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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Quirk Books

By Steve Hockensmith

Journey Back to Regency England—Land of the Undead!

Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfulsa thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English country side. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbandsuntil a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.

Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earthand only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is a powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her graveand just might inspire her to crawl out of it!

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Size: 5-1/4 x 8 in;
Pages: 288 pp;
15 illustrations
Format: Paperback
Publication: March 2010
ISBN: 9781594744549
ISBN10: 1594744548
Steve Hockensmith is an award-winning novelist and reporter. His debut mystery, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. Critics have hailed the novel and its sequels as "hilarious" (Entertainment Weekly), "dazzling" (The Boston Globe), "clever" (The New York Times), "uproarious" (Publisher's Weekly), "wonderfully entertaining" (Booklist), and "quirky and original" (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and two children.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Edgar winner Hockensmith turns to zombie lit in this prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009). Ever wondered how the Bennett sisters got to be such great zombie killers? Hockensmith explains all in the story of the return of the zombie plague and Mr. Bennett\\\'s secret history. When a neighbor rises up out of his coffin in the middle of a funeral, Mr. Bennett shrugs off the lifestyle of a Regency England gentleman and returns to his old calling as a warrior dedicated to eradicating the Unmentionables. Turning the greenhouse into a dojo, he trains all five Bennett girls, with the help of fellow warrior Master Hawksworth, to take up his questójust in time, too, as a deadly incursion is under way. Hockensmith does not abandon Austen\\\'s original characters. Mrs. Bennett is the most true to the original, and even silly Kitty and Lydia are the same, only they fight instead of fuss over men. Elizabeth, from whose point of view significant elements of the story are told, is the most fully developed, and while she departs a little from the original, it\\\'s not so far as to make Austen fans cringe (given that theyíre OK with zombies, of course). This is a must-read for the growing legion of alternate-Austen fans (including, naturally, everyone who has read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Dawn of the Dreadfuls is the prequel to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but it is also... not. Yes, it is set in the world of Jane Austen\'s novel, prior to the events of P&P&Z. Yes, we see how the Bennett girls become ass-kicking, katana-wielding warriors, and the rise of the zombies that plague them. But other than that, DotD is an entirely different type of book than P&P&Z, so even if you didn\'t love the original (I did, of course) DotD is worth checking out. First of all, it\'s an entirely new story written by Steve Hockensmith, so there\'s no mashing up of classic literature; it\'s a far more straightforward tale and without Austen\'s 19th century prose to deal with. It\'s also far less silly than P&P&Z, although it still has the Bennett girls training in their father\'s dojo and ninjas and zombie attacks and such. But DotD is a more traditional zombie tale as the first Dreadful in years rises at a local funeral, and while everyone else tries to ignore the warnings, Mr. Bennett sees that England is due for another zombie uprising and begins preparing accordingly -- mainly by training his five daughters to be awesome zombie killers. Society looks down on the Bennett girls for their warrior ways, there\'s new love interests for both Elizabeth and Jane, and there\'s a few actual mysteries -- rather dark ones, actually -- to be solved along the way.Speaking of, DotD is far darker than the original, and not only because the Bennett girls don\'t begin as awesome zombies killers, nor because the town refuses to believe the zombie menace is back (although it\'s nice that they all still know what zombies are, so there\'s no dilly-dallying about how to destroy them). So it\'s more traditional in that way as well. But because of this utterly different tone -- and because P&P&Z was such a stand-alone book -- DotD is technically inconsequential. It doesn\'t shed new light on P&P&Z, and it\'s not more of the same. But it\'s still a fun zombie story, and whether you loved the original or if its literary aspects turned you off, there\'s no reason why you shouldn\'t give Dawn of the Dreadfuls a try.

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