Jane Austen fans, particularly literature majors, will enjoy this novel so long as they can keep it mind that it is just a joke, not high literature nor an attack on a classic novel.
In the same vein as "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," this novel takes the original characters and, for the most part, the same plot line, but adds in ridiculous monsters, rituals and underwater high society. In parts it reads just like the original novel, but set in a submarine, or with monsters nearly killing our characters as would happen in a modern horror film.
For the sake of alliteration, Ben H. Winters really should have titled the book "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Serpents," but we'll just let that one go.
This is the sort of book that Jane Austen fans, particularly literature majors, will love so long as they can remember this book is a joke. Seth Grahame-Smith admits in the description of the authors that Austen is a world class novelist, whereas this is his first book and a joint effort at that. The novel humorously melds the classic Regency romance novel and a modern zombie story, complete with the Bennett sisters as trained ninjas. We get some of the original witty prose and most of the same plot line, with ridiculous items added in, such as Lizzy fighting zombies at all times, including during the dinner parties that feature strongly in the original novel.
Read this for a laugh and don't take it at all seriously in order to enjoy what is just brain candy.
A boat presumed lost at least 25 years ago suddenly floats to its home dock with all hands missing. Seattle Police Detective Rey Solis, with whom Seattle PI and Greywalker Harper Blaine has often butted heads, is investigating the possibility of murder while the boat's owner's family has asked Harper to determine what happened. As the two explore the abandoned vessel, Harper and Solis discover a cabin containing symbols drawn in human blood, a haunted engine room and a log book hinting at terrible events having caused the ship’s original disappearance.
I found this story to be so frightening that I could not finish it, which is quite rare for me.
Read the first six novels in the Greywalker series before this one.
After returning to life from death twice already Seattle Private Investigator Harper Blaine is hardly looking to take on a new case involving the paranormal, until the witnesses the ghost of a bizarre car accident for which no human records exist. Harper uses her skill as a Greywalker-- one who can move through the world of ghosts, vampires and other supernatural entities--to determine what happened.
This is the sixth in the Greywalker series and it's best to read the prequels first to understand the background.
After a near-fatal accident, Seattle Private Investigator Harper Blaine develops the ability to move through the Grey: the realm of ghosts, vampires, witches, and magic that exists between our world and the next. Yet, why did she but not others with near death experiences become a Greywalker? Investigating her own case unearths some terrible truths about her father’s early death.
Before she can continue her search, some vampires request that Harper travel to London to take a strange case there, only to discover that it has to do with her own past as well.
This is the fourth in the Greywalker series and it's best to read the prequels first to understand the background.