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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After Quirk Books Steve Hockensmith

8th July 2013 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments

When we last saw Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy—at the end of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—they were preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Yet the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses, Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.

“With the zombie Austen mashup mania showing no sign of abating, this is a must-read for fans and a must-buy for the libraries serving them.”—Booklist Online

“The further they get from Jane Austen, the better the zombie mash-up books become. Enter Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith.”—McClatchy News Service

“A masterpiece of parody and wit.”—Fangoria

Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and several other novels, including the Edgar Award nominee Holmes on the Range. Critics have hailed his books as “hilarious” (Entertainment Weekly), “dazzling” (The Boston Globe), “uproarious” (Publishers Weekly), “wonderfully entertaining” (Booklist), and “quirky and original” (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and two children.

“With the zombie Austen mashup mania showing no sign of abating, this is a must-read for fans and a must-buy for the libraries serving them.”—Booklist Online

“The further they get from Jane Austen, the better the zombie mash-up books become. Enter Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith.”—McClatchy News Service

“A masterpiece of parody and wit.”—Fangoria

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics)

  • 52 responses to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After Quirk Books Steve Hockensmith"

  • Michael_V
    2:18 on July 8th, 2013
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    Dreadfully Ever After is the last book in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy, and to many purists, this might be a relief. I, however, wish this particular series was not ending. Don’t get me wrong, I love the orignal Pride and Prejudice (the Jane Austen one, of course), and to be honest, I found the first book in this spinoff series almost distasteful. It pained me to read about the travails of Lizzie, Darcy, Jane and company with blood involved, since I found the social situations painful enough! I read the sequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and hardly remember it, so that shows you how much that had an impact on me.

    But here, with Dreadfully Ever After, we have something spectacular. Here is a spinoff that really isn’t a spinoff, since it has hardly anything to do with the Austen Pride and Prejudice besides having the same characters. Because you don’t feel that one of the classics of English literature is being damaged by zombie gore, you are free to enjoy this sequel in its complete ridiculous awesomeness. I would say, without a doubt, this is my favorite Quirk Classic. The wittiness is really at an all-time high here and completely eclipses that of the preceding books. You have to be sure to read closely the things that come after what people say, as that is where the gems are. And the dialogue is just superb, if not exactly historically accurate (though I guess the demise of the Hannoverian dynasty isn’t either…)

    And to make this book even better, there is character depth. Darcy gets some brooding moments, and Kitty and Mary get love interests, at last! (Even in the “real” version I was rooting for some romance for those two, and as I am satisfied with their choices, I feel a bit fufilled).

    I know this isn’t a piece of great literature by a long shot, but these are great to read once in a while for a laugh, and in my opinion are much more interesting than other Austen sequels. So even if you didn’t like the first too, at least give this one a shot!

    *As I received a review copy, the charming drawings weren’t included. I really missed those, so I guess when it officially comes out I will have to sneak a peek!

  • David Bain
    4:04 on July 8th, 2013
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    The literary community should never be too proud to laugh at itself. I own three copies of the original “Pride & Prejudice” plus all the movies, so my husband and I bought this the moment we spotted it on the shelf (and laughed all the way to the register).

    Fans need to read this book tongue-in-cheek and prepare to laugh WITH it. If you don’t like zombies or consider yourself a Jane Austen purist, if you admire only the most intricate writing and consider this sort of work irreverent, then you’ll be appalled more than amused. The level of writing IS degenerated from the original but, considering the subject matter, I don’t think “quality” was the forethought of the day. “Brains” is more like it.

    On a literary note, the juxtaposition of familiar classic and farcical horror makes for harmless, laugh-out-loud comedy. I applaud this idea and hope the “Quirk Classics” line hammers out more spoofs on stories I love.

    The only thing I find annoying is the last line of the blurb: “transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.” I’m perfectly capable of enjoying BOTH, thankyouverymuch.

  • MB Zaman
    5:41 on July 8th, 2013
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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics)

    As any reader of my reviews knows I love the “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” series of books. I believe that the two books before this one are classics and I am pleased to tell you that this one is very much the same. I always loved the idea of the classic story being told with Zombies in the mix and the prequel just added to it. Now here we have a sequel that only adds to the wonderful story but sadly is bringing it to an end. Hopefully the return to this world one day and give as some more great stories.

    The story picks up years after the first book with the married couple of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. They have had a great marriage some four years later and things could not be going better, until. One day Fitz gets attacked and bitten by a Dreadful child and while Liz knows what she should do she does not kill him. Even though it would be the right thing to do, she instead seeks help from a lady named Catherine. The thing is she may know of a cure that could bring Fritz back. So off Liz goes with family in tact on another Zombie Slaughtering adventure.

    The book is very well written and has that same great style the previous ones had and yet still is different. I don’t know about what other people think but I found this one just as fun and funny as the previous two. I mean the way people really talked back then mixed in with the zombie attack, pure genius. You should also remember that things are not always what they seem, that is all I am going to say. All in all I really enjoyed this book like I did the previous two, I highly recommend this book to all who liked the first two, and even then you may like this even without reading those two.

  • Gordon Shumway
    7:11 on July 8th, 2013
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    I really loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for its quirky humor, but I walked into Dreadfully Ever After not really sure what to expect. New author. Story written without the familiar storyline of the original Pride and Prejudice. What would happen, I wondered, and will it keep my attention the way the original did? One thing is for sure – this is not the type of book to read hoping that it will do justice to Jane Austen; it’s the type of book to read and either snicker at the fun weirdness or, if you really want, analyze what the author is trying to say about the time period through use of killer dreadfuls.

    I was happy to find that this installment of P&P&Z preserves the sardonic, strange wit and brings a lot more mayhem to the table in a delightfully comic way. It’s that quirky humor that I love but that not everyone gets, what with the mass amount of blood and killing existing right along side a sense of social propriety. I really, really pictured this book as being Monty Python’s take on these characters, of course in a (slightly) more subtle manner.

    The plot of this book involves Darcy being infected by a zombie and Elizabeth trying to save him. In her deepest need, she turns to Lady Catherine de Bourgh, though they are sworn enemies with a vendetta against each other. Lady Catherine supposedly helps, but she has an agenda of her own that includes her daughter Anne and our beloved Fitzwilliam Darcy. So while Elizabeth is in London trying to manipulate the man with the cure, the de Bourghs are doing their nasty business.

    However, the book does not focus only on Elizabeth and Darcy. A large part of this book seems to be giving closure (however unconventional) to the Bennett sisters. Jane and Lydia aren’t really dealt with because the issue of their marriage has been solved. I love the development of the minor characters in the story. The issue of Kitty and who she is now (post-Lydia) becomes important, especially since the ninja, Nezu, who Lady Catherine has watching them, seems to intrigue her more than is proper and who inspires the more sensible side of her. Also, Mary takes up with a very unlikely character in the attempt to save her brother-in-law from a hellish fate.

    The new characters in the book carry their own weight. As mentioned above, the romantic tension between Kitty and Nezu is reflective of Elizabeth and Darcy in the original in its own way. The two are a matching set despite their differences. Nezu is a highly principled man who has devoted his life to serving as one of Lady Catherine’s ninjas. He’s intense and unrelenting and… did I mention intense? He has to evolve in order to chillax and fall in love.

    This is definitely a must-read if you have a weird sense of humor and like Jane Austen and zombies or any combination thereof. Steve Hockensmith reveals a crazy sort of genius with this one!

    Young Adult Notes:

    Due to the more complicated language structure, I think this would be more suited to older teens who will be able to understand it better. The blood and gore in the story is not really gory enough to merit a huge warning (seriously, think Monty Python). There were a few off-color jokes, but I think everything is in the 12+ range.

  • Brand Legal
    8:49 on July 8th, 2013
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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics) I love how these books are written intermingling a classic with zombies, vampires and whatnots. I can not wait to find and read more. Anyone with ‘good’ suggestions please send a referal, they would be much appreciated.

  • Amitaabh Saboo
    9:32 on July 8th, 2013
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    The third (and hopefully final) book in the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ series commits an unfortunate sin – it takes itself just a little too seriously.

