Less Than Hero


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$16.00  $14.88
Gallery Books
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5.3 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

S.G. Browne is the author of Big Egos, Lucky Bastard, Breathers, Fated, and the Breathers novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus, as well as the ebook collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel. He lives in San Francisco. Follow the author on Twitter and Facebook, or visit SGBrowne.com.


"Wickedly sharp and wildly entertaining. S.G. Browne is one of today's very best writers."--New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry
"Full of witty writing and hilarious adventures...I laughed out loud many times. Read the book: it will be your good fortune."--New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson
"Lucky Bastard is wonderful San Francisco noir, full of humor, irony, hot women, and cranial trauma. What more could you ask for in a book? The titular bastard may be in for a very bad day, but Browne's readers are the lucky ones."--New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden
Readers with a certain seasonal sensibility--one that renders zombies appropriate fare no matter the date on the calendar--will be shouting Ho! Ho! Ho!"--USA Today
"If your idea of 'heart-warming' involves an organ roasting on a stick, I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus is the perfect holiday tale."--WashingtonPost.com
"Hilarious, horrifying...a must for anyone who can't get enough of the undead."--San Jose Mercury News
"An endearing storyline....Get out your wallet and secure I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus for your nearest and dearest zombie freaks."--SF Weekly
"Dark, bizarre, very funny, and yes, with a bit of sentimentality thrown in, I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus is the perfect Christmas read for those who like VERY black comedy in their holiday reading."--Feathered Quill
"Springboarding off a traditional noir framework, Browne delivers an insightful, intriguing tale....With twists aplenty, this fast-paced adventure succeeds as both a hard-boiled homage and a paranormal romp."--Publishers Weekly (starred review & Pick of the Week)
"Browne hits the funny bone hard....Smartly constructed fiction...that sets it apart from the crowd."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A very clever novel....Nick [Monday] is a likable narrator...and the story's lightly noirish feel gives the proceedings an evocatively gritty texture. This one will appeal equally to readers of mysteries and fantasies."--Booklist
"[LESS THAN HERO] wittily and winningly mixes commentary on the state of the pharmaceutical industry (and American healthcare in general) with a tale of C-level superheroes...it works equally as a critique of a broken and corrupt pharmaceutical industry, one in which medicines often exacerbate the problems they're designed to cure while introducing new ones."--Publishers Weekly
"[LESS THAN HERO] is a social-satire-meets-amateur-superhero saga that deftly skewers the money-grubbing slickness of the pharmaceutical industry--as well as American culture's propensity to pop a pill for absolutely anything that ails us, regardless of how outrageously unpredictable the side effects may be...This is a funny, inventive exploration of the dangers inherent in our overmedicated culture. Readers who enjoy a dash of sharp wit with their comic-book shenanigans should enjoy tagging along on Lloyd's everyday-superhero exploits."--Kirkus Reviews
"Browne, the author of such satirical novels as the very clever Lucky Bastard(2012), tackles the superhero genre in this hugely entertaining story of a bunch of regular guys who find out they have rather bizarre powers. These guys probably wouldn't know each other at all if it weren't for their unusual way of earning money: doing drug trials for pharmaceutical companies. Over time, it seems that the side effects of the various drugs have mutated our heroes. Now one of them can make other people go into violent convulsions; another can make people throw up; another--the story's narrator, Lloyd Prescott--can make people fall asleep. But will these admittedly offbeat abilities be enough to stop the unknown villains who are robbing ordinary citizens of their memories and causing them to suffer hallucinations? Can Lloyd reveal his superpower to his girlfriend without causing her to dump him? Will Lloyd ever give up being a guinea pig? It's fair to say that you've never read a superhero story quite like this one; it's also fair to say that readers who enjoy good, weird fun will love [LESS THAN HERO]."--Booklist