Monday, July 5, 2010

Pride And Predjudice And Zombies: The Dawn Of The Dreadfuls - Steve Hockensmith

Pride And Predjudice And Zombies: The Dawn Of The Dreadfuls
Steve Hockensmith
Quirk Books
Copyright: 2010

The product description:
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 country side. 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 a 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? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? 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! 
I never really expected to find myself really enjoying Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and I still don't fully understand the draw this whole type of book has these days. I know I posted on the topic once before last year: Zombies Vampires and Classics.

Anyway, I got a copy of this book at a book-fair opportunity I got through a work opportunity. So, I figured I'd give it a try. Pride And Predjudice And Zombies: The Dawn of the Dreadfuls was actually a pretty funny read. My copy was an ARC, so not all of the illustrations were there - in fact, they were represented by place-holders of the first image.

Yes, it's classed as horror, but the book wasn't too gruesome at all. As I said, I found it more funny than anything else. On the other hand, I've never read the original Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen, so I can't say anything about some of the reviews I've seen on how these books have destroyed the characters. On the other hand, I went in with no preconceptions or expectations and as a result, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

The book is called "Dawn of the Dreadfuls" suggesting it might explain where the zombies might have come from, but it didn't do that at all. Instead, it sets up a resurgence of the zombie menace, hinting that there might be something even earlier that could be told.

A funny read that might even lead to my reading the mayhem that started the whole thing off in the future. Maybe. Still, this was a book I enjoyed reading.

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