At first I thought, "oh god a stupid romance book with zombies?" Figured they'd have Fabio in tattered clothes or something...But I was was wrong. It's actually a fairly funny book based on zombies "healing". I've read a couple of books like this lately. Its refreshing that it shows people really are not dumb and as a species, humans do overcome the "impossible" I always hated that about apokolypse books where the military is useless and Humans are doomed because they are too stupid, frightened, and feeble to survive.
Now, they made this book into a movie and I hope they focus more on the humor that is sprinkled throughout this book. The author seemed to dab a bit in the humor and then abandon it for the realism...zombies are not real so stick with the humor. But I highly recommend this and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Do not read this if you are looking for the usual shuffling, flesh eating, mindlessness of a zombie. If you want something unique from a zombie (reflection, reasoning, self-awareness and yes love) this story is for you. I will be honest, I did not like this at first. The first few minutes I regretted wasting a credit.
It was the narrative style that did not first appealed to me, then… . Yes I became hooked on the story. I could not put it down. It was different to find a zombie character that you could have hope for. I became enthralled with the metamorphose of the zombies.
A virus started the plague, not unusual, but the complacency of the zombies perpetuated the disease. In addition to nourishment from eating a human, a zombie also experienced a euphoria from the memories of the person when they ate their brains.
The catalyst for change began when R, a zombie ate a human, Peter’s brains. We watch R’s bafflement in his physical and emotional transformation based on Peter’s love of Julie. Their adventure begins a new world for humans and zombies. So this is about a hope for a new civilization.
This is a zombie story, which is not based on destruction of a species but the discovery of a new one and a new way of living.
What Anne Rice did for vampires, I predict Isaac Marion will do for zombies. This book goes far beyond just zombie mayhem, but actually makes you take a deeper look at society and the end-of-the-world literature boom. I found myself hitting the 30-second repeat button on my iPod more times than I could count to re-listen to Marion's prose that border on the poetic mixed in with a smart, hopeful and nihilistic critique of current affairs of the world. This is one book I will probably listen to once year for the rest of my life (or until the world ends in zombie plague). I predict, if we survive to 2050, this book will emerge as a classic that have captured our 2012 ennui better than any novel written to date. Bravo Marion!
It's a good, easy listen and has some entertaining parts. I didn't love it, but I don't feel like I wasted my time.
I liked the way the author illustrated the mental and emotional struggle of R.
The narrator did a decent job differentiating the characters, but he kind of whistles his 'S's and sometimes it gets pretty annoying. I'm not sure what makes someone who does that decide to narrate an audio book or who in their right mind hired him, but it was a little distracting and I had to stop listening a couple of times.
I bought this book after watching the movie, and was not disappointing. It was engrossing and fun to listen to, and contained many more details than the movie. the ending was much more realistic as well!
One of the more entertaining audible books I've listened to, made me wish my 30 minute commute was longer.
I don't have a comparison that fits at this time. I was thoroughly entertained though. The pace was perfect.
Mr. Kenerly's carfeul distinction and characterization for multiple character voices created a rich, living, breathing canvas of personalities. His women's voices were seamless to the story line.
Romeo and Juliet in the post walking dead Zombie Apocolyptic aftermath with a surprisingly human and satisfactory ending. The old bard would be proud.
Wonderfully written story of humanity distilled to what makes us human at the end of the day when sitting at the end of the world.
I really enjoyed this book, especially the audio book. I bought the hard back, and I'm watching the movie tonight. I thought it was really refreshing and fun to listen too. I wish that R had a more active role towards the end.. But I can see why I. Marion chose to portray him the way he did. I especially loved how the author drops fun little social commentary into the "typical" zombie beginning. Why, how, and when the zombie "plague" began. Fun stuff, and I liked the ending too
I loved the idea of this story. I did not love the story itself. I felt the author let too many things go unanswered, and did not develop the characters as well as he could have. The story was good though, just not as good as I had hoped. The Romeo and Juliet feel was fun though, and I loved how he uses music as language. There were a lot of good parts to this book, it just left me wanting and feeling flat overall. Worth a read, but only if you have some time on your hands and want a different take on the zombies theme.
I did not care for the ending. I think the movie ending was a little better honestly, although I liked the book much more than the movie.
The perspective of a zombie yearning to feel/love in stark contrast (ironic) to humans learning to disregard life/living is absolutely wonderful, cynical, satirical, and - overall - hopeful.
The only thing I may compare this book to is the Harry Potter series only from the addictive nature is instills in the reader as well as from the free/easy flow of readability.
I love all the references to The Beatles, especially, "I don't know why you say Goodbye; I say Hello". That song never made sense to me before.
Nothing 'extreme' other than enjoyment.
This book is better than the movie, except in the age of the main character.