Breathers

Breathers

A Zombie's Lament

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For 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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780767931663
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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mane_of_locs
Jun 28, 2013

This book is charming, warm, funny and a gentle entry into the zombie fiction sub-genre. If you like movies like Shaun of the Dead or Warm Bodies, Breathers is in that vein.

ajax735 Mar 29, 2011

This book is too funny. A great mixture of humor and zombie gore. Zombies thrown into the real world trying to fit into society is a unique idea, and written in a way that is fun to follow.

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bootlegga
Jun 29, 2010

It was an interesting zombie read, but with the amount of time the protagonist spends in his self-help group, I felt as if I was part of his Undead Anonymous group.

An interesting premise that just takes too long to really get going.

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kalio
Aug 23, 2009

Andy Warner died in a car crash. After his preserving treatment at the funeral home but before his funeral, Andy woke up as a zombie. This is not incredibly unusual; it just happens sometimes. But zombies are not exactly welcomed back into their everyday lives as examples of a miraculous escape from death. Instead they?re barely tolerated, looked down upon as less-than-human and policed by Animal Control. Andy?s too dazed to mind at first?he can?t even talk because his lips are stitched together?but he finds time to emerge from his parents? basement and attend Undead Anonymous meetings. There he meets a sexy suicide named Rita and Jerry, a banged-up walking-dead stoner. The trio is introduced to fellow zombie Ray, and Ray introduces them to the joys of the afterlife. Soon Andy is refusing to sit in the back of the bus and picketing for the return of zombie civil rights. With pretty Rita at his side, Andy just might get used to the zombie life?unless the human ?breathers? have anything to say about it. Feeling sympathy for a flesh-hungry zombie is a new emotion for most readers, but we want Andy to have it all. We also don?t want to get eaten, and that?s what makes Breathers such a unique and unusual read?it?s gruesome, endearing, tragic, and darkly comic all at the same time. Author S.G. Browne describes his debut novel as a zom-rom-com?a zombie romantic comedy. With a genre-bending label like that, what more can you ask for?

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