By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Rather than chasing potential husbands, the Bennett sisters are locally renowned zombie killers, much to their mother’s dismay. England is overrun with the scourge of the undead, and those who wish to survive in polite society must either learn the deadly arts and protect themselves, their families, and their beloved country, or become fodder for soulless corpses.
This is very much more Austen than Grahame-Smith, although the overlaid background of zombies running in packs through the countryside is done quite skillfully and does not overpower the original story line. A few main characters end up with different fates in this version, however, but it is all done so very politely that the reader spends a lot of time chuckling, especially if he already knows the main story line.
A quick scan at Amazon.com indicates that this style of adding strange creatures and plots is becoming a trend with a number of classic novels, which will probably result in a lot of silliness in a short time.
Rated: None. Although a few descriptions of the undead (and their destruction) are very specific, it is not overtly disgusting. It should be noted, however, that there are numerous instances of polite sexual innuendo in the conversations between many of the characters.