 10 months ago by Tara Dunn Peden
This is a great twist on the whole zombie genre. I love how it was written from the zombie's POV and the dark humor that goes along with makes
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Love this book, couldn't put it down! I ended up buying it as a birthday gift for a friend, and then got one for myself as well!Published on July 3, 2014 by Cory Bergquist