PJV Quickie: As a huge fan of fancy vampires, I have to admit that zombies aren’t my cup of tea. I was a bit skeptical about “Braineater Jones”, but this story completely changed my thoughts. Even zombies can be cool.
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Braineater Jones by Stephen KozeniewskiPublished by Red Adept Publishing, LLC on 2013-10-09
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Horror
Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.
But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.
As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.
Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.
Review: The story is set in 1934, where a certain guy, self-named Jones, wakes up dead, with a huge wound on his chest and a memory loss. Without knowing why people call him “Braineater” or what was happening to him, he keeps a journal where he writes everyday, as he finds out who he really is. Later, he becomes a detective in service for the undead.
I really loved the book.
Jones is one of those arrogant characters, but surprisingly I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes, like I usually do. This arrogant personality totally fits Jones. What I liked about this book, was the fact that Jones, the type of character I don’t like, became my favorite. I had no problem following his Point of View, and sometimes I found myself thinking the same things, just like him.
There are some issues regarding “Braineater Jones” though. The first one: When Jones wakes up dead, he is very calm, like he isn’t surprised at all. I didn’t like this. It doesn’t matter the personality he has, no one stays that calm. Imagine if you wake up breathing underwater (actually not breathing at all), your heart not beating, a huge wound on your chest, and to top it all you don’t know who you are. For sure, you would not be calm and start writing a journal. The second one: Again, when he is introduced to the undead world, he is so calm. You can’t be this calm, unless something is wrong with you. The first pages of the book really pissed me of. I have an active imagination, and I can’t imagine someone accepting their fate like “Oh, I am undead. Ok.” But as the pages progressed, the book became much more interesting. I should warn you to pay attention to every detail, because everything is important to solve the mystery. I loved how there are no filler chapters, or less important details, everything is used to give the main character an answer to his questions. This book was supposed to be 3 stars, but turned out to be 4, just because of Alcibé ,one of my favorite characters. Alcibé is a head, and he helps Jones with his detective cases. He is very diligent, and even though he is only a head, I have to say Alcibé is the only sane person there. Overall “Braineater Jones” is one of those unique, well-written books. Even though I strongly disagree with the beginning, I have to admit that the story is unique.