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Friday, March 26, 2010

Dawn of the Dreadfuls...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
With more than one million copies in print, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the surprise publishing phenomenon of 2009. A best seller on three continents, PPZ has been translated into 21 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture.

In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early-nineteenth-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry. Written by acclaimed novelist (and Edgar Award nominee) Steve Hockensmith, Dawn of the Dreadfuls invites Austen fans to step back into Regency England, Land of the Undead!

Yes, yes, yes. The boys who warped your mind with PPZ, and stole your sole with SSSM are proving the old axiom that ‘there’s no chicken you can’t get more eggs out of if you shake it hard enough’, with their latest offering from that warped world of Meryton society. Travel back in time with us to the earlier childhood of that blade wielding bombshell Elizabeth Bennett and find out how this all started, and where the dawn of the dreadfuls occurred. If you want one single reason to read this book, there’s a lot less of Lydia Bennett—which makes this reader very happy.

Learn more about the back story of Mr. Bennett’s life, and discover that Jane does have a spine, as well as a devastating smile and curves that could make a zombie smile. Find out how Elizabeth kills her first zombie, and takes her first steps into the greater world of life, love and zombie slaying.

A wonderful book—had me laughing out loud and wanting much, much more.

So what else could those nut-job writers at Quirk come up with? The spine tingles at the thought of what they’ll roll out next. I’m thinking an after PPZ with Elizabeth and Darcy taking over the countryside, and traveling to far flung corners of the earth in search of a cure, a sharp blade and a bloody good curry!!

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.


  1. So I have been reading your reviews of these spoofs of classics. Do I need to read the classic to enjoy the spoof?

  2. An answer from the Doctor:

    Yes, you'll enjoy it even if you haven't read the classic. However, there is a lot of humor that you might not get and you will enjoy it so much more if you've read the original. And, a word of advice: if you read the spoofs before you read the original, it will forever taint it for you!