pride and prejudice and zombies + giveaway

It’s time for a zombie book that did not disappoint. That would be Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, of course. I picked it up for the Everything Austen Challenge put on by Stephanie’s Written Word, and then I couldn’t put it down.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

I found myself laughing and smiling through this entire kooky, cunning and amusing adaption of Jane Austen’s most famous work. You could say that a lot of unnecessary gore, sex and scandal invade a perfectly readable book. Or you could take it as one massive joke, and enjoy the little alterations, the subtle plot changes, and the ultraviolent zombie mayhem that make it something new and special.


What I liked: I had to read the text very closely to track the smallest changes to the original P&P. I was able to enjoy some of the minute details that I otherwise would have skimmed in a reread. I also think (shun me if you will) that this unique book will appeal to a broader audience than the original. Including teenage boys (and possibly grown men). Anything that will get a non-reader to pick up a classic gets an A+ in my grade book. Did I mention that it made me laugh aloud? And that the illustrations were ridiculous and hilarious?


What I didn’t like: Nothing comes to mind. Seriously.


If you’re planning on reading and reviewing the book, visit vvb32’s blog for a zombie bag o' goodies giveaway.


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If you’d like to win your own copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I’m holding a giveaway for one (1) book, PLUS a hand-made zombie bookmark crafted by my sister Ginny. The bookmark may look something like this:



To Enter:


Leave a comment on this post answering the question, “Zombies are attacking. Why are you afraid?”


Please include your email address. Giveaway is open internationally. Comments will close on July 26 at 11:59pm EST, and I will notify the randomly selected winner via email.


Good luck!

113 comments:

Marie said...

Wow! That zombie is so cute!!

If zombies were attacking I would probably be afraid because I live in NYC- have you seen the SIZE of the graveyards here- sheessshhh!

cupcakewitch(at)gmail(dot)com

vvb32 reads said...

cute bookmark! i'd go for that as i already have the book. and i'm entering ginny's contest too.
vvb32@yahoo.com

vvb32 reads said...

oh yeah, forgot to say that if zombies were attacking i'd be afraid because... well actually i wouldn't be because i've got my handy dandy zombie survival guide thanks to max brooks.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

OH fun fun. I really want to read this one.

Zombies are attacking and I'm afraid b/c ummm...HELLO? ZOMBIES! I like my brains inside my thank. Kthanks. LOL

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I entered your sister's card contest too. :)

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I entered your sister's card contest too. :)

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Laura's Reviews said...

Love the bookmark and I loved this novel. I was just sad that I had to return my copy to the library and would love to win my own copy to read over and over again (and share with friends).

Zombies are attacking and I am afraid that I won't be able to defend and save my two small sons! Where are the Bennett sisters when I need them?

My email is laarlt78 at hotmail dot com

Laura's Reviews said...

I just entered Ginny's contest too . . .

laarlt78 at hotmail dot com

Aranel said...

If zombies were attacking, I'd be afraid of being captured and not getting away. Cute bookmark!
iamaranel27@gmail.com

Kim said...

At my age(52)I need to keep all my brain power intact. But then, most likely there are smarter, more clever people than I am to pursue. I've heard good things about this book -- it was one of my 6 Austen items. Thanks for the review!

zbookworm56@yahoo.com

Lula O said...

Great review!
Zombies are attacking? Oh, no, I forgot Darcy's balls! So I can use his gun..don't ya know.

lula.ogden@gmail.com

Jenna said...

Adorable bookmark! If zombies were attacking... I would be afraid of the lights going out and not being able to read! :)

papajm25[@]gmail[.]com

PopinFresh said...

I'd be afraid of the smell. Zombies can't unrun you like other supernatural creatures, plus it's easy to kill them. But if you're with them for a long time, they might get smelly.

~ Popin
proudbookworm[@]gmail[dot]com

kalea_kane said...

Why am I afraid? Well, I happen to be wearing my Birkenstock sandals, and although I can run better without them, I don't want to lose them. So I know I am going to have a hard time running and not tripping and falling as I am sure most people are want to do when they run from zombies! What I need is a seriously large machete!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I entered Ginny's contest too. It sounds fabulous. I knew instantly what kind of card I would want. How fun!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

J.T. Oldfield said...

If Zombies attack then I'm afraid of running out of food/water, even if I manage to get holed up some where.

I can't wait to read this book. It's on my list for the Everything Austen Challenge.

j.t.oldfield[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Jen said...