    If ‘Dawn of the Dreadfuls’ felt like someone explaining a joke that didn’t need explaining (which it did), then ‘Dreadfully Ever After’ feels like someone who doesn’t know when to drop the punchline and let it lie.

    I give this latest installment in the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ phenomenon credit for this, at least: I didn’t expect what happened at the outset. In the first pages of ‘Dreadfully Ever After,’ Fitzwilliam Darcy, now happily married to Elizabeth Bennett, is bitten by an unmentionable (a zombie) and afflicted with the strange malady. Only Elizabeth’s old nemesis, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, holds the secret to Darcy’s possible recovery – though it will come at a price.

    What follows is an extension of what we’ve come to expect from the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ universe – old English manners blended with the undead hordes, sweet innocent romance interrupted by sudden bursts of bloody violence, elegant language interspersed with martial arts action. London is presented in a surprising context, a thread left undone is picked up again and drawn out, and old conflicts are at last resolved. Like ‘Dawn of the Dreadfuls,’ ‘Dreadfully Ever After’ does its best to at least tell a good story, and mostly succeeds.

    But much of it feels like things we’ve seen and heard before, and they were done better then. Ninjas, zombies, martial arts, blood, English manners, gore, rolling heads, swords, yadda yadda yadda. This time around the joke feels old and the story feels stretched thin.

    Where the original ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ was sharp and light-hearted, ‘Dreadfully Ever After’ feels dull and uninspired. It takes a parody to lengths where it’s just not that fun anymore.

    Here’s hoping it ends here, and the dead can rest. I fear an additional volume in this too-long and too-serious story could only be…dreadful.

  • hamey
    11:23 on July 8th, 2013
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    I was amused at some of the negative reactions to this work from Austen fans who resent that their favorite “romance” novel was treated so disrespectfully, and I was equally amused at some positive reviews from detractors of Austen who consider this a huge improvement. The book jacket itself encourages this latter response, with its snarky suggestion that this, unlike the original masterpiece, is readable.

    As for those who hate Austen and prefer this adaptation, I am at a loss because about half the book IS word for word, paragraph for paragraph, even page for page copied from the uncopyrighted original! So I am bewildered by those who hate Austen but enjoyed this book — they are probably oblivious to the fact that they are chuckling in large part at Austen’s original work. In fact, I’d suggest that it takes an Austen fan to fully appreciate the book. For me, the greatest pleasure was reading familiar passages that are pure Austen, and then finding the author veer into some zombie or ninja tangent that oddly parallels the original work. Eg- the proposal scene’s dialogue is basically identical to the original, but has Elizabeth and Darcy engaged in physical battle between verbal parries; ditto the Lady Catherine-Elizabeth confrontation at the end. Jane doesn’t just catch cold on her trip to Netherfield; she is attacked and battered by zombies en route. Darcy doesn’t buy Georgiana a new piano; he buys her zombie-fighting apparatus.

    Secondly, P&P is not a Harlequin romance novel. It is satire. Austen ridicules the importance of manners, the impact of snobbery and elitism, the reduction of marriage to a state of prostitution by women like Charlotte who have no other means to support themselves. Austen’s male characters treat the women with great delicacy and chivalry as they bargain for them like cattle; the women are genteel, demurely displaying their cultured accomplishments, while they battle each other ruthlessly and cattily for the attention of the most desirable bachelors; mothers desperately groom their daughters for marriage but inadvertently repel potential suitors by their maniacal and vulgar behaviors. Just as Austen is satirizing her environment and its values, the zombification of P&P satirizes both Austen and the zombie genre. I think Austen might have approved! Those who take Austen as a serious romantic, full of mush and optimism, won’t like this book, but those who read Austen as subversive and cynical will find this to be a fun extension of the satire.

    This adaptation isn’t a complete success, and the author has a few flubs here and there. Lady Catherine couldn’t possibly be in her 70s when her daughter is Darcy’s age (28); Darcy wouldn’t have inquired about Elizabeth’s aunt and uncle in Pemberley, when he hadn’t met them yet — it was her parents he asked about. And occasionally I got the impression that the author, when abbreviating certain scenes, was relying more on Andrew Davies’ screenplay for the A&E miniseries, rather than the book itself. Some reviewers took offense at some of the potty humor (one character becomes incontinent mid-story; there are other bad puns on “balls” and “fingering,” the latter a deviation from Lady Catherine’s reference to Elizabeth’s piano skills), and while I enjoyed each tawdry joke the first time, the author did get a bit repetitive.

    Overall, if you know and like P&P as fun, bitchy satire, and you have a good sense of humor, then you will likely appreciate this book as funny, light reading. If you are not a fan of Austen in the first place, or if you read Austen as serious romance not to be trifled with, then you will likely be put off.

  • HiramAbiff
    13:02 on July 8th, 2013
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    Like “Snakes on a Plane”, the title of this work lets everyone know up front whether or not they’ll like it. No guess work here

    If you like old British novels, full of stilted language, formalities and mannerisms that are long gone, AND you like zombies and zombie killing people, then here is the book you’ve waited for all your life

    Its exactly like Pride and Prejudice, only in every chapter there is a zombie attack or they discover someone who’s been eaten by zombies, etc

    If you hated Pride and Prejudice for any reason other than you thought it was a bit slow or lacking in action, then you’ll hate this too. If you liked it and don’t mind a little gore, then you’ll like this too. Real easy decision to make for just about anyone, i’d think

  • csweet
    14:32 on July 8th, 2013
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    This may sound strange, but not only is this book hilarious because of its incongruous matching of zombies and Regency England, but it also makes (re)reading Jane Austen’s most famous book all the more fun. The author really took his time to weave the zombie fun into the warp and weft of the original book, and the result is a read that made me laugh out loud almost with every single page. I teach Austen at a university, and this might just make its way onto my syllabus for the pure fun it provides at the same time it gets you reading one of our language’s greatest novelists.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Austen fans and of course for zombie fans everywhere!

  • bear_in_mind
    15:56 on July 8th, 2013
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    I loved the other two in this trilogy, both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Dawn of the Dreadfuls received praise from me. This one was no exception. I was happy to see more of Darcy in this one in comparison to Dawn of the Dreadfuls. There was still a great amount of action within the story and even more mystery that developed throughout the book. The strangeness that started after Darcy’s attack wasn’t something that I anticipated and I loved every moment of it. Hockensmith even threw in some new characters, additional romances blooming, and a trip to London. Fans of the series will love this one as well!

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

  • nokia customer
    17:29 on July 8th, 2013
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    In what should come as no surprise to anyone, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a novel about Pride and Prejudice… and zombies. Fully living up to its publisher’s title, Quirk Classics, this novel contains the far fetched, the hard to believe, and the down right insane antics of Jane Austen’s signature characters plunked down in a world over run by brain eating, flesh rotting, and by no means bright “unmentionables” whose presence change a classic into “something people would actually want to read”.

    Also, this book is illustrated! I enjoyed the art in it, even if some of the costumes depicted weren’t completely true to the era, they were far more fitting for the level of fighting that was going on in the book.

    If you mean to enjoy this book you have to take it in the spirit it was written in. Be prepared to laugh at over the top absurdness, far fetched plot lines, insatiable blood-lust, and super human abilities. And, we haven’t even gotten to the zombies yet. Elizabeth and her sisters are warriors, trained in China to be sworn protectors of the crown of England and defenders of Hertfordshire in general and Longbourn in particular, Lady Catherine de Bourgh is a great and mighty warrior with a small highly trained army of ninjas at her command, and Mr. Darcy rides to the rescue with a Brown Bess and Katana at his side, ready to shoot and be-head any of Satan’s servants that cross his path.

    The ridiculous I can forgive, the disbelief that I had to suspend could be attained, almost always, but I have to say that there were times when the story went a bit too far even for the lark that this book was intended to be. There were also times when I wish that I was a trained ninja myself just so that I could karate kick the editor that did such a shoddy job on this book.

    Normally I can forgive a typo here, an awkward sentence there, and even occasions where the author managed to forget what time and place he was talking about and so changed the name of it… once. All of these things happened far too often to be forgiven in this novel. There was an awkward sentence where some bad splice editing resulted in, “she would never see him again, on good terms again.” What? Also the author was attempting to convey the great honor Mr. Darcy and his sister did to Elizabeth by visiting the day of her arriving and not the day after as originally planned. This was done by saying she would arrive the day after, saying she did arrive the day after and then saying afterwards that it was so nice of her to arrive the day of. What? And, finally, the place of Wickam’s banishment was changed several times from Kilkerry to Kilkenny to Kilkerry to Kilkenny again. It’s Kilkenny, by the way.

