Friday, November 29, 2013

Cephalopod Coffeehouse Chat - Warm Bodies

From the ArmChair Squid: 
“The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.”

"I am dead, but it’s not so bad. I’ve learned to live with it."

So begins Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because Hollywood made it into a cool movie.

He calls himself R because he can’t remember his name let alone how he lived and died. But, what do you expect? He’s zombie for Pete’s sake. Still, he has friends, goals, and a bit of glamour about his position. He isn’t a complete waste of skin. Or at least said skin hasn’t deteriorated too badly yet.

When R meets a living, breathing girl under less than ideal circumstances, he is draw to her. He saves her after confronting his friends who look at her as a meal. His mercy awakens his buried humanity and ignites a revolution among his zombie brethren and Julie’s humans.

Warm Bodies is an easy read. It drew me in immediately and held me captive, but some scenes are difficult. If you’ve seen the movie, don’t think this is quite as sweet. The reason for R’s decision to save Julie is quite detailed and rather disgusting. There is blood and gore, dead people and a lot of screaming.

It isn’t one of my usual books in other words.
I loved it.

Give it a whirl. Well-written, an excellent storyline and a new take on the current zombie-craze.

And I did not clue into the reference to R-omeo and Julie-t until way later.


  1. Awesome - I've been wondering about this book and glad to hear it's worth reading. Thanks so much for the review!

  2. Zombie love! I love this line from your review: "The reason for R’s decision to save Julie is quite detailed and rather disgusting."

  3. I almost bought this movie for my son this morning while out Christmas shopping! How fun to see it as a review. I've found the zombie fic I've read to be surprisingly entertaining, so I'm not shocked that it's a good read. The creativity is usually above par--I believe that to be true because the author's know they will be assailed if they write a crap zombie story...
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I've been looking at this one, trying to decide if I want to read it. (Like vamps, I lost interest in zombies when they became mainstream.) But I'm glad to read your take on it. If you love it, there's hope for it yet! :-)

  5. Interesting. Of course, I'm avoiding all things zombie, so I probably won't pick it up.

  6. I kind of hate the very idea of zombies - they gross me out big time, and vampires are only a tiny bit less gross to me :P - but you might've tempted me to check this one out.

  7. Hello Huntress. '... blood and gore, dead people and a lot of screaming.' Perfect recipe for a thrilling read. Thanks for your review and for visiting mine. D

  8. I *almost* got this novel a few days ago when it was on Kindle sale, because I adored the movie. But I thought my chances of reading the book were pretty slim. Now I wish I'd snagged it! It sounds like it has a bit more nuance than the movie, which is, as you say, pretty sweet. (For a zombie flick.) Does it more closely follow the Romeo & Juliet plotline? I am ashamed to say I missed that connection with the movie till my daughter told me. You'd think "R" and "Julie" would have been clues enough.

  9. I've actually been kind of interested in seeing the film. I usually can't stand a zombie-like film, but your review here now makes me want to see if the movie might be any good. Thanks for the recommendation!


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