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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.

I want! I want! I want!

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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!

>I won a copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

>My day was made at 6:30 this morning! Even the slow, foggy drive into work didn’t bring me down. I spent the whole time day dreaming about my good fortune…

As usual, I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. Being a night owl is a tough lifestyle when you have a day job. My alarm was ringing every ten minutes for the last half-hour and the bed reached it’s most comfortable state. Flailing around on the nightstand for my glasses, I noticed the blinking light on my phone. Oooh a message!

Disregarding my glasses, I picked up the phone instead. The message was from Valerie from Sweeps4bloggers! I had entered to win a copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith about a week ago. My interest peaked as I opened the email.

Joy of joys! I was being informed that I was a winner! This doesn’t happen very often so needless to say I was beside myself with happiness and leaped out of bed and did a happy dance!

This will give me reason to check my mailbox every day! I can’t wait until it comes.

My name is on the sweeps4bloggers list of winners!

>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

>Lost States and Android Karenina

>I’m crossing my fingers for a free copy of Lost States by Mike Trinklein. Once again, Quirk Books has put a call for bloggers on their facebook page to read and review a book. I signed up for it and am really hoping I get it, this one sounds awesome!

I’m not usually into non-fiction books, but this one looks right up my alley. It looks to be a story of all the states that could have, and maybe should have, been. It appears to be jam-packed with historical and geographical trivia.

Meanwhile, I have also signed up to read and review Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben Winters. I’m waiting for the UPS man to bring that one! I’m currently reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy on my Blackberry. I can’t believe I haven’t picked this one up before, it’s truly a wonderful story – and easy to read, unlike War and Peace. I think it’s because the cast of characters in Anna Karenina isn’t nearly half the amount that War and Peace has, so people and events are easier to keep track of.

I’m looking forward to see what the addition of Steam Punk will do to it. I’m not one of those people that think classics are sacred and shouldn’t be touched. Personally, If I had written a book and someone wanted to add to it, creating a new incite to the story, I would be honored that my work was chosen for it. Besides, I wonder how many new copies of Anna Karenina have been bought by people like me that are reading it in order to compare the the two. It just made it popular again.

Look for my review on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfulson March 3!