    My other problem with the book is that the author clearly didn’t comprehend the scenes he was editing. What was being said, why it was being said, or what was really going on in a given scene seemed to go right over his head. There were numerous examples of that throughout. Also during some scenes he wrote in stuff gratuitously just to satisfy what a modern day person would want to say or do in a given situation, not what would have been done in the times it was written, zombies not withstanding. Yes, we all wanted to blast Wickam when he came home to Longbourn with Lydia on his arm. Elizabeth had more wit and class than to actually do it, though.

    But, other than that, if you are in for a book of silliness, zombies, and some old Pride and Prejudice favorites mixed up in a way that’s sure to have Austen spinning in her grave then give Pride and Prejudice and Zombies a whirl. As long as you don’t have high expectations you won’t be disappointed.

  • Navin Johnson
    18:46 on July 8th, 2013
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    Janu Austen is excellent, but ZOMBIES make everything better. For those of us who love the book and can sit through the miniseries in one sitting, anything P&P is excellent. This is just another addition to the wonderful story that is P&P. It is nice to laugh at yourself every once in a while. Seeing the characters in this hilarious situation is refreshing. I just feel bad for all the high schoolers who will fail english because they choose to read this instead of the real one…

  • Tim Crock
    20:40 on July 8th, 2013
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    I bought this as a christening to my new iPad2 (downloaded the Kindle app because iBooks doesn’t have this title) and I have not been able to put it down! I’ve found myself enthralled in its colorful detail chapter after chapter! I can’t wait to read the prequel!

  • Bob Morris
    22:12 on July 8th, 2013
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    This book, which is a sequel to the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is fabulous and has something for almost everyone to enjoy. Amazingly, the author has been able to reproduce the unique voice and writing style and observational wit of Jane Austen, with a twist….Zombies. It sounds like it could never work in a million years, but it does. Let’s face it, Jane Austen just didn’t write that many books in her short life so Jane Austen fanatics will read anything that is even remotely related to or in the vein of Austen. But this is really well done, and hysterically funny to boot. Some of the other books out there in the literature that attempt to reproduce Jane’s voice, or attempt to reproduce other classics with a horror twist, just don’t succeed as much as this series. You do not need to even have read the first in the series to enjoy this book, or even to have read Pride or Prejudice or even to have read anything by Jane Austen. But if you do know a Jane Austen fan, give then a surprising treat and get them this book. This book may actually get younger readers (or not so young readers) to read the original classic for the first time.

  • Peter Sichel
    23:30 on July 8th, 2013
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    This book is 100% silliness, and that’s what makes it so great.

    It begins with Darcy being stricken by the plague, and in desperation Elizabeth sends for the only person she knows can help – the loathed Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lady Catherine takes possession of her nephew and sends Elizabeth on a mission to seduce the man who holds the potential cure to the plague, insisting it’s the only way to save her beloved husband.

    Elizabeth travels to London and meets there her father and sister, Kitty, and the ninja, Nezu, who has been sent to guide them by Lady Catherine. They set about ingratiating themselves – rather arbitrarily – to the doctor who holds the cure. Meanwhile Anne, Darcy’s cousin to whom he had been betrothed before marrying Elizabeth, begins a series of deceptions to make Darcy think he has been deserted by his beloved.

    It all culminates in a fabulous finale, and it’s utterly delightful.

    My only question is, what happened to Georgiana???

  • Roxy Marani
    1:28 on July 9th, 2013
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    Take a classic and tweak it here and there so that it’s suddenly about zombies, and you have a work of literary art that can only be described with one word: BRILLIANT!

    A few concise comments to help potential readers decide wether or not to buy this un-classic:

    1. The cover art is worth the cover price all on its own. My wife makes me keep the book face-down.
    2. Many reviewers have commented that the writing (the non-Austin parts) is somewhat poor: I disagree! I’m a writer, and it can’t be easy to insert zombies into such a historically un-zombie-like narrative.
    3. There are phrases that contain the words “skull,” “teeth,” and “betwixt” all at once. Brilliant.
    4. It will not ruin anything for those who’ve been meaning to brush up on the classics, or rent the (non-zombified) movie.
    5. Ballroom finery is much more appealing to a broad, modern audience when there are zombies involved.

    Seriously though, it’s quite a treat and also a very clever premise. Will you still learn a lesson about the pitfalls of pride and prejudice? Yep, but keep one hand on your dagger while learning it, just in case.

    Oh … the one serious flaw? It doesn’t have a single zombie chicken in it.

  • pOetiQ rOses
    3:03 on July 9th, 2013
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    Didn’t know much about this novel before I downloaded it to my kindle, I just figured it would be a humorous retread of the original. I was pleasantly surprised to find some great additions (not just the zombies!) and a general trueness to Austen’s sensibility. If you ever had a desire to see someone in Pride and Prejudice clobbered, chances are you’ll be satisfied with this read.

    I love Austen’s work and got a kick out of the embellishment to the characters in this version. The only discordant note for me was the “ball” jokes. A little too obvious and crass, but there were thankfully only a few.

  • alpedini
    3:44 on July 9th, 2013
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    After suffering through Pride and Prejudice in a women’s lit class in high school, being one of the three males in the class, and undergoing much embarrassment for my lack of understanding of the subject matter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is bittersweet redemption. It was very nice while reading this to feel as though I am exacting revenge on Jane Austen’s literary masterpiece by not only understanding the work but also enjoying a pseudo-perverse amalgamation of her work and a horror/comedy film.

    No doubt some Austen fans will cry “heresy” at what Seth Grahame-Smith has done, that is take a classic piece of literature and splice in zombie references, but I think others will accept this work as the kind of flattery that it is to Ms. Austen. Others, like myself, who were intellectually incapable of understanding the works of Jane Austen, will feel sweet vindication from enjoying her great work with a smidgen of added immaturity.

    There is no doubt that Grahame-Smith has accomplished something incredibly innovative with this work, possibly spawning a new literary-classic-remade-hilarious genre, and there is also no doubt that he has done so very well.

    I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys comedy, zombies, and classic women’s literature- and I never thought I would recommend anything on those terms.

  • Austin Jones
    4:37 on July 9th, 2013
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    I am a huge zombie fan and a fairly avid reader of classics, so you can imagine how excited I was to see this title on the upcoming list. Unfortunately, from start to finish I couldn’t stop thinking about how much time I was wasting. This may make an excellent movie, but, just like reality TV, it will not stimulate your brain. At best, you can hope to smile once every 25 pages at something moderately clever. Overall, I’d avoid this unless you really need something light as a break from respectable reading.

  • Zziggy
    4:48 on July 9th, 2013
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    I read this book after winning it from Goodreads, and I am so glad that I did! After reading the first in the series, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, I was not too excited to read it because the first book was mostly the same story with zombie fighting thrown in. This book, however, was very enjoyable because it was all new! Of course the characters were familiar but this story was of more interest to me because it was creative, humorous, and such a quick read! I couldn’t wait to find out the fate of poor Mr. Darcy and learn more about all the characters I had become familiar with previously. It also introduced, very well, new characters that were likeable, even if they were not supposed to be. If you are interested in the Quirk Classics and are familiar with the “Pride and Prejudice” characters this is a book that you can really enjoy! Thank you Goodreads!

  • Donna Abreu
    5:00 on July 9th, 2013
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    It was difficult enough to find a mate in England in the 1800s. There were balls to attend, social conventions to follow, and lots of time devoted to deconstructing the looks and words of a potential suitor.

    Oh, and the zombie attacks were distracting, too.

    I find Pride and Prejudice to be charming enough in its original form, with interesting characters and a compelling story. But add in zombies, and it’s even more so. This book preserves most of the original story, but tweaks the characters and situations enough to make the zombie aspect fit. The result is an Elizabeth Bennett who is not only witty and self-confident, but who also is capable of killing ninjas with her eyes closed. I like that about her.

