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Warm bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm bodies (edition 2013)

by Isaac Marion

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Title:Warm bodies
Authors:Isaac Marion
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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was quirky & fun!

Story Thoughts: This is one of those books that I have started and stopped probably a dozen times. That would make it seem like I didn't like it but that wasn't the case. I think you have to be in the mood for this kind of fun quirkiness. It is one of those books you aren't supposed to take too seriously and just have fun with. Once my mood matched my random pick up of the book it clicked! It was also a breeze to read. There are lots of pop culture references that I think "dates" the book a little but most people should be able to get them. In fact, I think they added to the fun just a bit.

Character Thoughts: The lead characters of Warm Bodies (R & Julie) were both a little "stale" (for lack of a better word) to me but they were sweet together. I was actually more interested in M. He was the "heart" of this story I believe. He was the one that stuck with me long after the story was over. I know though that most loved R and I can see the appeal. I think he was right for Julie and that is all that matters.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Kevin Kenerly / Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins

I don't even know really how to say this: Kevin nailed the narration but this isn't really a book I enjoyed on audio. I think this goes back to how I thought the characters were a little "stale". I don't think that translates well on audio. In this case, I KNOW I am in the minority. Most people that listened to the audiobook raved about it. I did think Kevin absolutely nailed the pace, tone, and characters of the story. In that essence he was brilliant! It just didn't work for me.

Final Thoughts: I thought Warm Bodies was a fun light read that fit my quirky mood at the time.

*This review really tested my story retaining skills--I read it in April and didn't write this till September* ( )
  thehistorychic | Sep 26, 2014 |
While I enjoyed the imaginative, quirky and humorous writing style of Warm Bodies, the events and dialogue defied believability and I just couldn't finish. But I did go and see the movie which I managed to sit through, though I did do a fair amount of cringing, it cut out the more unrealistic elements of the story, e.g. the school for zombie children to teach them how to hunt and feed.

Stuck @ 27%. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
I may just be at the outset of a zombie-themed-novel-reading adventure (they keep publishing them, I might as well read a few, right?) and Warm Bodies is a memorable initiation. While true to the commonly held beliefs (or agreed upon mythology) of zombies, Warm Bodies delivers so many unexpected details and really elevates itself to literature status. The author has a message about our own society, how like zombies we can be, and the path we may be headed down. A great read! ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Aug 27, 2014 |
Writing a book with "mythical" creatures is always a hard job. One of the reasons is because there aren't any official documents stating how they should act or look like. As a result, we always end up going for what is the most "popular" view. In my own concept, zombies are nothing more than walking corpses with only the utmost primary function of the brain still functioning, and that would be the need for feeding, regardless of the methods and obstacles. That being said, I will state that even though the book was well-written, it didn't reach half of my expectations.

I respect the author's decision to write a romance with a zombie as one of the members of the party and I do have an idea of how hard it must be to make it plausible for the readers. The thing is that in my opinion some concepts should not be broken. Vampires suck blood. Werewolves are humans turning into wolves-like monsters. And zombies are dead people. They are putrefying bodies. They don't look "nice". They have the stench of a corpse. They can't talk, they can't communicate because the cells responsible for the diction are probably no longer functional. If a zombie can talk or have dreams or desires, then the creature is simply no longer a zombie. Perhaps this was the biggest "mistake" of the book. The story itself is not strong. There are no particularly elaborated conflicts or intrigues. It's another teenage romance. In this case, ANY other creature would have made it better. Spirits, mutants, beings from other planets or even a new kind of humanoid monster. They would have made a better story. Maybe the fact that the definition of what is a "zombie" is what didn't make this book so easy to accept. How can you take it seriously when the said "zombie" can even drive a car?

Nice romantic story. Well-written, nothing too deep that will want to make you think about the mysteries of humanity. But not my style. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
One of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book: the book has a "wake up, sheeple!" undercurrent that I don't like, and I think they changed General Grigio's storyline in a positive direction for the movie. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Aug 18, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Isaac Marionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dessaigne, ChristopheCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kenerly, KevinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perr, JanetCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watanabe, KyokoDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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You have known, O Gilgamesh,/
What interests me,/
To dink form the Well of Immortality./
Which means to make the dead/
Rise from their graves/
And the prisoners from their cells/
The sinners from their sins./
I think love's kiss kills our heart of flesh./
It is the only way to eternal life,/
Which should be unbearable if lived/
Among the dying flowers/
And the shrieking farewells/
Of the outstretched arms of our spoiled hopes.
- Herbert Mason
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative
- The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet II, lines 147, 153, 154, 278, 279
For the foster-kids I've met.
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I'm dead, but it's not so bad.
My friend 'M' says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can't smile, because your lips have rotted off.
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The narrator of Warm Bodies is a zombie inhabiting a post-apocalyptic America that has been destroyed by decades of wars and natural disasters, culminating in a mysterious zombie plague. The narrator has no memory of who he is and no understanding of what it means to be alive or undead, he has only the first letter of his name ("R") and a vague notion that something is not right with the world. While eating a young man's brain and experiencing his memories, R encounters the man's girlfriend, Julie, and makes the impulsive choice to save her instead of killing her. He takes her back to the abandoned airport where the zombies congregate and hides her in a 747, all the while narrating in a dry sense of humor. He falls in love with her and slowly comes back to life which then sparks something into all the "corpses" changing them back to human.
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R is a zombie, but its not so bad, he's learning to live with it. True, he can only remember the first letter of his name, and eating is not a pleasant business...

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