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text 2016-08-22 18:53
JOINT POST: MR and OBP talk supernatural
The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey
London Falling - Paul Cornell
Fated - Benedict Jacka
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith

Moonlight Murder and I already spoke about Magical Realism and now today we are going to cover the supernatural genre. 






Moonlight Murder


Books with supernatural elements are fairly common and easy to find - supernatural simply means something beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. Folklore and mythology is full of supernatural beings and events. Werewolves, ghosts, and demons are examples of supernatural creatures. Anything with this sort of element will fill that square.

I want to talk about a specific subset of supernatural fiction - the supernatural thriller or mystery, which is sort of the intersection of fantasy and horror. I have a few books that I want to offer in this subcategory:

1. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey: This is actually YA horror, but guys, it is so good. It blows the doors off of Yancey's follow-up series, The Fifth Wave, in my opinion. Set in an alternate New England, called New Jerusalem, this is Yancey's effort at a Dickensian cryptozoological horror story and it works. Snap to, Will Henry.

2. London Falling by Paul Cornell. Here was my review of this book from 2014: "This book was a total mindscrew for 75%. Really, really good though." Basically, London Falling is police procedural + urban fantasy + supernatural.

3. Fated by Benedict Jacka: This is the first in the Alex Verus series, which is sort of a Harry Dresden set in London. Alex is a mage with foresight who is pretty much constantly in danger. There's also a sentient spider who designs clothing.

I haven't entirely decided what I am going to read, although I am leaning strongly in the direction of Mayhem, by Sarah Pinborough. I've never read anything by her, but I've had my eye on this one for a long time.



Obsidian Black Plague


Supernatural books I think sometimes can also dance around the magical realism genre. But in this case, most truly supernatural books do not just have some minor elements that are magical, the majority of the book includes supernatural creatures, humans with supernatural abilities, or world building that is based upon something supernatural.

For this square I am thinking of reading the following books:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. I have not read this book for several years at this point, so it would be nice to read again.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because I have this book somewhere on my shelves and I believe it has been sitting there for a while.

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
by Seth Grahame-Smith because even though I saw the movie and disliked it, I am still interested in the book. Also this is sitting somewhere on a shelf too.


I would add that supernatural can include so many series out there that I think that everyone should be able to get this one pretty easily even if supernatural fiction is not your thing. You have authors like Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Ransom Riggs, Deborah Harkness (though I think the last two books in her series were not all that great), Charlaine Harris, and Stephanie Meyers.

I even really enjoy my supernatural with a touch of romance/mystery and some of the authors listed above are included in these genres as well.


1. OBP & MR talk Magical Realism


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review 2016-05-27 02:30
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith

This book is sheer ridiculousness. If you are a die hard true loyal Jane Austen fan, you will not like this book. If you're people like me on the other hand, who don't really relate that much to Pride and Prejudice, you should pick it up. No, it is not a great work of fiction but it's super fun.


I did notice that everyone in this book is described as handsome, especially the ladies. They are not pretty but they are handsome. That was something that annoyed me in the real Pride and Prejudice but I found it quite comically here. I still hated all the characters except Mr. Darcy. In fact, I think I hated most of the characters even more in this version.

The Bennet's were supposed to have been trained by Shaolin Monks but there is nothing Buddhist in the way that Elizabeth Bennet is portrayed. She has very violent thoughts. The book as a whole is very violent in nature. I guess if they are fighting Zombies then you might have to be but they don't really fight Zombies very often.


It's a 3.5 Star book. It's a nice fun read. Now I need to see the movie.


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review 2016-05-04 01:26
Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.
[ synopsis from goodreads ]


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review 2016-02-09 00:00
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith PPZ has all of the major characters and events from the original book. In this version there are brain-eating zombies (unmentionables), and the Bennet sisters are ninja zombie killers. The focus is still very much on the gossip and dramas, but the storyline has sort of a dark comedy twist (not horror and not quite comedy either). The actual zombies didn't play as big of a part as I was expecting. It didn't blow me away, but I'm interested enough that I want to check out the movie.
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review 2016-02-06 02:50
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Movie Tie-in Edition) - Jane Austen,Seth Grahame-Smith

Tongue-in-cheek retelling of Pride and Prejudice with the same characters and lines but changes. I chuckled. I was not expecting some of it but a fun read.                 

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