A Zombie Memoir
Brains: A Zombie Memoir. Eos: HarperCollins. 2010. 192p. ISBN 978-0-06-197405-2. pap. $13.99. HORROR
A zombie outbreak in the United States turns those who catch the virus into the walking dead, rotting and mindless in their pursuit of flesh—particularly brains—to appease their insatiable hunger. Only Jack Barnes, an English professor, retains his intellectual faculties, a fact that places him high on the new food chain and low in his own self-esteem. Becker's first novel takes a gruesome cliché of the horror genre and turns it on its head, producing a sharp, entertainingly funny, and viscerally shocking story of "every-zombie," an odyssey of the damned.
VERDICT Though decidedly not for the squeamish, this slim novel should attract fans of shock horror as well as dark humor. [For more zombie fiction, see Amelia Beamer's The Loving Dead, reviewed on p. 76.

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