Everything Austen Challenge, Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Synopsis: Millions of people have read Jane Austen's most beloved classic romance, Pride and Prejudice but none have read the love story of two of the most beloved characters in literature quite like this! As the story begins, a mysterious plague has torn through England and the countryside of Meryton. The dead and those who are infected have developed a taste for flesh and...well...brains! We all know that Elizabeth Bennet is a feisty, rather outspoken heroine but what we learn is that instead of practicing the delicate arts associated with being a lady she is well practiced in the fine arts of kung fu and other zombie killing methods. With the arrival of haughty Mr. Darcy...chaos ensues and so begins the dance between Darcy and Elizabeth and a few hundred unmentionables.
My Review: First let me start by saying if you are a Jane Austen purist...you do NOT want to read this book, but I shouldn't need to warn you, the title has probably already scared you away. Also this might not be the book for you if you have a sensitive stomach, there's a ton of "bonecrunching zombie mayhem." But if you love humor, action, romance, and above all the characters of the original Pride and Prejudice this is a book to read. I also recommend it to those men out there who may have not wanted to read a "girly" book like Pride and Prejudice, this has the same basic story as P&P but instead of playing the pianoforte in the parlor, the girls are kicking zombie butt in the garden.
I'm pretty open minded about retelling classics and you will definitely need that with this book. All I have to say is that there are no mincing of words in this book! For example, when Darcy meets Elizabeth at Rosings Park and confronts her with his feelings...well the parlor mantle piece takes a direct hit! At times it felt as if zombies were thrown in as an afterthought and it didn't really flow from chapter to chapter throughout but I still liked it. The dry humor was fun. I have Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters in my TBR pile so I should be reading that soon and including a review as a bonus for the Everything Austen Challenge, hopefully it's as entertaining as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
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*I received my copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies through Bookmooch, a book swapping site.*