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Not your average zombies.

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The shambling, brain-eating, undead are fun as a plot point but they’re no good as the main character of a book. You know, because of that whole rotting and nomming on humans thing, and the way their decayed brains can’t form enough thoughts for a decent point of view. And don’t even talk to me about zombie romance novels because I just can’t. (Zombies are not the new vampires. Vampires were not the new vampires.) But recently I read two books with zombie protagonists that manage to avoid the shamble and lack-of-thought factors to create characters I like and plots I enjoyed.

Pay Me in Flesh (Mallory Caine, #1)Pay Me in Flesh by K. Bennett

In Pay Me in Flesh, Mallory Caine is a struggling attorney dealing with an ex-boyfriend who wants her back while also trying to solve a murder. Her murder. Mallory deals with that pesky brain-eating detail by, well, eating brains, but only when she has to and she’s choosey about who she dines upon. Between that brain munching and a really good skin cream she keeps herself thinking and looking like a live human. In addition to trying to figure out not only just who murdered her in the first place she’s also trying to find out who brought her back from the dead and now wants her to serve them as their zombie-slave. When a friend of hers is arrested for a murder Mallory committed–oops, Mallory munched the wrong brain–Mallory has to defend her without exposing herself.
Working Stiff (Revivalist, #1)

Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

In Working Stiff, ex-soldier Bryn Davis is starting her new job as a funeral director when she comes down with a very bad case of “wrong place at the wrong time.” Murdered, then revived by a corporate spy and his company’s miracle drug, Bryn gets to stay alive as long as she remains useful. Trouble is, Bryn doesn’t know anything about the shady dealings she walked into, which sends her and the spy scrambling to justify her life. The good news is she doesn’t have to–or want to–eat brains, but the bad news is the only thing keeping her alive is a daily injection that only the corporation can provide. But being a corporate-zombie isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when Bryn comes up against people who are willing to kill and reanimate anyone–including her family.

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Written by tldegray

April 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

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