Actually I'd be more afraid of my sister trying to put the moves on them (she is a zombie fanatic) ^_^

jenny.3.C@gmail.com

robin_titan said...

Me afraid? ha! I'm not, I'm awesome that way :)

Um, if anything I'd be afraid that they'd eat my brain, if in fact they do eat brains, because then I wouldn't be able to think about food, super delicious food. Like I'm thinking of right now...yummy.

This isn't my kind of book but I'm quite curious about it. If I don't like it I promise I'll give it away to someone who does. If I win it of course ;)

lc_intocable[a]yahoo[d]com

Fiona said...

Oooooh, goody, another international contest that I am eligable to enter!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is on my Everything Austen list, but so far I have not got my hands on a copy.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Fiona :)
c_fjones(at)hotmail(dot)com

Fiona said...

And please enter me to win the absolutely adorable book mark made by Ginny :)

c_fjones(at)hotmail(dot)com

Fiona said...

Ooops, I forgot to say why I'd be afraid if Zombies attacked...

I am hopelessly unschooled in the way of zombies. I wouldn't know what to be afraid of, what would set them off, how to kill them...

I'd be a sitting duck! I clearly need to read some zombie fiction quick smart!

c_fjones(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jenn M said...

Ooooh OOooooh Oooh! This is one of the books I decided to read for Stephanie's Challenge bt I do not own yet. Please enter me!

Hrm...zombies are attacking...what do I do? Buy a helmet (to protect my brains) and a baseball bat, and lots and lots of guns. Ten I run and scream and cry like a little girl because...well...I totally would. I sit and blubber and be zombie food.

jennifermorrill(at)att(dot)net

jennifermorrill said...

I just entered Ginny's contest as well. I have to say, both of you have very pretty blogs. Mine seems so boring. I will have to change it up maybe.

jennifermorrill said...

sorry I was having trouble with the wordpress id verifier and forgot to add my email to my second entry. I suppose you could just read the comment before it...but for good lucks sake. "I entered Ginny's contest too!"

jennifermorrill(at)att(dot)net

Trin said...

I am afraid of being eaten! Ahhh

Khal5671 AT mwcc DOT edu

AllyKatt said...

OMG, I have been looking at Seth's mash-up book at Amazon for awhile now and waiting for a few great interviews to tell me I won't be disappointed so thanks for that. Ok, if zombies attack--they are pretty slow moving and I know enough to stay out in the open and not go anywhere where there is only one way in and no way out. Thanks for the chance to win!

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

AllyKatt said...

I just got back from Ginny's Blog and entered her contest for a handmade card!

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Bonnie said...
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Bonnie said...

I entered Ginny's contest also!!

redladysreadingroomATgmailDOTcom

Bonnie said...

Sorry, had to delete my comment as I posted the wrong email addy!

Love your sense of humor! Zombies scare me, pure and simple! They are just creepy and I don't want to be attacked and conquered by one!!

redladysreadingroomATgmailDOTcom

Care said...

I AM afraid of zombies - do I really need a reason!? um, scary decaying blank-staring creatures that want to eat me? of course, I'm afraid!!
bkclubcare [at] gmail [dot] com

bkclubcare said...

and I just entered your sister's contest! Thanks again. bkclubcare [at] gmail [dot] com

Sheila DeChantal said...

Hello.... I am from Brainerd Minnesota.... we just dont do Zombies well... of course I am afraid! And Wal-Mart was all out of Zombie Repellent too! :)

Please enter me ; )

Sheila DeChantal said...

I went and signed up to win the custom card - how fun!

Upper West Side Writer said...

I'm afraid of attacking zombies because I'm not sure what type they'll be: the old slow kind or the new fast kind. I can't plan ahead!

Thanks!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Great giveaway! I also entered Ginny's contest.

Zombies are attacking. Why am I afraid? I'm not! I'm a ninja!

butterflythunder AT sbcglobal DOT net

throuthehaze said...

If Zombies attacked I would be afraid because I lack survival skills and would probably be one of the firsts to die

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

mothersvea said...

This is just my kind of book!

If zombies attacked I would not be afraid at all I've played resident evil and know how to take care of'em ;)

petrolgoldfinger@hotmail.com

Rabid Fox said...

“Zombies are attacking. Why are you afraid?”

Well, I am fresh out of zombie repellent, so that's one notch against me. I'd probably be scared witless due to the fact I own no firearms, and am in no condition to run for extended periods of time (damn you, beer and pizza!) And thirdly, I'm quite fond of my brain and don't wish to have it eaten.

e-mail: rabidfox(at)ymail.com

Rabid Fox said...

