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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… There’s an app for that!

This has got to be one of the most awesome interactive books in the world.

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>Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith

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It was four years ago that Lizzy married Mr. Darcy. It was four years ago that Lizzy put down her katana to replace it with a wedding ring. It wasn’t proper for married women to show their skills in the deadly arts. On occasion, Mr. Darcy would humor Elizabeth with private skirmishes against unmentionables because he knew she enjoyed them so much. Everything was going well until that fateful day when Mr. Darcy was attacked and bitten by an unmentionable.

Elizabeth couldn’t bring herself to do what she knew she must – behead her husband before the sickness spread and he became one of them. Instead she called on the help of Mr. Darcy’s aunt Catherine, the formidable woman who had tried to kill Elizabeth on a few occasions. Catherine takes Mr. Darcy into her care and sends Elizabeth on a quest to find the cure and in the process ruin Elizabeth’s reputation and possibly her marriage.

Elizabeth, with the help of her father and two of her sisters, goes to London to find answers. As undercover agents they manage to find themselves mixing with London’s highest society as they risk life and reputation in order to save Mr. Darcy.

I have read all the books in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series and enjoyed every single one of them. Exciting, suspenseful, witty, etc. Bravo!

Price and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith is the sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, both published by Quirk Classics. For more info about the series and other Quirk Classics, visit:http://quirkclassics.com/

Chance to win a prize!

Quirk will be giving away 8 antidote bottles at random to people who like the Dreadfully Ever After facebook page. An antidote bottle will be handy to have before the Zombie apocalypse starts!

>Android Karenina

> Ok, here it is! My review of Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters. (Find out how to win glorious prizes at the end of this entry!)

First of all, a confession… I haven’t finished reading it yet. I have some things going on right now that are interfering with my reading time. (I close on my house on Friday! and right now, most of of my things are packed and I’m living on the barest necessities – almost like camping… but not.)

I have gotten as far as Part Four though and have been loving every minute of it.
I recently finished reading Anna Karenina and was impressed with the way that Leo Tolstoy developed each character but when I started reading Android Karenina… well, it totally knocked my socks off they way Ben brought in android companions enhancing each character even more.

In this version everyone gets a Class III android companion when they become of age. Each companion holds their master’s/mistress’s memories for them and is basically their best friend and confidant. Most androids have speech capabilities and reflect their master’s/mistress’s emotions. The companion of Anna’s husband is actually an implant on his face (kind of like a phantom of the opera mask) and Anna finds it hard to tell the difference between the man and the machine.

Like the original, it’s a beautiful love story that focuses on two couples. The addition of the steampunk atmosphere brings a whole new twist to our perception of the characters.

I give this one 5 gold stars! I love it! Way to go Ben H. Winters!

This is a great fast-read (must faster than the original)and I can’t wait to finish it – even though I have a pretty good idea on how it’s going to end.

For more info about Android Karenina and other Quirk Classics, visit: http://quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=androidkarenina

Here’s your chance to win prizes!

Visit this link: http://quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=QuirkClassicsContest_AK_Reviews, mention my blog (Roasted Marshmallow), and you will automatically be entered to win one of 25 Quirk Classics Prize Packs! (retail value of more than $100) described below:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

Dracula’s Heir: An Interactive Mystery by Sam Stall

Extreme Encounters by Greg Emmanuel

How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist by Patricia Carlin

An Android Karenina Poster

And More!

>May was Crazy!

>May was the craziest, busiest month ever! That quilt project really took a lot out of me and I’m trying to wrap it up. It’s been on my desk for way too long. I have one final version to make – who’d have thought that the one we were sending out for professional printing would have such weird rules! They want the paper to be 8.75×11.25 instead of showing bleeds? They want the covers in RGB instead of CMYK? Interesting. But it’s the only site that we’ve found that will allow us to print 8.5×11 in portrait layout so we’re going with it. Thank goodness someone else has offered to take on the website version of the book! I’ll post a link when it’s available.

And on a personal note, my fiance and I found a house that we both love – actually it’s the yard we absolutely love, the house… well. We have a five-year plan about that. We’re hoping that in five years we can either add on to the house or just demolish it and build new. The house has very tiny bedrooms and we’re not even sure my queen sized bed will fit! We still like it though! We’ll just be awful cozy for a while. I can’t believe that a family with 10 kids lived in that house.

Still reading Android Karenina – almost to part III! Remember, I’ll be posting a review on June 8!

The whole month of May went by and I didn’t get a single Thing done. Ok, I’m talking about the Web 2.0 project call Things on a stick. I’m hoping in June I’ll be able to get back to that since I’ve been falling behind. But then again, maybe not June because I’ll be moving then and will be taking some time off work for the move.

And oh, I have to say that I really want to win this Kinekt Gear Ring from sweeps4bloggers.My fiance and I both love this ring and are even thinking about getting these for our wedding rings. How geeky is that?

>Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

>As you may know from a previous post (Hunt for Zombies), I requested a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith, to review. When the copy arrived, I was so excited about it, I started reading it right away!

Yes!

I was drawn in from the very first page. Mr. Bennet and I share the same feeling when it comes to funerals: revulsion. It’s my belief that funerals bring out the worst in people. Take Mrs. Bennet for instance. She was commenting on the quality of the casket and busy making sure her eldest daughter, Jane was displaying herself properly. Never know when one might meet a prospective husband. Then of course there is Mr. Ford, the guest of honor at the funeral, who didn’t even have the social grace to stay put in his casket. When Mr. Ford started thrashing around, the whole congregation went berserk, mostly Mrs. Bennet.

Then things get interesting. Mr. Bennet tells Elizabeth and Mary to follow him towards the zombie. This is the girls’ first exposure to the undead and they ultimately fail to put it out of commission. Mr. Bennet, trained in the deadly arts, quickly dispatches the zombie and realizes that he must train his girls in the deadly arts as well. They need to be trained not only for their own protection, but also to repair a vow he had broken to a secret league of warriors he used to belong to.

Throughout the story, the girls learn all sorts of fighting moves and how to use various weapons, much to the displeasure of Mrs. Bennet. Not only are the girls fighting zombies, they are also becoming social outcasts. They have to deal with stares and whispers from their neighbors and even get uninvited to a ball. This doesn’t seem to bother the girls very much as they have realized what is most important.

One of my favorite lines from the book is when Elizabeth is debating with herself if she should follow her father towards the undead Mr. Ford. “And then a third voice chimed in, one Elizabeth didn’t even recognize at first, so well trained were proper young ladies in ignoring it. The voice of Self.”

I think this is a great “girl-power” story where zombies are metaphors for anything that would traditionally be considered a man’s job. Personally, I wouldn’t want the job of dispatching zombies, but I do enjoy my freedom to have that choice. The Bennet girls had to break out of the mold society and their own mother made for them.

This was an excellent story and I enjoyed reading it. The story line flowed quite nicely from one event to another. Witty, exciting and liberating would be how I would describe it.

Here are a few more of my favorite lines from this book:

“A battle cry shatters the shackles of good manners and gentility”

“Ladylike be damned!”

and last but not least…

“You’re all so quick to point out what you can’t do. The time has come to learn what you can.”

For more info about Dawn of the Dreadfuls and other Quirk Classics, visit:http://quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=dawnofthedreadfuls

Chance to win prizes!

Dear readers: Visit this link: http://quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=QuirkClassicsContest_DOD_Reviews, mention my blog, and you will automatically be entered to win one of 50 Quirk Classics Prize Packs! (retail value of more than $100) described below:

    An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    Audio books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensiblity and Sea Monsters

    A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls poster

    A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies journal

    A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies postcards