Friday, November 26, 2010

Win Pride and Prejudice and Zombies HERE!

That's right! Just in time for Christmas, Crackin' Spines & Takin' Names, in conjuction with Quirk Classics, is giving away a copy of the acclaimed novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. This is the perfect gift for the quirky reader on your list, or even for yourself. And, naughty or nice, I thought you deserved a treat.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton — and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers — and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.
1) Must be 13 years or older to enter.
2) Must have a US mailing address.
Contest will run from Black Friday, November 26, to the third Sunday of Advent, December 12. The prize, which is adorably bound in twine and comes with a personal note from Elizabeth Bennet, will be shipped out no later than December the 15th. The USPS website has a handy chart for Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates which says that the 15th is the absolute latest date if you want your package to arrive by Christmas, which I do, so I will ask now that my winner please respond promptly to the email announcement.

I would like to thank Eric of Quirk Classics for making this contest possible. Eric has played the part of Christmas Elf, doing the hard work of providing the prize, and I will be playing the role of Santa, giving it away and garnering all the glory and thanks for myself! Ha-hah!
If you wish to read my review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I said was, "Proof that a crypt full of zombies helps the literature go down. The literature go do-own, the literature go down," click here!
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Good luck and happy reading!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Spooky Six Flags New Orleans Tour

Here's a little something to make the hairs on your neck stand at attention.

I kept waiting for a zombie to appear, and at first I was disappointed that there weren't any, but after further thought, the utter lack of humanity was perfect. It took the video from being just spooky, to actually saying something about our fleeting presence in this world. Too existential? No such thing! I only wish that the park wasn't set for demolition. How cool would it have been to let it crumble away to nothing, to document it and see first hand what all our handy work will eventually become?

Anyhoo! My favorite part, aside from the music, was the children's play aparatus with the tattered canopy upon which someone had written "Love is Universal". There was a good deal of graffiti, as is to be expected, I guess, but that was more like a message in a bottle from someone who had lost something, maybe everything, but still retained their hope. Oops, getting a little existential again.

So what'd y'all think? A horror movie look at what will might be, or an up close and personal view of a tragedy whose scars are still fresh?
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