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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 ›
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Exciting and twisted. An entertaining read. I <3 Breathers: A Zombie's Lament...Published 1 month ago by Miss Tami D
I loved this book. It is a bit dark and twisted but that's the style of books I enjoy. If you like Palahniuk's writing style then I think you'll enjoy this book and others by Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth Davis
Breathers is my all time ABSOLUTE favorite book. Andy Warner sounds like my dream zombie.
The plot is brilliant. You will fall in love with the Undead Anonymous crew. Read more
Friggin amazing book!!!! I laughed, cried and all the emotions in between! Who is this genius author and where did he go to high school? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read Breathers in 2009, when it first came out and it still stays with me. It has a vibrant, cinematic quality to it, and I found myself rooting for the flesh-eating zombies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Open Container
Browne's sharp dark wit breathes new life (pun super intended) into the zombie genre creating the first ever zombie romantic comedy (zom-rom-com?). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle Smith
Great and original plot! Nothing else like it for sure! Laugh, cry, cringe, repeat. #breathersPublished 1 month ago by Nic L.
Breathers was fated to fall in my hands (shameless S.G. Browne plug), as there was a book store closing and this was one of the last books left. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great read. I enjoyed the life journey of the undead. It would make an interesting movie!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer