Book Review: American Badass by Jeff Chacon

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

American Badass by Jeff Chacon
(Started: May 24, 2015; Finished: July 05, 2015)

Ron Watson wakes up one day to find himself dead. Yes, after an unplanned and unfortunate meeting on a Colorado highway with a semi-trailer truck carrying disposable diapers for orphaned babies, Ron Watson is now an everyday, run-of-the-mill divorced American zombie, with exactly two thoughts in his head: “Brains!” and “Vegas!” 
Sin City, land of dreamers, where Ron Watson goes to dream of being human again and to fit in amongst the drunken tourists, down-on-their-luck beggars and lights so bright that nobody will notice a zombie shuffling around. 
But Las Vegas has other plans for Ron, as it often does for its visitors, and once there he discovers that he may not be the Last Zombie Standing, becomes an Internet meme for no reason at all, and gets drunk, laid, and fed...all while struggling with age old questions: Can a zombie date a human without wanting to turn the human into a meal? Can a zombie be an adequate parent? Do zombie joke punchlines translate in a human world? Is modern celebrity status as vacuous, hollow, and fleeting as it appears? 
And most importantly, is it better to be human or zombie? The answer may surprise you. (From Goodreads)
Review: No Stars
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Source: Wooden Stake Press via Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari

For the past two months, I was in a reading drought. I couldn't find the rhythm of finishing a book in a week or hell, in a month. Before this, I was actually reading "A Tale of Two Besties" by Sophia Rossi but I wasn't able to finish it on time. Yep, it was accessible for only a limited time so I had to pick another book on top of my reading list which was this book, "American Badass". Now I am asking myself, what am I thinking. I shouldn't have requested it and read it. It took the life out of me. It was a dementor sucking every bookworm happiness I've got. I don't know what clouded my judgment or I might have accidentally pressed the request button but clearly I was deceived by the title.

I was expecting it to be action-packed. But I didn't get any. It was all about cursing, being a stupid, worthless zombie, and booze. It was poorly written and it was SO boring that I found myself falling asleep several times--the reason why it took me more than a month to finish it. I have read a lot of reviews about it, and most of them found it hilarious. But I think otherwise. I didn't notice any wit or humor for me to have a good time reading this. I finished it just to be fair to the book and to still give it a chance--to find some element that could help it deserve at least a star from me. Unfortunately, it was consistent up to the very end.

I will not prolong this review. Overall, it was a terrible story for me. I do not recommend it to anyone but if you're still curious, then read at your own risk. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx

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