Monster Burger: A zombie horror comedy (24/7 Demon Mart)
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This book picks up after Lloyd has realized that the 24/7 Demon Mart is staffed in large part by actual zombies - with containment collars to keep them in line, but still, ZOMBIES! Lloyd wants very much to quit his new job despite the wildly generous pay, but there's lovely Goth-girl DeeDee there, and... decisions, decisions. [Not something Lloyd's good at.]
His guardian angel (in an 8-ball) has been nudging him to follow through on some desperation prayers he made in the last book, something about getting more exercise and laying off the high-fat diet - so of course he heads for Monster Burger to load up on the highest calorie-count grease-and-salt-dripping burger he can find. And so kicks off the plot: there's a new owner at Monster Burger, and the food's been changed to be (supposedly) more healthy - so Lloyd can't stand it, while Kevin (night manager/cockroach) still loves it. But something else is weird at the burger joint, with growing crowds swarming for free food at all hours - and, eventually, swarming the Demon Mart as well. And nobody can reach their boss Faust, or even Steve (the contractor in charge of the all-zombie cleaning crew), so when the combination of mindless burger fans, vengeful pixies (don't even ask), and somebody working behind the scenes to wreck the Demon Mart's mystical gates and magical protections, things get serious pretty darned quick.
Well, "serious" may not be the right word; even in extremis this series is pretty goofy. But there actually is a zombie attack, with the very real danger of a global apocalypse if the zombies get out of the store, and with Kevin oddly distracted by his Monster Burger addiction, it's up to Lloyd and DeeDee to try and stave off disaster. Again.
Lively, often silly, sometimes suspenseful (though I guessed a lot of the plot twists up front), and highly rewarding. But I agree with Kevin: Lloyd really should read his damned employee manual already!
The print book has a bonus author afterword, "book sausage", about the inspirations for the book - and with some hilarious and/or touching anecdotes from the author's life. [Her mother apparently did not know she'd been robbed at gunpoint during her own 24/7-store night shift until she read the previous book. Oops!] I was charmed to learn that Gertrude, Lloyd's family cat (an elderly, fat, three-legged, blind puffball) was based on one of the author's own cats. And I appreciated the author's list of zombie movies, too, which included some favorites of my own, from "Fido" to "Night of the Creeps".
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I left this book in my Little Free Library on this Halloween day; hope someone enjoys it!
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*** Released for the 2020 Spooktacular October challenge. ***