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Shakespeare Undead (Shakespeare Undead #1)

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Something wicked this way comes . . . and it keeps coming and coming and coming. . . .

William Shakespeare was one of history’s greatest writers, a master of words with a body of work that is truly impressive . . . some may say a little too impressive for a single man to accomplish in one lifetime. Perhaps, as many have speculated, he had assistance. Or perhaps the explanat
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ebook, 304 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 2nd 2010)
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
3 1/2

I think I need to add a shelf: Books that I'm embarassed to admit I liked. And this - this would be one of them. LOL

There's nothing really original or awe-inspiring here. It's essentially 'Shakespeare in Love' (as it uses a lot of the same conceits from that movie) with zombies and vampires. (Also, there's a bit more "romance" than I was expecting, but it was pretty tame as far as smut goes.)

But the writing was fun and engaging, the story, while predictable, was fun and entertaining.

My mai
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Nima
keresem a szavakat.
olyan ez a könyv, mint valami arany széphistória, csak vámpírokkal. nem mintha tudnám, az milyen, de a borító alapján valami hasonló lehet.
Shakespeare a szőke vámpírherceg zombik holt tetemén vágtatva át megmenti élete nagy szerelmét, a vámpír- és zombiölő rapíros harcoslányt, akinek ráadásul még egy gonosz férje is van, aki nem szereti a kis melleket. mindeközben természetesen shakespeare-i szonetteket szavalgatnak, időnként az orgazmusuk is ebben csúcsosodik ki.
borzasztóan
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Tasula
This was an alternate history with vampires and zombies, set in Elizabethan London and starring Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, among a few other notables of the time. Handeland usually writes paranormal romance and much of this book reads like one of those, with the two somewhat star crossed lovers (Will Shakespeare and his Dark Lady) finding each other as they battle zombies and act out plays. The book is full of quotations from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, often spoken by the characters. ...more
Rosalie Stanton
Jul 26, 2010 Rosalie Stanton rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Shakespeare, vampires, and a good romance
Recommended to Rosalie by: My husband
I really wish GoodReads allowed for half-stars, because while I did enjoy this book, there were certain aspects that prevented me from giving it four stars.

A brief summary: Shakespeare Undead is about a necromancer vampire who goes by the name Will Shakespeare and has, among other things, penned a good percentage of the world's great literature over his considerably long life. He abstains from drinking from humans and raising zombies, though he has done both in the past. Teamed up with Kate, a z
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Helen
This is a fun, fast-paced book that will delight anyone with a sense of humor, knowledge of the works of Shakespeare, and a willingness to suspend preconceived notions of what is historically true vs. what might be or could be. Short chapters told from the heroine's first person viewpoint and Will Shakespeare's third person viewpoint keep the reader turning pages. As a viewpoint purist, I found the mix of first and third a little off-putting, but the author is consistent and clear in her changes ...more
WildAboutBones
What a delightful book! I adore Lori's characterization of the "absentminded professorish" Shakespeare. That he could write such wonderful plays and sonnets (with a little help from his "friends") is just icing on the cake when he can fight like a swashbuckler and take out those nasty zombies, as well as being sexy to boot. He deserves a love of his life that can not only keep up with him but best him on occasion. Lori gives him the perfect complement in a heroine. I truly was sorry to see this ...more
Dorothea Müller
London 1616: Immer wieder tauchen Zombies auf und auch immer mehr. Die Jägerin Katherine Dymond hat genug zu tun. Das Doppelleben macht es auch nicht gerade einfach. Ihre lieblose Ehe und von ihrem Ehemanns Spione aufmerksam beobachtet. Dann trifft sie auf William Shakespeare der auch ein paar Geheimnisse hat. Zusammen kämpfen sie gegen die Flut von Zombies und entdecken ihre Gefühle füreinander.

Nicht nur das Cover war mal was anderes, sondern der Klappentext hat sich auch interessant angehört.
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Janine Zachariae
Ah, schon wieder so ein Buch bei dem es mir schwer fällt, Punkte zu vergeben.
Shakespeare als Vampir!
Ja, genau! Dieser unglaublich wundervolle Lyriker und Stückeschreiber und Erfinder der unendlichen Liebe! Soll in Wirklichkeit ein Untoter sein, der sich einer Armee aus Zombies gegenüber steht und mit Kate bekämpfen will.
Es ist eine Mischung aus Shakespeare in Love und Romeo und Julia und der Zauberer von Oz (ja, ganz genau).
Es ist dieser Kontrast, der gar nicht so verkehrt ist. Zombies, Vampir
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Bandit
The name and premise and such would have one expect something ranging anywhere from silly to ridiculous to cheesy, but this book managed to balance all those things without letting it overwhelm the overall effect. It was also suprisingly clever in parts with some hilarious pop culture references plus it provides yet another, however wild, theory on the much questioned Shakespeare authorship. Very fast and entertaining light read. Recommended.
aoi aka
I was intrigued by the title and blurb, so I checked this out at my local library.

