Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review: Dreadfully Ever After (A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel) by Steve Hockensmith

Check your stuffy self at the door and prepare for another fun action-adventure ride from the Bennetts!

The conclusion to the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy picks up after Darcy and Lizzie should begin their happily ever after, but this is an England of Zombies.  Poor Darcy is bitten by a dreadful and Lizzie races to save her husband before she is forced to chop his head off.

Steve Hockensmith is the genius behind the first big classic mash-up, bringing readers on a hilarious and original twist to one of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice.  It's only right that Hockensmith come back to bring it all home with Dreadfully Ever After.

Full disclosure time.  I did not expect to like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and was afraid that Hockensmith was going to muck it up by poking fun and some of the most beloved characters in literature.  But I loved it.  The authors of the P&P&Z trilogy have handled the Bennetts with care and respect.  These writers are just as in love with Austen's original as we are.  This is why I could not say no when Quirk Books asked me to review Dreadfully Ever After - it has been too much fun up until this point to miss out on the latest adventure!

I don't want to give too much of the story away, but I can say I enjoyed it almost as much as I did the first - Dreadfully Ever After coming in a VERY close second.  Mr. Bennett and Elizabeth are at the center of this story as he guides Lizzie toward newly wedded bliss.  Lizzie's quest gives us plenty of action, loads of laughs (zombie races!), plot twists with a very interesting conclusion for Lady Catherine. 

If you loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, don't miss Dreadfully Ever After

Book Extras:
Dreadfully Ever After Facebook Page - "like" for cool prizes!
Unmentionables Preparedness Kit
Quirk Books on Twitter
Steve Hockensmith - author's website

About the Book:
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594745021
ISBN-13: 978-1594745027

About the Author:
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. 

Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

1 comment:

mike draper said...

I enjoyed your review and I'm glad you loved the book. You certainly described it well.


PS Just heard from the publisher that they will be publishing my own novel and to celebrate, I'm having a giveaway of "The Lincoln Lawyer" at my blog, please check it out.

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