“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls”
Review By T. U. Dawood
Quirk Books has just released the prequel of the New York Times and the Globe and Mail’s Best Seller “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which introduced the world to the fusion literature genre of Zombie Classics.
Co-written by Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith , Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls begins by depicting the Bennett family as genteel and peaceful. Their goal is to find wealthy husbands and it is only when they attend the funeral of Mr. Ford, that plans go array.
The should-be-dead Mr. Ford rises from the coffin with an unearthly howl. Quick thinking, Mr. Bennett begins to teach his beloved daughters how to kill zombies, something he learned first hand during his salad days.
Hockensmith does a great job of transforming these social ladies into warriors trained to fight hordes of undead. He also writes about the difficulties they face when shunned by society for doing such unladylike acts and how that may lessen their chances of finding mates.
Despite such fears, it is not long before Jane and Elizabeth have their share of admirers and their slaying skills only seem to add spice to their charms and their love life.
Whether you enjoy light reading with some classic characters thrown in or are just in the mood for a monster mash, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is far from dreadful. In fact, it just might make you smile at the absurdity and tongue-in-cheek nature of it all.
This book will be on sale March 23, 2010. Quirk Classics graciously sent me a free copy of it to review. Its sequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is already available through Amazon.