As a huge fan of Jane Austen Novels... (ok maybe thats an understatement) I decided to give this Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jane Austen) a go after a recommendation from my best friend. I was initially told the author does not butcher the original story enough that I will be offended. Luckily my brother beat me to the punch and bought me the "Deluxe Heirloom Edition".
In comparison to the paperback, this edition has 13 additional full coloured oil painting illustrations and 30% more zombies; The Author decided to write some new pages of zombie action! If you are a fan of book covers, well the limited edition Hardcover takes the cake.
To story is pretty much exactly as you will guess, Pride and Prejudice meets Zombies. Most of the basic storyline is in there, but with a twist. The author introduces some action that will appeal to the men. My brother gave this book a 10 out of 10, and he finds Jane Austens version boring.
The story is still set in the same era, in the English Country Side. Mrs Bennet is still content with marrying off her daughters, but the twist is Mr Bennet is training the girls in martial arts and teaching them how to handle powerful weapons. The same characters are still there, the same relationships and events.... however where characters simply ignore each other in society and speak ill of each other, this is replaced with death wishes and fight scenes. You may find the way Mr Darcy proposes to Elizabeth is a slightly different scenario.
Now I dont want to spoil the rest of the story to those of you who havent read it or even read Pride and Prejudice, but expect something strange; action, romance (less than usual) and drama!
I have already spoken to a few eager book readers today who are keen to give it a go.
The full coloured pages of zombie and ninja fighting action are very well drawn and hilarious. Some samples that I took using Instagram below.
For those more interested in the illustrations, there is a Graphic Novel version also available.