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The brand-new novel from the author of Lucky Bastard and Breathers--"one of today's very best writers" (Jonathan Maberry). A young man is having trouble with his identity working as the head of the Investigations Department for the LA bioengineering firm Engineering Genetics Organizations and Systems, or EGOS for short. A quarter of the way into the twenty-first century, EGOS has developed and produced groundbreaking technology in the form of a consumer product called, oddly enough, Egos. This product allows customers to become a fictional character or a dead celebrity for six to eight hours by injecting a DNA-laced cocktail into their brain stem, revolutionizing the concept of role-playing games. When a colleague stumbles upon an anomaly in a group of Egos that the protagonist has been injecting regularly for the past three years, the brass at EGOS waves it off as nothing to be worried about. Except he is exhibiting behaviors that are in line with the reported anomaly. Truth is, he's started to lose the ability to separate fact from fiction. The more he continues to play the role of someone else, the less of him remains, as the lines of reality and fantasy continue to blur...
Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled 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 to 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.
"One of America's best satiric novelists" (Kirkus Reviews), S. G. Browne seamlessly gift wraps this horrific and hilarious sequel to his "extremely strong" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) zombie novel Breathers. He sees you when you're sleeping . . . he knows when you're undead. How does the leader of a failed zombie civil rights movement from California rescue a group of his undead brethren and help a lonely Breather girl as he hides from a band of medical researchers while disguised as Santa Claus? If you've never believed in Christmas miracles, then you wouldn't understand. Andy Warner has just escaped from a zombie research facility in Portland, Oregon, where he's been subjected to experimental testing for the past year. With Christmas just days away, Andy figures that donning a jolly old St. Nick costume to throw off his would-be captors is just the ticket. But he never expects to encounter a sweet, lonesome nine-year-old girl who not only reminds Andy of the family he's lost but who thinks he's the real Santa. He also doesn't count on being recognized as last year's national quasi-celebrity by a clandestine group of decaying supporters who look to him for leadership. For the living and the undead, this unforgettable holiday tale will truly put on display just who is gnawing and who is nice. . . .
Meet Nick Monday: a private detective who's more Columbo than Sam Spade, more Magnum P.I. than Philip Marlowe. As San Francisco's infamous luck poacher, Nick doesn't know whether his ability to swipe other people's fortunes with a simple handshake is a blessing or a curse. Ever since his youth, Nick has swallowed more than a few bitter truths when it comes to wheeling and dealing in destinies. Because whether the highest bidders of Nick's serendipitous booty are celebrities, yuppies, or douche bag vegans, the unsavory fact remains: luck is the most powerful, addictive, and dangerous drug of them all. And no amount of cappuccinos, Lucky Charms, or apple fritters can sweeten the notion that Nick might be exactly what his father once claimed--as ambitious as a fart. That is, until Tuesday Knight, the curvy brunette who also happens to be the mayor's daughter, approaches Nick with an irresistible offer: $100,000 to retrieve her father's stolen luck. Could this high-stakes deal let Nick do right? Or will kowtowing to another greedmonger's demands simply fund Nick's addiction to corporate coffee bars while his morality drains down the toilet? Before he downs his next mocha, Nick finds himself at the mercy of a Chinese mafia kingpin and with no choice but to scour the city for the purest kind of luck, a hunt more titillating than softcore porn. All he has to do to stay ahead of the game is remember that you can't take something from someone without eventually paying like hell for it. . . .
From the author of Breathers, Fated, and Lucky Bastard comes a collection of ten dark and humorous tales about extraterrestrial sex toys, a family of luck poachers, a group of professional guinea pigs, the immortal personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins, and a zombie gigolo. Just to name a few."A Zombie's Lament"--A newly reanimated corpse attends Undead Anonymous meetings with other zombies and comes to terms with the reality of his new existence."Softland"--A family of luck poachers living in central California attempts to turn around its fortunes from a deal gone bad."My Ego Is Bigger than Yours"--A new designer drug reinvents role-playing games by allowing its users to temporarily become dead celebrities and fictional characters."Dream Girls"--A futuristic tale of sexual obsession, extraterrestrial intelligence, the death of Marilyn Monroe, and the assassination of JFK."Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel"--A writer suffering from writer's block becomes addicted to the words he purchases from a drug dealer."Captivity" --A lonely and horrifying look at what it might be like if you were a bottle of shampoo."The Sodom and Gomorrah Shore"--The Seven Deadly Sins star in the original reality television show, set back during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah."Homer's Reprise"--A modern day story of Odysseus that blends Greek mythology with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick."Dr. Lullaby"--A panhandler and professional guinea pig discovers that the pharmaceutical drugs he's been testing have given him unusual side effects."Zombie Gigolo"--A day in the life of a living corpse who provides a unique service for lonely and desperate female zombies.
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