    In places the story gets a bit choppy as the zombie parts are added in, and several characters came to a different end in this story than they did in the original. Overall, though, this was a very amusing story and one I’d recommend to fans of Pride and Prejudice who have a sense of humor about the book.

  • jane chow
    6:23 on July 9th, 2013
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    Received for review from Quirk

    What I Loved: This was a fun, quirky end to the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series. My favorite character by far was Kitty. She was spunky, fun and very dangerous when pushed. Though this was a story about Elizabeth saving Darcy, I felt it was more about Kitty and Mary coming into their own. Finally showing who they were and what they stood for. It was about time the two youngest sisters got in on the action and had stories of their own!

    What I Liked: I liked the story Mary was involved with: breaking into the asylum, working with the boxes, and truly stepping out on her own. She owned her part of the story without asking permission or taking orders from anyone! Mary has always been observant and it paid off in spades.

    Complaints: Honestly, I did not like the Elizabeth part of the antidote story. While I knew in the end she would be the Elizabeth we know and love, somehow her being manipulated by Catherine so much did not ring true!

    Why I gave it a 3.5: This was fun, quick read with some nice artwork in the book. If you are a fan of the series, I think you will like the conclusion!

    Who I would recommend it to: Fans of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series.

  • Josh P
    7:59 on July 9th, 2013
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    The last book in the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” series is definitely the strongest. Two Bennet daughters remain unmarried – Mary and Kitty – while Lizzy is temporarily separated from her husband. It was nice to see these two “background” sisters elevated to main characters. Kitty finally steps out of Lydia’s shadow and Mary’s shrewish behavior swept aside to reveal her great capacity to forgive. As in any good Austen novel, by the end of the book the two girls have found husbands perfectly suited to their personalities. I did miss Jane and Lydia, who barely appear in the story, but I’m willing to sacrifice time with them if it means fully developing the other two.

    Hockensmith retains Austen’s comedy of manners as the Bennets are thrust into the heart of London society. They walk amongst the best of Society at the Ascot races and wearily comb the slums on their quest to find Darcy’s cure. The prejudices against foreigners and distinctions in class are present throughout.

    We finally learn a bit more about the zombie infestation and how it spreads, as well as a potential cure. I thought the cure was quite interesting, in fact; I don’t know if it’s been used in other zombie stories, but Hockensmith creates an explanation that shows why the zombies appeared to England, but haven’t spread beyond the island while giving hope that the English people aren’t doomed to succumb to them. I almost wish a final chapter was written, set fifty or seventy-five years in the future, so that readers could see how everything played out in the long run.

    This is one trilogy that got consistently better with each new book. I’m so glad Steve Hockensmith was brought in to write the prequel and sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance He really made the trilogy stand out in the sea of monster/classics mash-ups which the first book created.

  • More inside
    8:37 on July 9th, 2013
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    I debated whether to give this three or four stars, but decided on four because the whole idea of adding zombies into Pride and Prejudice is just so impressive. That said, it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as I thought it might be. Finding our favorite Pride and Prejudice characters fighting zombies is quite funny the first several times, but it gets kind of boring after a while. Thankfully the author seems to realize this, and around a hundred pages in he stops adding a detailed zombie attack everytime the characters leave the house.

    The last half of the book is actully more enjoyable than the first half, as it finally moves past squeezing the last bits of humour out of randomly throwing zombies at the reader and begins to devolop character relationships in light of the zombie menace. There are few moments in literature quite as amazing as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth dueling with a fire poker, or Elizabeth demonstrating the superiority of her Shaolin fighting style by defeating Lady Catherine’s ninja body-guards. For the most part, this book is quite humerous and enjoyable to read. There are, however, several minor annoyances.

    First, this book is in dire need of a decent editor. The author seems unaware of how to us “a” and “an,” there are a decent number of typos (i.e. the word “any” appears instead of “and” on multiple occassions), and even some spelling errors. The worst part, however, is the use of commas. They are frequenly put in the wrong places, or simply not used at all. He also fluctuates back and forth between spelling it Bennett and Bennet CONSTANTLY throughout the whole book. You would think that he could at least learn how to spell the main character’s name. I am not usually someone who is nit-picky about these kinds of things, but this book has A LOT of small editing errors that are simply annoying and distracting. Note that I am referring to the material added to the text, not Jane Austin’s original text.

    Second, the author feels the need to rely on gross-out gags from time to time, which is simply a bad idea given his audience. I imagine that most people who are fans of Pride and Prejudice are not the sort of people who are amused by vomit gags. Thankfully there are not too many of these.

    For the most part, this is a fun book. If you’re concerned that Mr. Grahame-Smith is going to be disrespectful to Austin’s classic, then you are not the sort of person who is going to enjoy this book. If you find the idea of Mr. Bennett and Mr. Bingly hiding in the underbrush picking off zombies with their muskets to be even mildly humorous, then you might want to give this book a try. I’m hoping we see War and Peace and Vampires sometime in the near future.

  • qpsroqb
    10:34 on July 9th, 2013
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    An interesting read that will have you laughing out loud in places. The mixing of zombies with the classic English literary voice is entertaining, and the various ways in which undead mayhem is injected into the scenes of Pride and Prejudice will make this book a cult classic. However, the gimmicky nature of the novel is somewhat of a put-off – it is neither a literary work nor a true horror novel. Some readers won’t get the joke.

  • JGrablick
    12:06 on July 9th, 2013
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    First, we had “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Then we got a prequel, “Dawn of the Dreadfuls.”

    And finally we have a sequel to round out this warped Regency romance-with-zombies trilogy: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.” This time Steve Hockensmith whacks the Darcy-Bennett families with a threat much closer to home, and it’s an amusing little ride with a very slow middle section.

    After four years of marriage, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are taking a leisurely walk when Darcy is attacked and bitten by a little dreadful boy. Despite her training, Elizabeth’s love for Darcy stops her from beheading and burning him; instead, she appeals to Lady Catherine for a cure. Lady Catherine reveals that a London scientist named Angus McFarquhar (hee hee!) has the cure, and she has a plan for getting it.

    However, the plan involves Elizabeth leaving her infected husband at Rosings, and setting out to seduce the serum out of the scientist. Soon Lady Catherine’s diabolical schemes pull the Bennett family to London, leading to a gruesome race against time involving a sexy ninja, a rabbit, a mystery man in a box, a bunch of dandies and the increasingly sinister Anne de Bourgh! Can Lizzy cure Darcy before he becomes an undead horror?

    “Dreadfully Ever After” isn’t quite as entertainingly tongue-in-cheek as the original “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” though it is fun to revisit Jane Austen’s characters after four zombie-strewn years. And as anyone would expect of a “P&P&Z” sequel, there’s bloody flesh-tearing gore aplenty.

    And Hockensmith has plenty of fun mingling Regency mores (a gentleman’s wife simply doesn’t carry weapons!) with lots of ninjas, zombies, and martial-arts-filled scuffles. He also comes up with a clever resolution to the whole problem of the dreadfuls, which fits in nicely with the attitudes of the British during the Regency period.

    The main problem is that middle section is far too saggy — lots of people scampering around not getting anything accomplished, while Darcy dribbles around Rosings being depressed.

    And Lizzy feels… off as well. I mean, would the spirited and deadly Elizabeth Darcy just agree to EVERY PART OF Lady Catherine’s obviously evil plans? No, I say! But this is somewhat compensated for with Marry and Kitty Bennett, who are usually shoved to the side in “Pride and Prejudice” tales. They each get their own adventures in London, and some romantic interests as well.

    “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After” has some gaping holes in its flesh, but it’s an amusing little sequel to the novelty hit.

  • I believe
    13:03 on July 9th, 2013
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    If you like Jane Austin, you’ll get a kick out of this book. The book is really good,alittle crazy. It made me laugh. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Auriella O'Neill
    13:14 on July 9th, 2013
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    … but…
    1) It is an excellent mashup
    2) It has freaking Zombies… I mean ‘unmentionables’
    3) I started reading it in the local store this afternoon and have wasted most of the afternoon reading it.
    4) Did I mention the Zombies?

