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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies prequel)

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Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls—a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands—until a funeral at the local p ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Quirk Books (first published March 6th 2007)
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Bookworm
What can I say about Dawn of the Dreadfuls? This was a fun, creepy and strange book and I enjoyed it. This book is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which I read back in January.

Author Steve Hockensmith does not take the storyline directly from Pride and Prejudice, he does however use Austen's characters and adds a few of his own, then mixes that with zombies. The zombies a.k.a. The Dreadfuls, long since thought to have all been slayed, have now returned to Longbourne. Mr. Bennet, wh
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Carolyn
The fact that Quirk Books is the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls gives a major clue as to what lies ahead. As the prequel to the very successful Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it delves into the circumstances that changed the Bennett girls into lean, mean, zombie fighting machines.

When a recently deceased corpse reanimates into a zombie during its own funeral, it heralds the return of the Unmentionables. It is then that the girls learn that their father fou
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Amanda
I could just imagine Jane Austen rolling in her grave when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hit shelves and remastered the art of the public domain. When Quirk released Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the prequel to PPZ, Austen was probably so angry over the irreverent use of her work that she may just rise from the dead herself. This would, most likely, lead to sightings of a zombified Jane Austen shuffling through the streets, her arms outstreched, a low moan coming from ...more
Dustin Reade
I know these "mash-up" books are stupid. THey are junk food for the brain. HOwever, I give this one credit for at least ATTEMPTING some originality. See, unlike the other "and zombies" books, this one does not simply insert zombies in the spaces where the source material lacked...uh...zombies. This book simply borrows the characters from Pride and Prejudice and threw them in a zombie-infested world.
It is basically just a Zombie novel set in Victorian England.
Had the Author called the Character
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CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Ok, surprisingly, this was pretty good. I didn't know how I was going to feel reading a prequel of P&P without the angst of Darcy and Lizzy but I found that with a good enough premise, an already existing solid novel and the character development that even Ms. Austen would appreciate, I could get over not seeing Darcy.

This book begins with Lizzy about to "come out" to the ton and the Bennett's are all assembled for a funeral for one of their neighbors. It starts off with Mr. Bennett's POV an
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Alyssa
"Half the soldiers whirled away to do as he asked, desperate for any excuse to put distance between themselves and the unmentionable about to sprout like some ghastly flower. The other half simply stared with their mouths agape." (p. 175)

The hamlet of Meryton has been in a state of peace for years since The Troubles. It seems an ordinary day for an ordinary funeral where most of the town is in attendance. Suddenly, the dearly departed is no longer at rest and sits upright during his own funeral.
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Marlene
DAWN OF THE DREADFULS is the prequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and takes place when Elizabeth is sixteen. After a zombie arises during its funeral, all the Bennett children learn, that their father fought zombies during the previous zombie infestation. Now, the Bennett children must learn quickly and take up arms against the enemy. To aid the girls in this endeavor a ninja master, Master Hawksworth, is sent and the fun begins.



As a rabid Jane Austen fan, I enjoy reading most anything
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Misty
In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we witnessed one of literature's favorite heroines, Elizabeth Bennet, fall in love while fighting valiantly against the zombie menace that had overtaken England. Now, in this lively prequel, PPZ: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, learn how the hoardes of unmentionables became said menace, and lively Lizzie found herself becoming one the British Isles foremost warrior-maidens.

There are going to be some of you reading this review who are going to be surprised that I decide
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Karissa
Okay guys this is my first Giveaway on my blog and it is being offered through Quirk Books!

I read and enjoyed both "Pride and Prejudice" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (PPZ). So when I heard that a prequel to PPZ was being released I was excited. I mean, finally, we get to learn all about how Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters got their awesome fighting skills. I got a copy of Dawn of the Dreadfuls through Quirk Books. I actually enjoyed this book more than PPZ; Hockensmith has created some
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Ape
Continuing on the trend of -nothing-is-sacred-copyright-expired re-mangling of the classics; this book is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and zombies, introducing you to the tale of how zombies first came to Longborn. It's not exactly the start of the zombie troubles, as people have been off fighting long before this, but it is the Bennett girls' introduction to the undead and to their ku fung training or whatever the hell that was meant to be. There's the usual zombie beheadings, seige and f ...more
Jennifer
Dawn of the Dreadfuls is the prequel to the mother of all monster/classic mashups, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I loved PPZ and was very excited to read the prequel. Steve Hockensmith did an amazing job of envisioning the rise of the Bennet girls as zombie fighters.

