Wednesday, March 3, 2010

DAWN OF THE DREADFULS by Steve Hockensmith [Blog Tour]

Description: With more than one million copies in print, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the surprise publishing phenomenon of 2009. A best seller on three continents, PPZ has been translated into 17 languages and optioned to become a film starring Natalie Portman.
In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early-nineteenth-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry. Written by acclaimed novelist (and Edgar Award nominee) Steve Hockensmith, PPZII invites Austen fans to step back into Regency England, Land of the Undead!

My 2 cents: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS did not have the same feel to it as PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES did. It's obviously not a mashup of classic lit and monsters. You know what though? That doesn't make it less enjoyable. It's witty, well-written, and a must-read for those who loved PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. It's the perfect companion and was more fun to read than I imagined it would be. In fact, it was less taxing on me than P&P&Z as I felt it flowed a little more. I also felt like the illustrations were more appropriately placed in DAWN OF THE DREADFULS.

I was a little concerned that creating a prequel without a classic lit mashup would be awkward. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't awkward and that it meshed well with P&P&Z. The paranormal-oriented coming of age of Elizabeth Bennett is interestingly done and your attention will not wander. Girl power abounds and you guys know I'm a fan of girl power! The most important element though is its cohesion through the girl power, romance, and zombie-butt-kicking-training.
My only criticism is that the genesis of the zombie issue isn't dealth with as thoroughly as I would have hoped it would be. I mean, I realize that in Lizzy's time we're not going to have the science behind it, but it would have been very intriguing to hear more of the popular thought on why zombies were and where they came from than develoment of Lizzy Bennet: Zombie Slayer.

By Steve Hockensmith
Published by Quirk Books
Available for purchase on March 23, 2010
Paperback, $12.95, 288 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59474-454-9

Since you're at my birthday party with a whole lotta giveaways, why not head over to Quirk and enter to win 1 of 50 DAWN OF THE DREADFULS blogger-community-appreciation prize packs? The pack, worth more than $100 includes:

o A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Journal
o Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Postcards
o Audio Books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
o An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
o A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls
o A Dawn of the Dreadfuls Poster

So, go on over and enter to win and tell them I Heart Monster sent you!


Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I've heard that this one is better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! I'll have to pick up a copy and see for myself! :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

I'm definitely going to add this to my must read list. Thanks for the review.