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So, let’s briefly discuss my tiny fascination with ZOMBIES.

Yes, you read that right. I’m an eclectic girl with eclectic tastes, and zombies happen to be one of my interests, especially after watching Shawn of the Dead and the first season of The Walking Dead. Speaking of which, WHEN IS SEASON 2 PREMIERING? I just spent a whole whopping 3 minutes Googling and couldn’t find an immediate answer so if you’re a non-lazy Walking Dead fanatic TELL ME PLEASE.

“But…What?!” you may be exclaiming incredulously.* “But I thought you were deathly afraid of anything remotely scary. Why are you being so hypocritical, Capillya? Everyone knows you’re a giant scaredypants of everything. Also I heard you almost threw up when you watched Saw II.”

Yeah, well, I don’t appreciate being called a giant scaredypants and I think you should refrain from name-calling. And yes, it was Saw II that made me want to give up the scary stuff for the rest of eternity. And yes it almost made me puke. So what.

But. It is possible to make a few exceptions, right? Especially when I saw the cover to Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies.

marion_warmbodies-6376323The junior high kid in me wants to be all, “Man, check out that awesome undead action going on all over that cover! Braaaaains!”

Fortunately for you, I’m not a junior high kid anymore. When I first saw the cover art (I believe it was on The Book Smugglers blog) I thought, “Oh hey I want to see this movie! Oh. Wait.” And yes, I realize it’s being made into a movie now, but didn’t know back then.

This cover has quite a few elements that tickle my designer-friendly fancy. My favorite thing about the novel itself is its title. Considering the color scheme, I love a good desaturated meal with a serving of red punch. Per usual, I’m a big fan of the caps. It’s a little overkill with the blurbage, though, because I feel like the cover is visually interesting enough to stand on its own.

And while the UK cover has just as much blurbage (oh hello there SIMON PEGG), it’s pretty easy on the eyes as well. Stark, simple, and slightly creepy, I’d immediately be drawn to it in a bookstore in half a second. Also, do those veins remind you a little of the House, M.D. intro sequence?


I’d also recommend reading Marion’s opinion on the cover — warning, you might immediately be taken in by his sense of humor, which just adds more bonus points to the novel, IMO. I’ve read two very well-written reviews about the novel, so I’m excited to read it. Warm Bodies is not just going on my TBR list, but my to-buy list.

And for once, I can honestly say that a book cover with a dead dude on it totally made me want to read it. How’s that for judging a book by its cover?

*Phrases like these are the very reason why I am not a writer.

Bryan Williams