    If you like ‘Good Omens’ you’ll like this.
    If you like ‘Shaun of the Dead’ you’ll like this.
    If you’re literate you’ll like this.
    If you’re a zombie you probably won’t

  • Adam Kingston
    14:24 on July 9th, 2013
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    The Pride and Prejudice we all know has been re-imagined. England is over run with brain lusting Zombies. Elizabeth and her sisters are trained and practiced in the deadly art of Zombie slaying. Elizabeth’s best friend has been stricken with the “strange plague”. And a true gentleman beheads the Zombies for his lady, so that she will not soil her dress.

    Without offending die hard Jane Austen fans, maybe Pride and Prejudice should have always had a Zombie element. The Zombies contrast our characters so nicely that they manage to make the sarcasm funnier, the villains more disgusting, and the story even more dramatic. It’s like classic literature in high definition. For instance, when propping Lydia, Mrs. Bennett or Wickham next to hordes of Zombies, the reader does briefly wonder who is viler.

    Seth Grahame-Smith’s ingenious idea for a lethal mix of classic Austen text with Zombie references and battles spawns pure entertainment. This re-telling is obviously deliciously over the top. Here’s a taste: “But the presence of a woman who had slain ninety dreadfuls with nothing more than a rain soaked envelope was an intimidating prospect indeed”. And my favorite quote, “Elizabeth and Darcy happened upon a herd of unmentionables…crawling on their hands and knees, biting into ripe heads of cauliflower, which they had mistaken for stray brains”. This edition also contains illustrations detailing the action and adding to its charming ludicrousness.

    I plan on gifting this to everyone. What a sneaky way to get my teenage brother to appreciate some classic literature. Literary types and Zombie lovers alike should appreciate the spirit of this reinvention, if they don’t relish every word. I have never read anything like it, so I’m officially begging for a series of classic literature injected with Zombie mayhem.

  • MyOption
    16:22 on July 9th, 2013
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    Dreadfully Ever After is the conclusion the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series. Even though I usually dislike books based on other books, I was actually really excited about this one and really enjoyed it. It’s not a literary masterpiece but it’s really cute and amusing.
    The story opens four years after Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding but chaos quickly ensues after Darcy is bitten by a zombie. Elizabeth is forced to turn to her worst enemy, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and appeal to her for help in saving her husband. She embarks on a quest that may save Darcy but ruin their marriage.
    I liked that Mary and Kitty were given much bigger roles (in fact they stood out for me much more than Elizabeth) and we got to know them better. However, I didn’t like that Georgiana Darcy and Jane Bingley seemed like they were going to play a part in the story and were not mentioned again until the end as an afterthought.
    The end was kind of unsatisfactory for me; it was a bit ambigious especially for the conclusion of a series. However, I would have been happy with it if I knew that another novel was to follow.

  • Judge Rob
    17:30 on July 9th, 2013
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    Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s love has survived it seems. Dreadfully Ever After picks up after the nuptials and takes off fast onto new adventures for the couple. In the company of zomibies or dreadfuls, ninjas, and a crazy Aunt their relationship is challenged once again. The future looks horribly bleak for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth must battle through her antagonists to save his life.
    I was afraid that this installment would prove to be overkill, but I was pleasantly surprised. There seemed to be more action and I found myself eager to pick the book back up again. I highly recommend this series and especially this installment.
    via Library Thing shayrp

  • lollercoaster
    19:08 on July 9th, 2013
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    I am a lover of zombie literature, but some of it is poorly written–this is not the case for P&P&Z. It goes without saying that the base story written by Austen is well done, but what is amazing is seeing how well the zombie and fighting elements have been written and interwoven with the existing storyline. The new parts join with the original to make a story at once familiar and yet spectacularly more enjoyable. This is a zombie-filled joy to read, I highly recommend it!

  • Apple Staffer
    20:45 on July 9th, 2013
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    The author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies takes the original Jane Austen characters and gives them a future and a new reality…a reality that bites. Not having to insert zombies into existing material, he’s free to create his own story–with some classic `zombie lore’ in place, such as the common conflict of… `what would I do if someone I loved turned into a zombie?’ Luckily, there’s another common zombie plot device… A possible cure! But zombies aren’t the only problem. This could become an apocalyptic battle between the bourgeois and the elite!

    Which is what makes this novel somewhat timely. With the recent royal wedding raising questions about the purpose and importance of a monarchy, Dreadfully Ever After touches upon many of these sore and festering subjects…albeit in an undead context. This is really how you could imagine Romero doing it if he used his flair for zombie satire to create a social commentary on the past instead of the future. Expect a whole lot of zombie slaughtering fun, as well as revenge, romance, humor, gore…and proper etiquette.

  • Hyoun Park
    22:33 on July 9th, 2013
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    Four years have passed since Elizabeth married Darcy, and she is no longer allowed to carry weapons. During a walk back home, Darcy is bitten by an unmentionable. Elizabeth must swallow her pride, and cast aside her honor if she is to receive help from Lady Catherine, who has made at least one assassination attempt on Elizabeth since the wedding. Mr. Bennett and Kitty are drafted to help Elizabeth by pretending to be a family of rich foreigners (loved that Elizabeth uses the name “Ursula” heh heh) to root out a possible cure being kept secret from the general public.

    The story is told through several POVs, but Elizabeth is surprisingly not the central figure. More attention is given to Darcy’s and Kitty’s perspectives, and I enjoyed the character of Kitty very much this time around; she has grown up quite from the silly girl in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In contrast, another of the Bennett girls, Mary, has become quite outgoing, and her character was another favorite of mine in this sequel. In fact, I found Elizabeth to be extremely boring compared to her sisters. (I am even hoping that Kitty and Mary might have their own adventure, if Hockensmith is up to writing just one more!)

    Darcy’s cousin Anne is portrayed in a rather sinister manner, and when it is revealed what has happened to Anne during her time under the thumb of her mother -Lady Catherine- she was a formidable character, as opposed to the meek girl she once was. In addition, the source of the possible cure is horrific and repulsive, showing how desperate the English have become. Interestingly, we learn a bit more about the nature of the zombie virus that has ravaged Britain since Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls.

    Out of the Hockensmith books, this was by far my favorite, especially because Elizabeth takes a backseat to the actions of her sisters, Kitty and Mary. The storyline flowed effortlessly, and included a few behind-the-scenes details from the first two books that the characters were unaware of themselves, until several secrets are revealed to them. Highly recommended!!

  • Mehwish khan
    23:19 on July 9th, 2013
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    I was an English major in college when I encountered Pride and Prejudice for the first time. I loved it–after a semester of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, it was nice to be reading a romance novel for a change.

    But in the end I was unsatisfied. There were so many questions left unanswered: What could conceivably induce Chrlotte Lucas to marry the intolerable Mr. Collins? What were those soldiers even doing in that part of England when, at the time Austen was writing the book, she would have supposed them in Brussels, fighting Napoleon? How could Mr. Bingley’s balls exact such excitement from an entire community? Now I have the answer: (Spoiler Alert) Zombies.

    With the addition of Zombies, everything in Pride and Prejudice falls into place. Miss Lucas’s marriage, Lady Catharine’s widely held respect, even Elizabeth’s remarkable self control and discipline makes more sense now that I know of her training in the orient.

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies shows that occasionally due an excessive concern for popular sentiment or commerical appeal, an editor may be a trifle too liberal with the red pen. When I think of the generations who have been deprived of this edition, my only comfort is knowing that, with Miss Austen listed as primary author, librarians will now be shelving Pride and Prejudice and Zombies alongside the original redacted version.

    Now that the Zombie barrier has been breached, I look forward to reading Of Mice and Men and Zombies, Being and Nothingness and Zombies, Crime and Punishment and Zombies, and War and Peace and Zombies, which, with the reinsertion of the Zombie scenes, will finally be a substantial read.

  • John Stephenson
    0:04 on July 10th, 2013
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    This book is 100% silliness, and that’s what makes it so great.

    It begins with Darcy being stricken by the plague, and in desperation Elizabeth sends for the only person she knows can help – the loathed Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lady Catherine takes possession of her nephew and sends Elizabeth on a mission to seduce the man who holds the potential cure to the plague, insisting it’s the only way to save her beloved husband.

