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I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol

S. G. Browne's sequel book to Breathers. A humorous take on zombies with social issues.

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A Poor Follow-up to a Really Fun Book

  • Feb 25, 2013
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+3

A few years back I read Breather: A Zombie Lament and loved it.  Zombies going to support groups and then petitioning for equal rights, led by Andy Warner.  The prose were written in a very fun and sometimes hilarious manner.  I watited patiently for a follow-up and gladly sent my money off to Amazon for this sequel.  I would not say that it was money spent wisely.

Andy had been sent to a research facility for zombies and has been experimented on for about a year.  All other zombies are either sent to similiar facilities or destroyed.  With the help of a zombie sympathizer Andy is able to escape.  With no clothes available to him, he steals a Santa Clause costume from a manequin.  A little girl named Annie sees Andy and thinks he is the real Santa Claus and takes him to her house.  Annie reminds Andy of his own daughter who just happened to be named Annie too, and he is happy to go along.

The rest of the book plods along with Andy trying to hatch a plan to help his fellow zombies escape from the facility where he was being held at.  Andy's narrative lacks the wit of the first book and there are no supporting characters (unlike the first book) that provide any interest to the reader.  Possible Spoiler Alert:  There is one nuance introduced as the researchers had done "Clockwork Orange" therapy on Andy so now he has an aversion to eating human flesh and depends on a synthetic substance that he was being provided to prevent him from decaying.

I give this one between two and a half to three stars and am not sure if I will be so quick to snatch up future tales.

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February 26, 2013
this sounds awesome!!
 
February 25, 2013
What a bizarre title!
February 25, 2013
The title actually occurs in the book (i.e. a guy in a Santa suit gets munched on by zombies).
 
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“One of America’s best satiric novelists” (Kirkus Reviews), S. G. Browne seamlessly gift wraps this horrific and hilarious sequel to his “extremely strong” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) zombie novel Breathers.

He sees you when you’re sleeping . . . he knows when you’re undead.

How does the leader of a failed zombie civil rights movement from California rescue a group of his undead brethren and help a lonely Breather girl as he hides from a band of medical researchers while disguised as Santa Claus?

If you’ve never believed in Christmas miracles, then you wouldn’t understand.

Andy Warner has just escaped from a zombie research facility in Portland, Oregon, where he’s been subjected to experimental testing for the past year. With Christmas just days away, Andy figures that donning a jolly old St. Nick costume to throw off his would-be captors is just the ticket. But he never expects to encounter a sweet, lonesome nine-year-old girl who not only reminds Andy of the family he’s lost but who thinks he’s the real Santa. He also doesn’t count on being recognized as last year’s national quasi-celebrity by a clandestine group of decaying supporters who look to him for leadership. For the living and the undead, this unforgettable holiday tale will truly put on display just who is gnawing and who is nice. . . .

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