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Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret

(Supernatural Jane Austen)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  38 reviews
From the author of NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS..." PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr. Darcy s Dreadful Secret

"When the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse.

Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret..."

Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insan
Paperback, First, 500 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Norilana Books
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Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of satire, Jane Austen, cross-genre mashups
Shelves: ebook
To see fully illustrated review, please visit my blog by following this link. For some reason, some of the pictures I tried to add would not work here.

Book Info: Genre: Classical literature satire
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Jane Austen, satire, cross-genre mashups
Trigger Warnings: Demons beasts! Giant, murderous DUCKS!! And a truly horrible creature called a platypus.

My Thoughts: Like Northanger Abbey and Angels and Demons (my review here where formatting allowed), this is a del
Okay, I need to stop laughing and 'ahhing'. This was such a funny and cute take on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. It mooshes 'tongue firmly in cheek' paranormal with the original Pride & Prejudice writing. I'm not going to bother summarizing the story because it pretty much follows the P&P storyline faithfully with just the insertion of the male Affliction. More about that in a moment. I'm just going to highlight the paranormal element which was cute and creative in its way.

This P&P story rete
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this expecting it to be utterly ridiculous. I figured I would get some MST3k/rifftrax style amusement out of it. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was not at all what I expected.

It was actually quite an enjoyable read, so much so that I had trouble stopping so that I could get some sleep. There were plenty of parts where I was laughing so loudly that I woke my husband up.

Vera Nazarian seamlessly weaves her ideas into the narrative, making them fit with little trouble. Littl
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous in a very funny way

On of the most absurd and entertaining stories I've read, either JAFF or non JAFF.
If you need some levity and laughs, this is the book for you.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - half star down because it's a retelling

Over the years I've read very few Jane Austen's retelling and I was let down by most of them; it's hard to add something new to such widely known and appreciated works without ruining their very essence. Therefore I usually prefer to avoid disappointment by not reading them.
In this case I made an exception because, having read other Vera Nazarian's works I was pleasantly impressed by her wonderful writing skills which allow her to keep pace with
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very wary starting this book because I thought it would be a lot like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I wasn't a fan of. I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining this story was with the supernatural elements. Vera Nazarian supplements Jane Austen's prose with the additions and modifications to incorporate this new element (all men turn into mammals at the full moon). I found that part dragged a bit. Since I am already familiar with Austen, I would have rather read it exclusi ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aw, Mr Darcy turns into a platypus! This book was so funny. I loved it!
I liked this Pride and Prejudice reimaging. I read the original a few years ago, but it appears that 2019 is a year of reading (and watching) Jane Austen's works and alternative versions of them for me. This is the second Pride and Prejudice reimaging that I've read this year. Despite this book being over 500 pages, I finished it rather quickly. Half of it is probably because it was Jane Austen and the other half was that the parts that Nazarain added were funny and kept my interest.

I know this
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret

Well, this isn't Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but what a fanciful story. Followed Austen's story rather closely, but added a supernatural comical twist. Poor Darcy. Keep his dreadful secret from everyone, except Elizabeth Bennet the woman he loved. He dreaded this secret, but by far he was more unique than the other men who suffered from the Afflictions. The platypus is one of two animals in the monotreme group of mammals. He shouldn't be asha
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
It's a fun read, and the shapeshifting/werecreatures are amusing.

My main issue with the book (which I also had with Mansfield Park and Mummies, and which I'd likely have with other authors' takes on Austen Novel plus Supernatural Elements) is that the supernatural elements really ought to change the story more than they actually do. Of course the people writing these stories are trying to keep close to the originals, but I'd love to read something by an author who lets the worldbuilding actually
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. I had to be in the right mood to read it but it really made me laugh out loud many times. (I kept having to explain to my husband what I found so funny though, and that never went well. Try explaining this book without people looking at you VERY strangely.) The writing style blends perfectly with the Austen bits we know and love. My eReader (Kobo) did have a few issues with the footnotes, which were a little bit of a hassle and alternated between completely unnecessary and delightfull ...more
Liz Stoneking
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love this silly book. The bestial absurdity, mingled with the timeless tale of wonderful Elizabeth Bennet and dreamy Fitzwilliam Darcy, is absolutely delightful. I thought the heavy tongue and cheek humor would get old quickly, but I was rather surprised to be whisked along with the familiar story and whimsical twist.
Libby Chapman
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The presence of the dastardly Brighton Duck alone makes this a winner. Moon-mad men metamorphosise into more mangy mammals. And Wickham is still a beast in whatever form he takes.

This book is mad as a bag of badgers (not that I would ever suggest such cruelty to badgers, Gentle Reader.)

I loved it!
Helen Patrice
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Such a lot of fun! Muchly superior to the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ilk, which is a one-joke thing, and should be a short story. Loving the Brighton Duck, in particular,and Mr Hurst's affliction. ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice, but all the men turn into various animals every full moon. A little slow to get started, but overall, retains the charm of Pride and Prejudice, while making me laugh (sometimes out loud) at the additions.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Apparently I'm a total Austen junky when even fan fiction and Darcy turning into a platypus makes me all swoony. ...more
Menardo V.Pineda
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very Awesome Book so i give a Four stars!!!!
LA Smith
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Hilariously good fun!
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quite a bit of Austen's original prose here, with some very charming and fantastical twists.

Highly enjoyable!
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mashup
Very entertaining, and excellent continuity from Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons!
Leigh Kimmel
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I started reading this way back in 2012, but I just sort of got stuck. I kept intending to get back to it, but it never quite happened. Finally I decided I really wanted to get a bunch of stuff off my plate that had been hanging fire far too long, so I pushed through to the end.

I think it's just that the humor isn't a good match for my funny bone. I loved Mansfield Park and Mummies for its wit, but the business of lycanthropy afflicting England's upper crust is just a little too broad of humor f
Maggi LeDuc
I can't rate this book because I'm still in the midst of the what-the-fuckery over its plot. On the one hand I was left with a lot of questions over the supernatural portions of the plot that didn't seem totally thought out. On the the other hand, however, I read the entire thing in two sittings and only put it down to sleep, which must say something good about the plot? ...more
Christie Serrano
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lord what a waste of my money!

This was such a disappointment! If I want to reread Pride and Prejudice I could have! Seeing as I own the book! I just wasted my time and money! Not happy at all!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a comical retelling of a classic story. As long as going into it with an open mind and not expecting it to be the original it's fun. ...more
Jul 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, janeausten
Not a distinguished addition to the P&P mixed with the supernatural but I will restrict myself to just a few critiques:

- the author tries to build the suspense to the big initial reveal that Mr. Darcy's creature familiar is a platypus, BUT ITS IN THE TITLE! So that build up was bizarre

- the author likes to interrupt the narrative to talk directly to the audience using the tired "Dear Reader" convention

- Having not read the other books in the series I had no idea what the fuck was going on with t
Exactly like Pride and Prejudice except that all gentlemen turn into beasts on the full moon. The addition of this fantasical element does not make the original story any more charming.

99% written by Austen, with a few interjections or minor changes by Nazarian.
Laura Guill
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Five stars for the original Pride & Prejudice. Three stars for the additions. They were funny, but overall the concept seemed a little inconsistent & confusing. The author did mimic Jane Austen's writing style fairly well. ...more
Patricia M. Goodall

Witty,inane, clever, laugh out loud funny. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will purchase more books by this author. My first review. I just couldn't pass up the chance to say how much I loved it.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: relating-to-jane
Not getting into the spirit of the book. But I will keep trying until mr. Darcy's secret as a Platypus is revealed. overall, meh. skipped through a lot of it ...more
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Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazine

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