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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Fiction. Paperback from Quirk Books. Published in 2009. 320 pages. Purchased from ThinkGeek.com.

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesThe subtitle of this book is The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! How was I supposed to resist that? It was fun to read along wondering where the zombies would be inserted and in many cases their arrival made me laugh out loud. Not to mention it makes more sense for Jane to be sick from fighting zombies in the rain instead of just from riding to Netherfield. So, I enjoyed the book. Some of it was a bit forced, and I really didn’t feel like some of the inappropriate behavior Grahame-Smith inserted fit in a book that was trying to retain it’s Jane Austen-ness, but as long as you don’t go into it expecting it to still be the same caliber of work as it was before the addition of the zombies, you’re likely to enjoy it.

Publisher’s summary:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

(I take issue with that last sentence of the publisher’s summary. Who do they think is going to read this except people who have already read and enjoyed P & P?)

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