Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pride & Prejudice & katanas

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever AfterPride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This isn't really a review, since I didn't finish the book. I'm a fan of Hockensmith, but I think I'll stick to his more original work. This is something written in a world created by Jane Austen (original source material, which I love) and Seth Grahame-Smith (P & P & Zombies). I'm not a zombie genre fan, so that doesn't help. I also find the choice of Eastern martial arts as the "go-to ultimate fighting styles" a bit annoying. Since I haven't read P & P & Zombies I don't know why this choice was made, but there it is. I just find it really, really out of place in Austen's universe, and I see no logical reason why Western martial arts couldn't be used just as effectively against the typical shambling zombies.

I made it to chapter two and no further. Hockensmith writes charmingly as usual, but the subject matter bores me, and I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. Shinto shrines at Pemberly? Bouncing ninjas accompanying Lady Catherine DeBurg? I'll go elsewhere to read further in the P & P universe.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quiet evening

The spouse is out with "the boys" hanging out with other "boys", so it's a nice quiet afternoon. The kitten just woke up from her post tea nap, and I gave her to Eric the Red for a bath and a cuddle. It's dang chilly outside, but G brought in plenty of firewood before he left, so between a ticking stove and a few strategic candles for visual warmth, we're all cozy. I love this time of year. With a new audio book on the machine in the kitchen, I'm ready to put a couple of salmon slabs in the oven and maybe wrap some presents to stick under the tree.