My Blogging Anniversary

Brown Girl Reading has made 9 years today. I can hardly believe it.  So in honor of my blogging birthday I’m reposting one of my first reviews.  You won’t believe it but I reviewed a zombie novel called Warm Bodies. Hated it! Surprise, surprise…  Thank you all for reading, commenting, and supporting all these years. I really appreciate it.  So here’s a post from the past in celebration of all of these years of blogging. Now nobody can say I haven’t tried to read a fantasy/zombie/romance/horror book. That favorite quote is pretty funny though.

Warm Bodies

7619057It seems as if my reading experience at the end of January has gone down slightly.  I strayed from my intentions of sticking to really good sure thing four-star and five-star books.  I was enticed into reading Warm Bodies – 1. because it was the YT book club pick for the 2nd of February, 2.  because I’ve never read a zombie book before, and 3.  because of the description on the back of the book was tempting and I was sure it was going be a good read.

Warm Bodies is a story of R, a zombie who cannot remember his name, his age, or how he’s become what he is.  He and other zombies spend their time wandering aimlessly in an abandoned airport, which is ruled by the terrifying  Bonies.  Bonies are zombies in the most decomposed state, essentially skeletons, that are vicious and dangerous.  R is a different kind of zombie because he has dreams.  One evening while R and some other zombies are out on a “food” run, he meets a “living” girl named Julie.  She is the total opposite of what he knows and an affectionate relationship grows between the two.  Sounds pretty interesting, but in essence reading about it was a total bore for me.

The best thing about this book is the writing style.  Isaac Marion is a talented writer.  He does an excellent job of describing situations and especially the feelings of R, however I found some parts of this story uninteresting and very slow.   Another good thing about Warm Bodies is the Vintage Originals paperback cover, white with the red raised nerves.  I also loved how each chapter begins with a labeled sketch of a part of the human body.  The sketches at the beginning of the chapters seem to correlate with what happens in the chapter where it appears.  There is a strong underlying theme from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette and I found that a little cliché at times.  It was as if he was trying much too hard to intellectualize this zombie story.  Since Isaac Marion apparently wrote this book for adults, he was surprised that his book is being shelved in the Young Adult section and thinks that adolescents aged 16-19 should be reading what he reads and that these classifications shouldn’t need to exist.  He believes this is mostly because of the quote from Stephanie Meyer on the back of his book.  Needless to say, they put Stephanie Meyer’s quote on the back and the front of the Vintage Originals paperback edition.  Marion feels “the YA label is reductive to any book.”  So there are probably a lot more adolescents picking this one up than adults, moreover I can’t see this story really  appealing to adults.  Who knows?  I could be wrong, certainly when you read Audrey Niffenegger’s quote on the back cover:

“Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat.  R is the thinking woman’s zombie — he could be the perfect boyfriend (though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic).  This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains.”

“Monosyllabic and grey-skinned “are not the only problem, R is a walking, smelly, rotting corpse for Christ’s sake.  Warm Bodies was published in 2010 and I don’t think I remember hearing anything about it before now, but the movie was released yesterday in the States and next week in Europe.  It is evidently more comical than the book, at least from what I can tell from the movie trailer.  It did well at the box office this past weekend, but will it be classified as another movie about love between a living being and an undead, like Twilight.  I’m sure the masses will be attracted to this film because of the comedy and I’d say go see the movie because you’ll have a better time than reading the book.

The New Hunger is the prequel to Warm Bodies, which is the beginning and ending of R and a few other characters.  It foreshadows the second part to Warm Bodies.  Isaac Marion has written since he was 14 years old.  He has done lots of different jobs, including delivering death beds to hospice patients and supervising parental visits for foster-kids.  Isaac Marion is the writer who has reinvented the zombie story, without really wanting to. He’s currently working on a sequel to Warm Bodies, which is due to be released in 2014.  Check out the clip below to find out more about his path to success.

Title: Warm Bodies

Genre:  Zombies/Horror/Fantasy/Romance

Published:  2010

Edition: Vintage Originals – Cool cover!

Pages:  240

Language:  English

My rating:  

My favorite quote:  ” ‘Why is beautiful that humanity keeps coming back?  Herpes does that, too.’ ” (Warm Bodies, p. 147)

 

 

 

 

Warpworld

Warpworld ebook cover - Perron and SimpsonWarpworld Book Summary:

How far would you go…On his first crossing through the warps, Seg discovers a world rich in vita – fuel to save his dying world. Cold, brilliant and desperate to prove himself as a Cultural Theorist, Seg breaks away from the recon squad sent to protect him, to scout out prime vita sources. But to find his prize he must face his biggest fear: water.Fiery and headstrong, Ama receives an ultimatum from her people’s tyrannical overlords: betray her own kind or give up the boat she calls home, forever.  When a wealthy traveler hires her as a guide, Ama thinks her prayers are answered – until a violent murder reveals Seg’s true identity.On the run, over land and water, hunted by a ruthless and relentless tracker, and caught in the schemes of a political powerhouse, Seg and Ama will have to strike an uneasy truce to survive.The fate of two worlds is in their hands.

