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

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament

by S. G. Browne

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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 ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
Over the past 9 months, I have been reading a lot of zombie and horror fiction. I found this novel on a list of Bram Stoker Award Winners and Nominees for 2009. It was nominated in the category of "Best First Novel." I am seriously glad I tracked it down.

The novel is set in a world where zombies are commonplace. It is not an apocalyptic novel--society remains much as it is today, but for some unexplained reason, 1 in 4 (I think that is the ratio described in the novel) people who die, come back to life again as zombies. They live among the "Breathers," as they call the living, but are treated like second class citizens. The entire novel revolves around a group of zombies who come together through a group called Undead Anonymous (UA), a support group that is part 12-step program, and part group therapy.

Browne has done a great job of keeping the tone fairly light and humorous, without falling over the edge into self-satire, with a nice imagining of both the inner and outer life of a zombie within this universe.

Well written, in a chatty (but not overly chatty) tone, this is a quick and enjoyable read. ( )
  magerber | Feb 22, 2016 |
I liked the writing style, but some of the jokes/puns/literary allusions fell very flat- and I love a good pun- and I felt like the plot dragged a lot. You can only listen to a Zombie bitch about his plight for so long. ( )
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BREATHERS: A ZOMBIE’S LAMENT, a novel written by S. G. Browne, introduces us to Andy, who wakes up one day in a mortuary. His mouth is sewn shut, his left leg is mangled, and he doesn’t know how he got that way. Eventually he understands that after he and his wife had died in a car accident that was Andy’s fault, he has reanimated. He is a zombie and must now live as a second-class citizen in the world of “Breathers” that revile him. Throughout all this Andy maintains his sense of humor.
Andy’s parents have relegated him to the wine cellar, so as not to offend their neighbors and guests. He walks the alleyways to avoid running into “Breathers” on his way to attend Undead Anonymous meetings. These meetings contain some of the best writing in the book. They have some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Over the course of Andy’s adventures we come to care about him and his diverse friends.
This is a story of friendship, love, loss, and standing up for what you believe. Everyone has at one time or another felt the feelings that Andy experiences.
I liked this book because it made me believe that zombies are people too. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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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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