Monday, October 24, 2011

More Tentacular Awfulness

I'm sure you all remember that I hosted a stage on the blog tour for Mrs Darcy Versus The Aliens (How could we not? I hear you cry). Well, I've now reviewed it on Amazon and thought I'd post the review here too.

What can I say about this book? I approached it with fear and trepidation, expecting it to be every bit as awful as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which was an interesting conceit, but has a terrible execution! The prequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls was considerably better.]

How wrong was I? Very, that's how. I never expected to find another human being with similar interests in both the works of Jane Austen and popular culture, but Pinnock obviously is such a person. I laughed out loud at lines like "the truth is out there, but it is not yet universally acknowledged" and at references to HP Lovecraft, The Fast Show, the X-Files, and any number of others.

This novel is not just a line of gags one after the other, though; it's well plotted and thought out, pacy and full of twists. I read it quickly, enjoyed it to the end and will probably have to re-read it soon, to make sure I didn't miss any of the references... The nerd in me would never live that down!

Highly recommended for nerds and neo-Georgians alike.