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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Sep 19, 2009

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, horror, historical, fiction
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This book is an odd hybrid of Georgian/Regency romance and horror. I have to admit I was attracted to this book simply by virtue of the fact that it combined two of my favorite genres - Jane Austen and zombies. And the author does an admirable job of using actually passages from Pride and Prejudice in the narrative. However this novel just didn't do it for me. It didn't satisfy me. I knew there was a problem when I put it down for two days after reading the first few chapters. This book just didn't engage me.[return][return]There are some moments that are unexpected and somewhat entertaining such as the fight scene between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth and the ultimate fates of Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham. I found the fight scenes against the dreadfuls rather tame and uneventful and even the rivalry between the Japanese trained warriors and those trained in Chinese techniques was a bit boring.[return][return]I did like that the author offered a bit more insight into Lizzy's mind about certain events. And he carries the tale a bit beyond the original ending by including a bit of an update regarding how the Bingley and Dacrys settled into married life and how the Wickhams were getting on. Despite these elements, the book was disappointing.[return][return]As others have said - it was as bad as I feared or as good as I'd hoped. I think it's a fascinating concept - how would Regency society deal with a plague of zombies, but perhaps instead of using such beloved characters as those in Austen's novel, the author should have simply created his own.
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message 1: by Gail (new)

Gail I'm with you, Deb. I returned it to the library without finishing it and didn't bother to renew it. I wasn't curious enough or engaged enough to finish it. The novelty of it wore off pretty quickly and the cleverness of it is in the concept not this particular execution.

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