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Grave Expectations Paperback – August 30, 2011
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"Erwin's previous literary mashup, Jane Slayre, embodies the flawless union of supernatural fiction and the best of classic literature. She continues in this captivating and fascinating tradition, here taking on Dickens's Great Expectations. There are no glossy Hollywood creatures of the night within these pages but monsters that seem to have crawled from the darkest corners of Dickens's fertile imagination. The orphaned Pip is an unlikely werewolf, ever pining for the aloof slayer Estella, and Miss Havisham's hermetic existence amplifies her tortured suffering as a brokenhearted vampire. The twists and turns of the plot follow familiar paths into uncharted territory, leaving us reassured and spellbound all at once.
Verdict: The original Dickens is eerie and unsettling, and Erwin rises to the challenge, creating another masterpiece by making the strange even stranger. Highly recommended; astounding great fun! — Library Journal
About the Author
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri lives in Western Massachusetts with her nearly-perfect husband, and their charming actor son, amazing violinist daughter, a crafty corgi (Pembroke Welsh), and a very special pug. She has written historical romance for Dell under the name Sherri Browning and contemporary romance for Kensington under the name Sherri Erwin.
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I am a sucker for dark and gloomy novels, so one would think I would adore Dickens, but oddly enough I do not. I do not actively dislike Dickens, I just find him difficult to read. So thank goodness for Sherri Browning Erwin. Her gothic revision of Great Expectations made me love this story. Once again, she proves that literary mashup genre can be something magical when done correctly; sadly, few authors are as adept at the genre as she. I had not read the original story since high school, so picking up this book was like walking down a somewhat familiar path that has grown dark and shadowy. I loved that feeling.
Sherri stays true to the heart and soul of the Dickens classic, but I really love the liberties she has taken with the characters. I love the juxtoposition of werewolves, vampires, and of course the slayer Estella. I liked seeing Pip struggle with his wolvish nature, it added a bit of latent sexuality into an otherwise completely chaste tale.
Clearly, there is a huge theme of transformation in the novel. The wolves transform, not only due to the moon but due to their own passions. Pip is being transformed into a gentleman, while Estella into a slayer. Miss Havisham was transformed into a vampire, and a broken woman. Dead people are transformed into zombies. And a dusty literary classic is transformed into a riveting supernatural novel.
And I, dear readers, was transformed into a Dickens fan.
Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Now a journeyman, Pip leaves to London where he hopes to be a gentleman. However, he never forgot his childhood friend rowdy Estella. When they meet in London, he wants her, but though she reciprocates she has no time for a submissive werewolf as she is a kill first supernatural slayer mentored by Miss Haversham.
This is a fascinating paranormal parody of Great Expectations; Charles Dickens receives the same irreverence as other ninetieth century notables like Charlotte Bronte (see Jane Slayer by Sherri Browning Erwin), and Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Josephson). The well written but overly complex story line is entertaining but also at times slows down as the reader struggles to understand what is going on especially inside of Pip's head. Still fans of supernatural re-novelization of the classics will enjoy the star-crossed romance between the werewolf and the slayer.
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