    Elizabeth travels to London and meets there her father and sister, Kitty, and the ninja, Nezu, who has been sent to guide them by Lady Catherine. They set about ingratiating themselves – rather arbitrarily – to the doctor who holds the cure. Meanwhile Anne, Darcy’s cousin to whom he had been betrothed before marrying Elizabeth, begins a series of deceptions to make Darcy think he has been deserted by his beloved.

    It all culminates in a fabulous finale, and it’s utterly delightful.

    My only question is, what happened to Georgiana???

  • Queen Nowitzke
    0:49 on July 10th, 2013
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    A fun and funny book overall, though the zombie business gets a bit tired after awhile. A few lines had me laughing out loud, but there were even more lines that made me wonder whether the copy editor wasn’t, in fact, one of the sadly stricken. I know they moved up the pub date on this book, but it’s no excuse for the reliably shoddy editing (one character is quoted at length without ever having been written into the scene!). The “zombification” of the characters is a bit uneven, as more than one reviewer has already noted. Elizabeth does indeed seem a little psychotic; you’d think only the “manky dreadfuls” (love that phrase!) would eat their victims’ still-throbbing hearts, not the faithful student of Master Liu. A fun read as a library book, and a movie may be entertaining (heard it’s in the works), but I’m glad I didn’t pay for the privilege of reading it.

  • nailed it
    2:04 on July 10th, 2013
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    Does not disappoint! I found myself bursting forth with laughter throughout the entire book almost as much as I did with the first book. As usual people are being eaten by Zombies, Ninjas are flipping & jumping about, proper folks don’t say the Z word, & ladies are expected to behave. I don’t know how Hockensmith manages to make lusting for bloody brains or the plague so funny, yet he did a third time with Dreadfully Ever After.
    Even though I don’t think this book is as good as the first two;(Dawn of the Dreadfuls being my favorite)I would say it is 4.5 rather than the 5 I gave it; I couldn’t bring myself to give it 4. I enjoy the trilogy too much for that!
    Since I read this book, I cannot speak for it’s audio version, but I can say if the same person who read the first two, read this one as well, it must be a roaring good time! I listened to the other 2 on audio several times; they made me laugh every single time! I plan to add Dreadfully Ever After to my Audio Library. This is a trilogy well worth having & enjoying time & time again!
    If you haven’t read the prior books you probably should before reading this one. I don’t think you must read the others to understand this one but I think it would help you to appreciate this one more. This isn’t some super complex tail. None of them are. They are simply silly, goofy, good times! If you don’t like ridiculous silly stuff than you probably will not care for any of these Zombie stories.
    As for me, I have been thoroughly enjoying the Quirk Classics & will be reading The Meowmorphosis next. It looks to be another Quirk Classics good time!

  • Effie Rigotti
    2:59 on July 10th, 2013
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    DREADFULLY EVER AFTER is the final installment in the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES mashup trilogy. Whereas the first book in the series (the aptly named PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES) – written by Seth Grahame-Smith – is a rework of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the subsequent two novels (both penned by Steve Hockensmith) comprise original material. While DAWN OF THE DREAFULS precedes the events of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by five years, DREADFULLY EVER AFTER is a sequel, following new bride Lizzie Bennet’s desperate search for a cure to the zombie affliction that has overcome her beloved Mr. Darcy.

    As with its predecessors, DREADFULLY EVER AFTER is bloody good fun. Action packed and filled with ninjas, zombie slayers, and reanimated corpses, DREADFULLY EVER AFTER retains much of the maudlin humor and sardonic wit that fans have come to know and love. If you didn’t enjoy the previous two books or aren’t a fan of the mashup genre in general, probably you aren’t reading this review anyhow.

    I listened to the previous installments on audiobook – between housework and exercise, it’s one of my few opportunities for leisure “reading” – and slightly prefer that format for this series. But I received a copy of DREADFULLY EVER AFTER through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program, so I’m really in no position to complain. Either way, I can’t wait for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES to come to the big screen, Natalie Portman or no. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets 28 DAYS LATER – and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, of course. Score!

  • Vavvvv
    3:13 on July 10th, 2013
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    The title really says it all with this book: Jane Austen’s classic mixed with the carnivorous living dead – an incongruously bizarre mixture which results in a world, and characters, which seem in part like distorted reflections of the ones that we all know and love. The plot is too familiar to rehash, following that of the original faithfully, although with the addition of a `strange plague’ afflicting Georgian England, which has resulted in the dead rising from their graves and wandering in search of fresh brains. To deal with this trouble, and for self-defence, the well-to-do have turned to the Arts of the Orient, with the richest making the journey to Japan, and the less wealthy to China. Thus, we have Lizzie Bennett and her sisters as Shaolin-trained slayers; Mr Darcy having studied at Kyoto; and Lady Catherine de Bourgh with a guard of ninjas. Blood flows, enemies are decapitated, and Jane and Bingley, and Lizzie and Darcy, follow their not entirely smooth paths to true love and marriage.

    As a lover of the original, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, but the very ridiculousness of the combination of early nineteenth century manners with violent mayhem is curiously engaging. Seth Grahame Smith has done a good job of blending elements and expressions from Austen’s text with his own – although that’s not to say that there are not weaknesses with it, as other reviewers have already identified – but there are a good many humorous passages and twists on the original which will easily raise a smile on the face of any but the most dedicated Austen fan who regards any tampering with the novel as sacrilege. That said, the book is not absolutely unputdownable, and you may find that you can take it in short doses, rather than having to devour it at a single sitting, or may find that after getting the joke in the first few chapters, you have no desire to read the rest. If so, you’ll miss out on a few laughs, but not much more.

  • Don Nathan
    3:41 on July 10th, 2013
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    Most readers have at least heard of the premise of this novel, because it made a big impression on the book world a couple of years back and spawned a whole horde of “literary mashups”, enough to start an entire subgenre. I wanted to give PPZ another look, just to solidify my memory of how successful this novelty book is on a comedic level–pretty decent.

    If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you’ll probably spend the first several pages giggling and generally feeling delighted at seeing well-known passages from P&P rendered with zombie discussions included. There’s a certain joy that comes from glancing at the first page and reading, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains,” because this opening line has been paraphrased, parodied, and mis-quoted so often,that we’re used to seeing new spins on it, but never one this drastic. We know we’re in for some fun when that first page is done and a simple husband-and-wife discussion between the Bennets about marrying off their daughters becomes a squabble about survival in a world full of the undead. But yeah, it’s still all done for laughs, so I try not to read too much into it. Here are a few things I’ve observed about PPZ.

    Some things that have changed in this version of the story: 1. Lizzy is basically a ninja. In the original, she’s wittier and sharper than her sisters, but readers have aways attributed all manner of fierceness and awesomeness to her, so her killing zombies is just the next logical step. I think her killer instincts are pushed just slightly too far to still be funny, but that’s just me.

    2. Mr. Darcy is also a ninja. Again, I think this is just a few steps of character progression above his existing level of coolness. You do not have to look very far on the internet before you find someone waxing lyrical about Mr. Darcy’s virtues, so his ability to slay a thousand undead shamblers fits right in with what we expect of him. (On a related note, I wonder how great we readers would think the original Mr. Darcy is if we weren’t always being told how great he is. I very much like his character, but I ask myself how much of my fondness is based on other people’s continual assertions that he’s great.)

    3. Mr. Bennet is active. In the original story, I always saw Mr. Bennet as incredibly passive. I loved him for his wisecracking and intelligence and I never saw him as a weak man, but it’s hard to keep from noticing that he doesn’t do much of anything in the story until Lydia’s moral failure forces him to move. In PPZ, Mr. Bennet is all about preparing for a bloody apocalypse, which is a nice change from someone who was always retiring to the library.

    Subtle wit: You’d think that a book with the gall to add zombies to a literary classic would just beat you up with its concept over and over again…which does happen, but there are also nice little passages where the author is having fun with the reader. Like when Lydia says that she’s the most tempting member of her family (instead of saying “I’m the tallest”, as she’s supposed to), it’s a laugh-out-loud moment for P&P fans who know how Lydia ends up in the first story. Mr. Bennet’s put-downs are amazing, and I’d also advise paying close attention to Mr. Darcy’s lines–they are hilarious when you least expect them to be.

    Absurdity: Naturally, it’s very appealing to see the proper society manners of Georgian England contrasted with zombie violence. After an attack, everyone just picks up their good manners like nothing has gone wrong.