I was expecting something a little different when I first started Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I was misled by the title. I thought this prequel would be focusing on the first occurrence of the zombie menace, perhaps with an explanation
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G
Dawn of the Dreadfuls starts out lovely enough, and begins this way – Walking out in the middle of a funeral would be, of course, bad form. So attempting to walk out on one’s own was beyond the pale. My god, isn’t that just a delightful way to be introduced to zombies in Meryton, Hartfordshire? The book just keeps getting better, with gross-out moments not always zombie filled. When Elizabeth and her sisters mistake their horney mother for a zombie while trying to gain entrance to their father’s ...more
Small Review
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3.5 stars

What kind of reader are you?

Look, I think this is pretty obvious, but if you're the type of fan who believes the original Pride and Prejudice is a sacred text that should never be tampered with, then this really isn't the book for you. If you don't like zombie books where the zombies are of the hoarding, mindless brain-eater variety, then you probably won't like Dawn of the Dreadfuls.

If, however, those sorts of zombie stories appeal to you and you don't
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Laurel
More zombies than Austen this time around

If you have not heard about the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you must be from another planet. The break-out best seller of 2009 (and soon to be major motion picture staring Natalie Portman) took the publishing industry quite unawares making its co-author Seth Grahame-Smith a hot property, oodles of publicity for its publisher Quirk Books and mega moola for all involved. Who’da thought combining Jane Austen’s genteel Regency-era novel and bone-cru
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Heather
Mar 03, 2010 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans everywhere
I liked this book. It still had lots of zombie mayhem and violence, which I always find extra delightful! This book takes place four years before P&P&Z, when Lizzie is just about to hold her coming-out into society ball. But while at a funeral the deceased comes back to life as a zombie Lizzie's father Mr. Bennett knows the unmentionables are back. He rallies his daughters together to teach them to fight like warriors! While he's trying to round up the army to fight he sends for a new ma ...more
Airaology
What is a great recipe for a typical Jane Austen novel? Intrigue, love of all sorts-unrequitted, demanding, etc etc, meddling outsiders, a lot of somethinggoodsocloselikethistohappenonlytobetakenaway, you know the works. This one has ZOMBIES. Let me rephrase that, this novel has dreadfuls: the zombies that yearn for your braaaaaaaaaaaiiiinss. It's a male author writing a classic with a twist. Therefore, don't compare it to any of the original works. Embrace it on its own. I hat 50% fancy shmancy ...more
NebraskaIcebergs
Jane Austen be gone! Astute readers will notice the absence of Jane Austen's name from the byline of second book in the Pride and Prejudices and Zombies trilogy. With good reason, for Austen never wrote a prequel. Yet if she were around today, she might have written Dawn of the Dreadfuls. Minus the zombies, of course.

In the movies, zombies are often nameless until one of the heroes is bitten. Then we experience the horror of seeing beloved characters turn into monsters. This plays havoc with our
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Lisa Ard
This is my 2nd Hockensmith mash-up book and I had great expectations after reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (ALVH). It didn't quite live up to them, but it is an enjoyable, easy read.

Zombies have returned to England and the Bennett family rises to the occasion. Mr. Bennett enlists help from a Japanese-style master warrior, to teach his girls the ways of fighting zombies. Elizabeth is her practical self, rising to the occasion. Jane, the pretty one, is surprisingly good with a sword. The y
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Rebecca
"Journey Back to Regency England - Land of the Undead".
zombies Pictures, Images and Photos

Now, I know A LOT of people despise when someone comes along and re-writes a classic tale with a bit of a twist to it, but me? I absolutely love it! And re-writing it with zombies just makes this book that little bit more awesome!

