"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone crunching zombie action.
About the Author
JANE AUSTEN is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. SETH GRAHAME-SMITH is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.
I really enjoyed this novel, and laughed out loud at quite a few points. I love 'Pride and Prejudice', and do agree with the previous reviewer that the treatment of the characters occasionally slips up, but I found much more to like than to dislike.
Highlights include Elizabeth just barely restraining herself from killing Mr Darcy after he insults her at the ball, and Elizabeth besting all of Lady Catherine's trained ninjas, much to her lady's chagrin. (Gets very gruesome in parts, but the cover picture should serve as fair warning for that!)
Meh. The twist on the classic opening line of Pride and Prejudice suggests that the book might be heading down an interesting rout, but the whole zombie thing quickly becomes fairly old. The zombie scenes themselves aren't particularly funny, and Grahame-Smith's treatment of the characters isn't faithful to Austen's original characterizations, even taking into account that there's packs of the undead running around the countryside. Let's hope the movie's a little more original.
I was a little bit disappointed with this book. I knew it wasn't going to be fantastic- after all, the first book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was fairly average, as was Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. But I am a bit let down it was so annoyingly average.
A review states that the author makes not attempt to mimic Austen's style, and this is unfortunately very true. While I don't think Hockensmith should have rigorously followed Austen's style all throughout (ultraviolent zombie slaughter doesn't exactly lend itself well to the Regency era), an attempt should have been made. Furthermore, his tendency to streeeeetch ooouuuuut leeeeetterrrrrrssss is so very terrible I found myself rolling my eyes more than once.
The book itself isn't terrible. There were parts to it I did like, and I felt it gained its stride towards the end. It's relatively short, too, so if zombies aren't your thing, you won't need to deal with it for long. I liked Doctor Keckilpenny and Mr Smith. Unfortunately, the Bennett sisters are so out of character, the doctor was the only redeeming part. Now, I know it's odd to say the Bennett sisters are out of character in a book about zombies but at least the first novel attempted to follow the character profiles somewhat.
While this is a fun book, it's not the fantastic. At least it's an easy read.
Nice cover, patchy contents. This isn't just a reprinting of P&P with extra zombie scenes, but a full reworking of the novel with kung fu, more modern sensibilities and a surprising amount of vomiting. Some of the text has been changed without any obvious reason or benefit - there's now a shootout between Wickham and his commanding officer, and a number of gratuitous mentions of a gentleman's "most English parts" - but some of it works surprisingly well. It isn't as good as the original, but it's an interesting alternative.
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