Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
By: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Illustrated by: Doogie Horner (cover) & Philip Smiley
Released: April 1, 2009
Publisher: Quirk Books. 215 Church Street Philadelphia,PA 19106
So between my new job and normal life events and responsibilities, I am approximately a week late in posting this and a month slow reading the book. Lol.
I am actually a very slow reader as it is, hence the reason I rarely set specific dates to finish things by especially since I am no longer in college so the only time frames I am obligated to maintain are those set by my place of employment! Outside of that I choose to maintain my gym schedule ( though I have been very bad about that lately, but am buckling down again now as I was starting to feel fat. I figured I should get back into my normal routine while I only feel fat and before I start to look it, because then all the muscle tone is a lot harder to get back…..), and to adhere to designated bed times. The latter for my child’ shake as much as mine.
Any ways, Back to books!!!!
I finally finished “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies,” by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith!!!!! YAY!!!!!!
In reality I was actually quite surprised with this book and how well it flowed, though in hind sight that sounds ridiculous. Jane Austen was an amazing author and her novels, in so many ways, are as close to perfection as you can get. What I was surprised with was how well Seth-Grahame-Smith was able to blend zombies, and ninja action and antics, into that perfection.
Generally speaking the read was fun and reasonably entertaining. Being a fan of the original “Pride And Prejudice” (the one without zombies) however made it a tad difficult to read as I knew what the story was supposed to be and how wonderful it is in it’s original form. There were lots of head shaking moments, but how could there not be? We are talking about zombies in Pride and Prejudice after all. The thing that bothered me the most about this melding of authors were the numerous incorporations of self mutilation, which is a bit of an odd thing to be bothered by in the context of the story, but so it is. In some ways this was more than made up for, most memorably in the fate of Mr. Collins but you will have to read the book (or likely watch the movie) to find out about that.
I cannot heartily recommend this book, as I can others but I wouldn’t discourage people from reading it either. If you enjoy parody’s you would probably enjoy this more than I did. It was amusing at times and certainly is not the worst thing I have read. Overall I would say that if you were in need of some mindless entertainment and an easy read this would definitely qualify, though it is not going to be life changing.