Today, because I'm pressed for time, I give you two quick reviews.
First up, is First Contact: Or It's Later Than You Think by Evan Mandery. The blurb from the back:
A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the President of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attache, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe Parrot sketch excluded.
I think the one thing I should tell you about this book is that before I was halfway done with it, hubs asked to read it when I was done. I can't remember him ever asking that before.
What I liked about this book: The President and his underwear obsession ESPECIALLY how he found the perfect pair. Seriously, these parts made me laugh out loud, even if there were witnesses to give me the stink eye. I (discreetly) made sure they could see the front of the book...maybe they'd be curious enough to go look for the book.
This is a smart book. A relevant book. Chock full of satirical references to things like lawyers, the PTA, and the general ineptitude of the US government.
I loved the dialogue, it was snappy and fun (especially Ralph & Jessica in the beginning). I especially liked the ending - don't mess with the Rigelians is all I have to say.
The only negative thing I would have to say about this book is I'm not sure I understood/appreciated it as fully as I could have. I think it is one that I'll have to read more than once to really get.
Brains a Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker. The blurb:
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 an 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.
Disclosure: I've never read a zombie book before. I've never even seen a zombie movie. Nope, not Night of the Living Dead or any of the dozens of others out there. I was (gasp) a total zombie virgin.
I read this on the plane to NYC, and I don't think the guy sitting next to me appreciated it. The descriptions were rather grisly so quite a few "ewwwws" escaped. Then, in the next paragraph I'd be laughing out loud. There are so many puns in this book ranging from "I can't believe she went there" to "OMG that's awesome". Some parts I had to read to my sister...there's only so many belly laughs you can emit before others get curious.
I thought I'd have trouble sympathizing with the zombies, I mean they're supposed to be the enemy, right? I found I actually enjoyed watching them capture humans. Grandpa and Grandma especially. OH, and I loved it when they kidnapped their human chauffeur. So, so funny!
If you like zombies, you'll love this book. I'm giving my copy of Brains away in my Worst Day Ever contest. Click HERE for details. I'd give away my copy of First Contact too--but I promised hubs he could read it so that will have to wait until he's done.
I'm currently reading Fool by Christopher Moore. I LOVE his sense of humor! My favorite of his so far would be Lamb, but Fool is going to come in a close second.
What are you reading today?