Synopsis: Essentially this is a retelling of the Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice, set in an alternate reality where zombies roam around England. Smith intertwines his words with much of the original story still intact. Much of the basic plot and character traits remain the same, but as the subtitle explains it now contains “ultra-violent zombie mayhem.”Elizabeth and her sisters have been trained to defend themselves from the undead, and as her love grows for Mr. Darcy she must overcome his aunt’s assassin ninja’s, her dear friend’s decent into zombification, and her desire to kill the man who has shown disrespect to her family.
My Opinion: Well, my wife is a huge Jane Austen fan, and I am a huge zombie fan, so it seemed to me that this book would be the bridge between our two worlds. Sadly, she would not give it a go, finding the cover itself too distasteful to even attempt to read the book. I can understand that. I did read it though and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The flow between Smith’s words and Austen’s words are nearly flawless (at least to an untrained guy like myself) and the story is both humorous and interesting. What better suits the strong and independent Elizabeth Bennett than possessing the skills to destroy the undead? The gimmick could easily wear thin but the story is good enough that it rises above the gimmick and becomes quite entertaining on it’s own merit. It has some great woodcut style art in it which are also pretty great.
FYI: According to wikipedia, Natalie Portmann is producing an upcoming film adaptation of the book.
Other books I’ve reviewed by Seth Grahame-Smith:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter