Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Victorian Zombies Can't Curtsy

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, by Seth Grahame-Smith: I heard about this book a while back, but the concept just seemed too far out there. Then I happened to pick it up and read the back cover blurb—well, then I had no choice than to take it home.

The funny thing is, the book is as much a homage as a parody. I’m fairly familiar with the storyline of Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics), and for the most part, Grahame-Smith stayed very true to Jane Austen's original tale.

But rather than simple upper-crust English debutantes, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are warriors, trained in China by Shaolin masters and sworn to defend England against the plague of “unmentionables,”—zombies—until death, dismemberment, or marriage. Now Austen's tale of a journey through the complicated mire of Victorian society is further convoluted by the threat of the risen dead’s unabating hunger for brains.

If you’re a purist, you’re going to hate this book. But if you enjoy dry wit, a light, ridiculous (in a good way) story, and carefully measured amounts of locker room and toilet humor, you’re probably going to want to check this out.

Oh, and P.S.; rumor has it that Hollywood's looking to turn this into a movie. :)

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Regan Black said...

Just found out this is summer reading for a friend's rising freshmen class. It's a book they're sure to enjoy!


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