With “The Walking Dead” S3 about to finish, here’s something to keep you going until S4.

For your fill of zombie stories – both of these books are available from the library & both are soon to be released as movies. If you have read either of these we would love to know what you thought.

Warm-Bodies-Book-CoverWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion

This is a very different zombie story told from the perspective of a very different type of zombie. I really enjoyed this book and give it 4 stars. I look forward to watching the movie when it is released here in Australia. 

“R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.”

Visit Isaac Marions’s web site to read what people are saying about his book.

worldwarzjpgWorld War Z : an oral history of the zombie war by Max Brooks

Summary:
The world has survived the first zombie war, and the government sends out a young man to interview people in order to find statistics on the war.  When he returns, he finds out they only want the cold, hard facts.  This disappoints him, as he wants to show the world the human, emotional side of the war, so he prints the interviews, so we all can read and connect with them.  What follows is the harrowing tale of how a virus starting in the countryside of China spreads via refugees and a general human refusal to believe that bodies are reanimating.  All of this leads to the Great Panic, which brings humanity to the very brink of extinction. 

Read more about Max Brooks & his other book Zombie Survival Guide on his website.

Reviews:

“Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone… It’s Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating.”USA TODAY

“Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast…. This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.”Dallas Morning News

“Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel…. The perfect book for all us zombie junkies.”Paste Magazine

“Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson’s Fitzpatrick’s War. Brooks tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts ‘as told to the author’ by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.”  Publishers Weekly

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