Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Ushers, Inc.

Ushers, Inc.
Ushers, Inc. by Rusty Fischer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Horror Parody/Satire Reading Level: Young Adult

Disclosure: I picked up a free copy of this book on Amazon and am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: When the streets are full of bloodsuckers, werewolves, zombies and ghouls, where will you turn? The cops don’t know how to stop them, the Army’s pretty much given up and even the Marines are stumped when their bullets and grenades fail to stop the onslaught.

Have no fear, Ushers, Inc. is here! Four high school movie ushers, who collectively have seen over 42,000 hours of B- and C-horror movies know just what to do.

Did you know copper pennies can stop a zombie in its tracks? Abby Cooper, Head Usher, does.

Did you know garlic paste is twice as effective on vampires as garlic cloves? Abby Cooper does.

Did you know werewolves are absolutely petrified of seeing a Hershey’s kiss? Abby Cooper does.

The girls at Cypress Cove High school — especially Rich Witch Mia Hopwood — call Abby an uber-geek; the victims she rescues from zombies, werewolves and vampires just call her one thing: Hero!

But Abby and her fearless crew of movie ushers-slash-superheroes face more than just bloodsuckers and brain-biters. There’s Wyatt Winters, for one; he’s the hot new PR guru Ushers, Inc. has had to hire to handle all their press – and with his smoldering good looks and air of confidence, he’s causing more than just tension between Abby and her old boy-crush — and fellow usher — Zach Nash.

And let’s not forget the monsters, who aren’t too happy about four geeky ushers beating their butts all over creation. Now the League of Associated Undead (LAD) is converging on Cypress Cove, determined to stop Ushers, Inc. once and for all.

When it’s the monsters versus the monster hunters, who you gonna call?

Ushers, Inc., that’s who!

My Thoughts: I absolutely love “silly” horror stories, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read and review it. Ushers, Inc. is way more than it looks, though – yes, it is about four misfit, orphan, high-school students who are ushers at a local movie theater, and who all love low-grade monster movies, and yes, it’s full of zany trivia about how to defeat monster, based upon (hopefully) made-up monster features; but it’s also about friendship, sticking together, and learning to be yourself.

It’s told through Abby’s point-of-view, and sticks to it perfectly, so all knowledge of and experience of the other characters’ personalities come through her. It works nicely. It’s a fairly short book (just over 100 pages) and therefore it moves along at a brisk pace. Fans of B movies and other low-grade creature features should enjoy this. I know I’ll be looking for other books by this guy. Check it out!

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