Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesIt occurs to me that I haven’t posted about what I’m reading for quite a long time and that makes me kind of sad. I’ve been reading books lately that have provoked a strong reaction, good and bad, so I should talk about it.

And without further adieu, here is the the book I read last week:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is exactly what the title says it is. The story of Pride and Prejudice, exactly the original words of  Jane Austen, with a further plot twist thrown in written by Grahame-Smith that involves the Victorian British countryside being overtaken by zombies. In this version of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is a warrior trained in ancient martial arts so that she can kill the zombies that plague her world.

I was able to get about halfway through this book. It was rather entertaining for awhile but then I started getting a little bored with the zombie bits. I was enjoying the “Pride and Prejudice” bits and thinking, “I should just read Pride and Prejudice again.” Then one day last week I was eating lunch and I got to the part where Elizabeth is dining with Charlotte (who is about to turn into an undead) and her new husband. I won’t go into detail here but let’s just say that I was beyond grossed out. I almost couldn’t finish my lunch. I love a good horror story but gratuitous gore is not something I’m really in the mood for right now. Especially while I’m eating. When I relayed the offending scene to Raf, he said that it was a scene lifted directly from the film Army of Darkness. Which I haven’t seen. The author, obviously, was trying to be funny but I just couldn’t get into it.

Several people have mentioned that they find the cover disturbing. I am not at all bothered by the cover. I think it’s actually kind of funny. It’s obviously a satire on the cover for the original book. And, really, that is what we have here. A satire. I am generally a fan of satire but am not a fan of getting grossed out while I’m eating my lunch.