Book Review: Breathers

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament

by S.G. Browne

Published by Three Rivers Press

310 pages

Breathers

Goodreads Review:

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.

My Review:

A friend actually recommended this book a few years ago and it was amazing. I remembered how much fun I had reading it, so I picked it up again.

S.G Browne writes one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Its dark comedy thats loaded with guilt, yet completely entertaining. If anyone understands the plights of the undead, its definitely S.G Browne. Breathers: A Zombies Lament is gory and delightful, if you’re comfortable with those two words being in the same sentence then this book is probably perfect for you.

Andy is just a typical neighborhood member of the undead, and he’s trying to cope. Of course, it isn’t easy when everyone in the neighborhood is throwing old food at him and trying to steal his limbs. All Andy wants is the same human rights he had when he was alive, but maybe blending in is the only way for him to be truly happy. That, and the sexy zombie Rita is definitely helping him cope.

This book was a quick, exciting read that offered a whole new twist on zombie novels without ruining all the things we still love most about zombies to begin with. It will honestly make you question your morals and maybe wonder why you feel so deeply for the zombies. Or maybe not. The undead are people too.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read lately, and this one is no different! It deserves all five stars.

5 Stars

 

 

 

Book Review: Good Omens

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Published by HarperTorch

430 pages

Good Omens

Goodreads Synopsis:

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter,Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

My Review:

Since I enjoyed the last book with Gaiman’s name on it, I figured I’d pick up an even bigger book. Can’t go wrong with more pages right?

Right.

And this time it was a double whammy. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman make an incredible pair. Of course, I know they weren’t famous names when Good Omens was written, but they both have impressive book lists now. Ad I’m impressed.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch was a true comedy. I laughed out loud, but mostly I just smirked mischievously while reading it in front of my coworkers. Every page had something clever, whether it was half a page of footnotes or some hilarious interpretation of Armageddon.

I’m always a fan of end of the world scenarios, and this was one of the biggest build-ups in literary history. It was a lot like an extended scene of Buffy. With misguided demons and a fast approaching doomsday, there was enough going on to occupy the reader. The hilarity is a defining feature of Pratchett and Gaimain’s storytelling, but the satire packs a philosophical punch.

It’s a no-brainer for fans of either of these authors works, but even if you’re unfamiliar, I recommend Good Omens as a perfect weekend satire. I give Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars