Pablo Tempesta Tempesta itibaren Kummarapalli, Andhra Pradesh 517422, Hindistan
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." Yes, folks, it's Jane Austen's timeless Regency romance with blood, pus, and zombie mayhem. And illustrations! Using Austen's words, Grahame-Smith mostly just adds the zombie elements (though he does take some liberties with Austen's text). This is a really humorous send-up of Austen. I may be a purist, but I love the addition of zombies to this story.
Brendan and Emma's romance is sweet and the connection between Brendan & Emma themselves seems strong and you get a real sense of both characters as individuals not as vehicles for long dead people. While their soul mate connection may be a result of history it feels real and totally about Emma and Brendan themselves. Quite often I don't enjoy the whole reincarnated soul mates angle as I don't feel any real connection between the hero and heroine in that I doubt they would be together otherwise and sometimes the current characters get lost in their predecessors. Happily this was not the case here. Well Done Cara.
I was very interested in getting this book when I read some reviews. I was expecting something more formal and academic. I expected to wade through it and earn whatever information was hidden away inside. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The book was well researched and very nicely written by Nassir Ghaemi. Ghaemi is pretty fast and loose with speculation and owns up to it several times. Given that he is psychoanalyzing people who have been dead for hundreds of years, I think it's OK. To his credit, he attempts to support his opinion of each subjects' mental health by using four measures. In the end, his diagnoses are very believable for each historical figure that he writes about. (Well, I believed him.) Speaking of history. NG goes to great lengths to frame each subject in the historical context that he lived in. That is the whole point of this book. People who might be considered mentally ill have repeatedly risen to great leadership in hard times. Their mental condition has prepared them with something he calls resilience to "things not working out well". This is a great book that I highly recommend.
I loved it! It is written really well. I loved the description. The perspective from different characters was great. I just re read it. loved it. But this is one where the movie is almost better!