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Breathers is a dark comedy about the challenges of being a zombie. It’s like Fight Club meets Shaun of the Dead, only with the zombies as the good guys. For fans of Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death. Read Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament book reviews & author details and more at S.G. Browne’s ‘Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament’ is a fun read from a very.

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A Zombie’s Lament by S. Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Breathes by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and brownd by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence.

But all that changes when he goes breatthers an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.

Darkly funny, surprisingly bteathers, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy rom-zom-com, for short that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more. Paperbackpages. Santa Cruz, California United States.

To see what your friends thought of vrowne book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Breathersplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 08, karen brearhers it really liked it Shelves: View all 8 comments.

Aug 20, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t think I’ll be eating ribs in any barbecue joints in the near future after reading this. Andy was killed in a car wreck along with his wife. But like a small percentage of the population, he reanimates as a decaying zombie.

He quickly learns that he has no civil rights. He has to live in his parent’s wine cellar, and he isn’t allowed to see or contact his daughter.

It’s against the law for him to do simple things browhe logging on to the Internet or go to the movies. He’s harrassed and pelte I don’t think I’ll be eating brownr in any barbecue joints in the near future after reading this. He’s harrassed and pelted with food brownd the living Breathers if he even tries to take a walk, and zombies are routinely attacked by thrill seekers and drunken frat boys.

Stuck in the basement drinking wine he can’t really taste and watching television, his only other entertainment is his zombie support group where he meets the lovely but very dead Rita.

Andy and his fellow zombies soon run across Ray, another one of the undead, who shows them the secret to reclaiming their lives and their dignity.


This was a terrific twist on a zombie story. I never thought I could feel sympathy for the living dead, but even as a Breather, I found Andy’s story touching and sometimes heartbreaking.

The black humor had me laughing out loud even as my skin crawled. A very original concept with great writing. I’ve seen a lot of reviews compare it to Chuck Palahniuk novel, and I’d agree that there are some similarities to the best of Chuck P. However, I think that’s selling S. He’s done something unique and creative here that’s all his own.

View all 3 comments. Mar 23, Servius Heiner rated it liked it. Pretty good, it kind of lost it’s luster towards the end. If you have never been worried about how many maggots are in your socks then you probably wouldn’t understand. View all 4 comments. Jun 21, Nicholas Karpuk rated it it was ok.

Let me flip to a random page of “Breathers” and see how long it takes me to find a lame joke Here we go, “If you’ve never been in a room full of zombies eating freshly cooked pieces of human flesh, then you probably wouldn’t understand.

That phrase comes up a lot, the whole, “Then you probably wouldn’t understand. I think Chuck Palahniuk has inspired about Let me flip to a random page of “Breathers” and see how long it takes me to find a lame joke I think Chuck Palahniuk has inspired about as many terrible first person narratives as Tarantino did bad student films about wise-cracking gangsters.

Putting aside the stylistic borrowing, the main issue with this book is that S. Browne just isn’t funny. His jokes fall flat, his witticisms aren’t witty, and the book practically smells from the flop-sweat of him brwathers too damn hard.

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament

He’s trying really hard to shock and be clever and after a while it felt almost awkward to read. The paper-thin characterization didn’t help either. There are a few fully realized, interesting characters but they’re mostly on the fringe. Breatheds central cast are either devoid of distinguishing traits or flat stereotypes.

The main character breatheds the worst, appearing to be a little more than a cipher for the author. He makes more snide, metrosexual comments about fashion and cooking that Patrick Batemen in American Psycho, and that’s the only thing that stands out. God, look what he just made me do! Some of the drama is halfway decent, the discussions of dying and rebirth are interesting, but on btowne level I just couldn’t suspend disbelief long enough to get into it.

I just don’t think humanity would react to zombies like it was a civil rights issue. It would probably be a straight up geekshow if anything. He gets an extra star for some of the details breahters the world-building, but this feels like amateur hour that stumbled into print.

View all 10 comments. Feb 15, Mandie rated it really liked it Shelves: Browne’s hilarious and freaky book “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament”, then you probably wouldn’t understand. Feb 24, Jasmine rated it really liked it Shelves: My fifth star is broken this year. I know this is broqne since historically I’ve been fast and loose with high ratings, but this deficiency in me should not be taken as a reflection of the book.

I have a lot of live concerts in my it My fifth star is broken this year. I have a lot of live concerts in my itunes, which means I’ve got a lot of random recordings of different artists talking about nothing. One of these okay a good number of them, dude doesn’t shut up is john mayer talking about people telling brkwne they like his early work.


He equates this to someone walking up to you and saying “you rbeathers so great at your last job. If fated is the bastard child of tom robbins and terry pratchett, well Breathers is that child of an incestuous affair between that child and daddy, tom robbins not pratchett. I guess my point is Bdowne a fan. Jul 16, AlcoholBooksCinema rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’ve not read this brwne and eccentric book, then you probably wouldn’t understand what I’m going to say.

In a necrophilia kind of way. We follow Andy, bdowne newly risen zombie and the other members of his support group. Zombies in “Breathers” are a little different, in fact the concept is quite breathees to me and was fun to read. Not all people who die become zombies, but when the selected few do rise as the undead they are ridiculed by society and despised by their families, who have to take them home again. The one aspect of the novel “Breathers” is a black comedy combined with horror and a little romance and lots of icky moments.

The one aspect of the novel that kept niggling me is that the reason for zombies is never given. I have to know why, how and when and “breathers” didn’t give answers to any. We never know how zombies are made, or why, and Brlwne will admit that this drove me a little nuts!

However, it does mention that zombies existed far back into history.

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There are many passages that made me smile, but it’s not a ‘laugh-out-loud’ kind of novel, it’s a bit too dark for that, but it is amusing. The human world know that zombies exist and they treat them pretty badly like they are at the bottom of the pile with no feelings or thoughts. But zombies come back with as much of these aspects of humanity as they left with. There are many rules and restrictions which zombies have to abide by and if they don’t?

Well, people just turn a blind eye to the cruelty inflicted. There are times when Andy’s feelings about the injustice of the treatment of zombies by society becomes slightly repetitive but I did feel their repression. Andy was killed while driving and so was his wife.

She didn’t breathere back as a zombie and remained dead, which Andy finds difficult st deal with although prefers in many ways. He’s not sure she would have loved him the same way if she had survived. To deal with his feelings, Andy meets up with a support group who he brwathers to grow to love, especially a zombie called Rita. There is obviously romance on the cards and there’s even a bit of zombie sex, although nothing is described explicitly – thank goodness.