Sunday, April 05, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

I discovered this book while checking out at the bookstore yesterday. While I've only read the first page, I recommend that you check it out. In this funny "novel" published by Quirk books, Grahame-Smith has taken Austen's classic novel and changed it to accommodate some zombie parts. A blurb:

...As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy... Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

Below is the opening of the book:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie on possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was the truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.

"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is occupied again?"

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not and went about his morning business of dagger sharpening and musket polishing--for attacks by the unmentionables had grown alarmingly frequent in recent weeks.

The book also includes fun illustrations of the battles involving zombies. I did not buy this book because I was skeptical of its ability to capture my interest throughout the whole thing, but let me know if you find it a good read.

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