Monday, October 21, 2013

{Book Blog Tour - Review/Giveaway} Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

File Size: 564 KB
Page Count: 235
Copyright: October 9, 2013
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

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' 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.

Mandy's Review:

This is a zombie book worth reading. Braineater Jones is set in the 1930s during Prohibition. The book is written in a journal-style with Jones being the author. It reads as a first-person narrative of his beginning days as a zombie. He can't remember his name, what he used to do, or how he wound up dead. He begins the journal as a way of maintaining his thoughts as he figures everything out. Oh, and Jones isn't really his last name. It's something he's using like "Smith" so he has a name to give people. And Braineater, well that's pretty obvious isn't it?

Anyhow, during his first few days in his unlife he walks into the Old Man's speakeasy and sees an unlive lady "crying" ... I say "crying" because all of the zombie's bodily fluids are dried up so she's going through the motions, but not producing any real tears. She's upset because someone stole her locket (which had a picture of her family in it) while she was dead. Jones makes it his mission to find out who took the locket and get it back for her. Even in death, Jones can't refuse a damsel in distress. This first mission begins his career as a detective-of-sorts, which he utilizes to solve his own murder.

If you're easily offended you may not want to read this novel. Mr. Kozeniewski maintained the authenticity of the 1930s in the writing of this novel. He does state in the book's foreword:

"I had a choice: either whitewash the past and somehow attempt to ignore every issue of gender, race, and sexuality relevant to that time period, or address them and try to do so in a way that was true to life ... Readers who are familiar with the literature of the 1930s, and the noir genre in particular, will hopefully be more accustomed to this sort of language and behavior, though, I hope, will never be desensitized to it."

He says more, but I believe that covers the gist of it. I happen to be one of the ones that takes into account the time period it's being written in and, thereby, do not take any offense. I would actually read this novel again. The author's ideas and writing style are just THAT good. Although a zombie, Braineater Jones is a likable character. If you're a fan of the noir genre, or zombies in particular, I'd recommend giving this novel a chance.

*An ecopy was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this blog tour and in exchange for an honest review.


In case you're not the winner of this giveaway, but you'd still like to read this novel, you can purchase this book at the links below:

Tour Links:

Braineater Jones on Goodreads
Braineater Jones at Red Adept Publishing
Stephen Kozeniewski at Red Adept Publishing

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