I also entered Ginny's custom card contest too. :)

Rabid Fox said...

A bit redundant using "also" and "too," but it's not like I'm writing great prose here.

booklineandsinker said...

i'm afraid i'll get 'picked'(off) last for team zombie..just like in gym class all those years ago.

BrittLit said...

Zombies are attacking. Why are you afraid?
I'm afraid because I don't have my Zombie fortress built yet and so I'm gonna have to run like crazy and I'm not a very fast runner *gulp*

teensatthelibrary[@]yahoo[.]com

Renee said...
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Renee said...

Thanks for the great contest would love to win a book about zombies and P&P ...i could get my little brother to read it LOL! He loves zombies so this would be a great way to get him to read a classic!

I also entered Ginny's contest!

steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

p.s. zombies attacking? I'm not scared I'll go all Resident Evil on 'em LOL

Shellie said...

I love the new look on your blog. Classy!
That Zombie book mark is the best.
I am so scared. I don't want to get eaten.
I've posted your giveaway on my blog.
http://layersofthought.blogspot.com/2009/07/gotta-love-give-aways-july-15-2009.html
layersofthought at gmail dot com

Neas Nuttiness said...

Just looking at the book cover made me laugh - please count me in.

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Neas Nuttiness said...

I went over and entered your sisters contest.

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Rachel said...

I want this book soOoOo bad =)
If zombies where attacking I would be afraid mainly because I have no means of transportation, I live by myself, in a city where I have no family. lol I would definitely be afraid!!!!

ras1513[AT]hotmail[DOT]com

Thanks!!!!

Rachel said...

I also entered your sister Ginny's contest to. You guys are to cute it makes me miss my sisters I live in PA one lives in FL and one lives in OH =( Thanks again for the chance!

ras1513[AT]hotmail[DOT]com

tigerpetals said...

I would be afraid because I live right next to a graveyard. Although it is rather small.

Yessenia said...

Duh, they're gonna eat my brains and kill me. I like living thankyouverymuch.

y_nia28(at)yahoo(dot)com

tigerpetals said...

I forgot to add my email address.

I would be afraid because I live right next to a graveyard. Although it is rather small.

red_raven20042000@yahoo.com

Kari Girarde Twitter: @crookedgoose said...

Believe it or not this is a common discussion at the Girardes. My husband has assured me that there is no need to be afraid when the zombies attack because we are prepared.

We have disaster supplies, live on the second floor, are close to ocean and the neighbors roof is jumping distance, should the zombies live longer than 28 days. Love the hubby!

But just in case I have put a few of my favorite books in with the supplies. Water or Austen, it's a hard decision.

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
310 N 55th W
Idaho Falls, Id. 83402
weloveourdogs(AT)juno(DOT)com
I would be afraid of zombies attacking because I am not ready to die !!!

logankstewart said...

logankstewart[at]gmail[dot]com

If zombies were attacking I would be afraid purely from a scientific standpoint. Afterall, spending a lifetime researching the undead only to find them tearing through the front door is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

logankstewart said...

I've left a comment for the free card give away. I hope I win!

Jaime Theler said...

Zombies are attacking & I'm actually not too afraid because I don't think I look too appetizing - even for zombies. Glad you liked the book and I look forward to reading it! (Whether I win or not.)

Anonymous said...

Zombies are attacking and I am afraid because I spilled yogurt on my shirt. Everybody knows zombies love dried yogurt.

marion jensen at gmail dotcom

Lindsey said...

Zombies are attacking and I'm afraid because... well, they're zombies! All that grunting and moaning and their pale faces... that's enough to scare anyone, right? Right? ;-)

Thanks for the giveaway!

ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

Rowan said...

"Zombies are attacking - why are you afraid?"

"Oh!" said Lydia stoutly, "I am not afraid; for though I AM the youngest, I'm the tallest."

Kristen said...

I'm afraid because my shotgun just ran out of bullets.. and the nearest gun store is miles away.

bittahsweetharmony@yahoo.com

MoziEsmé said...

I might be mistaken as one of them and get killed by friendly fire!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Laina said...

I'm afraid because I'm a Team Vampire girl!! EEEK!!!!!

Laina1312@gmail.com

*Samantha* said...

Zombies are attacking and I'm afraid because...HELLO! ZOMBIES!!! Have you never seen 28 Days Later or read The Forest of Hands and Teeth? There's a reason I'm afraid, with good reason.