It turned out to be a romance novel disguised as a comedy of horrors. Shakespeare is made out to be this hunk of undead flesh who can summon other undead, meaning a necromancer. Except that he's more than that. Enter a hunter who is all woman under those clothes. Not only she's female, but she's married and to a tyrant.

And because it's a romance novel, neither party can keep their hands off each other. It's not all
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This book was good. Not really good. Or omg go out and buy it right now.
I wish they had these kind of twists on the classics when I had to read alot of them in high school. It sure would have made reading more enjoyable and maybe I would have read them all on time. HA!!
Melissa
This book takes Shakespeare and makes light of him and his works. So, staunch Shakespearians beware. You must have a sense of humor for this book. The story was a mixture of Shakespeare in Love and paranormal elements. Will is a vampire who has the ability to raise the dead. Kate is someone who was taught to kill zombies from her nanny. Their love story does follow the movie closely and in fact I could see many of the movie elements I recognized in my head. Actually, that sort of made it fun for ...more
Samantha
Perhaps this just wasn't my kind of book - I don't know, I don't really read historical satire. The only reason I picked this book up was because I won the giveaway for the sequel - which sounded interesting. The overall idea of the novel is promising, even funny, but the execution not so much. I was driven positively bonkers by the variation in speech, tone, and era. At some points, I felt like I as reading one of Shakespeare's plays, which proves the author's lack of research because Victorian ...more
Sparrowlehenbauer
This book was...interesting. It was kind of like it had split-personality syndrome. There were two books in there, and I don't feel the author did a great job of putting the two together.

On the one hand was the love story between Will and Kate. It was great. She showed how Will based all of his sonnets and feamle leads on his love for Kate, which was cool too see him actively creating the famous story. One of my favorite things was that Will was a forgetful person, and was constantly coming up f
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Lolly's Library
I have to say, when I picked this up, I expected another literary mash-up, combining one or many of Shakespeare's works with an abudance of supernatural creatures: Romeo and Juliet and Banshees or Henry V and His Army of Sea Creatures. I was pleasantly surprised to see this isn't a mash-up (the way I define them; others may have their own opinion). Instead, the author takes the legends and controversies which have built up around the bard over the years--How did a man from such a low and uneduca ...more
Anorielt
Erster Satz: Was von dem Mann übrig war, wankte in die dunkle Gasse, und ich folgte ihm.

Zuerst einmal, ich habe von William Shakespeare wirklich nicht viel Ahnung. Ich weiß wer er war und ich kenne Romeo und Julia - das wars allerdings schon. Weswegen das für mich auch einfach ein Romantic Fantasy Buch mit einer berühmten Persönlichkeit ist und ich keinerlei Ähnlichkeiten erkennen kann.

Bisher habe ich noch nie ein Buch gelesen in dem die Zombies eine so große Rolle hatten. Ich meine sogar Zomb
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Greg
I have to admit this book was fun. Taking the idea of Shakespear and making him a vampire, who would have thought. This book was racy at times, almost steamy romance novel racy, but still enjoyable. I love how the author explained how Shakespeare could have written so many plays and who his mysterious love could have been. And as with so many stories add some zombies and its that much better.
Though a vampire the author kept him the regal playwright I would expect him to be with a steadfast con
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Duesterwald-Online
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Haben wir uns das nicht alle schon einmal gefragt, wie es einem einzelnen Menschen gelingen kann solch wunderbare Werke wie Hamlet und Othello und herzerweichende Sonette zu schreiben, die alle Zeiten zu überdauern scheinen?

Lori Handeland hat die Antwort gefunden – William Shakespeare, der Barde Englands, ist ein Vampir. Doch damit nicht genug: Shakespeare hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, alle Untoten zu zerstören, die mit immer beängstigenderer Zahl London heimsuchen. Sehr unerwartet tr
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Gloria
Original Review from October 10, 2010

Now that a number of classic novels are being invaded by forces of the supernatural, why not target historical figures!

So, Shakespeare is a vampire. He can pass for human, control people with his minds, kill zombies with his bare hands, and possesses a wild imagination that does not seems to stop. Oh, and he can see dead people and raise zombies to do his biding. So, when zombies are running amok all over London, citizens hide from what they believe is the pl
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Nina
London, 1616. Zombies überfluten die Stadt und die unglücklich verheiratete Katherine Dymond, die sich jede Nacht als Junge verkleidet davonschleicht, hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht ihnen das Handwerk zu legen. Sie ist ein Chasseur - eine Jägerin.

