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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

Jane Austen ate my brain long ago!

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...
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

posted by Laurel_Ann on April 6, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Pretty Disappointing

I really, really wanted to like this book. I love zombie movies and Jane Austen and this book actually could have been really good. However, it suffers from some major downfalls, the two most grievous being an extreme lack of realism (for the context, don't get me wro...
I really, really wanted to like this book. I love zombie movies and Jane Austen and this book actually could have been really good. However, it suffers from some major downfalls, the two most grievous being an extreme lack of realism (for the context, don't get me wrong) and poor writing (not on Jane Austen's part).

My main problem was all the ridiculous nonsense about ninjas and dojos. I mean, come on. It is certainly believable that the sisters would have learned different fighting arts but traveling to the "Orient" and studying with martial arts masters? I doubt very seriously if they could have afforded to travel to China and it would have been much more realistic to have focused on European fighting methods. And the ridiculous "bloodlust" of Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy was completely out of character. Whoever said the characters remained true to Austen doesn't understand the characters. I couldn't get over the scene where Elizabeth kills three of Lady Catherine's ninjas and then eats part of one of their hearts.

The other major problem was the writing and editing. If you are going to try and follow another writer's style then you'd better get it right. It was painfully obvious that the author wasn't up to the task and that his editor couldn't catch his numerous mistakes. I haven't seen a book so poorly edited in quite some time.

I think this book could have been really excellent with a different author who isn't obsessed with ninjas. Honestly, it was like Kill Bill added to Jane Austen which if you like that movie, you might like this book. If they do make this into a movie, I hope they leave out all the ninja garbage and keep the characters true to who they are instead of modeling them after Uma Thurman in a Quentin Tarantino film. This book just had me wishing for the original.

posted by Hokie4VT on April 15, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Quirky and Fun

    If you love Pride and Prejudice and appreciate a good zombie here and there, this is the book for you. I didn't stop laughing from the very first page. Written exactly like P&P with a few zombies and combat thrown in for fun. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book One
    By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith




    Elizabeth Bennet has trained her entire life to fight against the unholy plague of unmentionables that have overcome the English country side. Along with her sisters they make a fearsome assembly of warriors, but not only are they warriors they are still young women who attend balls and tend to their duties. During one of the balls the girls attend Miss Elizabeth is introduced to the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Through a series of events the two soon become close against Elizabeth’s own wishes. 




    Most of us know the story of Pride and Prejudice, with five movie adaptations and over twenty million copies sold of the book itself it’s hard not to know the story, but Seth Grahame-Smith has taken the classic story to a whole new level. I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did, even though you know the story the changes that have been made only seem to improve the overall experience. Seth Grahame-Smith takes the original story and adds zombie encounters here and there and a few innuendos making a classic romance novel into and action packed comedy on top of one of the most amazing love stories. I absolutely loved this book it’s definitely worth the read even if you have yet to read Pride and Prejudice. If you’re not a fan of regency romance novels this book is a great introduction into the world of Jane Austen so when you wife or girlfriend swoons over Mr. Darcy you’ll know why. 
    I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Love...IT!

    So bloody and gorey. Its the best book Ive ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    People are butthurt

    Its a freakin parody, no need to get butthurt over it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Littzy portales

    This book is scary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Funny pic

    Hahahahahahahaha funny pics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Review number 1000

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Lovely

    It seems that not many people have read this story, but i think it's interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Hi

    O hate fpsidr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Hayden P

    This looks soooo funny! I instantly started laughing when i saw this. Is it good? I gave it five stars 'cuz it looks SOOOOO funny!!!!!! LOL!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Fabulous

    I love how funny this book was and the zombies were added seamlessly. Excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Yhh

    Hhbb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    That is

    Because your some wierd old lady whos always stereotype knitting and crap

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    ~Outstanding

    ~I love this book. Though I have only just begun to read Pride and Predjudice, I have already read this similar book. I just can't seem to get enough of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    5 stars

    It was really great! I love it a lot. Very suspenseful and an all around wonderful book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    JONES

    GREAT BOOK YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT
    PS I HOPE YOU LIKE IT
    {BELLE}

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    This book is better then puppies
    And i LOVE puppies
    Also love zombies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    What's with the dislike?

    This was the best book ever. It's my favorite book and will remain so. I love it so much that my wallpaper is a scene from it. I read this before i read the original too and i love them both. And the best part is they made Lizzy a kick-butt warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Pride Prejudice and Zombies

    I love this book:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    I Thought It Was Funny.

    I didn't read the original when I had read this book, but I still found it an entertaining read.

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