So, you have the same characters, they all have the same personalities, the same traits, Mrs Bennet strictly focused on finding rich husbands for her daughters, Mr Bennet ignoring the majority of what comes out of
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Michelle
I just finished Quirk Classics' newest future classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. DotD is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austin's classic with Zombies and mayhem thrown in for good measure. This book begins four years before P&P&Z as Elizabeth is ready to come out into society, but low and behold even those long dead can't resist a good party!

Reading Steve Hockensmith's prose almost made me wonder if Jane Austin herself hasn't risen from
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Cheryl
Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters don’t have a care in the world, other than finding good husbands to marry. While attending a funeral, Elizabeth and her sisters hear an awful howling sound. It is the sound of the undead. They are coming. Mr. Bennet wants his daughters to be prepared to defend themselves, so he hires Master Hawksworth to train his daughters to become vicious slayers.

Dr. Keckilpenny is a bright scientist. He also joins the fight against the undead but his ways are more unorthodox
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Laura
Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a prequel to one of my favorite reads of last year, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As Jane Austen obviously didn’t write a sequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is an entirely new work.

Dawn of the Dreadfuls tells the tale of how the “dreadfuls” first make an appearance in the Bennet girls’ lives. This is only slightly before Pride and Prejudice. Jane is eighteen and Elizabeth is just coming out. After a funeral goes awry and the dreadfuls have made an appearance back in Meryto
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Peggy
This review originally appeared at RevolutionSF.com:

“And if you preserve genteel English womanhood while
serving up genteel English women as so much steak
tartare, I would say that you have most definitely lost."

Dawn of the Dreadfuls is technically a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, giving us the story of how the Bennett family came to be the people we met therein. It gives us the first return of the unmentionables to Meryton, and the beginnings of the ly martial arts training of t
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Sarah
This is a gem of hilarity. Listened to it on tape at work and burst out laughing far more often than seemed proper. Mrs. Bennet's frivolity and all the humor at her expense was my guilty favorite thing, beside the random "dreadfuls" that kept popping up in the middle of everyone's polite conversations. Really fantastic, and the narrator I listened to (Katherine Kellgren) gave a highly amusing performance. Loved this!
April Cote
I think I would have been bored with this if I had read it, but as an audio book, it helped pass the time in the car. A slow start in the beginning of the story, but picked up the pace towards the middle. I did not care of the narrator, at times she almost made my ears bleed and I would skip parts just to make her stop. Over all, the story was interesting and pretty entertaining in parts.
Melbourne on my mind
2.5 stars of meh-ness. While this is an occasionally entertaining prequel, approximately 80% of it feels incredibly out of character. Honestly, I would have been far more interested in reading about the ORIGINAL rising of the dreadfuls and Mr Bennet going to China to learn how to fight them than I was reading about the reappearance of the dreadfuls four years prior to P&P&Z.

There were occasional entertaining moments, yes, and I enjoyed it more than Dreadfully Ever After. But for the mos
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Abbie
I thought this book was witty and action-packed in an old Jane Austen-ish kind of way. I liked how the characters were portrayed and how zombies were incorporated into the story.
Dave
I enjoyed the prequel to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" even though it is not written by the original author (Grahame-Smith) and even though it's not a fun modification to an original story. This books still comes packed with loads of enjoyable prattling of the younger Bennet sisters and of course Mrs. Bennet. The high-class gentile way of looking at zombies is still lots of fun. La!

Katherine Kellgren did an excellent job reading the audiobook version. She also read the original P&P&Z
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Sandi
I've tried reading Jane Austen more than once. I just can't get through any of her books. Fortunately, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls was not written by Austen. I laughed a lot while reading this and the story was engaging too. It wasn't high literature, but it was a lot of fun.
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Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and several other novels, including the Edgar Award finalist Holmes on the Range. He lives in Alameda, California.
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“Walking out in the middle of a funeral would be, of course, bad form. So attempting to walk out on one's own was beyond the pale.” 23 likes
“A battle cry" Mr. Bennet said "is a warrior's calling card. Only it does not say 'Good afternoon. I have come for tea and crumpets.' It says 'Death has come for you! Flee or be killed where you stand!” 8 likes
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