||Isaac Marion jumps right in with the first line of his debut novel, WARM BODIES: "I am dead, but it's not so bad."The narrator, who admits that he had forgotten his own name at this point, goes on to describe what it's like to be a zombie. In the early stages of decay, R, as the narrator refers to himself, acknowledges that he's not very good looking and that he smells pretty bad. He rides escalators for fun at the abandoned airport, though, so life--or rather death--is not all that bad. When R meets Julie, however, things take a complicating turn. Although he originally intended to eat her, R has a change of un-beating heart. Theirs is a post-zombie apocalypse world, however, and a love affair between an anonymous flesh-eater and human with a pulse does not go over well.