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Brains : a zombie memoir
Robin Becker
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Becker's slender debut novella is an unusual take on the zombie genre: part Grapes of Wrath, part postmodern memoir. A virus outbreak turns millions of people into mindless zombies, and the remaining humans declare war on the undead. Zombified English professor Jack Barnes discovers that he has retained his memories and his consciousness. Joined by several other sentient zombies, Barnes sets off to find the virus's creator in hopes of presenting a treatise on zombie civil rights. Barnes's dogged entitlement and self-centeredness make him both uninteresting and unbearable, and while Becker's writing is crisp, the plot meanders like its characters, consisting of little more than cannibalistic feasts and tin-eared literary and pop culture references ("Hell is other zombies"; "Perhaps life as a zombie is better than no life at all"). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A zombie outbreak in the United States turns those who catch the virus into the walking dead, rotting and mindless in their pursuit of flesh-particularly brains-to appease their insatiable hunger. Only Jack Barnes, an English professor, retains his intellectual faculties, a fact that places him high on the new food chain and low in his own self-esteem. Becker's first novel takes a gruesome cliche of the horror genre and turns it on its head, producing a sharp, entertainingly funny, and viscerally shocking story of "every-zombie," an odyssey of the damned. VERDICT Though decidedly not for the squeamish, this slim novel should attract fans of shock horror as well as dark humor. [For more zombie fiction, see Amelia Beamer's The Loving Dead, reviewed on p. 76.-Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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