Sunday, March 7, 2010

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS-REVIEW AND CONTEST & GIVEAWAY INFO

GIVEAWAY ENDED
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES:

DAWN OF THE DREADFULS
BY STEVE HOCKENSMITH

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls -- Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls—a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English country side. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands—until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.

Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth—and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is a powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave—and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S):

Jane Austen is coauthor of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She died in 1817.

Steve Hockensmith is an award-winning novelist and reporter. His mystery Holmes on the Range was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. He lives in Alameda, California.

REVIEW:

Following the bestselling “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Steve Hockensmith brings us “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS”. A prequel set in England during the time of the Jane Austen famed books, we find two sisters confronting zombies while looking for love...but I am not sure “in all the right places”. The author describes how Mr. Bennet, against his wife’s advice, brings in a deadly arts master to train his daughters to use swords and get in physical shape to protect themselves from these beasts. As a result of these unladylike activities and “career path”, the girls fall out of favor in the social world and are not invited to balls and teas. No respectable family would entertain them, let alone want to marry them.

Hockensmith presents some new characters including Baron Lumpley, Captain Cannon, Dr. Keckilpeeny, and Master Hawksworth. Master Hawksworth has been trained in Japan and is an outstanding martial artist. He mentors the sisters in their new career while Dr. Keckilpeeny hopes to study the zombies and well, certain particular body parts.

The book is a fun read and I believe even die hard Austen fans will flock to this one. The cleverly conceived cover on it own, stirs interest in the book. This is a stand alone novel and you don’t have to have read any of the others to enjoy it. Will the sisters slay these dastardly demons? How will Lord Lumpley’s secrets create a disaster for the Bennet girls? Will Master Hawksworth fall in love with one of the sisters? Will Dr. Keckilpenny tame the savage zombies? What part will Captain Cannon play in the story? Fans of this new “Austenesque” genre, will flock to this one for the fun of it for sure!

GIVEAWAY

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Quirk Classics Contest

Win one of 50 Prize-Packs

You have a chance to win one of 50 Quirk Classics Prize Packs. Each Prize Pack, with a retail value of more than $100, will include:
  • An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
  • Audio Books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
  • A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls
  • An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls Poster
  • A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Journal
  • A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Postcards
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
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

27 comments:

Renee said...

I entered the contest for my first entry.

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Renee said...

What I found interesting is that I know both my teen daughters would LOVE for me to win this book for them.... we own the first and they loved it.... they are also fans of real Jane Austen

Toni said...

No need to enter me. I have PP & Z....I think it is a great giveaway. Thank you for the books you sent! I really appreciate them.

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I think it's interesting that in all of this zombie chaos...there's love in it haha. Kind of funny.

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Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I entered the contest!

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MiscMayzee said...

I laughed out loud at the title. Interesting enough for me:

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MiscMayzee said...

I entered the contest....what a great prize package over there!

ashleymaymott(at)aol(dot)com

URL to where my entry was last time I saw it:
http://www.quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=QuirkClassicsContest_DOD_Reviews#comment-1277

g.g. said...

I entered the contest

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g.g. said...

I think it was funny that they were trained in martial arts..would love to see that in the clothes they wore then

anjamie4 AT gmail dot com

Colleen Turner said...

What doesn't seem interesting or funny about this review and book? It sounds like such a fun and interesting spin on things, I cannot wait to read it.
Thanks,
Colleen
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Colleen Turner said...

I enterd the contest for my first entry.
Thanks!
Colleen
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skkorman said...

I entered the Quirk Classics contest, with the Bookin' with Bingo referral! Thanks for the heads-up!

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skkorman said...

The review leads me to believe that this is a book my zombie/vampire-loving niece would love to receive from her very thoughtful aunt!

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Lisa R said...

I entered the Quirk Classics contest and gave you the nod.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+ blogged
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2010/03/bookin-with-bingo-pride-and-prejudice.html


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Lisa R said...

+1
I never buy a book based on the cover but this one might have been the first had I not loved the idea of Elizabeth as a zombie slayer

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I entered...
http://www.quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=QuirkClassicsContest_DOD_Reviews#comment-1322

I did it under hhugenot though. I had to create a new account, since I couldn't remember my old pw with them, and it was going to take up to 48 hours for them to send me my pw!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I was surprised to learn that you feel this book may appeal to "real" Jane Austen fans!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

Blogged:
http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2010/03/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-03-06-10.html

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

bison61 said...

I entered the contest

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bison61 said...

it has been translated into 17 languages and optioned to become a film starring Natalie Portman.


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Wrighty said...

I tried for 30 minutes to log onto the Quirk site and couldn't do it. I tried to create three different accounts with different email addresses and it still wouldn't do it. Did anyone else have a problem? I'll keep trying!

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Wrighty said...

This is such a unusual combination - a classic mixed with zombies, I just have to see where it goes! How prim and proper can you be when you're the undead??

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Wrighty said...

Added to my sidebar
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SharpTeethOfLove said...

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I entered the contest

SharpTeethOfLove said...

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SharpTeethOfLove said...

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I find the female empowerment interesting. I think Jane Austen would've liked that

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