Books Diversions

BEDA 01: A Beginning of Sorts

Today marks the beginning of BEDA, Blog Every Day April, spearheaded by YA author Maureen Johnson (#BEDA for those following along on Twitter). I’m join in, seeing as I’ve been terrible about blogging consistently. Can’t promise where my post will appear (I’m primary author on two blogs and an admin on three others), but I will try to pump out one post each day on one of these blogs. The easiest way to follow along is by following me on Twitter, where I’ll post links to my #BEDA posts. If you don’t want to join Twitter, you can follow my account using RSS (see my posts here and here for more info on RSS).

Here. We. Go.

Regency Era Zombie Hordes

Book features illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice)
Elizabeth lifted her skirt, disregarding modesty, and delivered a swift kick to the creature’s head.

The previously blogged about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is due out… nowish. I’ve seen different release dates but Amazon is reporting that they’ll have more in-stock on April 6th.  Here is a sampling of the first three chapters of the novel.

I like what I’ve read from the preview. I may need to keep a copy of Austen’s work handy while I read this. I’m curious to see how much Grahame-Smith embellishes (or not, as one reviewer complained) Austen’s original. It’d be nice if he tweaked the language in between the Zombie. Mayhem. Scenes. Hey, if you’re going to frell with a classic you might as well DO it.

I read a rumor that the publisher, Quirk Books, is considering similar adaptations of public domain works. I’m now considering other classic mash-ups I’d like to see. I’m also seriously considering trying my hand at one as a writing exercise. Oh the possibilities… A short story would be a reasonable length. I’m afraid I’d never find time to finish a novel length adaptation. Hmm…