Saturday, November 21, 2009

More zombies and monsters

I think I've mentioned how much I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is an updated version of Pride and Prejudice. Zombies are added to the story, which both freshens up the original and adds an interesting quirk to the story. I loved this book and highly recommend it to everyone because it's funny, irreverent, and seems to work with the original story (which I admit I've never read).

Anyways, the publishing company has come out with another book: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. It's an updated version of Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, adding, err, Sea Monsters. I wish I could say that this book is as good as the last... but it isn't. From what I understand, much of the basic plot follows the plot in the original book (I'm sorry to say that I haven't read this original book, either. My literary education is sadly incomplete).

However, they've added new subplots and new locations, as well as really strange actions by some of the characters (even new minor characters) that don't seem to have had corresponding actions in the original. Where the zombies seemed to fit right in to Pride and Prejudice because the character's actions weren't fundamentally changed to accomodate the zombies, adding Sea Monsters to Sense and Sensibility just doesn't work as well.

That's not to say that the story isn't funny; it is, and there are definitely satiric elements there. It's still a book worth reading but it's not a book worth buying. Borrow it from the library instead.

I was looking at the publishers website and they have a new poster that they've designed... a baby zombie ("Dawn of the Dreadfuls"). I'm crossing my fingers hoping that there's going to be a new "classic" book coming out. Who doesn't love the idea of baby zombies?

Ok, I know, many people might have issues with baby zombies. I just think they'd be so cute, crawling or toddling along, saying "braaaaiiinnnns", kind of like babies/toddlers do. And I sort of feel sorry for them because they don't have enough teeth to eat properly... plus they're not as mobile as their adult brethren. The thought of these little baby zombies just makes me giggle. I hope that the next book does involve baby zombies and is as good as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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