HarlequinTwilight@gmail.com

Sylvia said...

Erm, because they're not really that adorable:)

sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com

The Book Explorer said...

Because I don't want to be eaten...

PrincessShayla@gmail.com

Vera said...

I REALLY want to read this book! If zombies were attacking, I wouldn't be too worried - I live in Cleveland, and no one bothers to come here :)

vvperesk@gmail.com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I would be afraid because there would be no escape!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

acrisalves said...

“Zombies are attacking. Why are you afraid?”
'Cause i have brains :S

acrisalves AT gmail DOT com

Lauren said...

I'd be terrified of being eaten alive by zombie pets. Forget the number of people that are buried, think about the number of animals people have burried in their backyards, yeesh!

roninfett(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Awesome question btw.

Lauren said...

Sorry for the typos!!!

Aik said...

I'm afraid I might be bitten...and bite someone else next!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I already entered Ginny's contest.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Rylie said...

Zombies are attacking, and I'm afraid because I'm horribly unprepared and I'd probably be one of the first casualties.

-Rylie
bcanyon at hotmail dot com

a flight of minds said...

I'm afraid because they're zombies. They're probably going to tear off a limb of mine then eat my brain guts. Not a pretty sight. Plus that would hurt.

Alex (& Lauren) at aflightofminds(at)hotmail(dot)com

nfmgirl said...

I'd love this book!

hmmmm If zombies are attacking, I'm scared because I don't own a gun or a flame-thrower, and my best weapon is a shovel. That requires getting too close for comfort!

Thanks!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Natalie said...

If Zombies are attacking I'm afraid because....I'm not sure I stocked enough ammo and the family hasn't made it to the hideout yet.

magillnatalie@gmail.com

Jessica Secret said...

I'm afraid of the zombies because Billy Mays is gone, and Chuck Norris' beard is partially a zombie, and Oprah's busy.

shutupjessicasreading(at)gmail(dot)com
Jessica

Katie said...

Hmm..because they want to eat me?! I've grown partial to all my limbs over the years and I'd like to keep them intact. =]

bball11kt@sbcglobal.net

Rachel said...

I am scared because they are gross and I wouldn't want them to touch me!

rachel_mcgriff@yahoo.com

♔ jessica.marie said...

If zombies were attacking I would be afraid because I am a sucky runner and don't know how to work a gun or rocket launcher lol :)

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

deltay said...

This is so ironic because last night, I had a dream about seeing this book on the shelf! If zombies were attacking, I'd be afraid because, my gosh - the smell, y'know? ;)

lucidconspiracy at gmail dot com

bridget3420 said...

I'm afraid because having someone bite me to death doesn't sound like fun.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

Zombie Girrrl said...

Cute bookmark! I would love to win this contest!
If zombies were attacking I'd be afraid for my family because they didn’t heed my warnings about the likely event of a zombie apocalypse after I read World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. I’d be totally set though; machete at the ready! Bring it on, zombie horde!
zombiegirrrl21 at aol dot com

Indigo said...

Zombies are attacking, why am I afraid? They're getting more brain food than I am. I'm doing everything I can to up my intelligence level and they're eating brains whole. How do I compete with that?

Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo

ravensquietcsreams@gmail.com

Sue said...

I'm afraid because they smell really bad and I just took a shower. What if they touch me?

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

MissAttitude said...

Zombies are attacking! I'm afraid because I've never read Pride and prejudice and zombies or any other book that tells me how to survive a zombie attack!! I'm totally unprepared. Maybe I should use garlic to protect myself? Or is that only for vampires? :P

Valorie said...

Because they drop body parts and that's gross!

I entered your friend's card contest. :)

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Esme said...

Zombies are attacking-do not frighten my kitties. they will chase the zombie shadows.

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

donnas said...

“Zombies are attacking. Why are you afraid?”

Ew, of course Im afraid. Have you seen how they dress and never clean. They might actually touch me and with all that blood and gore. See it, read it, dont want to live it.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Violet said...

Too many entires, that makes my chances of winning even less :(
But I don't want to miss out, I've been wanting to read this book for some time.

I don't think I would be afraid of Zombies. But you'll never know.

Please enter me elizascott2005 at yahoo dot co dot in

pirate penguin said...

what a cute bookmark! :]

I'D be afraid of zombies because I couldn't be able to stand it if they touched me or something...I can't imagine that rotting corpse skin is pleasant to feel.

my email: pancakesthepenguin(at)hotmail(dot)com

rita_one said...

