Synopses & Reviews
When widowed father and substitute teacher Peter Giller leads an eleventh-grade class on a field trip to a plastics factory, he thinks the worst that could happen is that the parent volunteers wont show up (they dont), the kids will be rude (they are) or the free lunch will be terrible (it is).
A leaking pipe sprays Peter and the students with a mysterious pink goo and the worst that could happen” spikes from inconvenient to catastrophic. At first, the goos strange side effects are mild: short-temperedness, sawdust-scented B.O. and an unquenchable craving for bacon. Then things get spooky: Peters fingers start falling off, his students forget how to read, no one has to peeeverand empathy for human suffering plummets, especially if anyone gets between them and their bacon.
Peter cant figure out whats happeningsurely hes not a zombie? At no time in any movie does a zombie drive a car and count on his reattached fingers the ways in which he is not a zombie, and anyway, he craves bacon, not brains. But normal people dont put their bodies back together with staple guns and thumb tacks, or contemplate biting off ears. Peters definitely not fit to be around his children, and his mother-in-law temporarily” adopts them.
Peters children are all he has left, and hell do anything to be with them again. He races across the country in a stolen ambulance to face down pinstriped bureaucrats, affectionate farm-girls and monsters plucked from mythology in his search for the cureif it existsto his horrifying condition. All-Day Breakfast will satisfy all appetites for the visceral, the violent and hilarious.
"On a field trip to a plastics factory, Peter Giller father, widower, and substitute teacher and many of his students are unfortunately splashed with an experimental plastic. Soon after Peter notices strange changes in himself, such as an unquenchable thirst for bacon and unexpected bursts of violence. Also his body parts start sloughing off at random. Fortunately fingers, arms, and the like are easily stapled back in place. Unwilling to accept his fate or admit he's been turned into a zombie, he and several of his students embark in a stolen ambulance on a quest to discover what's been done to them and to find a cure. This novel is an uneven melding of zombie tropes and the film Death Becomes Her, with a brief, late-in-the-story deviation into The Island of Doctor Moreau, where creatures are vivisected as if their body parts were Lego blocks. The story flirts with some interesting concepts such as the prospect of weaponizing zombies, but the novel is overly long and burdened with characters that sound identical to one another, regardless of age or function. Accordingly, much of the sarcasm and parody falls flat, victim to the stale characterizations and inconsistent plot. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Adam Lewis Schroeder is the author of three previous books: Kingdom of Monkeys (Raincoast Books, 2001), Empress of Asia (Raincoast Books, 2006) and In the Fabled East (Douglas and McIntyre, 2011), which was a finalist for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean region, and chosen as one of Amazon.cas best books of the year. Schroeder currently lives in Penticton, BC, with his wife and two children. Read more about him at AdamLewisSchroeder.com.