by Isaac Marion
Emily Bestler Books, 2011. 241 pages.
Romeo and Juliet’s love story get a paranormal makeover in this surprisingly poignant and funny zombie romance. Meet R, a brain-eating zombie with no memories, no identity, and no pulse. But he has thoughts. He dreams of a better life. He enjoys collecting things and listening to old records (mostly Frank Sinatra). And he hopes to one day find meaning to his otherwise lifeless existence.
Enter Julie. Julie is a living human being, and the most interesting person R has ever met. When R rescues Julie from a zombie attack, the two form a special friendship. Through this relationship, R becomes more human, leading the couple to believe that maybe there is a cure that can transform their lifeless world.
What really makes this story work is the inner dialogue of the endearingly adorable R. Often funny and witty, sometimes bordering on the existential, this is a perfect heart-warming romance for those that like a little gory side-action. If you enjoyed the 2013 John Malkovich movie of this story, the book will give you all the same happy and lovey feels, just in time for Valentine’s Day!