Breathers: A Zombie's Lament

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament

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by S. G. Browne
     
 

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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

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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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Browne's black comedy debut brilliantly reinvents zombie culture for the 21st century. Andy Warner reanimates after the car accident that kills his wife, but is too mangled from his injuries to talk. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, occasionally attending a zombie support group and struggling to rejoin a society that offers the undead no rights, bans them from working and doesn't even punish those who destroy them. When Andy and his fellow zombies—notably Rita, a sexy suicide victim with a lipstick fetish, and Jerry, a Playboy-obsessed stoner—learn why they're so driven to consume human flesh, the repercussions are both tragic and hilarious. Browne neatly mixes humor and extreme violence with a surprisingly tender love story, some witty social satire and an extremely strong narrative voice. (Mar.)Publishers Weekly (Starred)

The dead shall walk the earth, and they’re hungry for…love?
Debut novelist Browne branches out from his mostly horror-related short stories and delivers a rousing entry in the Rom-Zom-Com genre. Based on his short story “A Zombie’s Lament,” Browne’s mortality tale begins rather grimly but almost immediately picks up speed and humor to evolve into a terrific comedy about the perils and joys of life beyond death. Browne’s hero is Andy Warner, who survived, so to speak, the car crash that killed his wife but lost his vocal chords along with his life. Reduced to a pathetic existence consisting mostly of downing his father’s wine collection, suffering Glade spray-downs from his mother and attending the occasional Undead Anonymous meeting, old Andy is in pretty wretched shape. His afterlife takes a turn for the better when he meets Rita, a pale but lovely girl who slit her own throat, and Ray, a feisty undead hunter. Before long, Andy is fighting against zombie discrimination, mutilation and other forms of abuse by those unenlightened “breathers”: “After all, what do I have to lose by standing up for myself? If being a rotting corpse with no rights and no future isn’t the worst thing that can happen to me, it can’t be that much further to rock bottom.” The book has its share of gruesomeness, but it also offers astute observations on the world in which we live.
A zombie comedy with brains. --Kirkus

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Browne's black comedy debut brilliantly reinvents zombie culture for the 21st century. Andy Warner reanimates after the car accident that kills his wife, but is too mangled from his injuries to talk. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, occasionally attending a zombie support group and struggling to rejoin a society that offers the undead no rights, bans them from working and doesn't even punish those who destroy them. When Andy and his fellow zombies-notably Rita, a sexy suicide victim with a lipstick fetish, and Jerry, a Playboy-obsessed stoner-learn why they're so driven to consume human flesh, the repercussions are both tragic and hilarious. Browne neatly mixes humor and extreme violence with a surprisingly tender love story, some witty social satire and an extremely strong narrative voice. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The dead shall walk the earth, and they're hungry for . . . love?Debut novelist Browne branches out from his mostly horror-related short stories and delivers a rousing entry in the Rom-Zom-Com genre. Based on his short story "A Zombie's Lament," Browne's mortality tale begins rather grimly but almost immediately picks up speed and humor to evolve into a terrific comedy about the perils and joys of life beyond death. Browne's hero is Andy Warner, who survived, so to speak, the car crash that killed his wife but lost his vocal chords along with his life. Reduced to a pathetic existence consisting mostly of downing his father's wine collection, suffering Glade spray-downs from his mother and attending the occasional Undead Anonymous meeting, old Andy is in pretty wretched shape. His afterlife takes a turn for the better when he meets Rita, a pale but lovely girl who slit her own throat, and Ray, a feisty undead hunter. Before long, Andy is fighting against zombie discrimination, mutilation and other forms of abuse by those unenlightened "breathers": "After all, what do I have to lose by standing up for myself? If being a rotting corpse with no rights and no future isn't the worst thing that can happen to me, it can't be that much further to rock bottom." The book has its share of gruesomeness, but it also offers astute observations on the world in which we live. A zombie comedy with brains. Agent: Michelle Brower/Wendy Sherman Associates

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767930611
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
385,351
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.68(d)

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S.G. Browne worked in Hollywood for several years before moving to Santa Cruz to be a writer. He currently lives and writes in San Francisco. Breathers is his debut novel.

