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March 22nd, 2011

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith

by Gwen


Say what you will, but I am a huge fan of the mashups. I thought the concept was crazy and they would never be able to mix classic literature and zombies seamlessly. Then I read Dawn of the Dreadfuls and something magical happened. Suddenly, I was something that I never thought I would be, a Jane Austen fan. I read Android Karenina and when I didn’t want to pull my hair out like I usually do with Tolstoy, became a total convert. They are like classics with a twist and I will never say no to any genre or series that attract people that usually don’t read. Think about how many people read more thanks to Harry Potter?

Because Austen never wrote a sequel to Pride & Prejudice, Steve Hockensmith was able to take Dreadfully Ever After to a whole new level. It’s a bit darker, more bleak, steeped in dreadfuls, and yet, is true to the stringent themes and mores of the Regency period.

Elizabeth Darcy nee Bennet is feeling frustrated with married life. She still loves Darcy, it’s just the standards of society requiring her to put down her katana and stop fighting dreadfuls the moment she got married. Then, horror of horrors, Darcy is bitten by one of the dastardly demons from who knows where and Elizabeth contacts Lady Catherine de Bourgh for her help.
Darcy, the love of her life, must not become a zombie. So Lady Catherine sends Elizabeth to London, in search of a rumored cure. Is Lady Catherine sending her into the lion’s den to save Darcy or as punishment? Elizabeth can’t be sure, but she goes.

Soon the Bennets are back in action, together in London and they all rise to the challenge in their own ways. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Have you tried one of the mash-ups yet? If you haven’t, what stops you?

Just so you know, Quirk Books is celebrating the release of Dreadfully Ever After with a giveaway. You just have to like the Facebook page for the book to enter.

And while I am imparting great knowledge, you should also know that Quirk sent me this book gratis. What I probably shouldn’t tell you was that I was so excited to get it that I kissed the UPS man on the cheek. Don’t tell anyone.