Review:
I’ve been trying to like sic-fi for a long time but just haven’t been able to connect with it.  I always seem to prefer watching sci-fi on the big screen.  It just seems to be easier to get into.  Warpworld, however, has given me a new desire to check more of them out.  I found this book fun, inventive, and a quick read.  I can’t compare it to other sci-fi books, since I’m no expert, but it was an entertaining read.  The world building was complex and mysterious.  It was done in many layers that weren’t difficult to follow.  In the beginning it seemed to be a little technical but that didn’t last very long.  Instead of boring the reader to tears for the first 50-100 pages of the novel with information and vocabulary, they got in to telling the story and explaining more of the technical aspects and vocabulary as the story went on.  That was helpful because I could actually remember more things because I learned about them in context of the story.  The characters develop and change along with the events that force them to do things and to deal with things they hadn’t imagined.
Warpworld is a little more than sci-fi, I’d say it has a hint of fantasy in it too.  As we learn more about Ama’s world we are introduced to strange creatures that live in the seas, along with extraordinary topography.  The landscape is just as diverse as the population.  The population is separated into a type of caste system.  This caste system is the root or maybe the solution to some of the problems they are living and that will come.  Seg who is there to pinpoint vita adds a critical eye from another world alongside the readers’.  Somehow you won’t be able to help comparing the caste system of Warpworld to some we already know.  Even though there are other things that have been added to make this world seem original.  It’s clear by the end of the story there are still many unanswered questions but hopefully part two won’t be so far away.  I’ve given it a 4 stars on Goodreads.  One thing for sure, once you start reading, you won’t want to put Warpworld down.
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Formats: ebook and paperback
Paperback Price: $17.99
eBook Price: $7.99
Pages: 504
Publisher: Mint Publishers, Inc.
Release: October 2012
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Kristene Perron‘s Bio: 

Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward) and ??????????????????????self-described ‘fishing goddess’. Pathologically nomadic, she has lived in Japan, Costa Rica, the Cook Islands, and a very tiny key in the Bahamas, just to name a few. Her stories have appeared in Denizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2010 she won the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Award.Kristene is a member of SF Canada. Her novel, Warpworld, is the first in a five book adventure science fiction series, penned with her Texan co-writer, Joshua Simpson.She currently resides in Nelson, BC, Canada but her suitcase is always packed.
Joshua Simpson’s Bio:

A career nomad, Josh Simpson has driven trucks through the lower forty-eight states, treated and ????disposed of hazardous waste, mixed mud as a stonemasonry laborer, failed abysmally in marketing, gotten on people’s nerves as a safety man, and presently gets on their nerves even more using nerve release techniques in musculoskeletal pain relief.He lives amidst the scrub and mesquite of West Texas, cohabiting with the requisite writer’s minimum of two cats. Warpworld is his first published novel.
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42. Velveteen

Velveteen is a snarky, intelligent, tenacious teenager who has been kidnapped and murdered by a serial killer called Bonesaw.  Velveteen winds up in purgatory where she isn’t in heaven and definitely is not in hell.  It’s one of the grayest places you could imagine and it’s parallel to the living world.  Velveteen plots on how to go about getting revenge on Bonesaw, even if secretly crossing from the dead world to the living world is risky for everyone.  She’ll do anything to make Bonesaw’s life a living hell.

Velveteen is being marketed as a young adult horror, fantasy novel.  It’s not scary and there isn’t much horror.  It doesn’t focus primarily on Velveteen taking revenge on her murderer as is pitched on the back of the book, which was a little disappointing for me.  In spite of that, you’ll fall in love immediately with Velveteen.  She’s great!  She’s kick-ass!  She’s the kind of friend you’d like to have.  The salvage team that she’s a member of is great to read about too.  The world of the dead is composed of some extremely creative descriptions and characters – good and bad.

What I disliked was that the action was sometimes difficult to follow.  I found myself rereading some parts because I felt there were things I was forgetting or just didn’t understand well.  The thing I adored was that it didn’t read like a typical YA novel.  I read it in three days.  I could have read it quicker, but NaNoWriMo started on the first of November.  The writing was exceptional!  The progression of events was engaging and the vocabulary was elevated!  I could hear the author’s voice the entire time – very humoristic.  Great teenage dialogue!  If you don’t know Daniel “Danny” Marks, he has a successful You Tube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vp1moxN_FY&feature=plcphas and contributes to another channel called YA Rebels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q69R7oAdo4. Velveteen is Marks’ first YA horror fantasy novel and I hope it won’t be his last.  He’s had various jobs like being psychotherapists for children and adolescents, a cafeteria janitor, and a Halloween store manager(I could see him doing that).  I’m sure all these jobs have contributed to Dannny Marks’ captivating writing style and ingenious ideas.  I rated Velveteen three and a half stars on Goodreads, which is right between I liked it and I really liked it.  I docked a half of a star for the lack of Bonesaw.  Check out the video below which is Danny Marks being interviewed by Bunny Cates on You Tube.  Thanks for the interview Bunny and Danny!


I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

                                                                                                ——Blaise PASCAL