How many times do you pick up a book and get this overwhelming thirst to devour the book page by page? That is exactly how I felt while reading, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS!
From the back cover:
Journey Back to Regency England -- Land of the Undead!
Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls -- a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands -- until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth -- and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave -- and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!
The above is an excerpt from the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Copyright © 2010 Steve Hockensmith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
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MY TAKE ON THE BOOK:
First off, this book is not the type of book that I normally read. I'm not someone who enjoys books or movies that include blood and guts. I chose to read this because we have been reading Pride and Prejudice for school and my teens have friends who are reading them. I wanted to see what the hype was about!
As already mentioned, I wanted to be like a zombie and devour this book like it was a human brain. This brings up my favorite quote repeated in the book, "Buh ruhzzzzzz.....buh ruhzzzzzz."
I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I love her style of writing and witty romances. This book is dedicated to Jane. It says "For Jane. We kid because we love."
I loved the review by Wired, "Jane Austen isn't for everyone. Neither are zombies. But combine the two and the only question is, Why didn't anyone think of this before? The judicious addition of flesh-eating undead to this otherwise faithful reworking is just what Austen's gem needed" --Wired
The prim, proper and prideful Bennett girls, soon found out that their old potting shed was once a dojo. The father turned it back into a dojo so that he can train his daughters to be zombie warriors. One of the girls said, "Ummm.......what if we don't want to be warriors?" and then Mr. Bennett replied, "Then I will disown you, and you will, most likely, be torn apart and eaten by a pack of festering corpses."
This book is great for young adults and above. The illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith were great. Thanks to FSB Associates for providing the book for me to read. The review is of my own words.
Steve Hockensmith is an award-winning novelist and reporter. His debut mystery, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. Critics have hailed the novel and its sequels as "hilarious" (Entertainment Weekly), "dazzling" (The Boston Globe), "clever" (The New York Times), "uproarious" (Publisher's Weekly), "wonderfully entertaining" (Booklist), and "quirky and original" (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and two children.
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