You can't judge a book by its cover but let's face it, this book has got a very
I'd been looking forward to reading this, Seth Grahame-Smith's re-write of Pride and Prejudice
but with added zombies and bloodshed, although basically it's just one joke carried over a whole book, and I didn't know if the joke would be strong enough to sustain it. I was surprised to find that for the most part it does manage to stay funny - as well as plonking scenes of zombie attacks where they never were before, he also makes some tweaks to the plot so that one beloved character begins to turn into a zombie while nobody seems to notice; and Wickham's fate is a lot grislier than before. Lizzie is recast as a fearsome zombie slayer, and Lady Catherine's dislike of her is only made worse when Lizzie kills three of her favourite ninjas. Her final confrontation with a nunchuck-wielding Lady C was a highlight.
Not all Grahame-Smith's jokes work; he drops in too many Americanisms for his passages to fit that well with Austen's, and the repeated references to the Bennett sisters' combat training in China get tiresome very quickly. I did get through it quickly though, and chuckled out loud quite a few times - even if the best jokes are still Austen's.