This book has everything that a zombie fan usually looks for from their zombie entertainment and is stil able to bel totally original. The concept of the book itself is genious, and even a person who is not that huge of a horror or zombie fan could get into it. The social satire is great in the way that everyone can relate at one time or another feeling like an unaccepted outsider and believe it or not; the romance portion of the story is as engaging as the flesh eating and plight of Andy as he tries to get his social security number reinstated from a governement system that refuses to ever admit to being wrong about anything and put trust in what a file says as opposed to a talking individual.
The thing that I like most about this book is that you hate to see the thickness of pages get thinner as you near the end; after the final sentence you tend to close the book and almost feel sad its finished.
I was pleasantly surprised as to how enjoyable this book was. It is written in first-person by Andy who is recently reanimated, meaning he died and came back to life. Andy is a "zombie" but not in the classic sense as he has all his mental faculties and desires to live a "normal" life of a "breather." Andy lives in his parents basement, mostly watching tv and drinking wine and weekly going to support sessions with other zombies. We realize that zombies have been in existance a … more
n a slightly alternate world, starting in the 1930's, a small percentage of people who die come back as zombies. They are effectively immortal until they rot away to the point where they can no longer maintain their form. Zombies are barely tolerated by society. Although they retain the memories of their lives, they have no legal rights and are treated as stray animals if they bother living humans, or "breathers". Andy Warner recently died in a car accident and came back as a zombie. He lives … more
It really isn't fair to compare this book to Max Brooks's excellent "World War Z." Where WWZ covers a fictional zombie "war," Browne's "Breathers" turns zombie fiction on its severed ear by introducing romance to the mix. Breathers is extremely humorous and touching and our hero Andy is a wonderful guide to living, or unliving, in a world where zombies and humans co-habitate uneasily. I recommend this book to all fans of zombies, and their friends. Just don't eat the venison!
I am a recent college graduate witha degree in English and a minor in History. Books are a huge part of my life. I usually spend most of my free time with a new novel or writing whatever comes into my … more
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Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Abandoned by his friends and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and meets a few kindred souls.