Guest Post by Sarah Solomon
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After. Picking this up should be a no-brainer. Did you see what I did there?
Trilogy’s can be a toss up. Sometimes the final installment is a desperate attempt to squeeze a lucrative idea until it’s dry. And sometimes it’s the last piece of the puzzle that reminds you why you keep coming back in the first place. Examples of the latter include gems like Return of the Jedi, The Return of the King, and finally, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.
The killer combination of Jane Austen’s social commentary paired with the scourge of the walking undead has become a cult classic. Give me a person who isn’t amused with the Bennet family as honorable ninja warriors and I would think he is part of the walking dead themselves.
In this final installment by the venerable Steve Hockensmith, our Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has been bitten by an unmentionable and teeters on the precipice of life and un-death. It is up to Elizabeth and the more secretive members of Bennet clan to seek out rumors of a cure in London. However this requires new feats of cunning and strength from both Elizabeth and Lydia – as temptresses. Elizabeth is facing moral dilemmas along with shaolin swords, and the fate of her beloved Darcy rests in her well-trained hands.There’s still plenty of fighting and gore to be had, but it’s juxtaposed quite nicely with the elegant writing style and the unique personality of each character.
The only thing that’s better than a parody novel is a well written parody novel. What I’ve always admired of the Quirk Classics is how they’re not destroying these time-honored novels, but leveraging them with amusing and contemporary material. As the weather turns for the better and one can finally take their reading out of fluorescent lighting and into sunshine, choose a book that is not only guaranteed to amuse but won’t leave you wishing for something with substance.
I wholeheartedly recommend Dreadfully Ever After and have a feeling you will enjoy it as much as I have. And Geekadelphia is giving the chance. Leave a comment to win a copy of Dreadfully Ever After! We’ll pick one of you at random in a week or so.