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2.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, weaker storytelling., August 30, 2011
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This review is from: Warm Bodies: A Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) (Hardcover)
Isaac Marion can write, there's no doubt about that. It's the storytelling he needs to work on.

From the beginning I fell in love with R's voice, even if it was a bit ridiculous for a zombie to know and use words that I had to continuously look up in the dictionary. I was intrigued and cared for R and his instant dead undead family. I wanted to know more, so I read on.

R started to evolve. He couldn't just think eloquently anymore he could, occasionally, express himself fluently too. And as his higher brain functions evolved and reawakened, he started losing his zombie traits and I quickly started losing interest.

I cared more about R's nameless wife cheating on him than I ever cared about Julie. That's not for lack of trying on the author's part, because Marion gave me every opportunity to see Juliet as a complex individual, I just didn't see any chemistry between her and R, excluding the ick factor of kissing a corpse.

Also, the world building lacked certain finesse. Over a decade after the government's collapse there's still lip gloss readily available to a young woman kidnapped and held captive by zombies. Okay, I admit, she could have had it in her pocket and used it sparely. But I'm not sure I buy a decade old iPod's battery holding power for several days, especially if she's turning up the volume. And I'm still wondering how exactly did she find and add all those mp3s on the thing since computers weren't mentioned.

As the issue of sex proves, Marion really needs to work on staying true to the rules he's created.

I haven't mentioned Perry yet and that's because I don't really know what to think of him. He was dead before I got to know him and my brain isn't really orientated to this new way of thinking that maybe death isn't the end after all.

Having said all that, I can see why this book has over 4 star rating average. I enjoyed reading the first quarter of it, but the rest just wasn't my cup of tea.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 10:40:32 PM PST
Realist says:
Imagine if everyone left their houses having to take only the essentials or being able to walk into any store or factory and taking anything you wanted? I think Walmart would have tons of lip balm and batteries.
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