William Shakespeare, begnadeter Stückeschreiber und Schauspieler, versucht ebenfalls London sauber zu halten - mit einem Unterschied: Er ist kein Chausseur, sondern ein Vampir.

Wie es der Zufall so will, begegnen sich Kate und William eines Nachts und W
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Devon
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Marlene
2.5. It's not that I disliked this book. On the contrary, I got a kick out of it, however, it lacked ambience, historical details and character development for me to completely be absorbed by the story. Despite the near 300 pages, it felt rushed. Mayhap because it lacked substance? I was not expecting the love story which dominated and was a little more than disappointed that there weren't more historical references to give it some "bite". The last 40 pages did manage to delight with action, pol ...more
Mary
I am really not quite sure what to make of this. Shakespeare is a vampire and he goes zombie hunting with a, well, zombie hunter. Except that plot seems to be in the background, while the vast majority of the book is a vampire/human take on Shakespeare in Love. This was rather disappointing, as I thought the the vampire and zombie spin on my favorite playwright would be a particularly interesting read. I wasn't really prepared for the book to be a primarily romantic one. Some romance? Ok. But wh ...more
Cheryl
We are all familiar with William Shakespeare or you have at least heard of him. Though, do you really know the man behind the image? Like, where did William get his ideas and what type of company did he keep in his presence?

William Shakespeare did not become famous on his own. No, he had some help. First, Will was a vampire and hung out with zombies. Well, this is not exactly true about the zombies. William could be seen with zombies but this is only because he is trying to find out who is raisi
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Sarah Lynn
I was ready to enjoy some light, fluffy, Shakespeare-is-a-vampire-and-the-Dark-Lady-is-a-crossdressing-zombie-hunter fun.

Then I got to page 33.

"Perhaps there was something amiss within him because Will's stomach had always turned as much at the thought of murder as it did at the idea of sodomy."

Murder and sodomy. Really. "So why did the sight of this boy's eyes and cheek, his chin and lips, make Will's loins go heavy and his hands fair itch to touch him?"

Because the boy is a girl, of course.

P
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Raye
I love these type of books. So when I came across this one on sale I had to grab it. Even though I really enjoy these books, I didn’t really have any expectations going into this one. They can be very hit or miss. So because of that, part of me was surprised at just how much I liked it and another part of me was wondering why I was so surprised.

Shakespeare Undead is so well written that you are pulled in from the first page. I loved Kate. She is so brave and strong. We need more characters like
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Leah Wener-Fligner
I got a metaphor:

You know those gas-station quality pastries that are like 80% processed grain/sugar product and about 20% preservatives? You ever been like, damn, I want a doughnut, and you bought some? And then you ate one and though you knew very well that this was quite far from a well-made quality doughnut, it was nevertheless delicious? And somehow in an embarrassingly short while the whole box is gone? And it was awful but SO GOOD?

That's what this book is like. With Shakespeare flavored s
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Stefanie
I think a big part of the reason I wasn't a huge fan of the book is because I thought it was something it was not. Vampire Shakespeare, Zombie Hunter sounds so ridiculous I just expected this to be more humorous. (Although the sex chapter didn't fail to make me laugh plenty of times.) The references to other Shakespeare plays was clever at first, but got annoying by the end of it (and the Star Wars reference was just absurd), as did the annunciation that Shakespeare was undead. (I understand he ...more
Leona
Shakespeare Undead

William Shakespeare and Kate made a fun read. Vampires and zombies are not something I expected in s book about Shakespeare but it worked in this book. Each chapter had a quote from a play by William Shakespeare, that took some research and gave the reader unfamiliar with the plays, a look into the works of Shakespeare.
Kate is a chaseur, a hunter of zombies; her husband is in Virginia half of the year and does not know what she is doing. Kate and Will are in London.
Will and Kat
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Sarabeth Mason
use for funny book
Ended up using for Author I never read before

I had planned on using this book for the catergory of a funny book but as I read it I realized it was not going to fit the bill. It took the subject matter and made it "serious". There were a few moments of chuckles but it was not a funny book as I had thought it would be. Over all it was an ok book. How Shakespeare got his ideas for plays was different, but it left off in a way that felt hurried and as if (not that I am overly moved
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Lori Handeland has written over fifty novels, novellas and short stories in several genres--historical, contemporary, series and paranormal romance, as well as urban fantasy--for such publishers as: Dorchester, Kensington, Harlequin, St. Martin’s Press, Harper-Collins, Simon and Schuster and Penguin/Putnam

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