Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After Paperback
The story opens with newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating unmentionables.
But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a raging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe).
But when she hears rumours of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love - and for everyone to live happily ever after.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 15 Line Drawings
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication Date: 26/04/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781594745027
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Review by punkeymonkey529
i received this as an early reviewer from librarything. this is actually the first book in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombie's series, i also have not read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice yet. i did enjoy this book, but i really think i would of enjoyed it more if i would have already read the other books at least the Zombie versions of them, once i read the first two books i'll reread this or look back on it and probably rerate it as well. i will continue reading Quirks books retelling of stories is really cool, and i pretty much always enjoy them.
Review by honeybemelissa
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, the third installment of this Pride & Prejudice reimagining, takes us past Jane Austen’s original story arc to find out what happened to the Bennet family once the majority of the sisters are happily settled in married life. The story begins with Elizabeth and Darcy trying to find a way to rekindle the happiness they felt while fighting the dreadfuls side-by-side. Now that she is married to a gentleman, Elizabeth can no longer take up the sword and fight which was the one thing that always gave her great happiness and meaning to her life. Without giving away too much of the plot, the story has three of the Bennet sisters and their father in London trying to acquire a cure for the dreadful curse in order to save an important person in their lives. This installment introduces some interesting new characters and brings back and illuminates some smaller characters from the first two books.This book was very enjoyable and I think it wraps up very well the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy.
Review by elvisettey
Hockensmith's novel gets to do something that the (rightly) well-loved <i>Pride and Predujudice and Zombies</i> does not: instead of working directly from a classic novel and rewriting it, he takes the *idea* from a classic novel and goes from there: what DOES come after that happily-ever-after? Perhaps not exactly what fans of Austen were quite expecting, but what we get is quite delightful.Elizabeth finds herself smothered by the constraints of marriage, notably by the fact that zombie slaying is now a no-no. Kitty and Lizzy are stuck at home, teetering fearfully at the edge of spinsterhood (alas!). Lady Catherine looms at the edge of the picture, as forbidding a presence as ever. Jane is happily married to Bingly and producing offspring at an alarming rate. Lydia has (thankfully) exited, stage right.Into this situation, the worst happens: Darcy is bitten by a zombie, and Elizabeth's world spins out of her control. Without going into much plot summary, I will say that Hockensmith makes excellent use of all the sisters; Kitty in particular gets very good character development and has some very memorable scenes. Elizabeth, while a major character, is not what you'd call the central character; there are so many people playing so many roles in Hockensmith's busy world that it would be wrong to try to pin any one person or couple down as central, and the bustling character landscape makes for a varied, page-turning read that never loses its spark. Characters like the mysterious Mr. Quayle and the ninja Nezu, as well as the comical Bunny, add life and many dimensons to the novel, carrying it places-- zombies or no-- that the reader could have never imagined it going. Indeed, the zombies are almost secondary to the wonderful cast of characters; those hoping for many battles and blood-and-gore mayhem may be a little disappointed, in fact.The dialogue is spot-on. Elizabeth seems a little melancholoy, a little resigned to her fate, to drag her heels a little, but the actions of others make up for this. She's a bit frustrating at times, and we can't expect much out of Darcy in his condition, but even Mr. Bennett is a joy. Characters who grew tiresome in the orginal narrative, like Lydia and Mrs. Bennett, are simply absent in this to-be-continued.It's also a great deal of fun that a lot of the action takes place in London. It's a far cry from the countryside of the original parody novel, and I think that distance from the original mash-up helps this work stand out in its own right. It gives Hockensmith more room to play out his own ideas, create his own scenes, expand his own ideas.If you're looking for a simple part two of the original mash-up, you may be disappointed; Hockensmith has his own ideas, and he's off and running with them. But for the reader who's ready for a taste (no pun intended) of something different, full speed ahead!
Review by BookAddictDiary
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is the thrilling conclusion to the highly irrelevant parody/mash-up series Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Written as a direct sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dreadfully Ever After continues the adventure of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, even though the pair have wed and it is no longer considered "proper" for Elizabeth to continue her zombie-slaying warrior ways. The pair, however, are not yet fully settled into their new life when Mr. Darcy is bitten by a zombie. In order to keep him from turning into another one of those undesirable dreadfuls, Elizabeth must search for a rumored "antidote" to the dreadful condition. She uncovers unexpected truths (and stirs up old rivalries) about the "dreadful" condition that lead to all kinds of enjoyable mayhem, ninja violence, walking dead and other the silliness readers have come to expect from PPZ and Quirk Classics.As a big fan of the original Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, I've always been against sequels. Call me a purist, but I despise the seemingly never-ending pile of sequels/prequels/series out there that continue Darcy and Elizabeth's story. However, even as a somewhat self-convicted "purist," I found myself thoroughly enjoying the PPZ series (yes, both the original and prequel) because it's hilarious and doesn't take itself too seriously.Dreadfully Ever After was even better than the two previous novels, and it felt like author Steven Hockensmith (who did not pen the original PPZ) was able to really understand the characters and their cooky setting. Most importantly, Dreadfully Ever After doesn't take itself seriously at all, and just serves as another excuse for Elizabeth to take up her samurai sword and fight zombies -really, how can you not like that?This is a satisfying ending to the series and another great mash-up by Quirk Classics filled with action, violence and awesome. A must-read for PPZ fans.
Review by angelikat
Early ReviewerPride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve HockensmithBeing a fan of the original Pride and Prejudice, and of P&P & Zombies, I was a little reluctant to read this, thinking it may not live up to my expectations. Happily it does, although not a masterwork of English literature it is a fun and enjoyable read. Very fast paced, and funny I highly recommend it to anyone!
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