Brains: A Zombie Memoir (Paperback)
May 2010 Indie Next List
“This is a thinking man's zombie novel, filled with more literary and pop culture allusions than you can shake a dismembered arm at. All the zombie fun and only half the guilt, but plenty of guilty pleasure!”
— Bob Brill, Horizon Books, Petoskey, MI
College-professor-cum-zombie Jack Barnes is a different breed of undead he can think. In fact, he can even write. And the story he has to tell is a truly disturbing yet strangely heartwarming one.
Convinced he'll bring about a peaceful coexistence between zombies and humans if he can demonstrate his unique condition to Howard Stein, the man responsible for the zombie virus, Barnes sets off on a grueling cross-country journey to meet his maker. Along the way he recruits a small army of "super" zombies that will stop at nothing to reach their goal. There's Guts, the dreadlocked boy who can run like the wind; Joan, the matronly nurse adept at reattaching decaying appendages; Annie, the young girl with a fierce quick-draw; and Ros, who can actually speak. United they embark on an epic quest to attain what all men, women and, apparently, zombies yearn for: equality.
Brains is a blood-soaked, darkly humorous story that will have readers rooting for Barnes and his zombie posse to the very end.
“Becker’s humorous first-person narrative will have readers rooting for the zombie crew, and she keeps the action moving at breakneck pace. Smart, funny, weirdly uplifting, Brains is a most welcome addition to zombie lit.”
“An unusual take on the zombie genre: part Grapes of Wrath, part postmodern memoir.... Becker’s writing is crisp.”
“Barnes, a rare sentient zombie, tries to develop a program to create a zombie-human nation, but sadly, all he wants is a brain. Yours. A witty and unexpected take on the zombie genre; I had a great time.”
-Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Smart, original, funny and fascinating, Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker sends the zombie genre shambling in a fresh, new direction. Go on, take a bite.”
-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin
“A zombie delight for the thinking man (and woman), Brains is a feast of literary parallels, pop culture references, and historical metaphors, with enough blood, guts, and brains to satisfy any zombie lover’s appetite. Smart, gory, and fun.”
-S.G. Browne, author of Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
“A zany disembowelment of American pop culture. Snarky. Gory. Out of control. Dementedly delicious...brainilingus!”
-Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
“Witty and clever, Brains is a thinking zombie’s book about what it means to be human, or almost human, and what we all owe each other whether we like it or not.”
-David Wellington, author of Monster Island