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Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S. G. Browne
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Breathers: A Zombie's Lament

by S. G. Browne

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This is a fun book, but it gets odd near the ending. Also, I'm not sure if this world is well thought out- it seems to me if there is a 1 in 200 chance of a person returning from the dead, cremation would be pushed, as well as better treatment of zombies. I'm glad I read it, but its a book I won't reread. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Mar 22, 2019 |
Not your typical zombie book. The book follows the life of Andy a member of the undead community who has recently re-animated. During the course of the book he and his friends from UA Undead Anonymous learn that eating the flesh of "breathers" (read living humans) leads to their regeneration, they no longer are decaying and the injuries they had sustained are healing. Andy and his friends also want to have equal rights, zombies are reviled by standard society. During the course of the book Andy falls in love with a girl from his UA group and it looks like they may have a life of sorts going forward. Filled with an interesting cast of characters, a former social worker, a car crash victim, a vegetarian (who eats flesh but calls it tuna instead), a woman who puts her cigarettes out where one of her eyes used to be. At times very funny and other times Andy gets almost preachy. Well worth a read. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Dec 21, 2018 |
Liked it. Had a few moments where I thought it was a little all over the place but it did keep me completely involved in a zombie story in a way I never had before. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
A man wakes up to discover his parents in the refrigerator. Turns out this man is also a zombie. It's complicated. And kind of ridiculous. Andy is part of Undead Anonymous, a support group for the recently undeceased in a world where zombies are spat on and abused by the living, called Breathers. Do you have to be alive to have friends, get basic freedoms, fall in love? Andy intends to find out. If you are squeamish about decomposing flesh described in great detail, well, you might want to skip this one. But if you like horror-comedy, you'll probably get a kick out of this. I certainly did. ( )
  melydia | Jun 30, 2017 |
This was fantastic! There were so many parallels between the treatment of zombies and other minorities that it really made me sad for them. This was funny, yet touching and really made you think. Typically you're cheering for the living and hoping they don't get eaten, but in this you were hoping that the zombies made it out okay. And a few people got eaten that teally, really deserved it!

This was a fun read and I highly recommend it ( )
  Virago77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
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It's a very zany Chris Moore-esque romp, which doesn't try too hard to make sense, or take itself too seriously. It gets more demented and crazy in the second half, when both the characters and the author let go of any last shreds of sensibility. It's at its strongest when it plunges into gruesome farce, with a healthy helping of undead slapstick.
 
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A dark comedy about undeath through the eyes of an ordinary zombie. It's Fight Club meets Shaun of the Dead, only with the zombies as the good guys.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767930614, Paperback)

For fans of Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.

Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.

Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more.

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Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by society, is having trouble adjusting to his new existance, until he meets Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide who teaches him the joys of human flesh.… (more)

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