Dawn of the Dreadfuls – Steve Hockensmith

This book is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and I only picked it up because I didn’t have to pay for anything.   I’ll admit to having no expectations, but it was actually not too bad.

It’s a couple years before the action of Pride and Prejudice, and the Bennett girls have no idea their father was a famous zombie fighter because England thought they beat the zombies, and the fighters were more or less forced to go back to gentile life.    Unfortunately, the zombies are back, so the Bennett girls get a crash course in zombie fighting, and Lizzie finds herself with two suitors – their new fighting master, and a scientist who’s trying to solve the zombie problem with experimental principles.

The original P&P & Zombies is far better, because it combined so much Jane Austen with just enough to bring the zombies into the story.     This goes wildly afield of anything Austen would have written, but it’s at least an entertaining read.

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