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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