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Breathers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Andy is at rock bottom. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, has no social life other than weekly support group meeting and appointments with a therapist who can't be bothered to care. Worse, because he's dead he has no rights to reclaim any semblance of a life. While it has threads of zombie apocalypse, Breathers is remarkably different because of its lead. First, Andy spends most of the book mute. Second, being an intelligent and overall nice guy it makes his journey to reclaim his life and deal with the seriously impairing injuries left behind by his death (including the mental ones and a few nasty revelations about his relationship with his parents, even before his death) means this zombie is an easy to relate to Everyman on a journey. Breathers is a deeper read than your average zombie tale, but doesn't forget its genre roots. Fun at times, terrifying at others and absolutely compelling. Highly recommended for public collections and an essential addition to modern zombie collections. Contains: Sex, gore, language
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed every chapter of this book! S.G. Browne is genious for creating zombies that are are different from your usually flesh eaters. I love the fact that he makes zombies the protagonists of the story, including characters that are well thought put together. I was sad when the book had to come to an end, this is the 1st book I read from S.G. Browne and I'm already hooked on to his work. Can't wait to read Fated! I would recommend this to anyone who digs zombies, comedy, romance, and shall I say some gore? I've loved watching zombie movies and playing Left for Dead, but this book shows zombies in a whole new perspective.
Book_Zombie More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best zombie books I have ever read. I love that the writer steps outside the box to create a zombie story that is full of humor, romance, and the fight for zombie rights. Browne doesn't go the same route as other zombie books, and lucky for us readers. The story was very touching and challenges your zombie preconceptions. Don't worry, die hard zombie fans, there is still pleny of people eating for you, too.
MQ2 More than 1 year ago
I while back I was at Barnes and Noble and the worker assisting me recommended I try out this newly released book. I ws a little skeptical going in since I am a bit of a zombie purist when it comes to what they can and can't do. Much to my pleasure, I loved this book. I liked the tone, I liked the story, and I really liked how there was a wide arrange of emotion in the book. There were parts that were genuinly funny, and others that were much more depressing and sad than I expected I would see. I would really like to see either a sequel that carries forth from the events in this book, or perhaps a prequel delving into the original outbreak of the zombies. It is a pretty easy read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a break from the usual.
karahdawn More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read which is good for a busy mom. Eventhough it was fast it was still engaging and full of storyline. The ending was a surprise. The ending made me a bit frustrated but I still loved it!
TheBatman More than 1 year ago
I had once stated that I would like to read a zombie love story, and I found one with Breathers. I didn't find the romance to be particularly the main hook for me throughout reading the story, but the author's depiction of zombies and their rights within society, and the character's daily problems with being a reanimated corpse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Breathers" is not your average zombie novel. There is graphic violence. It contrasts with a zombie love story, the fight for survival, and the pursuit of personal & group freedom. The violence is perpetrated by the zombies, and against them. This is not a book for children. However, it is a good book for zombie fans that want something different to read. The length and pacing were good. It was well written and easy enough to follow. I read this book in two days. It was that good. The characters and their respective situations evoke deep sympathy from the reader. The story is written like a short epic saga. All of the events occur during one year. But, the drastic changes that all of the major players experience is incredible. Unlike many zombie books, not a lot of time is devoted to the cause of the plague. Also, it is not explained why some people become zombies, while others manage to die properly. A good book that I highly recommend. I plan to read some other titles written by this author. -AvidReader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a lifetime fan of zombies i wasnt to sure about this book. I mean who wants zombies that fall in love and are humorous. I almost passed on this out of disgust but decided to give it a chance. And im glad i did.
Jordon Roberts More than 1 year ago
I loved the humor that only true zombie fans could love. Great read.
ramen More than 1 year ago
I absolutey could not put this one down. Highly recommended to fans of humor, romance, social satire or just those with a fondness of zombies. I can't wait to read it again.
Jswami More than 1 year ago
As an S.G. Browne fan I knew this book would not disappoint. The cast of characters were so refreshing as was the storyline. You will enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well-written and had an interesting premise. I was enthralled with the beginning and sympathized with the main character. However, about halfway through the book the character suddenly changed personalities. It was very odd and I found myself getting a little disgusted because I didn't find the character's actions believable anymore. The last half of the book read like it came from a completely different novel. Both the beginning and the ending were written well but they felt very disjointed to me. Based on the first half of the book and the quality of the writing I would recommend reading this book if you can get it for free. If not, spend your money on something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But once I started to read this one I couldn't put it down,it took me 3 days to read it. I really like it.
DeadCapulet More than 1 year ago