I'm not...I'm one of them! LOl

By the way...that bookmark?!? Genius! And the book seems like lots of fun...

Please,please,please, let it be me!!!!!

rita_one said...

ah and...rita_t_afonso(at)hotmail(dot)com...I forgot...here it is!!! lol

Korianne said...

This Team Uni girl is ashamed to admit how much she covets this book, but oh well out with the truth! I SO WANT TO WIN! My email is koriannespeaks@gmail.com Zombies are attacking and I am afraid because those zombies are Sharon's zombie kitties from Sharon Loves Books and Cats. I mean they look cute but those things are out for blood! If Sharon joins in on the brainfest I am toast.

Leah the Orange said...

if zombies were attacking, i'd be most afraid of the people who know that you have to shoot us in the HEAD to kill us...

most people are too stupid to realize this, so i think i'm safe, for the most part. i can probably manage to eat at least a dozen brains or so and do the Thriller dance, then sleep in a hole and do it all again tomorrow!


*wink*

that book looks bloody FABULOUS, and your sister's bookmarks are adorable. i'd read this, then i have a die-hard Austen friend to whom i'd send it when i'd finished, and she'd continue to pass the love around. :)

spazzicassi [at] yahoo [dot] ca
(not .com)

mikearmbruster said...

Great giveaway!
Zombies are attacking, I'm afraid because, can you just imagine the smell of them? They don't exactly make deodorant for zombies.

Nicole said...

Awesome contest!

Zombies are attacking, and I'm not afraid of dying, but I'm afraid of being cursed with the living death and having to walk around with my flesh rotting off, eating people's brains. Gross!

niclovesbooks AT gmail DOT com

Jackeline said...

I'm afraid because I've never seen a zombie before and I'm having a heart attack over here!

tink122595(at)hotmail(dot)com

layia said...

I'm afraid because I don't want to be bitten and turn into one! Gaah! It's just gross remembering Shaun of the Dead. That movie creeped me out!

layia_elegans(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Blair Lewis
blairwlewis@hotmail.com
I don't want Zombies to attack because I keep telling my Daughter that Zombies are not real!!!! This would prove me wrong if they do attack.
Thanks for the chance to win, Blair

Llehn said...

I'd be afraid because I would be stuck in the house and go stir crazy!

Love the bookmark!

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

The zombies are attacking and I'm afraid we won't be able to tell the brain-eating ones from the brain-dead ones we deal with every day.


RoEl2EmJo2@aol.com

Storm Etin said...

If zombies were attacking I would be afraid, have you not seen dead set? the whole of the UK turns into zombies apart from those in the big brother house, its quite frightening how bad it can be. And eventually we will all become zombiefied!

cacdawson(at)msn(dot)com

Tina Russo said...

I don't want them to find my stash of chocolate.

tina at tina russo dot com

Janine Perez said...

How could I not be afraid???? The 1985 movie "The return of the living dead", ruined my knowledge of all I knew to destroy zombies. I learned even if I led them in the ally and snip them pretty badly by shooting them in the head or cutting their head off with a shoval...they wont die!! My endless reading of zombies and their way of life is alas usless. My zombie hunting nights are now just wasted times.

I fear that the zombies have lied to me all these years. I eel betrayed. D:

Sicknesstakeover@aim.com

L said...

I am afraid because I have a delicious brain packed full of juicy nuggets from all of my book devouring...

What a great contest!
laraeverswatson at gmail dot com

buddyt said...

Hope Ginnie wasn't doing a portrait of you !

Sounds like a fun book so please enter me in the drawing.

Thanks


Carol


buddytho {AT} gmail DOT com

Dahlia said...

Zombies are attacking. Why am I afraid?

I'm not! I'm safe in my fully stocked anti-zombie fortress built into a mountain. There's enough food and entertainment to last me years, and it's completely zombie proof. I have no need to be afraid! (Ahh, I think I heard a zombie!) >_>
EclecticDahlia@aol.com

~JoRdAn~ said...

That is such a cute bookmark! I would be afraid because, umm they kinda eat you alive and I would like to keep my body intact!!

~JoRdAn~ said...

Oh forgot my e-mail! DUH!

jordan
jmoose09@gmail.com

Ginny said...

Let's see, if zombie's are attacking, why am I afraid? Hmmm, BECAUSE ZOMBIES ARE ATTACKING ~ No thanks, I like my brain! That fear would give me the adrenaline kick to kick the zombies butts though!

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