Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Lady Catherine's ninjas"!

Bwah ha ha ha. "Pride and Prejudice" has always been one of my favorite books. And now here's the "unexpurgated" version, with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! How could I resist?

Jane Austen: now with more zombies! And ninjas! Anyway, it's a great concept. I love the cover. The actual with more subtext for the subtlety impaired. It's funny, in a MST3K kind of way. For example, the scene where Miss Bingley watches Darcy write a letter:

Elizabeth took up the oiling of her musket stock, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion.

"How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!"

He made no answer.

"You write uncommonly fast."

"And you prattle uncommonly much."

"How many letters you must have occasion to write in the course of a year! Letters of business, too! How odious I should think them!"

"And how odious indeed that I should so often suffer to write them in your company."

It's illustrated. The pictures are a riot! Mr. Bennett has his daughters schooled in the "Pentagram of Death"! Lady Catherine is a martial arts master! She has ninjas! How can you hate a book that contains the phrase "Lady Catherine's ninjas"? And who among Elizabeth's friends and relations will become a zombie? We must know!

It does get old after the first few chapters, though. What it really did was make me want to reread the original. Which in the end is much, much funnier. Even without the zombies.

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