Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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“[A] wonderfully ambiguous and deliciously wicked tale leavened by a jugular vein.” —Kirkus Reviews
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945774297
  • Publisher: Catbird Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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First Chapter

Chapter 1

Every couple has a standard argument, that single dispute

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

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