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text 2020-02-22 20:46
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - abandoned at 38%
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen,Seth Grahame-Smith,Katherine Kellgren

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" was my second read for my "Pride, Prejudice and Pastiches" reading challenge. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be for me. I abandoned it at 38% (a little more than four hours).


I was attracted by the wonderful title ( a gift from the author's editor) and the fun movie (which was visually stunning) so I had some hopes that the book would be equally amusing. Sadly, it wasn't.



The book is a roughly sewn quilt which uses small squares of the Austen original, with all the wit and nuance washed out, to hold together a Georgian zombie story.


For this to have been worthwhile, the zombie parts of the book needed to have something fresh and compelling that went beyond the unlikely juxtaposition of genteel Georgian young women, Japanese samurai sword-play and stumbling zombies.


What I was offered was a series of splatterfests that were neither funny nor gruesome and a picture of the Bennet sisters as a pack of dagger-wielding, pistol-shooting, throat-slitting, neck-slicing, psychopaths with a lust for weaponry and fond memories of abusive training by a master of the Chinese martial arts.


The Austen parts so simplified the people that I found them more horrifying than the zombie scenes. The zombie scenes were shallow and repetitive. Worst of all, Elizabeth Bennet became someone I would cheerfully have seen dismembered with her own sword.


Katherine Kellgran does a good job at the narration. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

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text 2020-02-21 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 16%. zombies - tick, pride and prejudice - not so much
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen,Seth Grahame-Smith,Katherine Kellgren

"Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" is the second book in my "Pride, Prejudice and Pastiches" reading challenge and I'm beginning to think that moving from the well-considered and beautifully written "Longbourn" to a zombie spoof was ill-considered.


I was drawn to the book by the movie and scenes like these:



While the excitingly martial Bennet sisters are as much fun as I thought they'd be, wading through a poor mimicry of Austen rather sets my teeth on edge.


I'm going to persevere in the hopes that, as the plot diverges from the original, I can lose myself in the humour a katana-wielding Elizabeth Bennet.

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review 2019-10-02 03:19
How to Survive a Horror Movie
How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills - Seth Grahame-Smith,Wes Craven

How to Survive a Horror Movie


Seth Grahame-Smith, 2007


Do you think you might be living inside a horror movie? First, this book will explain how to tell if you are (and if you are, what type or horror movie you're in, because this is also important). Second, this book will give you the tips you need to survive. Everything from how to perform an exorcism to how to survive an alien invasion, it's all here. Read this book - your life may depend on it.


I've read one novel by Grahame-Smith before this point (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), which I found moderately enjoyable. This book has the same humor dialed up to eleven. This is a humorous ode to pop culture masquerading as a self-help book. And I loved it. It's a quick read (less than 200 pages including illustrations), and enjoyable even if you haven't seen all of the movies referenced. And despite coming out in 2007, the book is only slightly dated - most of the movies hinted at in this book are still classics, so the only problem is that we're missing the new wave of horror movies from the last 12 years. 


Quick and funny, definitely worth a read if you enjoy horror movies even a little bit.

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text 2019-08-06 17:20
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Seasonal Covers
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith
Coraline and Other Stories - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean
So Mote it Be - Isobel Bird
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Graphic Novel) - Bo Hampton,Tracey Hampton,Washington Irving
Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Cherie Priest
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Charles M. Schulz
Pet Sematary - Stephen King


I'll make this largely a visual post, since it's all about judging a book by its cover ;)

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review 2017-09-03 15:42
Unholy Night
Unholy Night - Seth Grahame-Smith
I picked up this novel as this author also wrote another novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that I really enjoyed and the subject matter of this novel, intrigued me. I was worried that this novel would have a preachy tone but adventure and excitement greeted me from the beginning. I was surprised how much I enjoyed and followed this novel. I listened to this novel on a Playaway.
This novel centered around the birth of Jesus and the three wise men which visited him. This isn’t your ordinary Biblical story, this was much more. The author took me on a ride, a journey where this new family was running with the three wise men to escape prosecution. The wise men were not quiet, camel riding men, they were escape convicts and they were helping Mary and Joseph keep their baby safe because “there was something about that baby.” These two groups met up in the barn, the bright star shining overhead, and the alteration that began told me that this story was about to get very interesting. Mary, not the soft-spoken women I pictured her to be, had a voice and a powerful one at that. As the six of these individuals move towards freedom, they fought several interesting individuals, some not so human, creating dreadful scenes but scenes that I enjoyed. Their main concern was staying alive. I highly recommend this novel, it was quite an interesting twist on a familiar story.
I am going to use this novel for my free space on Halloween Bingo  


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