I’m going to call our first discussion a success. It might have just been me and three (fantabulous) people discussing the books, and there weren’t many comments, but what comments we had were dense and thoughtful. Keep it going! Discussion doesn’t have to end now (nor should it).
However, certain things must happen now. First, we announce the winner of of the January participation prize. Second, we announce the book up for discussion on 1st March.
The winner of the Colin Gilbert chapbook is…JOY!!! I used a random number generator online, so it was totally unbiased. My darling, I shall deliver it the next time I see you (which should be soon, btw).
That being said, the I’m really excited for February’s book. We, the benevolent Powers-That-Be, thought a romance would be in order, what with February’s claim-to-fame being Valentine’s Day (Diana’s birthday a close second). However, we are never ones to be “normal”, so an alternative romance, we felt, was in order.
(A word of advice from Diana: DO NOT Google “alternative romance” and expect to find books with an alternative take on romance. You will instead receive suggestions for badly written “S&M” light erotica novels. Oh, Fifty Shades of Grey, what have you wrought?)
Our February book up for discussion is…
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
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.
Meghan has already started reading the book, and she loves it. Be prepared for Shakespearean references! Also, the movie just came out, and it might be interesting if we discussed how the movie treats the content of the book.
So, are you looking forward to 1st March? Have any suggestions for next months book? Hit us up! We’re lonely.