Obviously, we’ve been following the PPZ developments with a keen eye and ear and relaying that information back to you. We have our review copy sitting amongst a stack of other review copy books to get too. So we’re probably not going to have any sort of official review around here for some time. There’s only so many hours in the day.
Let one morsel suffice: At a neighborhood ball, ?Elizabeth, Darcy, and Bingley come upon unmentionables feeding on some slaughtered servants. Says Mr. D: ?”I don’t suppose…that you would give me the honour of dispensing of this unhappy business alone. I should never forgive myself if your gown were soiled.” Miss Bennet ?replies, ”The honour is all yours, Mr. Darcy.”
As Mr. G-S says, Mr. D ”cut the two zombies with ?savage yet dignified movements. He then made quick work of beheading the slaughtered staff, upon which ? Mr. Bingley politely vomited into his hands.” O happy world — even though, in the end, ”the dead continued to claw their way through crypt and coffin alike, feasting ?on British brains.” Might we hope for a sequel?
Schwarzbaum also admits that reading the book alongside the original is more satisfying because you can see Grahame-Smith’s artistry at work, splicing up Jane Austen’s tale of societal manners and repurosing it as something entirely different. She also mentions there are ninjas.