Rejected by my book club…

But I can’t let that stop me: There’s been a collection of interesting and unusual books out that I’ve recently read. I ran a couple by my book club – but they seem to prefer titles that win awards like the Man Booker, Giller – or even the Oprah list… I like those too. I joined a book club to broaden my reading horizons – so I offered them a sci-fi novel, which they accepted politely, but they are hard nuts to crack…

They refused to crack over: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Released in April 2009, and a New York Times best seller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a modern twist to Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice, by injecting into the narrative a number of pop-culture elements, including hungry and violent zombies. The book was written by American author Seth Grahame-Smith and published by Quirk Books, which, after the book’s surprising success, went on to release Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, another novel based on another beloved Jane Austen classic.

According to Wiki: On October 30 2009, Quirk Books announced that the third book in its Quirk Classics series was to be a prequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. To be published on March 30, 2010, this book will explore how Elizabeth Bennett became such a seasoned zombie hunter and deals with her early martial arts training and her unfortunate early romantic experiences before the events of the first novel. Seth Grahame-Smith will not be writing the prequel, however, as he is currently involved with Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.  Steve Hockensmith will be its author.

How could a book club not be interested in this novel? A Jane Austen-style romance with warrior women, codes of honour, nijas and a zombie apocalypse.

Have you read this or any of the other books mentioned? Leave a comment and let me know.

Published in: on December 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Actually, these books sound quite entertaining. The exploration of other ideas (or “imagination”) is what makes fiction, and especially science fiction so much fun. Even though these books are outside my normal genre, who can resist Abraham Lincoln hunting down Vampires? It just sounds like a whole lot of fun.

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