Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker

 5 out of 5 Robots!
  
My Review:
Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker was brilliant, to say the least. It was edgy, refreshing and totally unlike anything I have read lately. It was a quick read, at only 192 pages. I only wish it would have been longer- but the author was clever leaving it as she did. I don't know if I will get to visit the courageous and cunning Jack Barnes again- though I would be the first one in line to buy a second book if there ever was one.

A scientist, Stein, has been trying to mold the perfect person. But, just like it should- it all goes wrong when they release the virus before it is ready. This leads us to the endearing college professor, Jack Barnes, and his wife being surrounded by infectious people. Zombies. He inevitably  contracts the foul zombie virus that has been eating the country. Along with his newly decaying body he has found a new passion: Brains. He says it better than anyone, "...beautiful, bountiful, bubbly, bewitching, bedazzling brains." I am in love with the way this book is written. It made me laugh, cringe and hope. Hope for zombies? Who would have thought. I was utterly torn, do I want the zombies to get slaughtered?! Do I want them to survive to brutally eat more humans!? Geesh, I still don't know. But I DO know that I loved Jack Barnes and his little entourage of special zombies. Jack goes on an adventure with his fellow zombies to find their God, their creator... the reason this all started. Stein. I mean, he must appreciate their existence, right? He'll help them survive among humans.... right?

This is what I love about Jack- when you look into his eyes, they aren't vacant and glossed over like the majority of the undead. No, he is self aware. He can read. He can write. And he is smart enough to realize there are others like him. He finds Guts, Joan, Annie, Ross and Eve. All with their own individual zombie super powers. They will fight for equality, or die (again) trying!

I highly suggest this book to anyone- if you don't mind some serious flesh eating. The book is written in first person, which is why it is so much fun. Who doesn't want to be present for the thought process of a self aware zombie? I'm going to be reading this book more than once, and recommending it to all my guy friends. Can we have another, Ms. Becker? 

Book Details:
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061974056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061974052

    22 comments :

    1. I got this book from the publisher and was not sure if I would like it, but I absolutely LOVED it! It was extremely thoughtful and imaginative and Im glad you liked it! Look out for my review soon! :)

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    2. Kate, I couldn't have said it better myself. I was unsure at first but fell head over heels for it! I can't wait to read your review =]

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    3. jaja i love the cover and the book is soo awesome!! I so pleased to read your review thanks!

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    4. Thanks for stopping by, Liz! I'm so glad you enjoyed the review ;]

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    5. Your review is wonderful. I normally woudn't have picked this one up. Adding it to my list thanks

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    6. Thank you, Cleverly Inked! That made me smile :) This book was a pleasant surprise, to say the least. I hope you have as much fun with it as I have!

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    7. I want to read this now. lol I read "I kissed a zombie and I liked it" and it was funny but this book sounds a lot better. Can't go wrong with zombies and brains.

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    8. Bells! So are you saying I should read that I kissed a Zombie.. !? I want to. haha

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    9. oh really? wow I just read bad reviews about that books so thanks for another perspective, sends hugs!

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    10. I was in grad school at LSU with Becker ten years ago when she defected from poetry to fiction, whereupon she immediately started writing immanently smart, snappy, readable novels that were so edgy it made us facepalm even as we anxiously awaited the next chapters. Even though some of our colleagues got major publications early, Becker is the one I've had my money on the whole time. She's a writer and is going to stay a writer, and her new fans are going to keep it so. Congratulations, Robin!

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    11. Rex, I am one of her new readers. I LOVED this book! I may be begging her for a sequel. Haha. Thank you for stopping by!

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    12. Beg her for it on Facebook. She posted your review!

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    13. I begged her with a wall comment. Haha, I have no dignity! It made me excited that she posted my review, thanks for telling me!

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    14. good review. i want to read this too.

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    15. By the way, the template is amazing! love it!

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    16. Thanks for stopping by, vvb32!

      Haku, I am so glad you love the new layout! My honey made it- www.deadboltdigital.com

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    17. 永遠不要躊躇伸出你的手。也永遠不要躊躇接受別人伸出的手。..................................................

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    18. wow! I am so glad I didn't read your review until I was done with mine.. Talk about it being awesome! Love your review!!! And btw.. Your new layout! Simply amazing!! Thanks for your comment love and its only fair I leave some for you as well.

      Amazing work like always, J!!

      V

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    19. I haven't read a good zombie book in a while so I'm definitely going to have to read check this one out. Thanks for the great review!

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    20. The premise of this book sounds good, but is it too flesh-eatingly violent? It's not that I can't handle violence; It's just not my preference. :)

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    21. Wow 5 out of 5 robos!!! Awesome!! I've got to check this book out.

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