Pride And Prejudice And Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
I started this on February 19th and finished it on March 10th, so it was obviously a bit of a slog. I knew I was in trouble when the author inserted zombies into the famous opening line of Pride And Prejudice but managed to remove the wit. Actually the final sentence in the summary on the back should have been my first warning.
This is not for fans of Pride And Prejudice. But it’s not for non-fans either who will probably find it difficult to get caught up in what is still mostly Austen’s work but with random ultraviolent zombie mayhem inserted throughout. I will not be reading any more of the titles in this series, but I still think it’s a fun book to have on my shelf, and maybe someday I’ll find someone to recommend it to.
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. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the 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.