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- Print Length: 346 pages
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- Publisher: Curiosities (Imprint of Norilana Books) (December 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GNFUU2
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- Lending: Enabled
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I truly enjoy my Kindle for PC, and the variety of free books offered. I am a disabled senior, with poor vision - having the ability to adjust the type size on my large monitor is wonderful. I have difficulty getting to the local library. and now have nearly 200 books in my personal electronic collection.
One of the beauties of Jane Austen is that she uses big words, but she says a lot with those words. She can say something in one sentence that would take a contemporary writer a paragraph or two. It's quite poetic and brilliant. Reading her books makes you think. The remix of this book uses a lot of unnecessary flowery language that doesn't actually add any meaning. The language tries too hard.
Another thing I appreciate about Jane Austen's works, are that they give you an good idea of what life was like for a young lady during that time period. There is a lot to be gained from seeing life through another person's perspective. Reading a story where anything that might be politically incorrect is removed or altered really robs the story of some of the mind expanding value that reading a period piece offers. Pride Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters manage to still preserve the tenor of the time even though the women in the stories were clearly much more empowered and physically active than would actually be acceptable for the era. The authors of those stories managed to side step any examples of sexism, racism, and classism without derailing the story.
It's always difficult to introduce something totally foreign to an established story, like angels in a book about a young lady learning about reason and prudence. I wasn't ever able to buy into the angels. They were difficult for me to read about. If you have ever read the original story the dragons actually fit in pretty well, but not the angels.
I the more heavy handed and glowing reviews of this book have the same difficult language of the book it's self. If they weren't written by the author herself they were written by someone else who thinks it's acceptable to pervert the English language in order to sound more interesting or important. If you like reading those reviews you will like the book.
If you like made for TV movies with canned plots and obvious characters, you will like this book.
If you ever dress in steampunk gear because it looks cool, and none of the items you are wearing have any function and you don't actually know what function they would have in a hypothetical steampunk world, you might like this book.
Otherwise I wouldn't worry about it.
The author's additions are in keeping with Austen's tone and word usage, so the text doesn't jolt you out of reading. Characters remained mostly as they were, even taking into consideration of Vera Nazarian's alterations; the depictions of the Thorne siblings were spot on to how I had thought of them when reading Austen's original novel. Austen's touch with poking fun at societal propriety remains intact, and is not exaggreated for additional comdic effect. There is also no gore or violence involved - which is much more in keeping with Austen's books**.
However, on the downside: appearances of the angels felt repetitive, and the additions to the plot made it a bit over-complicated. The footnotes were largely meant to be funny, but just as often fell flat; linking every mention of gay to Oscar Wilde was irritating, for example, as well as being temporally inaccurate. The footnotes also tended to tell you want a thing wasn't meant to convey, rather than what it was, which rankled. I think that this was an odd choice of Austen's novels to adapt, mostly because Auster herself had, in a way, already done so herself with the inclusion of Mrs. Radcliffe's Udolfo.
Overall rating: between 3.5 and 4 stars - Fans of the Austen-with-a-twist genre, but not delighted by the inclusion of the undead may well enjoy this more than its monster-ridden cousins.
Review copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program.
* most notably the Quirk Classics' infamous Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series.
**For all the soldiers running around in Austen's novels, there really is an astounding lack of blood and violence.
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