March 18, 2011

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After: On Sale Mar 22nd.

The latest original book in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series will hit bookshelves on Mar 22nd. Dreadfully Ever After by Steven Hockensmith is the sequel to the wildly successful Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that injects zombies and ninjas into the witty and romantic world of Jane Austen.
The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

While I was not overly enthusiastic about Seth Grahame-Smith's experiments in adjusting Jane Austen's original text for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I loved the prequel novel Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Hockensmith which consisted of an entirely new story and completely original text. Hockensmith has picked up the flag of this mashup franchise and continues to run with it. The Zed Word gave Dawn of the Dreadfuls a rating of 4.5 / 5 (read the enthusiastic review). As such, I have high expectations for Hockensmith's latest original zombie sequel.

DREADFULLY EVER AFTER FACEBOOK CONTEST

Quirk Books has commissioned Etsy artist SpecialMeat to create special Dreadful Antidote pendants, and you could win one. They will be giving away eight of these at random to people who give the Dreadfully Ever After Facebook page a 'like'. So hop over to Facebook and 'like' the page for your chance to win one of these unique items. I'll be entering the contest, so you're not going to let me win, are you? Try and stop me!