Once again we return to a Jane Austenesque Regency-era England in Steve Hockensmith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls”. As with Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestseller “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” the Bennet sisters once again battle zombies (pardon my use of the Z word) while trying to find love. In this prequel, Hockensmith shows us how the Bennet sisters began their career as zombie unmentionable slayers.
While having the feel of a Jane Austen novel, Hockensmith introduces us to a some interesting new characters; Baron Lumpley, Master Hawksworth, Dr. Bertram Keckilpenny, and Captain Cannon. I think that this quote sums up a lot about Lord Lumpley.
When Richard George Saunders-Castleton Harper-Milford Norman-Stilton-Harrowby Lumpley II, sixth Baron of Lumpley, Knight of the Bath, and defender of the realm, awoke the next morning the first thing he did was kick the empty gin bottles from his bed. Then he kicked off the dogs. And last ( and with some regret) he kicked out the chambermaids.
Master Hawksworth is a martial artist that has been trained in Japan. He guides the Bennet sisters into their new role of undead slayers. Dr. Keckilpeeny is a scientist who hopes to study the zombies unmentionables. Capt. Canon, a man who has given an arm and a leg for his country, or should I say a couple of arms and legs for his country.
Will Lord Lumpley’s secrets doom the Bennet sisters? Will Dr. Keckilpenny tame the savage zombies ummm unmentionables? Will Master Hawksworth and Elizabeth fall in love? Does Captain Cannon have anything left to give to his country?
All I know is that I have never thought that I would read the words “zombie droppings”.
If there is one thing that I can say about Quirk Books, they certainly know how to create a striking book cover. The cover design by Doogie Horner is brilliant. I love the zombification.
All things being said, I give this book 4 stars out of 5. It’s a fun read! Braiiins … Braiiins …Braiiiins.
Ok, now for the fun part, go to Quirk Classics Contest and enter for a chance to win one of 50 prizes. When prompted, tell that that you came from gnostalgia ! Each Prize Pack, with a retail value of more than $100, will include:
- An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- Audio Books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
- A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls Poster
- A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Journal
- A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Postcards
Have fun and good luck!!!
I received this complimentary book from FSB Associates for review purposes.