Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dawn of the Dreadfuls Review

The prequel to Quirk Publishing's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is coming. Find out how England was overrun by zombies. Head on over to Quirk for a chance to win one of the Quirk Classics Prize Packages described below, after the review.

WildClaw is proud to present a guest reviewer to BLOOD RADIO, Yasmin Dincer-Ubl, with her take on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, written by Steve Hockensmith.

"What a delightful book! It's sprinkled throughout with humorous pop-culture references but still retains the austere propriety of the early nineteenth century. I almost wish that Jane Austen didn't write "Pride and Prejudice" (which is canon, of course) and Steve Hockensmith could continue writing about the Bennett family and the unmentionables. But as a prequel this is an excellent transition novel for zombie literature. Zombie novels needn't be confined to anthologies where readers have to search for the nuggets of gold amidst sub-par, pretentious short stories. Nor do they have to be parodies of classic literature. By making an historical zombie romance book in the style of Jane Austen, but not relying on her storyline, historical zombie lit could become a genre unto itself. I would like to see an entirely original historical zombie story and Dawn of the Dreadfuls takes us one step closer to that.

Pretentious rambling aside, the book was highly amusing and love in the time of zombies is every bit likely to make a young girl's heart race as much as a Harlequin Romance novel."

You have chance to win one of 50 Quirk Classics Prize Packs. Each prize pack, with a retail value of more than $100, will include:
- An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- Audio Books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
- A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls Poster (I have one and it is - Charlie)
- A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies journal
- A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Postcards

[Disclaimer: Quirk provided us with a free advance ARC of the book for review and since Quirk is an avid WildClaw supporter in many ways, we thought an outside reviewer would be the fairest way to review the book.]

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