Title: Ushers, Inc.
Author: Rusty Fischer
Release Date: June 22, 2011
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company
Pages: N/A – e-book (last location on my Kindle is 1786)
Source: The author, Rusty Fischer
You probably expected this review to come from Heather. To be honest, so did I. I’ve been into Vampire-centric stories for a while now, but haven’t ventured into Zombie stories. It always seemed like Zombie stories were more gruesome – which is not the type of book I’m into. Although I scare myself by watching Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures at home, that’s about as scary as I go. No Saw XXXV for me! Rusty contacted us about reviewing Ushers, Inc., and I immediately thought of Heather. The cover and description looked fun and not too serious, so I contacted Rusty about getting a copy of my own. Thankfully he obliged and I finally found time to sneak Ushers, Inc. into my reading schedule.
And boy, oh, boy, I’m really glad I did! Ushers, Inc. is a fun and surprisingly lighthearted story of four teens who are orphaned and live at the Meriwether Home for Wayward Boys and Girls.
Doesn’t exactly sound like Zombie material, does it?
After the “Great Werewolf Roundup of 2010” Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, and monsters in general are “out of the closet” and every now and then try to snack on humans. Seven years later, Abby lives with Zach, Tracy, and Cliff at the home. Abby is awesomely sarcastic and has a huge crush on Zach. Here’s an example of the awesomeness of Abby.
- Cliff is literally jumping up and down on the candy counter now, his massive man-boobs jiggling like some X-rated theater usher peep show that is sooooo not turning me on in the slightest.
Tracy is pretty damn wonderful too.
- “I’ve seen white people before, but this girl’s almost see through.”
They all work together at Flickers Cinemas as ushers. They love all the horrible B movies that the theater features and they also get to screen them. Whether they realize it or not, they’ve learned how to kill Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves while at their job. Their skills come in handy during one night at the theater when a Werewolf attacks and kills the Assistant Manager. A news crew interviews them and Cliff pimps them out. Soon enough they’re dubbed “Ushers, Inc.” and they have a publicist, an 900 number, and small business getting rid of the undead.
Maybe if Cliff hadn’t been an attention seeker Ushers, Inc. could’ve flown under the radar. With the spotlight on them, you know it’s only a matter of time before one of the undead goes after them. And during it all, Abby just wants Zach to ask her to the Fall Formal.
- Ah, he does care if I get torn limb from limb by a blood-crazed werewolf. How sweet!
First off, I must admit that I’m not used to reading first person present tense point of view. Personally I find writing in first person past tense to be the easiest, but often read third person past tense (The Black Dagger Brotherhood). It took me maybe a chapter to get used to the idea of how the character sounded. There was a few times where I edited things in my head because of it. I had to keep telling myself to knock it off! The ending was also not what I expected or maybe even hoping for. I’m still conflicted whether or not I like that Rusty didn’t go the cliche route. I’m also slightly disappointed in the prologue. It didn’t ruin the book for me, but I honestly think it should have been left out. It gave away too much of the ending before you even got to the first chapter. I thought the prologue should’ve actually been more about monsters “coming out of the closet” or something else along those lines.
Overall though, I really enjoyed Ushers, Inc.. It was a quick, fun, and enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from Rusty Fischer.
I had the opportunity to ask Rusty a few questions, so watch out for our little Q&A session coming up with him soon!