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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
'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.

When I first saw the title I laughed, then groaned thinking that whoever tried to do this could only screw it up – that it was impossible for something this strange to be worth reading.

Oh, love being wrong. In a strange way, this book gives me hope. The fact that there is someone out there who is as twisted as I am, and would actually find this funny, makes me realize that I’m not alone in the universe. The fact that this book has actually sold a number of copies makes me laugh hysterically, because it seems I’m less alone than even I realized.

Look, this isn’t great literature, it was, but it’s not now. It’s funny – very, very funny. If you ever watched Monty Python and though “why is this funny” then honestly don’t buy this book – you’ll only end up hating it. If however, you have ever had to be brought back from a near death experience when laughing too hard at the parrot sketch, then get this book. It’s just the right blend of romance, classic history and brain devouring zombies that you’ve been waiting for. Elizabeth Bennett, long admired as a classic romance heroine now becomes an action hero with her shaolin skills, cutting wit and slashing sword.

This book is just funny. The plot twists are actually more satisfying than the original (you know you hated Mr. Collins and secretly longed for something bad to happen to him – it does) and somehow Elizabeth in full on attack mode just adds a whole new level of delight to a beloved literary figure.

The questions at the back of the book are wonderful – the greatest being “Does Mrs. Bennett have a single redeeming quality” – for which we already know the answer.

Buy it, love it, lend it (but make sure you get it back).

Thanks to Caitlin Price of FSB Associates for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about the book here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 2/10

2 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I just don't think this is the book for me, but I'm glad the doctor enjoyed it.

cat said...

I read this book a few weeks ago and loved it. I thought it was hilarious and entertaining and its on my list of "Books I have to own".