Saturday, 3 July 2010 avid reader.

I noticed today that I haven't posted about reading for a long time, since just after Christmas I think. I started the year taking part in the 100 book challenge, but I've stopped, as I was just forcing myself to read, and it removes the enjoyment.

The other reason is that I keep note of what I read(more or less) on Goodreads - feel free to add me if you have an account and haven't already. I've gone through phases of not reading much, and ones where, as in the last two weeks, I read 5 books in a week. I figure that I read alot, and I read a variety, so it's probably enough!

Recently, I've really enjoyed most of what I've read, but the one I had the most preconceptions about turned out to be the one I enjoyed most!

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

I have put off reading 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies', partly because I didn't want to be disappointed by it (I am a huge Austen fan), and because I have heard/read alot of scathing reviews in it.

I was expecting to be disappointed, but I wasn't. In fact, I think Grahame-Green has done a brilliant job of adding the zombie element to the story. In it, we find that the Bennet girls live in an England over-run with zombies, are trained in the 'deadly arts', and are the best zombie hunters in their area.

It is a really good mixture of classic fiction and fantasy - I found it very like what Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have been had it been written in the 1800s! I read it in one sitting, absorbing the story well known to me, whilst enjoying the new parts. Austen's grand romance is still there, but the girls occasionally have some zombies to deal with. One of the highlights of the book for me is that it has classic book illustrations, but they are of zombies eating people's brains, or Elizabeth Bennet fighting with them!

The additions are well written in, which is an accomplishment when working with Austen's beautiful storytelling.. They bring moments of humour and horror to the story, without actually detracting from the central theme. I don't think everyone would enjoy it - I happen to like both classic and fantasy, which made it an easy read for me. The only thing I would say is that if people are worried about reading it, they should try - they may well like it!


ImplausibleYarn said...

I held off on reading it too and was pleasantly surprised by how well it was done. Have you tried for books? It's a pretty good system also for readers.

TheFoodieHistorian said...

P&P is one of my all time favourites, so I've been put off it, but am now tempted to give it a go! I'm a little obsessed with books. Moving house next week isn't going to be fun...! I think the UK equivalent of the site that Implausible Yarn suggests is Read It Swap It, but to be honest, I usually just send my books to charity shops, Edinburgh has some really great ones! I do currently have a pile of nearly 40 books to plough my way through... eek!

Body Bag Girl said...

"Pride and Predjudice" is my sisters all time favourite book, so I got her "...and Zombies" without being convinced she'd like it (she's not big on zombies in general) but she loved it! Just goes to show you never know until you try! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too :D

Lisa-Marie said...

I am quite excited I may have talked two people into reading it!

Implausible yarn, I have tried the Birtish version, but I have a bit of an OCD thing where I must keep all of my books!

I tend to try to keep at least 6 books i haven't read constantly, but i've read all of mine and am plowing through ones my husband has that I wouldn't normally read now! I need to stock up again soon!

chocoholic said...

Hi! I found you through 20sb. I'm your newest follower. I studied for a semester in Scotland and loved it.

conversationpieces said...

I've still got that one to read... I got it and Mr Darcy Vampyre as pressies at Xmas. I read Mr Darcy first and was a bit blah about it so I thought I'd put some breathing space between the two before reading the P&P&Z! Glad to hear you liked it though... the time may have come!

GoldenGirl said...

I've not heard of it, I may look it up!

I am in a book club at work and I think this may be making reading a "chore". I am currently wading through Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantle, which, if I had time, I might actually quite enjoy, but it's just finding the time to read a good chunk in one go......ain't that always the way tho?
Next to my bed I have a pile of books, I swap them round every now and then to move some towards the top in the hope of actually starting one sometime soon

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Great review! i was worried I wouldn't like this book because it seems like you shouldn't mess with a masterpiece.... but knowing that you love Austen and loved this book makes me want to read it!

Lisa-Marie said...

Chocoholic, where in Scotland did you study, if you don't mind my asking?

Zoe, I was going to attempt Mr. Darcy Vampyre next, but perhaps not now! I am going charity shop book shopping today, hurrah!

Golden Girl, I think if you know you have time do read the book, a book club is fine, but if not it's just one more pressure!

Kate said...

I've seen Pride and Prejudice and Zombies all around, and never taken it seriously- thanks so much for recommending it! The book looks like it could be really fun or just really bad!

Apryl said...

I got PP &Z for christmas and I keep putting off reading it and getting distracted by slightly less classier litertature... when I finished the 4 or 5 books I'm reading now then I will pick it up again and read it properly.. I promise!

I see a Haindmaid's Tale on your shelf, I really must get another copy of that (I think I left mine in California or Idaho)..the movie was on last week and I really feel like reading the book again.