I got this book right when it came out and then came back for the book signing. Since reading it I have given this book to 3 people as a gift and also recommend it to friends. I enjoyed it completely. I love how different each character was. Brown came out of the box on this zombie book. It did not feel as if I was reading a "zombie story". I think that is what I liked best about this book, it was and is such a fresh take on the living dead. The characters had real feelings and thoughts and even though they were zombies, at times I could understand or relate to there situation or feeling. I do think that Rita is one of my favorite characters in this book. I find it funny that she knew the makeup brands by tasting them. Also couldn't help but laugh about Jerry. He reminded me so much of these young kids that come in to my work. Bravo to Brown for writing such a believable 18-24 year old male. Brown describes not being welcome in your old home, friends and family turning there back on you, and society's intolerance. Though this all sounds sad, you cant help but laugh at times and be entertained.
DianeD More than 1 year ago
Most amazing and enjoyable book I've read in ages. I never really considered what it would be like to be a Zombie, but I have great empathy for them now. Just don't want to be around them if they stink. Loved this story. Can't wait for his next book.
Kevin-Darragh More than 1 year ago
A very quick and easy book to read, easily done in a day or day and a half, but it is still a fantastic book. It pulls you in within the first few chapters and doesnt let you go untill the last word. A book that made me lose sleep cause I has to just keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the title and book cover are what sold me... i began reading it on tuesday and between work and life... finished it the following wednesday... it was a very easy book to read... i loved how it was very detailed. what i loved most were the characters and especially how they felt. a lot of what they went through to be accepted reminds me of our world today and all the changes it is going through. in a off way, it makes you look at society and how messed up it is slowly becoming. a Holocaust story but for zombies. maybe i'm just weird for thinking that but the characters and their emotions, their lives, so similar to the ongoing hurt that today's society goes through. i think you will find a character in which you will relate to. it might open your eyes, so take a chance on it. i know my views are a bit screwy, and it might not have been the author's intent to describe how slowly our world is coming to an end and to take each day as a new chance to embrace it, but that's what i got out of it. i couldn't wait to sit down and read another chapter, i strongly recommend that you pick this up, you won't be disappointed with it that's for sure.
AFHockeyChick82 More than 1 year ago
This books is a great fast read. The story is very well written, very off beat, but also has a great social undertone. Seeing all the trials and tribulations that the zombies have to go through isn't much different than what some groups in america deal with on a daily basis. If you are a zombie fan, or a fan of off beat humor, i would definately try this book. You wont be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not into zombies, but I thought this book was hilarious. Great writing style, although a little gory at times.
dralf More than 1 year ago
Funny, and original enough to make it truly entertaining. Some great recipes! The ending is awkward and does not live (or reanimate) up to the rest of the book, but overall a nice addition to the zombie oeuvre.
yowling More than 1 year ago
It may be about something that most people look at and write off as uninteresting or maybe gory, but this book looks at the story of the zombie/undead/reanimated corpse as a lament of the troubles he goes through in his day to day life. You find yourself hoping that everything turns out well for the main character and narrator of the story who is a newly reanimated zombie. It's a tale of love and how it takes a hopeless zombie to a better place. Detailed and not gory. Very well written. I recommend it to everyone as a "read at least once." It will keep you in rapture from beginning to end and is a reasonably quick read. I know that it will be one that I will read over again.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised as to how enjoyable this book was. It is written in first-person by Andy who is recently reanimated, meaning he died and came back to life. Andy is a "zombie" but not in the classic sense as he has all his mental faculties and desires to live a "normal" life of a "breather." Andy lives in his parents basement, mostly watching tv and drinking wine and weekly going to support sessions with other zombies. We realize that zombies have been in existance a long time and have been treated badly by hate groups such as the KKK and others as far back as anyone can remember. Currently zombies have no rights and are treated like pets. If they get out of line, the SPCA is called and they are taken to kennel-type facities until their guardians come to claim them. After so many days they are sent to a science lab for disection if nobody claims them. Andy meets Rita at the support group and some of the group start sampling Jerry's "venison" meat and start acting different. Andy leads the group in an awakening and a demand for the same rights as breathers. The dialogue is hilarious at times and after some really gruesome scenes Andy tells the reader you would not understand what is like ... unless you were a zombie. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun little page turner of a book. Anyone who is a fan of zombies, black humour or sarcasm should give it a read. Keep an eye out for the film adaptation (but read the book first!).
JR19 More than 1 year ago
I love it and I could not put it down! The characters are snazzy and hilarious, and Andy's turmoil through the whole book just keeps you begging for more. It's dark humor at its best, and i recommend to everyone who's a zombie fan or who is looking for something totally different. It's an amazing book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The style,humor and heart in this book make it unique and an absolutely amazing read. S.G Brown is one of the best authors I have found in a long time!