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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies #1)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  83,520 ratings  ·  9,753 reviews
Subtitle: The Classic Regency Romance-Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
"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 pl
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Quirk Books (first published 2009)
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Phillippa Silverlock I don't think so. I think you can treat this as a stand alone book. If you read the original first it's easier to spot the little in jokes and the…moreI don't think so. I think you can treat this as a stand alone book. If you read the original first it's easier to spot the little in jokes and the satire of the period it's set in I suppose, but the plot is easy to follow without prior knowledge and there's enough violence etc to keep you interested.(less)

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I tried to resist. When everyone starting losing their shit over this book and pre-ordering it, I told myself that this was a literary bandwagon I wouldn't jump on. I read the reviews posted here, and saw that for the most part the consensus was that this book was grossly overrated. All the parts that Grahame-Smith wrote (and there aren't many) weren't very well done, the zombie device got old quickly, and the whole thing could have been much better.
It was with all this evidence in mind that I
Since I am known by my friends as a Jane Austen person, SEVENTEEN different people sent me the link to this publishing announcement. Even though the book won't be published for another two months, a friend managed to procure an advanced copy (aka Word doc of the finished product), and so I read it over the weekend.

That being said, it's rather unnecessary for anyone to read this novel in its entirety, even if it does sound amusing. The best plan is to read the first two or three chapters, and the
Taking my cue from the emotional ratings of the goodreads star system (and I can only muster two stars for this book), I offer you a fully gut reaction to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

didn’t like it
1. The ninjafication of Lizzy and the Bennet sisters. It was completely idiotic. The book really should have been called Pride and Prejudice and Ninjas with Zombies to allow dumb ass Ultraviolence. Had Grahame-Smith simply employed the available military training of the Regency period and allowed
Um...oh my gosh...what to say? A quarter of me thinks I should be outraged, the other three-quarters is insanely giggling at the very idea, and then there's the very small uncounted minority of me that is throwing her fist in the air and screaming "Finally! This is the best idea ever!"

And now that I've read it?

Well, actually, I still think it's pretty darn good idea. It was weird reading it though, because the "zombie mayhem" fit so well into the story that I kept catching myself stopping after
Kim Annabella
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of some sweet weaponry to defeat the hoards of zombie flesh eating natives"

this book is a beautiful fantasy, as if someone reached into my head, pulled out two of my dearest loves, and put them together in such a brilliantly captivating fashion as to make me giggle aloud quite inappropriately in public places where i happen to find myself reading.

any lover of jane austen or of zombies needs to get their hands on a copy of this.

and the illustrations? priceless.
The Crimson Fucker
This is the biggest case of false advertisement that I’ve seen since The Never Ending Story!!! They claim that in this book you’ll find some Ultra-Violent Zombie Mayhem… but they lie!!! They lie I say!!!! They only have a couple of scenes with some mild zombie violence and that’s it! the rest is a bunch of letters where some reference to some zombie violence happened somwhere is made… and that’s it! then there is a lot of talk about learning kung fu and shit! this book suck! And the worse of it ...more

Don't buy this book. I did, and I'm regretting my AU$24.95.

It's good as a gimmick, but, as cocky as I'm coming across here, I know I could have written one far better. The problem with P&P as it is originally is that it is a complete story in itself, and therefore to do anything truly interesting with it, you need to change a lot, not a little. Grahame-Smith had this mentality where he didn't actually change the storyline; he just inserted zom
Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠

"It's a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

My ultimate fantasy for when the zombie apocalypse finally comes was for a stark bollock naked - except for his cowboy hat and gun holster thingy - Timothy Olyphant to protect me while I act all damsel in distress. But after reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I've had to revisit and revise that fantasy because when I grow up I want to be Elizabeth Bennet.

The woman is kick arse.

- S
The Pride and Prejudice we all know has been re-imagined. England is over run with brain lusting Zombies. Elizabeth and her sisters are trained and practiced in the deadly art of Zombie slaying. Elizabeth’s best friend has been stricken with the “strange plague”. And a true gentleman beheads the Zombies for his lady, so that she will not soil her dress.

Without offending die hard Jane Austen fans, maybe Pride and Prejudice should have always had a Zombie element. The Zombies contrast our charact
There's an old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in which Calvin, like he is wont to do, goes off on a particularly wild flight of fancy about T-rexes flying F-14s and bombing his school. The joke of the strip is Calvin shrieking happily "THIS IS SO AWESOME!" while Hobbes sighs "THIS IS SO STUPID".

That is pretty much the exact right description for this book. It is sublimely silly, capable of being so over the top that you cannot help but laughingly go along with it, even while you're muttering "oh
I was under the impression that this would by and large be Pride and Prejudice intact with the simple insertion of zombies in some places. Rather, it is very nearly an entire rewrite of the original, and not an improvement upon it. Grahame-Smith takes it upon himself to explain and over explain the characters and their emotions and actions, rather than letting Austen's original writing stand for itself, as it has done quite successfully previously. The idea is clever, the execution mediocre at b ...more
You should know that my enjoyment of this book was GREATLY enhanced by the fact that I re-read Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice before I read this, and I fervently hope you’ll do the same. The reader get’s a much better appreciation of the humor when the original is fresh in their brain… LOL …Brains… you see what I did there?

“IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attac
Marius van Blerck
This is one of the few classics that lays bare the massive scourge of the undead that blighted so much of English life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It has been stated that Austen and Grahame-Smith's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the eighteenth century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism, while retaining an exquisite treatment of period manners. This is especially the case in this work, where Mrs Bennet seeks advantageous ma ...more
"Oh! Mr Darcy gave me his hand!"


... was going to give it four stars, 'cuz there could've been *way* more zombie mayhem central to the storyline, but, I added the fifth star for the book club questions in the back. v funny.

If you've never read P&P and really like zombies and ninjas this is a great way to get the story.
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.

This book, very simply put, is Pride and Prejudice meets Dawn of the Dead. It’s the classic story, rewritten to include zombies, also known as “unmentionables” and “the sadly stricken.” I felt that the author, Seth
Cara O'Brien
I had high hopes for this book, being both a Pride and Prejudice fan, as well as a horror junkie.

I honestly wouldn't have gotten through it if it weren't for the fact that I love the original Pride and Prejudice. Reading P&P&Zombies is like reading the original, just with a few mentions of zombies and the occasional fight scene. Which is fine, but honestly, this book could have been so much better.

For one thing, I don't really see much of a point in writing a book that deviates so litt
Sammy Loves Books
Feb 25, 2014 Sammy Loves Books rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie Fans and Pride and Prejudice fans
Recommended to Sammy by: Lindsey Beyer aka LB
save yourself

Oh what a humorous re-telling of one of my most favorite love stories. Neatherfield is overrun with zombies, which are referred to as unmentionables, and Mr Darcy is a well respected zombie killer.

eat fresh

Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are well known for their training in the fine art of zombie killing. Lady Catherine shows no respect to Elizabeth because she was never tutored by a Japanese samurai, but received her training from a Chinese Master.

zombie chic

The Zombies during this time love brains. The Bennet
I think Jane Austen would approve!

At first I thought I was only going to read it as a joke, but I found it quite engrossing and amusing! Not ridiculous at all—well… maybe just a tad, but it works really well.

It modernizes Austen witticism—not an improvement in my opinion, but accurate in “translation” so that those who initially did not understand some of the sarcasm, backhanded insults, sly body language, hidden agendas, or quips in P&P will in this one. In a way I guess it also removes alm
Jane Deaux
i really don't get the hype on this so far. it strikes me as gimmicky...and even more boring than the original (blasphemy, i know).

ugh thank CHRIST they finally finished reading this today on WRBH. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. bet seth grahame smith is laughing his uncreative ass all the way to the bank, though.
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

I picked this book up at a bookstore a few weeks ago and promptly began skimming through it and looking at the illustrations. What I read and saw I found very amusing and I was eager to jump into this book.
When I started reading I was laughing out loud a lot and thoroughly enjoying myself. I was all prepared to tell all those devout Janeites out there who were up in arms about this book
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is brilliant and hilarious.

This is a mash-up, meaning that Graham-Smith used the actual text of Jane Austin’s novel (she is listed as a co-author) and inserted his zombie story along the original storyline. The trouble with most horror stories, whether print or film, is poor writing. Someone may have a great concept, but setting that down on paper is too difficult, or that someone can create some good scenes or segments, but stringing them together results in a t
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a spoof retelling of the classic Jane Austen romance, with the addition of, well, zombies. Or I should say 'insertion' of zombies, because they were basically plopped down in the middle of the story; it was like reading Regency-era zombie Mad-Libs (trust me, that sounds more exciting than it is).

The five Bennet sisters have been trained in the deadly arts to slay the zombie menace, and second sister Elizabeth is the premier fighter among them; she's sworn off m
When I heard about a new book coming out called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I was excited. Pride and Prejudice is a favorite book of mine, and I love zombies so it seemed like a hilarious pairing. Unfortunately, my excitement diminished when I actually started reading the novel. I found it to be a bit of a letdown, and I found that it made Austen’s Pride and Prejudice lose some of its original charm.

In the original version, the Bennet sisters are renowned beauties, in this book they are ren
IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.

In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen introduced us to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, a perfect heroine any romance novel would desire to have. Elizabeth is a no nonsense type of girl. She’s not the typical type of girl from the ton, whose only ambition is to find herself a husband. And last but not the least, she is not unaware of her imperfections. But in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies; Miss Eliza
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead."

This is such a silly idea that it actually works superbly. I'm not a big fan of Zombies but the insertion of them into this classic is so ridiculously sublime as to be hugely entertaining. It helps to have a good
Not even killer zombies and altering the Bennet sisters so that they are skilled warriors could make this book interesting. It is still as dry as the bones of the undead that inhabit Hertfordshire in this alternate universe version of Pride & Prejudice.

Something did come out of attempting to read this book however, and that was me realizing that not all the hate I recieved for my original Pride & Prejudice review was not unwarrented. I now see that suggestions that I may have been too y
Joanna Karaplis
Confession: Although I enjoyed Price and Prejudice, I'm not a hard-core Austen fan. And yet I've really been enjoying the recent Austen revival that has gripped pop culture. I first noticed it when Bridget Jones spent a lot of time being obsessed with Mr. Darcy (who can forget her interview with Colin Firth?). Then the Austen spin-off books began to appear: Austenland, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Lost in Austen (a choose-your-own-adventure book!), Me and Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy's Diary. An ...more
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Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times' best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.
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