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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls [Paperback]

Jane Austen , Steve Hockensmith
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March 23 2010 Quirk Classics
Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls—a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands—until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.
 
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth—and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth’s heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave—and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!

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“It’s a romp of a book.”—McClatchy Newspapers

 “Mixing taught horror-movie action with neo-Austen meditation on identity, society, and romance, this happy sacrilege is sure to please fans of Grahame-Smith's original mash-up.”—Publishers Weekly

“This is a must-read for the growing legion of alternate-Austen fans.”—Booklist

“Zombie-centric plot required to measure up to standards of both Austen and horror fans—no easy task. Now a NYT Best Seller, the book seems to have struck a chord with both.”—Techland

About the Author

Steve Hockensmith is an award-winning novelist and reporter. His debut mystery, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. Critics have hailed the novel and its sequels as “hilarious” (Entertainment Weekly), “dazzling” (The Boston Globe), “clever” (The New York Times), “uproarious” (Publisher’s Weekly), “wonderfully entertaining” (Booklist), and “quirky and original” (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and two children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel, humour and gore at its best March 3 2010
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I can tell you, that I LOVED this book as much as P & P & Z. It had the wonderful moments of humor and wit that I experienced before and enjoyed. You will see the original characters except for a few (no Darcy or Bingley here, sorry. This does take place before they met Lizzy and Jane). You read more about Mr Bennet who seems to take a more active role in the story (he helps trains his daughters to become warrior women). However the book also introduces new memorable ones which will prove unforgettable and absolutely hilarious to read. What I thought was interesting was the nice reference made with the mysterious 'soldier' the left and broke Mrs Bennet's heart when she was a girl. If you're well versed in P & P then you'd know what I'm taking about. It's these little references to the main novel that make the prequel do justice to P & P & Z. Readers also be advised, this book is meant to be a parody, and a funny one at that. If you treat it with a sense of humor, enjoyment is increased tenfold.

Of the new characters, I enjoyed Dr Keckilpenny (really, with a name like that, what's not to enjoy?) the most. First, because no one seems to get his name right (except for Lizzy), and second because he just seemed to be so friendly and so likable. Lord Lumpley played your average greaseball with a secret ' I especially enjoyed how he tried his advances on Jane, but to no avail. Then you get one of the most interesting characters I have ever seen, and that is Captain Cannon who uses four of his soldiers as arms and limbs (you have just to read it to get a good laugh). The moment I started reading about his arms and limbs made me laugh, but it made the book much more enjoyable with these kinds of new, strange yet quirky characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done! April 8 2010
Format:Paperback
I have to say that this book was excellent! I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a good one, but this surpasses the first. At least once in almost every chapter I found myself laughing out loud at what the characters have to say, or their actions or the subtleties the author implies but aren't played right out for you. The "new" characters are often hilarious and you can tell Hockensmith is having a great time telling this story and using the vernacular / writing style of the time to deliver this. I am amused right now reflecting on the crippled Captain Cannon, his "Limbs" and Mrs. Bennet. I applaud this one.

What would I have wanted to know before purchasing this product? It's hilarious, it's not overly long, it's original, and there are multiple scenes not for the squeamish.

Very well done!
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By judith
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Purchased this book as a gift. Great qulaity and just what I asked for.
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