Warm Bodies Hardcover – 26 Apr 2011
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"In elegant, evocative prose, Marion has fashioned the world's most unlikely romance in a story that is by turns harrowing, poignant, and tender. At the last, the reader is reminded that we are all ultimately human, whether living or dead. Utterly charming." - "Library Journal", starred review
"Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?" -"The Financial Times"""
"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 was done reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion." - Stephenie Meyer, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling author of the "Twilight "series
""Warm Bodies" is a strange and unexpected treat. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains."
-Audrey Niffenegger, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling author of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
"Isaac Marion has a great new voice that hooks you from page one and accomplishes the impossible: it makes you care about young zombie love. "Warm Bodies" is a terrific read." --Josh Bazell, author of "New York Times" bestseller "Beat the Reaper"
"The words Marion uses to describe his grim near-future are silken smooth. They slip through the mind's grasp easily, pleasurably, leaving hardly a hint of themselves in the images they evoke." --"The Seattle Times"
"Dark and funny."
"Elegantly written, touching, and fun."
-- Audrey Niffenegger, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
"Elegantly written, touching, and fun."
"Dark and funny."
""Warm Bodies" is a terrific zombook. Whether you're warm-bodied or cold-bodied, snuggle up to it with the lights low and enjoy a dead-lightful combination of horror and romance."
"Elegantly written, touching, and fun."--Audrey Niffenegger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife
"The writing is lively, the characters intriguing, and the creative reinvention of popular themes is thought-provoking."
"A masterfully crafted retelling of "Romeo & Juliet"."
"Remarkable. From the very first page you are hooked on protagonist R's story. You actually care about R. Yes, you find yourself really caring about a zombie."
"Fun and entertaining."
"Marion's novel is even better [than the movie], digging deep into sardonic observations about humanity, comic takes on zombie behavior and stirring reflections on what it really means to be alive or dead."
Elegantly written, touching, and fun. --Audrey Niffenegger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Now a major motion picture starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I doubt my summary above conveyed this book properly, and I hope you haven't clicked away, because I loved this book. I mean well and truly loved it, was completely drawn in by it, found passages in it that I liked and actually marked to remember. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you'll probably know by the lack of quotes around here that I simply don't take note of it very often. I'm rarely struck by a particular passage to such an extent that I'll specifically mark it out - I see them, but I generally just keep on reading. Not here.
What most struck me about the book was the fact that Marion used death in order to define life. It was somehow funny and profound at the exact same time - I knew that this guy was an arm-waving, moaning zombie, Marion cracks jokes regularly about how they try to recapture certain elements of their humanness - but at the same time he's reminding his readers, reminding me, how actually amazing it is to be alive.Read more ›
Mr Marion is a very skilled wordsmith as Burton has illustrated and if I can be forgiven for copying his method just read the author's description of sleep: 'Every time I go to sleep, I know I may never wake up. How could anyone expect to? You drop your tiny, helpless mind into a bottomless well, crossing your fingers and hoping that when you pull it out on its flimsy fishing wire it hasn't been gnawed to bones by nameless beasts below'. How profound and poetic is that? Remember it next time you wake from a bad dream.
This story is so complete that I suspect the author may not return to the wonderful but awful world that he created but I for one can't wait to read what he writes next.
Warm Bodies centres around R who is a zombie. He finds his world repetitive with only breaks for feeding. That is until he meets Julie. A human. R decides to capture and protect her rather than feed on her. However, the consequence of being around a human for a long period of time starts to affect R. He becomes completely different to the other zombies.
I liked R and enjoyed reading the story from his perspective. R was a very memorable character with some great witty moments. I was surprised at how well Isaac Marion made a zombie a romantic hero. I thought Julie was likeable too. The romance was incredibly sweet (some might find it too sweet and a tad cheesy) It was some how very believable.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of Warm Bodies when I first started it, but so many people spoke so highly of it, I knew it had to be my first zombie book. Warm Bodies does have humorous moments. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and that’s what I liked about it. As for the zombies themselves, I’m not sure how credible it is compared to other zombie books, but it was an enjoyable experience for me, and that’s the main thing!
What exactly happens to a person's mind when they're bitten by a zombie? R knows he has lost a huge part of himself to the virus, including his name, but that doesn't mean he stops thinking - or dreaming. He spends his days wandering the airport he and his fellow zombies have overrun, losing himself in routine of walking in circles, as he tries to remember. He even has a friend he can talk to (albeit very slowly).
Despite this R is still a zombie: a monster that craves human blood. Until he meets Julie, a human girl, and find he has to save her life or reasons even he doesn't know. Can R still be human in some way? Is it possible he's falling in love?
Warm Bodies starts off beautifully. Through R's first person narrative, we are shown the inner workings of a man who has become a monster, still clinging onto the last few pieces of his humanity. He wonders who he is, as "R" is all he can remember from his name, and tries to forge relationships with other zombies. He understandably becomes obsessed with human creations, like music, to try and feel connected to humanity again. This novel also uses the interesting idea that the reason zombies eat human brains is because they can relive a person's memories through this. This leads to a hilarious scene between R and his friend M, sharing a brain like two teenagers sharing a joint.
If the book had continued in this fashion it would have been five stars. Then along come the love interest, Julie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this would be a book that i would flick through and donate once I had finished, however I have been really surprised by it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin Davison
This was a surprisingly good read, so well written and funny. I really didnt want to like it because I thought that zombies will be boring but this was a real treat.Published 1 month ago by pookie
I loved this -simple a as. I wish I'd read it years ago, long before I watched the film. Well written, simple in style yet with well rounded characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Helen Treharne
great book really recomended i thought to be onest and say it was not scary but i thought the most scariest bit was the bonies anyway if its not scary does not mean i dont like it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Lonsdale
I was very pleased with this product. It was packaged well, the quality was great and it arrived promptly.Published 5 months ago by Sasha
I enjoyed reading this book, I'd give it 4\5 .Because I'd seen the film first when each character was talking I could visualize their faces . Read morePublished 6 months ago by SUSAN DAVIES
Excellent book, only problem is you want to read more ! I wish it was a seriesPublished 6 months ago by yummy mummy