Book Review - Pride Prejustice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


From the moment my husband sent me a picture of this book that he just happened to see in a book store while he was working out of town I wanted to read it. I like zombies, zombie movies, zombie books and the general idea and mythology of zombies just intrigues me for reasons I can't explain. So,Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Seth Grahame-Smith and of course Jane Austen seemed to be right up my alley.

I had forgotten one very important thing, I hate Jane Austen. OK I don't hate Jane Austen personally after all I don't actually know her but I do hate her books. I am a slow reader and her books drag on and on and on in a way that only Charles Dickens can match (yep don't like him either), it's weird because people say to me "you love to read so much but you don't like Jane Austen?" and I say "that's right I don't like her, mainly though it's because she sucks and I can't get past it." other readers who in fact enjoy books like Sense and Sensibility are at times offended but I call it like I see it.

When I announced that I had acquired the audio version of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies a friend told me it was like the original story with zombies thrown in but I didn't take her seriously, I thought how can you just add zombies in to a story like Pride and Prejudice? You have to change the story a bit don't you? surely you do. We'll I will be honest here I have never been able to finish Pride and Prejudice, I've tried but I just can't do it so I can't tell you exactly what is different from the original but I can tell you that it reads just like Pride and Prejudice with zombies thrown in here and there.

The family isn't just down on their luck, they are down on their luck and there are zombies in the fields, according to the review in Bookmarks Magazine as posted on Amazon this book answers some questions that arose in the original novel such as Why were those troops stationed near Hertfordshire? and Why did Charlotte Lucas actually marry Mr. Collins? of course I wouldn't know these questions existed because of my aforementioned aversion to Jane Austen but I am glad the zombies could help.

Even though I didn't love this book it did get me to read a Jane Austen novel and actually I am now very interested in watching at least one of the many movies that have been made from this book just to get a feel for the original story, I guess that's something.

If you are interested you can watch the book trailer here along with a book trailer for Seth Grahame-Smith's newest venture Sense, Sensibility and Sea Monsters


Currently "Reading":
Book - Critical Mass by Kathleen Henry
E-Book - The Alphabet Challenge by Olga Gardner Galvin
Audio - Latest episode of This American Life



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