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text 2017-04-24 16:40
Different thing
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion

This is why I usually don't see a movie before reading a book: the reading process just goes down the drain.

Of course, had I not seen _ and liked it _ the movie, most likely I wouldn't be reading it. Because I'm not a big fan of zombies. -_-

Thing is, I really liked the "voice" that the movie has. Especially the initial part: have you seen it on youtube? It's really funny in a dark way.

This story... not really, which leaves me in a bit of a pickle, since I'm more than ready to DNF it.

As I am with the other two books that I'm reading.

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review 2017-02-24 15:46
Years in the making
The Burning World: A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion

Isaac Marion's anticipated (at least by me) sequel to Warm Bodies is out now. Finally. The Burning World chronicles the continuing adventures of our favorite zombie-turned-real boy R and the love of his new life, Julie. The characters introduced in Marion's last novel make a comeback and we watch them as they travel away from all that they know and into a world of terror, Nearly Living, and gun toting baddies in beige jackets. (I think Nearly Living would make a great band name by the way.) Marion continues to build his world and his zombie mythology. We learn that as the Dead turn into the Living (and through the phase of Nearly Living) they go through a process of remembering their prior lives. For most, this is such an overwhelming and upsetting process that they take drastic measures to make the memories stop. (You don't want to know...but you will.) R has decided that he can ignore the memories trying to resurface and focus on building his new life...but of course that's not a real possibility. Their adventure/escape across the landscape of America is fraught with peril, new traveling companions, and R's increasing sense of unease as he remembers his "first life". If you're looking for a closing chapter to this series then you're going to end up disappointed. If anything, The Burning World raises more questions than it ultimately answers. It's very much a 'setup' kind of novel wherein it seems like a lot happens but actually nothing in point of fact does happen. Marion is clearly using this as a bridge to set up his conclusion (titled Living if you're curious). For someone who has been waiting for this novel for years this book was a bit of a letdown. I wanted the questions raised from the first novel (and the prequel) answered in this book. Also, there's a weird second "voice" in this book that appears to be the earth (?) and I'm not really a big fan of the way that took away from the flow of the book. It was more of a distraction than an addition to the storyline in my opinion and I have a sinking feeling it's going to play a role in Living as well. However, if you want to continue following R and his comrades you need to read The Burning World because without it you're liable to wind up very confused. Skipping to the last book which will probably be out in the next decade (I hope I'm being facetious here) would not be advisable. This is a 7/10 for me which is the lowest score I've given Marion thus far. I had much higher hopes for this book especially after the long wait. :-/

 

You can read my review of Warm Bodies which was originally posted back in April 2013. There's also my review of The New Hunger which was the prequel novella...and which I reviewed 4 days after I read Warm Bodies. Guess you could say I was a fan of the series. lol What's especially funny is that in the review of The New Hunger I mentioned how excited I was for the sequel and that it was due out in in 2014...and it's just come out this month. Go figure, eh?

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-02-18 19:32
The New Hunger Review
The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion

"Nothing is permanent.  Not even the end of the world."

 

The New Hunger is set seven years before the event that take place in Warm Bodies.  Originally it was published in e-book form, but last Fall it was published in paperback in anticipation of Issac Marion's release of book two in the Warm Bodies Series.  This novella follows the lives of Nora, Julie, and R as they slowly make their way towards one another.  It is a look at the end of the world, the rise of the dead, and possibly foreshadows what's coming in the next book, The Burning World.

 

It has been a while since I've read Warm Bodies, and I have forgotten just how much I adore Issac Marion's writing style.  The New Hunger pulled be back into the world Issac Marion created in the first book, and it wouldn't let me go.  I loved the shifting point-of-views in the novella.  Which let the me see the end of this world through three set of eyes instead of one.  Each of them saw it differently.  Nora and Julie were just trying to survive and R just wants to understand, to remember.

 

The plot of The New Hunger moves steadily right out of the gate between all three of our characters.  It starts with us joining them on their journey and until slowly they reach each other in Seattle.  However, never once did I feel like any moment was rushed or out of place.  Despite being so short, so much happens inside of this novella.  Twelve-year-old Julie starts to turn into a women from the backseat of her families SUV while the search for a safe place to call home again.  Nora, just sixteen, is trying to keep both her and her baby brother alive in the exed out city of Seattle.  Which leaves R, who just reanimated as a member of the Dead.  All of this molds into something tragically beautiful because of Issac Marion's writing style.

 

My favorite part of the The New Hunger is R's part of the journey.  Issac Marion once again put us in the mind of a zombie, but this one has just woken up.  Through the novella R is learning how to be this new thing, to understand this screaming Beast inside of his mind.  It was unnerving to watch at times, and occasionally I had to the put down just to give myself a minute.  Throughout the novella you see the different between R and M.  You start to see why R is different from all the other Dead in Warm Bodies.  

 

We even get to see just how much control the Boneys have over the Dead in The New Hunger.  Which would explain their behavior in Warm Bodies.

 

The whole novella is wonderfully down, at least that's how I felt.  I honestly don't have many complaints about it.  Well, I have a tiny one that was kind of awkward, but I don't want to mention it because it feels like a spoiler.  Especially if you haven't read, or even seen, Warm Bodies.  

 

 

It was definitely worth the wait to get The New Hunger in physical form to read it, and I'm going to have to buy it to add to my collection.  Even better though, it was a great buffer for my long wait for August when the next book in the series finally arrives.  I might even have to reread Warm Bodies before then as well, just because it's been a while.  Might need to refresh all the feelings from book one.

 

If you haven't read anything by Issac Marion I totally urge you to do it. He's definitely one of my favorite authors out there, and his books just aren't about zombies and the end of the world.  It's about so much more.

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text 2016-02-05 21:50
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 170 pages.
The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion

It's been so long since I read Warm Bodies that I've forgotten how much I love Issac Marion's writing style.  Also, I cannot contain how happy I am to finally have this book in my hands!

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review 2015-10-17 00:00
Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion,Kevin Kenerly It was OK. It was such a strange read that I just couldn't really get into it. I thought reading from a zombies point of view would be entertaining, like in the White Trash Zombie series, but it just fell flat. Not a bad book, just a bit meh for me.
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