    To really enjoy PPZ, it’s best if you like both Jane Austen and zombies, as I do. If you’re a hardcore Jane Austen fan, you might not appreciate the broad humor and blood spattering, and if you’re a fan of zombie gore, you may find the old-fashioned writing a bit tedious. But if you can enjoy both things, you’ll have a fun time seeing them jammed together in one book. The joke does seem to go on a little too long, though, kind of like an SNL skit stretched out to fill an entire 90-minute movie, but PPZ is still fun enough that there’s no reason not to at least give it a look. Grade: B+

    Best lines: “As guests fled in every direction, Mr. Bennet’s voice cut through the commotion. “Girls! Pentagram of Death!”" (pg 15)

    Caroline Bingley: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
    Mr. Darcy: “Spoken like one who has never known the ecstasy of holding a still-beating heart in her hand.” (pg 45)

    Lady Catherine: “Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas? I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety.” (pg 133)

  • Jennifer Salerno
    5:11 on July 10th, 2013
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    This adaptation of Austen’s beloved tale may not appeal to all those who hold her work in high regard. However those with a healthy sense of humor, who are not put off by a bit of gore or the eating of brains, and who are willing to look at the inclusion of zombie mayhem as adding to the social satire of the original will not be disappointed. While the title and cover art may appeal to those who enjoy the zombie genre, if you are looking for a tale fraught with violence and blood splatter on every page in plane English this is not the book for you. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does however have the potential of drawing in readers who may not have otherwise considered reading about zombies on one end or thought to tackle a work by Jane Austen on the other. Those that have shied away from reading Austen’s work in the past may find this book a gateway to enjoying the language and literary style of the original regardless of gender. On the other hand those that had never considered reading about a zombies lust for brains or ninjas may also be inclined to widen their literary diet.

  • Friv Pro
    6:55 on July 10th, 2013
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    The third book in the series we see Darcy turn into a Dreadful/Unmentionable right from the beginning and Elizabeth hands him over to Lady Catherine De Bourgh who in turn sends Elizabeth to London to procure the antitode.

    Elizabeth’s sisters and Father join her in the adventure and they find the ill-tempered Scotsman who can get the antitode. With some cunning, flirting and a lot of fighting this story is a lot more complex than the first. The chapters are very well paced, jumping from the girls’s story in London and the creepy house where Darcy is being kep with his weird cousin Anne. The characters all become more developed and we get to see more of Mary and Kitty and who they are becoming in life.

    I was glad to see that the mother did not make an appearance much in this book, she is written in as a real B if you know what I mean and I really did not like her much after the first 2 books. I really enjoyed seeing Kitty develop and I think she was my favorite character in this book.

    The mix of Ninja fighting skills and the girls is really hilarious in itself. Of course for me any girl that is trained to kick butt and can still maintain some sophistication in heated situations gets an A in my book.

    So far I think this is my favorite book in the series, the character development, and the fast paced story-line really kept me laughing and rooting for the girls to overcome not only the Zombies but everything that was in their way from finding the cure to England’s infestation.

    The basis of why I have been giving these books 4-5 star rating is that they are really a great story. The first book really just being a humorous version of Pride and Prejudice (with a twist). The second helps building of the characters and the setting. And the third is just tied up with lots of action, still some great humor and just all around Kick Ass girls with Ninja skills..there really is nothing else I could ask for in a good story. They are very entertaining. And I know I am not a little kid anymore, but I really enjoyed having the pictures thrown in every couple of chapters to add to the experience.

  • Vincent Hirai
    8:32 on July 10th, 2013
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    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES BY JANE AUSTEN AND SETH GRAHAME-SMITH: Wait a minute! Check that again. Did you read it correctly? Yep. Definitely says Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. And the cover proves it. Well now, there’s something you don’t see everyday.

    Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has an eclectic oeuvre, author of Pardon My President, The Spider-Man Handbook, and The Big Book of Porn; he’s now a member of a growing group of writers who’ve decided there’s more to Pride and Prejudice than just the words penned by Jane Austen. In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Grahame-Smith works on a simple premise: what if in the world of Mr. Darcy getting to know Miss Bennett the dead did not stay dead, but became zombies searching for delicious brains. Grahame-Smith has created a new art form here in taking a good percentage of the original text and inserting his own text alongside it. His talent is in using the same voice as Austen, so that the new scenes featuring zombie mayhem and impressive martial arts skills from the Bennett sisters are written in the same tone and therefore aren’t different or jarring.

    There are two different schools of training in this world. The Bennett sisters are trained martial arts professionals, having spent years training under Master Liu in Shaolin, China. They each know how to use a variety of different weapons, though Elizabeth is best with her katana. When the five are together, facing a horde of zombies, they execute the Pentagram of Death fighting move that never fails. While Mr. Darcy was trained in Japan, under his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the most famous zombie killer in all of Britain. Along with the help of her highly trained ninjas, she is unstoppable. That is until she must face Elizabeth Bennett in an ultimate showdown over Mr. Darcy’s hand.

    Austen fans need not worry that Grahame-Smith has ridiculed a work of art, but has merely added and in some ways “improved” it, giving the story a new look and new subplots. He even provides a Reader’s Discussion Guide at the end of the book. The last question reads: “Some scholars believe that the zombies were a last-minute addition to the novel, requested by the publisher in a shameless attempt to boost sales. Others argue that the hordes of living dead are integral to Jane Austen’s plot and social commentary. What do you think? Can you imagine what this novel might be like without the violent zombie mayhem?” After reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies you won’t be able to.

    Seth Grahame-Smith will be appearing on a future episode of BookBanter. Go to [...] for more information and updates.

  • Umm
    10:09 on July 10th, 2013
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    I won’t even attempt to comment on Austen’s original plot or characters, but rather just the new element of the zombies, because that’s probably the only motivation for half the people even thinking about reading this book. (Not to undermine classic literature or anything, but come on, you know it’s true :P )

    In short, the cover photo is the best thing about this new edition of Pride & Prejudice. This would lead one to believe that it really is the manic, tongue-in-cheek blood bath it proclaims to be. But it isn’t. Any scenes that involve zombie encounters last less than one page, and are very random and sporadic anyway, not quite fitting in with the overall story. I’m sure there’s some sort of statement about classes in there somewhere, but they didn’t explore it fully enough to really let us form an opinion about it. I can appreciate the idea of what Mr. Grahame-Smith was trying to do here, but in my opinion he did it lazily. I guess it’s a matter of taste, but I would think that if you’re going to venture into zombie territory at all, then you need to really go all the way and be as outrageous and over the top as you can possibly be. Sure, it’s cute for a one-time read, and unlike some of the other reviewers I did enjoy the tacky ball jokes and other clever quips, but overall it was much too tame to really revive interest in this sort of literary genre.

  • Good Post
    10:57 on July 10th, 2013
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    I love the Quirk Classics imprint but, please, let this be the last of the Jane Austen zombie series. It’s really getting old.

    It’s the same characters, the same basic plots, the same maudlin and silly Victorian action scenes. You’d think it would be hard to make a zombie book that’s rather dull, but they managed.

    That said, it’s still a well-written book and a perfectly passable parody, it’s just a bit old hat at this point.

  • Tony Webb
    12:28 on July 10th, 2013
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    You wouldn’t expect it after the mash-up of his first Austen zombie novel, but the author takes this one in new directions and the result is an, um, FRESH amalgam of classic Austen wit and zombie horror/shenanigans. Highly recommended!

  • Luis Gaillard
    14:19 on July 10th, 2013
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    Dreadfully Ever After / 978-1-59474-502-7

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Quirk Classic “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, and I loved the manner in which the ultra-violent zombie mayhem was cleanly and precisely inter-woven with the original Austen prose and settings. Now we have “Dreadfully Ever After”, a sequel to PPPZ, and the end to the trilogy that was rounded out with prequel novel “Dawn of the Dreadfuls”.

