Dale and Jonah, our bickering polar opposite heroes, are two childhood friends, who chose a path of becoming a jobbing musical duo/band with high dreams of making it big with little chance of doing so with their different music tastes. By hook or by crook, Jonah finds himself with a dead friend on his hands and is given seven days to travel across country in order to save both of their souls with much devious interference from a certain ruler of the underworld. Along the way they pick up a stripper with a dangerous trail behind her, bringing a welcome romantic element to proceedings, and a much needed different dimension to the buddy movie that the book soon becomes. Not that’s a negative thing, BZRT does follow a traditional buddy formula with two opposites that grate and irritate each who suddenly find themselves as fish out of water and into the frying pan. But it’s well written banter, reminiscent of Shane Black witticisms (who should write and direct if they ever make this into a damned film, Sean William Scott as Dale, Anton Yelchin as Jonah. DO IT HOLLYWOOD! I DARES YA! ZOMBIES ARE VOGUE AT THE MOMENT!).
It’s refreshing to have a zombie character that isn’t simply a meat eater, someone who’s gaining a soul whilst they forward on their journey, using their affliction as a MacGuffin, not just something that must be fought and defeated, but something that must be saved, despite its hunger and it’s attitude towards the female kind. It would have been nice to see the Zombie get a little dirtier with his wanton desires, even if for comic effect, this would made the story a little more dangerous than it already is.
If you enjoyed the Kevin Smith produced ‘Reaper’, (which I miss; let’s bring back Ray Wise in this as the devil, eh?) then I’d thoroughly recommend this book to you. The plots not overly complicated but it works so damned well you don’t care. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a road trip- with a zombie, but strangely with heart and at core we have a friendship that can’t even be faulted by death, forged by comradeship and will to do right.