It’s not often that I receive a book in the mail that totally makes me laugh just by reading its cover. Seriously, the gods wanted this book to stand out since it arrived in the pouring rain (today was one of those perfect curl up in front of the fire with a book day) and was left in a giant puddle for Jesse to find when he got home. The packaging was soaked and I really thought the book was a goner. But, the fates had other plans and Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker came out dry as can be.
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.
Now the thing that made me laugh was the title for the book – Brains: A Zombie Memoir. It’s not that outlandish or unusual in the typical sense, but add that to the fact that Jesse has been playing Left for Dead 2 a lot lately (and thus making me think of zombie apocalypses), it just seemed perfect. Jesse really isn’t into the whole vampires and werewolves urban fantasy – give him the high epic or classic horror any day – but with this one, even he had cracked a smile when he saw it. To top it all off, one of the first things Jesse finds when reading his own Reader is this:
Speaking of Jesse and zombies…guess what he’s doing right now. Yup….it’s KASOB time.