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


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  • Pub. Date: April 2009
  • 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 79,734

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    • Pub. Date: April 2009
    • Publisher:Quirk Publishing
    • Format: Paperback, 320pp
    • Sales Rank: 79,734
    • Lexile: 1070L 


    '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. This deluxe heirloom edition includes a new preface by coauthor Seth Grahame-Smith, thirteen oil-painting illustrations by Roberto Parada, and a fascinating afterword by Dr. Allen Grove of Alfred University. Best of all, this limited special edition features an incredible 30 percent more zombies—via even more all-new scenes of carnage, corpse slaying, and cannibalism. Complete with a satin ribbon marker and a leatherette binding designed to endure for generations, this hardcover volume honors a masterpiece of classic zombie literature.\

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    Austen's England is overrun with "unmentionables." Etiquette and polite society still reign, but they do become strained when, for example, the ball at Netherfield is interrupted by an attack on the household staff. In this parody, Grahame-Smith maintains the structure and language of the original while strategically inserting zombies into the story. The surprise is how little changes. Elizabeth Bennett is still known for her beauty and intelligence. Here, she is also known for her expertise in the "deadly arts," abilities that only make her a less-desirable marriage partner. There is the constant physical peril that echoes the menace underlying the original. In addition to a life of homeless spinsterhood, the sisters fear having their brains eaten, or being bitten and turned into zombies themselves (a fate to which one character does unfortunately fall prey). The unmentionables also magnify the satirical aspects of the story. A few key arguments, such as the final confrontation between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine, become all-out brawls to the death. (Lady Catherine is famous for her fighting skills and army of ninjas.) And of course Darcy is a renowned swordsman, known for his gentlemanly ferocity. The concept alone is worth a chuckle. The undead are popular at the moment, and teens will be attracted to this clever version of a frequently assigned classic. However, they should be prepared for a somewhat slow read. The author has not accelerated the pace or created suspense in this mashup.-Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

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    Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith are the authors of the international best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Since its publicaton in April 2009, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been translated into French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Serbian, and Croatian. The novel has also been optioned to become a major motion picture. Ms. Austen died in 1817, but Mr. Grahame-Smith is currently alive and well in Los Angeles, California.

    Roberto Parada is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated. A graduate from Pratt Institute, he has received awards from The New York Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and American Illustration. Mr. Parada is also a bone marrow transplant survivor. 

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    Jane Austen ate my brain long ago!by Laurel_Ann

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    April 06, 2009: And so Gentle Readers take heed. A mysterious plague has befallen Regency England killing the living and reviving them back to life as the undead who must feed on the living to survive. The conflict in town is fierce, spreading to the countryside and into the village of Meryton where Elizabeth Bennet and her family reside nearby at Longbourn. Mr. Bennet extricated from his library has dedicated himself instead to training his five daughters from an early age in the deadly arts, traveling with them to China to attend Ninja finishing school with a Shaolin Master. His business in life was to keep them alive. The business of Mrs. Bennet's was to get them married. When Netherfield Park is let at last, Mrs. Bennet is hopeful that the new resident Mr. Bingley and his friends might marry one or another of her daughters. When Meryton society finally meets Mr. Bingley, they agree that he is was good-looking and gentlemanlike, but his fine friend Mr. Darcy with his noble mien gave immediate disgust even though he was reputed to have slaughtered more than a thousand unmentionables since the fall of Cambridge. After he slights Elizabeth, claiming her to be only tolerable and not handsome enough to temp him to dance, the warrior code in her demands she avenge her honour and open his throat with her dagger. Her warrior duty delays her instincts as the dance is suddenly invaded by a maraudring horde of unmentionables who break through the windows, attack the guests, and devour the head of Mrs. Long. Elizabeth and her four sisters rip out their razor-sharp daggers and make short work of beheading all the sorry stricken. Darcy watches in wonder, knowing of only one other woman in England that who could match her skill, her grace and precision. The spark has been ignited. The love, *cough* zombie story begins.

    It is now "a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." We continue along in this manner following Jane Austen's plot interjected with Grahame-Smith's fanciful parody of zombie bedlam. If the concept of Jane Austen's refined country gentry and gory zombie destruction are in conflict, think again. Like the warrior Bennet sisters who have refined their deadly skills into an art of precision and style, Grahame-Smith knows his zombie lore, skillfully incorporating a genre wholly at odds to the context of Jane Austen's elegantly refined prose, yet working within its strengths to achieve his goal to have fun with a literary classic, and well, lets face it, make money.

    So who will like this book? Certainly not the Austen purist without a sense of humor. They will not even get past the gruesome cover. Not zombie fans, who will be annoyed having to trudge through a masterpiece of world literature to get to the scant zombie action. So that leaves the rest of us. Those loyal and devoted members of The Gentle Reprove and Witty Banter Society who, like Jane Austen, enjoy a good campy and gory Gothic novel, recognize tongue-in-cheek humor, and have been happily doing so for over 200 hundred years.

    Laurel Ann, Austenprose

    I Also Recommend: Pride and Prejudice, The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Series #1), The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Zombie Survival Guide, Pemberley Manor.

    A great review for allby Cougar_H

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    December 09, 2011: Pride, Predjudice, and Zombies

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    This fantastic book Is one of the best books I?ve ever read! Well for one thing, the true drama and action that is packed inside (and that is one of the first graphic novels I?ve read). 5 sisters that are trained in the deadly arts and almost any martial fighting help fight off unmentionables (zombies) and live what would be called a considerable life in the 17-1800?s.A great way to learn even more about the book would just to read it yourself like I did and I highly suggest it.

    written by Grace Moyle age 13

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