Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review: Brains - A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker

“Professor Jack Barnes has a new passion: Brains. It’s in his nature…he’s a zombie. But Barnes has something most other victims of the zombie apocalypse don’t have: sentience. In fact, he can even write. And the story he has to tell is truly disturbing – yet strangely heartwarming.

Convinced he’ll bring about the peaceful co-existence between zombies and humans if he can demonstrate his unique condition to Howard Stein, the man responsible for the zombie virus, Barnes sets off on a grueling cross-country journey to meet his maker. Along the way he recruits a small army of “super” zombies that will stop at nothing to reach their goal. There’s Guts, the agile, dread-locked boy who can run like the wind; Joan, the matronly nurse adept at reattaching decaying appendages; Annie, the young girl with a fierce quick-draw; and Ros, who can actually speak. Together they make their way through an eerie new world of roving zombie hunters and empty McMansions on a quest to attain what all men, women – and apparently zombies – yearn for: equality.”

Brains: A Zombie Memoir is an entertaining, intelligent, bloody, and yes, even touching novel that puts zombies in a totally new light. Author Robin Becker weaves a delightful narrative as we follow the rag-tag, decomposing group of zombies across America as they try to make sense of their un-life. My first thought when reading? Why hasn’t anyone else done this before?! Of course, we’ve seen intelligent zombies in a few films and books, but I’ve never read anything that comes close to Brains before! I mean, Brains has brains! The exploration of the zombie perspective is fun, ferocious and phenomenal!

I absolutely loved every second of the gut-munching and bone-crushing Brains. Becker writes with a sure-fire confidence and fluidity all the while infusing the text with witty pop culture-isms. Her characters were also well-developed and her zombies had more life and personality than many human characters in other horror novels!

If you are a zombie lover, you won’t want to miss Brains!

Order it on Amazon!

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