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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Deluxe Heirloom Edition [Hardcover]

Jane Austen , Seth Grahame-Smith , Roberto Parada
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Oct. 1 2009 Quirk Classics
The New York Times Best Seller now with 30% more zombies!
“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 version of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. This deluxe heirloom edition includes a new preface by coauthor Seth Grahame-Smith, thirteen oil painting illustrations by Roberto Parada, and a fascinating afterword by Dr. Allen Grove of Alfred University. Best of all, this limited special edition features an incredible 30 percent more zombies—via even more all-new scenes of carnage, corpse slaying, and cannibalism. Complete with a satin ribbon marker and a leatherette binding designed to endure for generations, this hardcover volume honors a masterpiece of classic zombie literature. 

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Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith are the authors of the international best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Since its publicaton in April 2009, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been translated into French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Serbian, and Croatian. The novel has also been optioned to become a major motion picture. Ms. Austen died in 1817, but Mr. Grahame-Smith is currently alive and well in Los Angeles, California.

Roberto Parada is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated. A graduate from Pratt Institute, he has received awards from The New York Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and American Illustration. Mr. Parada is also a bone marrow transplant survivor. 

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome! May 4 2009
I was excited about this book as soon as I heard the title and I couldn't wait to read it. Really, how can anything with zombies AND ninjas in it be bad?
I knew as soon as I read the first line (a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains) that I was in for a treat. I was not dissappointed. This book had me laughing so hard I decided it wouldn't be safe to read at work.
I expect most people that are going to read this have already read the original Pride and Prejudice (which I love and have read many times). Part of the appeal of this book is seeing familiar lines blanketed by zombie - err "unmentionable" - action.
The only thing I wasn't overly fond of were the illustrations. I'm not sure if it was the style or just that none of the characters looked quite right, but I usually skipped right past them. Thankfully there were not very many so it wasn't the distraction it could have been.
It's hard to say much more without giving away the very lines that make this book such a deliciously funny read, so I will only say, if you loved the original and have a slightly twisted sense of humour, you will absolutely enjoy this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Here's the thing. This book is not for everyone. I love Jane Austen, I've studied the Regency period, I am a Jane afficionado. But I also like kung fu movies. And I have a fondness for the classic horror film. So this book was pretty much made for me and folks like me.

It is also much, um, randier, than I was expecting. Some comments are definitely much coarser than most Austen readers enjoy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, stretched too far July 3 2009
By J. Tobin Garrett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I wanted to love this book. Really, I did. I wanted to be howling with laughter, and unable to put it down. But I wasn't, and frequently did put it down. Instead, I found something that was mildly funny most of the time, and chuckle-worthy a couple of times, and never laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The premise is the most exciting thing about this book, but it's a premise that isn't sustained throughout. There are moments of glorious spoof, but most times the zombie action just fades into the background of the original story of Pride and Prejudice. Some of the inclusions of zombie-ness seem a bit forced, and it becomes sadly repetitive with more and more reading.

Probably would have been hilarious and awesome as a short story, or a one chapter spoof, but to have 300 pages of it becomes tedious, especially if the laughter pay-off isn't that big.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and irreverent July 16 2011
By G. Larouche TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a very funny and silly read. Some Austen purists have snubbed it, but the author was by no means not respecting the original work or the author. This book really is just a bit of irreverent fun, mashing up the classic text with zombies and ninjas.

I love Austen's original book, which is quite funny and witty, and as a nerd, the idea of combining zombies and ninjas to the story seemed a delightful parody.

Don't scream sacrilege: this book doesn't take itself seriously at all.

For Austen fans who are able to laugh at themselves, and for zombie fans everywhere.

If I may add: the other books that were added to the series ("Dawn of the dreadful" and "Dreadfully ever after") do not have the same appeal, as they do not even make an effort to sound remotely Austen-ish, which deeply disappointed me, as the idea could have had potential. They are simply zombie stories taking place in the Regency, with some Austen characters thrown in. The original is the best! Don't bother with the so-called sequels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a personal review. Sept. 25 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for my father, he loved it. He was really going through a zombie phase at the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist! March 11 2013
By Duchess
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very interesting twist on the classic and I enjoyed it quite a bit!
It gave me quite a few giggles and I love the fact that the heroine is not as helpless as one expects!

I definitely recommend this if you liked the original!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says it is. Oct. 14 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
AKA, "Jane Austin for Men."
It's exactly what it sounds like: the classic Victorian drama carefully edited to add zombie attacks, displays of martial prowess, and some rather naughty jokes (so naughty). If you want to read a period Victorian novel but you're terrified of being caught in the story of privileged aristocrats whining about how unfair life is, then this is a book. Possibly a book for you.
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By Megan
I like Pride and Prejudice. I like zombies. So it stands to reason that I should like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But I don't. I think it's because I'm a purist and I don't like people messing with things I like. Especially Pride and Prejudice. I only lasted 5 minutes in the newest movie (the one with Keira Knightley) because I loved the old one and now everything was wrong!

Beyond my own personal bias, I still don't think it was done as well as it could be. It messed up the story enough to annoy people like me, but I don't think there was enough zombie mayhem to attract the action movie/book crowd. There was a lot of talking about zombies, but much less slaying of zombies.

I also need to mention that Elizabeth Bennet was a complete witch in this book. She was constantly murdering people or at least fantasizing about it (yes, ninjas are people too). I found her completely unlikeable and she definitely didn't deserve someone as awesome as Mr. Darcy (who was only slightly less awesome in this book).

Other, more minor, complains:
1. Why was this book so obsessed with kung fu? I personally don't think butterfly kicks are the best way to dispatch a zombie. And you have to travel to China or Japan to learn to use a bladed weapon?
2. Since when can muskets fire multiple balls like a semi-automatic? (I'm talking about the scene where Elizabeth kills a pile of zombies with her musket while jumping off her carriage).
3. Why couldn't Lydia (or at least Mrs. Bennet) be eaten by a zombie? Why?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great twist
This book was so entertaining. I have wanted to read Pride and Prejudice for a while but I knew that the story would bore me to no end. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2011 by Sophia Petersen
2.0 out of 5 stars zombies and P&P
I saw this book and thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, both things i enjoy, how can this go wrong? well it kind of did. Read more
Published on May 25 2011 by bing
1.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice - and a waste of my time!
If you're going to write a novel, about anything, please be original! It does not take much to take a novel that is already written (and which the auther has died) and then add in... Read more
Published on March 23 2011 by Book_reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Like most of you I was forced to read Pride and Prejudice in high school.

I truly thought it was an overrated book. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2011 by RW Todd
1.0 out of 5 stars The concept is funnier than the actual book
When I first saw the book in the bookstore I thought the idea was hilarious. Take a classic and modernize it. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2010 by LordYabo
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever but a One-Note Effort
It is fun to see that this has created a new mash-up genre and I applaud its ingenuity. I have to admit that it took me six months to read it after purchasing because deep down I... Read more
Published on June 13 2010 by Jeffrey Swystun
3.0 out of 5 stars Austen + ninjas and zombies
Apparently Seth Grahame-Smith is one of those people who thinks that zombies and ninjas automatically add a new level of awesome to... anything. Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Obviously better than the original, still hard to get through
I forced myself through this thing a chapter a night and it was a lot like having a reading assignment, another chore added on to my already full routine. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2010 by Dave Smith
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