Friday, 30 December 2011

Warm Bodies

I am dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it. I'm sorry I can't properly introduce myself, but I don't have a name. Hardly any of us do. We lose them like car keys, forget them like anniversaries. Mine might have started with an 'R', but that's all I have now.

Warm Bodies is one of those books that I fell in love with from the start and just want to tell people to read it. They are the kind of books that are hard to write a review for, I don't want to spoil a thing for potential readers. One of the most moving and beautiful books I've read this year and believe it or not, it's about zombies.

Our narrator, R is a zombie. He lurches and groans. He kills people and eats brains. With the brains come flashes of memories from the lives of his prey. R has always seemed a little bit different than the others, maybe a little less gone but when he saves the life of a living girl, Julie, things really start to change. He may have eaten her boyfriend but he will do everything to keep her safe. Is it possible that a zombie can love? Is there any chance for either of them in the doomed world they live in?

Zombies are the creature du jour this year but this isn't your average zombie story. Whilst most are a message of how bad things can get, this is a tale of hope. It is also full of well crafted prose and there are so many passages that are quotable. If you want to challenge your preconceptions of a genre in 2012, you could do a lot worse than reading Isaac Marion's utterly wonderful novel.

Are my words ever actually audible, or do they just echo in my head whilst people stare at me, waiting? I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.

4 comments:

  1. Aw holy moly I need to wishlist this one, great review and hello zombies :D

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  2. This has an interesting premise, have you come across Otsuichi's Summer,Fireworks & My Corpse,2 short novels, including the title story and Black Fairy Tale, Summer is a simple story of a nine-year-old girl who dies while on summer vacation. While her youthful killers try to hide the her body,she tells us the story from the POV of her dead body, as the killers attempt to get away murder. Black Fairy Tale is classic Japanese horror: a young girl loses an eye in an accident, but receives a transplant. Now she can see again, but what she sees out of her new left eye is the experiences and memories of its previous owner.

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  3. I think Black Fairy Tale has been made into a film as a colleague was talking about something similar the other week. I will keep an eye out for that collection, sounds promising.

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  4. I also really enjoyed this one...it has an unexpected depth to it! However, have you seen that they're turning it into a movie? And worse, they're trying to make it Twilight-esque (the poster has R wearing a hoodie)! Ugh.

    Anyways, fantastic review!

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