    “Dreadfully Ever After” has a very different tone from the first PPPZ – neither Jane Austen nor Seth Grahame-Smith have contributed to the writing, and it shows – almost all of the dry wit and sardonic social commentary from the first has been removed and replaced with attempts at self-referential humor and double entendres jabbing at English sexual austerity. Whether or not this will delight the reader will be a matter of personal choice, and I can see how the writing could be pleasing to many readers, but for me personally it often felt as though the text was trying TOO hard to make certain I “got” the joke. Overall, I would have preferred a more subtle writing style that was humorous in terms of the Austenian society + zombie mayhem mishmash rather than in-text jokes about British sexuality.

    Whereas PPPZ obviously took some liberties with the characters of the Bennet girls, these liberties were finely interwoven with the original text so that while the girls were transformed from delicate maidens to hardened warriors, their essential underlying personalities were still very much the same. “Dreadfully Ever After”, however, strains somewhat under the character changes presented here. On the negative side, Elizabeth Bennet has been frustratingly reduced to a shadow of her former self, and while a valiant attempt is made to justify these changes in text (I rather imagine spending four years doubting your self-image and struggling to maintain your skills in a socially acceptable fashion *would* leave one a little rusty and vacillating), I’m still unconvinced that Darcy and Lizzy ended PPPZ as the type of people that would let social expectations make them unhappy and filled with self-doubt. As a result, the changes to Lizzy’s character seem rather forced for the sake of the story.

    On the other hand, the upgrades applied to the characters of Mary and Kitty are very welcome, even if the girls do end up stealing the show entirely as the overall goal of the plot seems to wallow a bit near the middle of the novel in order to spend more time on romantic angst. Still, most of the romantic dialogue occurs during fight scenes, which is always a bonus in my book.

    I’m not sure who this book will appeal to, necessarily. If you really liked the characters of Lizzy and Darcy in PPPZ and wanted to see the continuation of their story, then “Dreadfully Ever After” will sate your hunger in that regard, providing you won’t be too put off by some of the changes to Lizzy’s character in order to propel the plot. On the other hand, if you really only liked PPPZ for the skillful interweaving of Jane Austen’s social satire and Seth Grahame-Smith’s hilarious zombie mayhem, then I’m not certain “Dreadfully Ever After” will scratch your itch for more sardonic wit and hilarious genre juxtaposition – this novel has its funny moments, but the tone is definitely noticeably different from the first. I’d recommend reading the first chapter or two and then buying the book if that sample hooks you.

    NOTE: This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through Amazon Vine.

    ~ Ana Mardoll

  • Josh P
    16:08 on July 10th, 2013
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    On paper, the concept behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sounds like it was written specifically for me. Take the fact that I have a degree in English and have read Pride and Prejudice more than a few times and add to it that I’m in love with all things zombies, and you’d think that a book that proclaims rather tongue-in-cheekly: “Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem” would be right up my alley.

    A good number of people know the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her quest for love. Pride and Prejudice was a funny story that I’m sure more than a few people struggled to get through. It has since been rehashed, mangled and used as a jumping off point in so many stories, that even if you didn’t know the story, you’ve probably seen it somewhere and in some form. Again, on paper, mashing this classic story with zombies brought a smile to my face and made me think that maybe it’d work. And in the beginning it did.

    There’s a nice set up, with an explanation for why, in the original text, there was a military camp set up. Early exposition involving the zombie situation added a nice, sometimes subtle humor to the proceedings. Unfortunately, as the story progressed I felt like I was reading two different books; on one hand there’s the Austen story which is pretty much entirely intact. And on the other, there’s the sections/sentences/words added in by Seth Grahame-Smith that feel tacked on. My problems arise not with the zombies being smashed into a literary classic. If done well, that would be hilarious. But instead we have these little pieces of zombie literature simply mashed into the story which kept pulling me out of the story. Every time I would start to get hooked, something that Smith entered would pull me back out.

    Once in awhile, Smith’s interjections proved humorous. For instance, Charlotte’s illness and zombification is a terrific little side note that’s handled with humor and reminded me of the film Dead Alive. But, too often, it feels completely out of place. Also, it kind of confuses me how someone could interject roughly 20% of the text and rely on Austen’s 80% of the written work and make money. I guess the ultimate irony is that zombie fans who pick it up end up mostly reading a moldy classic.

  • Matt S.
    17:13 on July 10th, 2013
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    As some other reviewers have noted, the execution could have been smoother– in particular, the concept of the silly Kitty and Lydia and gentle Jane as deadly zombie slayers was something of a stretch. I think that if perhaps not ALL the Bennet sisters were made into warriors, it would have been a good deal better. And while the innuendo about balls was funny at first, it got old, and so many other opportunities to add a bit more spice to the flirtatious repartee were missed. (Good Lord, am I really reviewing the addition of zombies to a classic romance by saying “there should have been more innuendo!”? *is a bit scandalized*)

    Nevertheless, I loved it. I’m a fan of the original and, IMO, the plague of zombies did not diminish it in the slightest. The war against the undead being waged in the background was hilarious and refreshing and I was bursting out laughing every few pages. Because somehow, it very nearly fit.
    Envisioning Mr. Darcy and Lady Catherine du Bourghe as vicious, bloodthirsty slayers of the undead was rather easy, when you got down to it, and a good deal of the vaguely alluded to difficulties with travel and social improprieties that no doubt were unnecessary to enumerate when Austin wrote it were rather neatly explained away for the younger generation by zombie incursions. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that anyone who wants to encourage an otherwise not literature-inclined teenager to take an interest in the classics could do no better than to give them this book.
    And I cannot repeat too much how incredibly funny it is, particularly if you have read the original. The rampant death and mayhem complement the original’s dry and absurd humor in a way I would never have imagined it would. If Jane Austen is rolling in her grave, she’s rolling with laughter.

    I am very short on cash and bought it fully intending to return it if it was anything less than awesome. But it’s worth the $12.95 and I’m keeping it.

  • iPhone Coder
    18:01 on July 10th, 2013
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    The last book in the mash-up trilogy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starts out a few years into Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam’s marriage. As a married lady, Elizabeth is no longer allowed to carry a sword, although her hand-to-hand combat skills are just as deadly as ever. During a walk home from her sister’s house, Elizabeth reluctantly confesses to her husband that she finds the thought of motherhood somewhat… unappealing. In his shock, Mr. Darcy allows an unmentionable to get too close, and it bites him. Elizabeth knows she must kill her husband, but cannot bring herself to do it. Instead, she seeks the aid of the legendary Lady Catherine. Lady Catherine reveals that she knows how to cure her nephew – but the price for her assistance is high. Perhaps too high. Elizabeth boldly agrees to whatever terms the Lady Catherine requires, which may cure her husband but kill her marriage. She sets out or London, her family at her side, to slay zombies, fight off ninjas, and seek the cure before Darcy is lost forever.

    As with the previous two books, Dreadfully Ever After was action-packed, fast-paced, and full of humor, suspense, and even a few surprises. I’m not a big reader of the `classics’ (your gasps of horror inserted here), so these horror/regency/classics mash-ups are perfect for me. Modern apocalyptic twists make stuff I probably should have read a long time ago more appealing.

    This one takes itself a little more seriously than the first two books, but it still has the wit and humor I’ve come to expect from the series. It was nice to see Mary and Kitty enjoy some limelight, although I did miss spending more time with Elizabeth and Darcy, who are separated for the majority of the novel. The middle of the book was a bit draggy, with more angst and less action than I’d like, but the love scenes are still interrupted by frequent bouts of violence and entrails flying through the air.

    If you enjoyed the first two in this series, you’ll enjoy this book.

  • Quanty
    18:37 on July 10th, 2013
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    I stumbled across this book whilst browsing for a safe and effective way to deal with my serious pirate problem. I typically don’t like classic literature unless there are lots of killer clowns, baby geniuses or both. I didn’t realize that Jane Austen — who I would guess is related to the original $6 million man — could be so entertaining.

    My wife thought it was horrendous that somebody would write a book like this, but I told her that it was okay since the romance parts really didn’t get in the way of the good stuff.

    She then said, “How would you like it if they put zombies in the middle of your favorite Christmas movie — Die Hard.” “Whoa!” I said, “That would be sooooo awesome!”

    I can just see the dialogue now:

    John McClane says “”Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs… and now if terrorists aren’t enough, there are flesh-eating undead!”

    John McClane: [talking to himself] Why the **** didn’t you stop ‘em, John? ‘Cause then you’d be just like the undead, too.

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