Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare

Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare

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by Floyd Kemske
     
 

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Management is the use of humans as resources; so is vampirism. When a vampire is called in to turn a sick biotech company around, reorganization takes on a much paler cast. Alternate chapters show the vampire's business education during the Industrial Revolution.
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Management is the use of humans as resources; so is vampirism. When a vampire is called in to turn a sick biotech company around, reorganization takes on a much paler cast. Alternate chapters show the vampire's business education during the Industrial Revolution.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kemske (The Virtual Boss) has invented an apt metaphor for his new novel: corporate ``turnaround specialist'' as vampire. Norman, the somewhat dim-witted human resources manager for a biotechnology company, is called in to meet Pierce, a slick ``re-engineering'' expert who turns out to have fired the entire ``executive team'' and plans to reorganize the company from top to bottom. The reorganization has an odd effect on co-workers-after a private meeting with Pierce, one supervisor in Norman's department becomes increasingly wan and requests a windowless office. Other workers begin disappearing, either through death or firing, and pretty soon Pierce is trying to force Norman to fire nine people a day. Chapters taking place in the corporate present alternate with those that happen in Pierce's formative years in the industrial 18th and 19th centuries. There are loads of clever details: Norman's two bickering co-workers, who as big fans of Anne Rice-type vampire novels are endless sources of knowledge about ``revenants''; and the tension between Norman and his more ambitious wife, Gwen, who is herself a human resources manager at another company. Through narrative and ingenious plays on the sinister (and silly) double entendres of business lingo, Kemske has created a stinging satire of contemporary corporate life. (Oct.)
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“[A] wonderfully ambiguous and deliciously wicked tale leavened by humor...in a jugular vein.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945774730
Publisher:
Catbird Press
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
254 KB

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Chapter 1

Every couple has a standard argument, that single dispute

Excerpted from Human Resources by Floyd Kemske. Copyright © 1995. All rights reserved.

Meet the Author


Floyd Kemske is the author of five novels, including The Virtual Boss. He lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts.

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