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Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Book rating: 04 Paperback Vintage Books

By (author) Isaac Marion

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099549344
  • ISBN 13: 9780099549345
  • Sales rank: 1,165

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'I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie...the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered' Stephanie Meyer, author of Twilight. 'A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth' Simon Pegg. 'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

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Isaac Marion was born in north-western Washington in 1981 and has lived in and around Seattle his whole life, working a variety of strange jobs like delivering deathbeds to hospice patients and supervising parental visits for foster-kids. He is not married, has no children, and did not go to college or win any prizes. Warm Bodies is his first novel.

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By Anka_Shuk 04 Aug 2013 3

I originally reviewed it here: http://aniashuk.booklikes.com/post/110563/visiting-zombieland-rrrrrrrr

I was absolutely relieved and happy to finally finish this book...
It was one of those rare cases, when I ADORED the movie, can re-watch it don't know how many times (Hoult+Palmer = awesomeness!), but I couldn't made myself to finish a book after 50%-read point...
Maybe it's not my genre (it's a first zombie-book I've ever read), maybe it's writing, or maybe it's a fact that R in book is older than in movie and has all this adult stuff (marriage, zombie-wife, zombie-kids), + all this "in-Rs-head-dialog-with-Perry"...I'm not sure. I think it's a combination of all written above.
Yes, I definitely enjoyed some part, but in general...meeeh. I found out that there's gonna be the 2nd book, but I don't want to read it. No, no,no...
I struggled with this book, despite the fact that it's lots' of people 5-star-rated book. It proves the fact, that my opinion can be different. So, this morning, I took my e-reader, opened this book and just leafed through this book, reading just a few sentences on the page. And in my humble opinion, I didn't lose anything. Gained couple good quotes, refreshed the movie in my head and "THE END".
I can't recommend it, but maybe zombie-lovers will enjoy this book. I know, I know, it's really popular, but it wasn't for me, and I was glad, I didn't buy a phisical copy.

By Minella 19 Apr 2013 4

This book really surprised me!
As so many others, I decided to pick up the book after seeing the hilarious movie trailer. I expected some kind of comical twilight parody and a good laugh or two. I didn't expected a reversed post-apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet that would at times even give me goosebumps.

It's reversed Romeo and Juliet as in: the characters all start out dead (the zombies more obviously than the humans) and after R ('Romeo') kills 'Paris' (the end of Romeo and Juliet, after which their deaths take place) a new form of life starts to stir in both sides of the fight. These are not spoilers by the way, the story doesn't follow the entire tragedy, there are just a few noticeable similarities.

R is an unusual zombie, and his narrative is the best thing! For a member of the undead, his thoughts sure are all over the place. It's just so easy to identify with him, as weird as it sounds.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys some non-sappy romance and a singing zombie!

By Maryam H 05 Mar 2013 4

Like a lot of people, I rushed to get this book before I go and see the film that just came out - I saw the trailer and it looked bloody hilarious. It had been on my wishlist since it first came out but I just forgot about it for some reason. I'm kind of glad I did though since I didn't have long to wait before the film came out.


I found myself liking this book more than I thought I would. I'd read a whole lot of reviews before even thinking about picking the book up, most of them saying the book was really enjoyable, but I couldn't help being very apprehensive.


I thought was R was the highlight of the whole story. I loved his narrative and his personality. He was sweet, sometimes to the point of being cheesy, and then he would become incredibly philosophical when it came down to explaining his own existence.


Most of all though, R was just completely unexpected. When people talk about their favourite romantic characters it's always the bad boys who change or the mysterious vampire/werewolves, not the zombie who doesn't want to be dead. But I fell in love with R! He had this really unusual charm to him with the way he interacts with others, being alive or dead, and with himself too. His mind was completely open to readers and that made for a fantastic read. I really love R.


I thought the plot was amazing too. I really liked the idea that if somebody has hope then there will always be somewhere you can go and something you can do to change things - giving up wasn't an option for certain characters in this book. It had its lovely, heartwarming moments and moments where nothing seems to be going right. The fact that I stayed up well into the night to finish this book really says it all.


Overall, I thought this was a fantastic read and I only wish it was a lot, lot longer.

By Alison Sammes 09 Dec 2010 4

This may well be the best book I’ve read all year! It’s original and well written and just left me blown-away; taking an age old zombie horror and adding completely believable romantic elements in the middle of a different type of struggle to survive.
‘R’ is a zombie; zombies eat people; but if you’ve read (and enjoyed) Clan of the Cave Bear, you may understand the ‘wow’ feeling of having your mind expanded in ways you’d just never conceived.
Isaac Marion has created a wonderfully unique world, that is perfectly overlaid a world we are comfortable with, so there is a sense of familiarity that means the reader isn’t struggling to come to terms with completely new concepts, yet he manages to introduce a post apocalyptic America, where zombies rule, in a very original way.
Living humans have locked themselves up in sporting arenas, which have created instant, defendable cities. But the zombies aren’t just stumbling around waiting to be picked off; they’ve formed groups, and have a semi-organised social structure.  It’s the exploration of the zombie group mind that makes this book so original. We see the world through the eyes and thoughts of the zombie ‘R’.
Some of the interaction between R and Julie does require a bit of ‘suspension of belief’ as Mr Marion tries to work this new idea of zombie/human friendship into a believable plot structure, but it doesn’t take too long for things to start falling into place.
This is a very hard book to review without discussing too much of the plot, and giving spoilers; but it is very well written, in a well thought out first person monologue, with fascinating characters, interesting ideas and a very strong plot.
I’m not sure if there is a book two in the pipelines; Warm Bodies was complete, but there are so many stories that could come from within the wonderful world that Mr Marion has created.
Warm Bodies is zombie love like you’ve never experienced; it’s witty, funny, charming, heartbreaking, thought provoking and just a bloody good read.

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"I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. Isaac Marion has created the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered, and rewritten the entire concept of what it means to be a zombie in the process. This story stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion" -- STEPHENIE MEYER "A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth" -- Simon Pegg "Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. R is the thinking woman's zombie - though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic, he could be the perfect boyfriend, if he could manage to refrain from eating you. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains" -- AUDREY NIFFENEGGER "A disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart" Guardian "Warm Bodies is a terrific book - a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable" -- Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World