Nic ~ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

21 09 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ~ Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Of late, I had been hearing about and seeing this book pop up often.  The cover alone caught my eye every time I saw it at Chapters, and caused a snicker to bequeath itself every time out my nose.

Pretty much Kim and I needed to spend more money to get free shipping, and this bad boy was on sale with our iRewards for like $10 so BOOYA just went on ahead and ordered.  I was trying to put this off and read my Stieg Larsson duitully, but you come to a point in life where you just throw caution to the wind and give into that siren that has been luring you acrross the foggy water for so long.

Hoh boy, am I glad I did.  This book is genius.  It takes Jane Austen’s literary classic, and in between Jane’s eloquent words and inept story line, throws in zombies and guns and marshal arts.  I’m going to keep reading, just to see what happens in this version, but I can already fully declare that I smell a win.

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KimN ~ Northanger Abbey

20 08 2009

Northanger Abbey ~ Jane Austen

naIts beyond time for a classic piece of literature… this was the only one not still buried in a moving box!

~~~ Finished this book last night.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I am just in a Popular Fiction mode right now… I felt like this book took me FOREVER to read!  And, it was under 200 pages, haha.  So, lets look at it from the point of view that it is an Austen novel, and her first one published to boot.  Pretty good!

You get a sense that this novel acurately reflects the times and especially the naivety of young ladies just entering society.  Charlotte, the central character, is very sweet, kind-hearted, and super naive.  You kind of feel like smacking her back to reality as she flits along beside John Thorpe, a guy who obviously thinks he is courting her for marriage but she is NOT interested in.

There are a few times that Austen slips in to what feels like a lecture or a rant about society at the time, these are some of the most enjoyable parts of the novel.  You feel like you are truly hearing from Austen.

Well, thats all I can think of to say about this novel right now! Hope those of you who have read it enjoy it too!