Book Bizzo #9 Zombie romances FTW

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Are zombies the new vampires?

If you’re over vampires and werepeople and, yes, even angels, the new trend in paranormal romances may well be … zombies! A book titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (US | UK) is due for release on April 1. The tag line is: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! You can read an interview with co-author Seth Grahame-Smith here (the other author being, of course, Jane Austen). Says Grahame-Smith:

when you take a look at the original book, it’s almost as if, subconsciously, Jane Austen is laying out the perfect groundwork for an ultraviolent bone-crushing zombie massacre to take place.

…there’s this zombie onslaught that’s been going on for years and Elizabeth Bennett has spent her whole life training to become a highly efficient killer of the undead, as has Darcy. It’s more about a love story between two headstrong independent zombie slayers.

It’s Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy sans vampires. Auto-buy! (Thanks to Lucy of Ever After for the tip.)

I can’t resist the title of this book: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (US | UK) by Carrie Ryan. It’s a zombie story with a love story—no guaranteed HEA, but I read Ryan’s Big Idea post on the Whatever, and you can’t tell me that’s not one of the sweetest, most romantic write-ups for a story idea you’ll ever read. Click here for an excerpt or here for a surprisingly good trailer. Thanks to Google, I know where I first heard of this book. There’s a short review at Tez Says, and according to one of the comments, the book will be out in April, although on the Hachette website, it says June. But I’m so intrigued I’m considering putting in a special order at Galaxy (if I don’t score an ARC *fingers crossed*). I really, really want to read this book. Update: Click here for my review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Yet more ARRC stuff

What can I say? I’m suffering from ARRC withdrawal.

Reading AdventuresReminiscing about ARRC – Part 2 I’m listing Marg first because we sat together at dinner and she has stories about our table. :-)
Anna CampbellMarch 2009
Denise RossettiMemories of ARRC09

Click here for a full list of Book Thingo’s coverage of the ARRC09 and a collection of links to write-ups on other blogs.

Read an Ebook Week

This week was Read an Ebook Week, and to celebrate, Tor has a free download available of Spiritwalk by Charles de Lint. Read any good ebooks lately? We’d love your recs!

Speaking of ebooks, the Eppies have been announced, and Jess Dee is a co-winner in the Romance/Erotica Anthology category for Three’s Company. Click here for more details on Jess Dee’s novella, A Question of Trust, or to buy the ebook version.

Journal of Popular Romance Studies

Sarah Frantz over at Teach Me Tonight is calling for applications for key positions to help get the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR) and the Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS) off the ground. Last year, there was a call for interest and here’s the general idea behind the initiative:

It is time for an academic society for the study of popular romance fiction, with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereunto, like a journal and conferences. So we have decided to start one! “We” being myself, Eric Selinger, and a few other people who are already interested in being involved.

The society will be called The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR) and the journal will be an online, open-source journal called The Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS).

If only this existed when I was an undergraduate Arts student. I would’ve relished bringing some man titty covered books to my Philosophy of Religion class. Heh. On the other hand, my old Linguistics faculty now has a course on electronic discourse. What I’d have given to spend a semester studying blogs and social networks…

Tournament of Books

The annual Tournament of Books has begun over at The Morning News: “The Tournament of Books is an annual battle royale between 16 of the best novels published in the previous year.” Nary a genre book to be found, but the battles are fun to read.

Beyond Her Book turns 2

Publisher’s Weekly blog Beyond Her Book has been hosting a week-long virtual party to celebrate the blog’s second anniversary. She has heaps of books to give away, so go and see if you can nab a freebie.

And other random stuff…

Don’t bitch about romance books when you’re standing near a romance reader. Wandergurl has a lot of patience for romance dissers, but she couldn’t resist responding to a Random Portly Guy who was half-complaining, half-joking about having an entire wall dedicated to paranormal romance:

RPG: Look at my sister! She started reading Mills & Boon in high school, she never stopped. Forty years later and she hasn’t been on a date!
Wandergurl (looks straight at him): Have you been on a date recently?
RPG: That was mean! I have kids!
Wandergurl: Good for you.

I forgot to ask her if she gave him a MOO card to pass on to his sister. :-D

Save the date

17/3 — Romance writing workshop with Ally Blake at Montrose Library, 12.30pm | Bookings: 03 9728 4224 ($10)
25/3 —Linda Jaivin at Readings Carlton, 6.30pm | Bookings: 03 9347 6633 or or Facebook.
31/3 —Kate Legge at Readings Hawthorn, 6.30pm | Bookings: 03 9819 1917 or
31/3 — Q&A and booksigning with Wendy Harmer at Berkelouw’s Newtown, 6pm | Enquiries: 02 9557 1777‎
2/4 — Wendy Harmer at Readings Carlton, 6.30pm | Bookings: 03 9347 6633 or
3/4 — Celebrate the life of Dorothy Parker at Bell’s Hotel, 8pm (dinner at 6.30pm) | Bookings: Jacqui Horwood on 0449 703 503 or ($10/$5)

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  1. Tez Miller says:

    Usually my reviews are longer, but I’ve been struggling to review lately. Loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, though :-)

    Speaking of zombies, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s second novel (Handling the Undead) features zombies. I thought it was published by Text Publishing, but apparently it’s on Penguin’s website, too??? I haven’t read it, though I’d love to – I’ve reserved it at the library, and am awaiting notification…

    Marg’s a dear :-)

    Have a lovely day! :-)

  2. Kat says:

    Tez, I feel your pain. Between writing a review and reading another book … well, you can guess which one wins, and at the moment I have too many unread books.

    Every time I think of zombies, I think of Shaun of the Dead, so they don’t actually seem particularly scary to me.

    Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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