Zombies, with a Twist

Blogger’s Note: I’ve been away, partly due to laziness, and partly due to internet service woes.  Now I’ve got quite a backlog…again.  I’m going to attempt to blitz these out by years’ end.

Working Stiff and Two Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine


First Look:

Typical Urban Fantasy Cover, Variation #2: tough-looking chick standing alone, gazing defiantly at readers.  (Book 2 uses Variation 1: tough-looking chick standing alone with weapon.)

Jacket Copy:

(From first volume.)

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment–until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated–literally, and with extreme prejudice.

Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem–pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave–a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…


Naturally, it’s a series, because it’s Urban Fantasy.  The third volume is available now, I just haven’t gotten my hands on it yet.

Worth Reading?


If River Tam–smart, a little odd, and totally kickass when the situation calls for it–was your favorite character in Firefly, you’ll love the Revivalist series.  If you haven’t watched Firefly, what’s wrong with you?  Go watch it now!

Notable Things:


Fun and entertaining, with a touch of scary and creepy, occasionally gross, full of suspense, and then a pinch of romance–this series is a lot of things, but it blends nicely.


Living Dead!  Bryn is what could technically be called a zombie, but like R, doesn’t have any visible rot or missing pieces.  Unlike R, she pretty much has the same types of motivations and feelings as before she died.  It’s a unique take on the zombie trend, and I’m really interested (given how the second book ends) to see where she goes next.


Caine doesn’t try to force her heroine, or her hero, into the urban-fantasy-default mold of super quippiness and sarcasm.  Bryn and Patrick are not without humor, but it almost seems like a rule that they have to crack wise at every opportunity.  It can be fun, but everyone does it….it’s nice to know that Caine’s confident enough in her characters to keep them the way she wants them.


All in all, a solid new(ish) UF series, and one I want to continue to read. Caine put some interesting twists into the books, both with setup and with the plot.  My only gripe, really, is that the love is a bit…insta…at the beginning, but as they continue to know each other, it is better developed.

I really, really do want to see what develops from the end of the second book!


Borrowed from work, because I am poor and live in a small apartment.



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