Review and Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

39972131From the back of the book:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. 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 Bennett is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers – and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, sword fights, 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.

Based on the last line of the cover blurb I’m not the intended audience for this book. But, I wanted to read it because of the hype and my love of all things Austen. I couldn’t finish it. I’m a big fan of the zombie books. Mark Henry’s Amanda is one of my favorite characters of all times. I just think that if there needed to be a Pride and Prejudice with a zombie theme, the author should have taken the time to write and entire new book. Not just add bits and pieces. I will say though that the writing does flow well and that the author was able to mimic Jane Austen’s writing well.

I’m giving away a copy of this book, even though I didn’t like it. I like that I have it in my collection of all things Jane and think that other collectors would too. And I hope the winner will give the book a chance. Just because I didn’t care for it doesn’t mean you will. Every reader has different taste and that what makes us all so wonderful:)

To enter leave a comment on this post. Contest will remain open until midnight on Saturday and winners will be announced on Sunday. US residents only!

15 Comments on “Review and Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  1. I don’t wish to be entered for this but did want to comment. I wasn’t sure about this book at first either. I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to spend the time I would have to devote soley to it to read it, I have so much else I have to do. I got ahold of the audio book and listened to it in the car while I was driving to pick my hubby up from the airport and back (3 hour drive) and while I was cleaning the house, cooking, etc. I found myself laughing outloud at it. If you aren’t taking a purist perspective, expecting it to be the great work that the original was, it can be a really fun read! I reviewed it on my blog after I read it. My husband is hooked on it now and I think it would be a great way to drag reluctant teens into reading.

  2. I’ve already read this, so I don’t need to enter. I have mixed feelings about this book. As an Austen fan, I didn’t like some of the changes to the plot. However, I like spoofs and some passages made me laugh really hard.

  3. I’ll go ahead and enter. I didn’t get to finish this book the last time I tried to read it.. I just had no drive to finish reading. But, I’m willing to give it another shot. I love zombies, and I love Pride and Prejudice, I assumed that would mean I would love them together… We’ll see!

    Thanks!
    Morning Glow

  4. I’m probably not in the target audience either, but I’d like to give it a try! Count in the drawing please.

  5. I am not real sure on the zombie thing here! I have mixed feelings about this book. I don’t think I have ever read a zombie book, but maybe I sould try!

  6. Well, chalk up another one who has no idea what to think about this book. . . but I love funny reading, and it sure is popular, so maybe I should check it out sometime to see why it is! šŸ™‚

    Lois

  7. I have heard so much about this book and I just have not been sure…but I think that I would like to give it a try.

    Oh, I love Mark Henry’s Amanda, too!

  8. I was torn on this one from the beginning. I admit, part of me was a bit horrified at first. I think if he had done a bit more than just changing such a small portion of the text I’d be better with it.

    I was going to give it a chance since I’d heard so many great reviews about it but when I picked it up in the store one day and opened to a random page I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. The part I read? It’s the part when Elizabeth is acknowledging that her dad isn’t without flaws, and in this version mentions how on their trips he’d take an oriental to his bed. (As close as I can remember but not an actual quote.)

    Killed it for me.

    I love that lately you find it shelved with the kid books instead of the adult books. šŸ˜‰

    I’m very scared to pick up sea monsters. Maybe I’ll give them both a try again someday, but that moment was a bit traumatizing and I need time to deal with it, I guess.

  9. I’ll pass on this book. Zombies, vampires, sea monsters–all creep me out and I’d rather stick to less…supernatural fare. LOL It’s kind of a funny premise, but yeah, yuck.

  10. Oooohhh, please include me!!! I think this is something I could totally get into to!! Of course, I should probably read the original first!! I might understand things more if I do!! šŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting!!

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