Jane Austen meets zombie bedlam. What a concept!

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Being an ardent Jane Austen enthusiast, I was nonplussed when the news hit the Internet about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, combining Jane Austen's classic novel with bone-crunching zombie mayhem! What? Did two genre's ever seem more incompatible? Even though it did not appeal to my genteel sensibilities, I was intrigued and thought it worth a look. The co-author Seth Grahame-Smith had taken about 85% of Austen's original text and interwoven a zombie subplot. I have to admit that the first line had me smiling. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." What follows is quite a surprise. He has changed feisty Elizabeth Bennet and the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy into ninja warriors, ready to spar in the ball room as well as the battlefield against the sorry stricken who they delicately call unmentionables. It appears that anyone who is not a ninja warrior is a target for zombie destruction, so if there is a character from the original plot ripe for reproach, then it is sure to happen. Brains and gore abound, so the delicately minded take heed. If you enjoy a good ribald parody, the play between the original text and the new storyline is hysterical. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is sure to please those who live  to make sport for their neighbors, and laugh at them in their turn! Read my complete review at my literary blog Austenprose.

 

Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose

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by B&N Bookseller Brad_W on ‎04-12-2009 06:17 PM
This book had me do a "double take" the other day.  A woman asked if we had it.  I immediately started to go to the regular Jane Austin books and quickly stopped ask, "I'm sorry did you just say 'and Zombies'?"  She said, "Yes".  We both started laughing and we walked to the book.  We were both just staring at the cover for a while too.  This does sound like an interesting read though. 
by Yu_For_Romance on ‎08-20-2009 09:38 AM

You know, I have seen this book on the shelves more than a dozen times, and at least half those times, I have just stood there staring at it. Thinking on it now, I don't know why my common sense didn't say to me, "You like historical romance, you like zombie films, you should pick up this book."

 

Now that you say it's so hysterical, I may do just that. :smileyhappy: 

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