Friday 29 October 2021

I Left My Brains in San Francisco - Karina Fabian - Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator 2

I Left My Brains in San Francisco 
Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator 2
Second Edition
Karina Fabian
Laser Cow Press

I have waited a long time for this book to be back in print, and it exceeded all expectations. I have been a fan of Fabian’s works for years, but only in the last few have really dug into the cannon and read across most of her series and stand alones. If you have not read her yet and are hesitant pick up The Worlds of Fabian Space A Story Sampler. But if you have read Zombie Death Extreme Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator this is a must read! This revised Second Edition was published in 2021, the original version was published by Damnation Press in 2010.  This book is back in print and I am thankful that it is, and I look forward to a previously unreleased third volume, Shambling in a Winter Wonderland, but back to this volume. 

The first story felt like a cross between a science experiment gone wrong, reality tv at both it is best and worse, and the Zombie apocalypse. And it is a whole lot of fun. Neeta Lyffe is a second-generation Zombie Exterminator. She is in huge financial straits because of a lawsuit for damages after she save a fat cat and his party goers. She is now on contract to lead a group of newbies through training, exercise, and field work to become a licensed Zombie Exterminator. With conflict with her studio bosses. An on-air radio personality romantic interest. A Camera man who wants to get in on the Zombie killing action. 

In this second story Neeta and Ted are kind of a thing. They are partners in the Extermination business. But Ted has some plans and part of those plays are to get Neeta away from the day to day grind. They are heading to an exterminator’s convention/vacation in … you guessed it, San Francisco. Neeta is pretty famous in the community, and Ted is well know from the Reality TV Show, and now as Neeta’s sidekick. Trying to add sightseeing to a busy convention and public appearance schedule is hard enough. Neeta is also trying to figure out where her relationship actually stands. But even that busy schedule is not enough soon there is a Zombie outbreak and swarm as the creatures crawl and walk from a watery grave at an ecological marine grave.  But these Zombies are different. They seem to have a purpose and a plan. And it will be up to Neeta, Ted and many others to put them back down, and clean up this mess.

But this story is not all conventions, appearances and the thrill of the re-kill. There are new weapons to be tested, new products to try, advancements in protective gear. There are also rivalries, friends old and new, and much more. The story proceeds at a fast pace. Is packed with action and humour. The characters are amazing! You will find yourself pulling for Ted. 

I loved this book. But just a word of warning. There is an assault, Neeta is attacked by another exterminator she had flirted with. It could be hard to read for some. But only an idiot would attempt that on a daughter or a marine, and one of the world’s top Zombie exterminators who spends her days swinging chainsaws. 

At the centre of this story is “the Give Back Memorial Gardens and Fish Sanctuary off the coast of San Francisco Bay. The Give Back Gardens hosts the remains of over 500 well-respected and environmentally conscious celebrities from across the United States, who donated their fortunes in order to ‘give back’ to the earth by allowing their corpses to become fish food.”

It should be noted that no zombies were hurt in the researching and writing of this story. And at least currently the Give Back Gardens is a work of fiction. If you like humorous fiction with excellent writing, great characters and fun stories, this book and series are for you. Pick it up and give it a read. I am certain it will leave you desperate for the next volume Shambling in a Winter Wonderland

Another great read from the ever entertaining pen of Karina Fabian.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Dex Hollister Series:

The Old Man and the Void
Dex's Way

Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator Series :
Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator
I Left My Brains in San Francisco
Shambling in a Winter Wonderland

DragonEye PI Series:
DragonEye PI Novels:
?.0 Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (Revised edition)
?.0 Live and Let Fly (Revised edition)

DragonEye PI Short Stories:

DragonEye PI Original First Editions:
Live and Let Fly

Space Traipse Series:
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 1
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 2
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 3
Space Traipse Stories

Mind Over Series:
Mind Over Mind
Mind Over Psyche
Mind Over All
Hearts Over Mind

Edited by: Karina Fabian:
Infinite Space, Infinite God I
Leaps of Faith
Infinite Space, Infinite God II

Contributed to:
Firestorm of Dragons
The Zombie Cookbook
The Book of Tentacles
Twisted Fayrie Tales
FRIGHTLINER: And Other Tales of the Undead
Mother Goose is Dead
Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary
Image and Likeness Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body
Corrupts Absolutely? Dark Metahuman Fiction
Weird Noir
The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels
Manifesto UF
Avenir Eclectia
Planetary Anthology: Jupiter
Planetary Anthology: Pluto
Planetary Anthology: Luna
Planetary Anthology: Uranus
FlagShip Science Fiction and Fantasy v2i5
My Little Book of Headdesks
To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity

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