See Robin read from Brains
Robin in "On the Same Page"
Brains teaser trailer.
Praise for Brains!
Spaceships in Prehistory
What a glorious, ghoulish gait down the lofty gantry of the badass brain-eating zombie genre. Outstanding book. 5/5 Masturbating Monkeys, all across the board. The
author, Robin Becker, totally and completely rocked my world with Brains. (read more)
So begins the craziest story I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. First, I have to note: I don't like horror stories,
never read them, and most especially avoid them at the theater. Zombies? They freak me out. So why did I read this story? EOS
sent out a sampler of their books to reviewers, and as I was paging through the selections, I took one look at the title, and
was ready to keep flipping pages. But for some odd reason I read the first page. Then the second page. And then, well, EOS had
only provided the first three chapters, and by the time I'd flipped the last page, I was hungry for more. Brains! (read more)
This book is all about balance. Balance between the inherent problems of zombies and story; balance between the stuffiness
of the main character and the need to have an intelligent main character who can also chronicle events; balance between a need for
a quest and a need to trivialize alternatives to a cross-country trip. For the most part the uniqueness of the idea keeps discrepancies
to the side. I mean this may be the first zombie novel told from the perspective of the zombies. (read more)
Another debut author novel, another novel from the zombie perspective, another great read. Lately there are lot of
debut zombie authors and a lot of new books coming from the zombie perspective, and yet I am still being surprised because
each one of these novels are completely different and provide a new perspective that hasn’t been done before. With her book
Brains, Becker has written a funny yet heartwarming story and has managed to turn a zombie into a hero. (read more)
The Book Buff
I was at Borders (aka, my home turf) when I say this book in passing. It caught my eye, and I had to pick it up.
Brains, A Zombie Memoir. I laughed out loud (much to the chagrin of the hoity-toity group perusing to my left.
Victoriously, I proclaimed to my little guy (a 15 year old who loves Borders almost as much as me) "Ha! This just
might be crazy enough to work!" And boy, did it. I, for lack of better terms, engulfed the story, first pass
. Then, I gave it a second pass, and found it just as great. The story is incredibly well paced, humorous,
captivating, witty, brilliant, utterly believable, and surprisingly heart-touching. In case you didn't
understand, I LOVED this book. It is one of the best books I have read in years... (read more)
Do you think you know all there is to know about zombies? Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? What if it
happened and you found yourself changed – a zombie but in still able to think and reason? What would you do?
Could you control your urge to feed? (read more)
Becker’s book is called Brains. It is the memoir of a zombie. In the grand tradition of George Romero meets John
Gardner, whose Grendel tells of the epic struggle of Beowulf from the monster’s point of view, Becker gives
intelligence to a zombie-bitten man named Jack Barnes and sends him on a self-imposed quest to be the Moses of
zombie kind, a thinking messiah to plead the zombie case for survival to humankind. You know, "let my people go"
and all that. (read more)
The East Texan
What seemed impossible before reading the book becomes plausible at the end as the zombies seem more human than
the monstrous humans set against them. These zombies set out on a quest with a goal in mind and put aside their
zombie instincts to achieve what they wanted. Sure, they fell off the wagon a few times, their human chauffeur was
kind of jerk and deserved to be eaten, but what human being doesn’t mess up? They are human, or as close to human
as zombies can get, and the ride to this realization is enjoyable and mysteriously hopeful. (read more)
Written in a terse style reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk, "Brains" crackles with irreverent jokes, one-liners
and zombie neologisms (among the cleverer ones, "zombeteriat"). It's also stacked high with pop culture
references. Strung back and forth are lists of movies, brands, music, celebrities and writers, as though
Becker wants her characters to feel at home in their post-apocalyptic world. (read more)
It's fun and easy to read, all the while throwing literary and pop culture references at you, just to show how much zombie Barnes has actually retained from his human life.
"Brains: A Zombie Memoir" is a postlife twist on the brain-eater genre that's only recently begun to infect zombie films: monsters that retain some memory or sense of self.
The book's a must for zombie fans. If you're not one, this might infect, er, convert you with its pop-culture jabs, heartwarming moments and visceral horror.(read more)
In this summer’s Brains: a zombie memoir, Robin Becker tries to do for zombies what Anne Rice did for vampires in Interview with the Vampire back in 1976. (read more)
Professor's upcoming zombie story humorous, entertaining (read more)
Wicked Little Pixie
Brains had me laughing one minute and contemplating human existence the next. An absolutely amazing debut! (read more)
I have to give major props to Robin Becker for creating for readers a new way to look at zombies. I certainly will never think of the same after reading this gore filled, humorous and action packed novel.(read more)
Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker was brilliant, to say the least. It was edgy, refreshing and totally unlike anything I have read lately.(read more)
Interviews with Robin
Robin and her husband Mark Spitzer get down.
Robin gets mention in her hometown newspaper from Maywood, NJ. Read the article!
In all of zombie literature, there is one person whose needs, wants and desires are woefully underarticulated — yea, hardly a shuffling moan is
heard in his or her defense. Who is that silent person? Author Robin Becker knows, and in Brains: A Zombie Memoir, she finally gives that person a voice. Go check out
Robin's guest blog post on Whatever
Brains: A Zombie Memoir. Take a big juicy bite out of the new trailer!
Reading with Tequila recently asked Robin how to spot a smart zombie
Read Robin's review of A Place in the Sun over on The Brooklyn Rail.
In October, Robin received an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in short fiction for 2010. To receive the award,
she went to a fabulous luncheon in Hot Springs. Coincidentally her mentor and professor, Andrei Codrescu, gave the keynote address. She was very happy to receive the honor as well as the cash.
An excerpt from Robin's novel Brains: A Zombie Memoir was anthologized in The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing. The book came out
in September and features some super authors.
Robin also has a new band of girl rockers called The Conway Twitties.
Their first show was October 31. Let your face be rocked off!