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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749040815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749040819
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Caine is the author of more than fifteen novels, including the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Pop-eye and Darwin, a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O'Malley, and a leopard tortoise named Shelly (for the poet, of course).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Working Stiff is yet another in a stream of novels recently that has gripped me in so tightly that I simply couldn't put it down and finished it in just a few days without even realising how quickly I was reading. The main thing I took notice of about this book is that it isn't a zombie novel in the traditional sense, in fact, the only thing that made this a zombie novel is that Bryn is a reanimated corpse. There are others like her as well, but they live just like normal human beings, or as close as you can get when a private corporation is keeping you on a tight leash and would rather see you rot than keep you alive, the only catch is that they are dead and must receive daily shots of this drug - Returné - to keep alive else they horribly and painfully decay. But there is no mindless staggering to find brains to eat at any cost, just a desperate struggle to remain alive when all but two, maybe three, people would rather you be otherwise. With all of that considered and the fast-paced action inbetween as they find a way to not only keep Bryn going with regular shots but also attempt to take down the company that they are owned by, who watch their every move, Working Stiff is most definitely an urban fantasy. And a damn good one at that.

I am fast becoming a Rachel Caine fangirl. I have now read three of her books and I have devoured each and every one. She is a genius at creating delightfully ordinary characters and thoroughly unique stories which are easy to read with just a sprinkling of humour and plenty of energy. This is exactly what I look for when I look for my next good read and Working Stiff has it down to a tee.

I was immediately drawn in by Bryn and how very like you and me she is.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My grandfather used to say "Life's tough, and then you die."

But for Bryn Davis, death is only the START of her troubles. Rachel Caine's "Working Stiff," the first book in a new series, quickly kills off the heroine and reanimates her, and launches her into a bizarre, action-packed adventure. However, this book can be downright depressing at times, and the story sometimes drags in overcomplex circles.

Ex-soldier Bryn Davis takes a job as a funeral director, but her first day is a disaster. A teen girl kills herself, Bryn is pursued by the creepy Fast Freddy, and she discovers that her boss is selling a strange drug that reanimates the dead. And then he kills her.

When she wakes up, she's still technically dead -- but she's being kept animate by an experimental drug called Returne, which the Pharmadene company has discovered. However, they will only keep her alive for as long as she's useful to them, and since their company has a leak connected to her funeral home, they want her to ferret out the supplier.

But while hired gun Joe Fideli and the icy security chief McCallister are helping her, Bryn knows that her days are literally numbered. And as she becomes tangled in elaborate webs of conspiracy and megalomania, she finds that her enemies are both inside and outside Pharmadene... and if she doesn't stop them, the entire world may be next.

It took me a long time to figure out why I simply didn't like "Working Stiff." But eventually I worked it out -- this book is possibly the darkest, bleakest story that Rachel Caine has written to date. And not in a good way, but in a "I want to suck on the business end of a Glock" way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roroblu's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Please don't get me wrong - I think Rachel Caine is a brilliant author, and I love her MV series, even though I am old enough to be the mother of the target-audience of that series, and so I picked up this one with excitement...only to find myself wondering what light there could be at the end of the tunnel.

The other reviewers have done a great job summarising the tale, so I won't go into that, but I did feel that this book was particularly bleak. I could see no HEA for Bryn, and despite what I found out about her, I didn't feel like I knew her well enough to be rooting for her. Add in the fact that she's supposedly an ex-solder , and thereby would have been used to fighting, ambushes, with above average defense skills and strength, I found her to be nothing like that. She seemed to lack confidence and then seemed to accept what happened to her with utter passivity and surrealism.

Yes, the idea is interesting, but I cannot see where this series can go, and other than Bryn meeting her maker and being 'eternally rewarded' by him for her selflessness and sacrifice, I can't see any kind of HEA for her. So, whilst I will read the next book in the series if my library gets it in, for me, it won't be an autobuy. But maybe not if it comes out in the grey, dark and wet days of Oct/Nov/Dec, as that's a dull and dreary and bleak enough period as it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sky. on 23 Feb. 2013
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Having previously read all of Rachel Caine's 'Morganville Vampires' series (to date), I was already a huge fan of this author. The MV series is, to me, by far one of the most well written (& extensive) book sagas of its kind.
Caine is an author who writes characters that you know. They are the people that you fall in love with, they are your best friends, your enemies and sometimes they are you. She writes stories that are so exciting and complex, and yet at the same time are also easy to follow, with a clear sense of forward moving that flows throughout, two facts which combine to make explosive, unputdownable books.

And in 'Working Stiff' Rachel Caine does not disappoint. The fact this is somewhat marketed as a 'zombie' story had originally put me off, but let me say, fear not because this is a story that is unlike any of its kind. It takes the whole zombie / living dead genre and turns it on its head. I enjoyed the concept behind what causes the un-dead to be just so....well...un-dead. I think the book holds a strong and unique storyline throughout, and despite my initial reservations, the characters are not lost to a tedious flesh eating, blood and gore story. Infact, as with her MV books, it is Caine's characters that bring the story to life. You come to care about them as the story progresses and I found myself pulled into a world that feels so real, I almost felt (and sometimes wished) it was my own. This is a story the breaks the boundaries of what we think we know about the world around us and builds them back up in a way that makes you reconsider your distinctions of 'right' and 'wrong'. It is a story so rich and meaty that you will never feel like there could have been more.
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