I only read "The Bear"(and only half of that) but goodreads doesn't have just "The Bear" alone, without "Spotted Horses" and "Old Man" and neither did the library so what can I do?
I adored the first half of "The Bear", which gave me a whole new perspective on hunting, but then it got all philosophical about the environment and I lost interest. Ironic since I picked this up based on it's inclusion on Newsweek's list of 50 books for our time and it made that list because of it's importance as an environmental novel. Sometimes I mystify myself.
A few things confused me so if anyone has read this and knows the answers please pm me.
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1) how did Sam die? did someone kill him? Was it Boone?
2) what was Boone pounding on at the very end with the butt of his gun? were those really squirrels or was Faulkner being metaphorical? was he bleeding?
This book is a whole lot of fun. It has plenty of original Jane Austen with zombies and gore tossed about at the author's whim. Enjoy Pride and Prejudice all over again without the dreariness of re-reading!
I absolutely adore the original and other spin offs have failed to wow me. (Mr Darcy's Diary-gag!) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is irreverent in the best way. You can tell the author loves P and P. He's had a marvelous time turning things just a bit without really changing the story. You're going to love his treatment of the Lydia/Wickham and Charlotte/Mr.Collins story lines!
Bonus: illustrations of Jane and Elizabeth battling the "sorry stricken". HAH!
Extra Bonus: Readers Group Discussion Questions:
"Some critics have suggested that the zombies represent the authors' views towards marriage-an endless curse that sucks the life out of you and just won't die. Do you agree, or do you have another opinion about the symbolism of the unmentionables?"
"Does Mrs. Bennett have a single redeeming quality?"
I sure wish someone had told me this was discussed as being a "modern retelling of Hamlet" before I read it. My expectations would have been much different and I might have enjoyed it more. Or perhaps I would have just not read it since I DON'T LIKE tragedy.
If only it were spelled "Gray" instead of "Grey" I could add it to my "better without a letter" list. But, no! It's spelled the British way. Everything in this book is British, which is stupid because it's supposed to take place in the Pacific Northwest. Their names are dumb, too.
(Yeah I gave it 5 stars. I stayed up all night reading it, it's highly erotic, and I cried too OK!? I don't wanna talk about it!!)
I lost interest when none of the stories came anywhere near being as disgusting or fascinating as the first one: "Guts" by Saint Gut-Free whereby the narrator has an unfortunate masturbation accident that is now burned on my psyche forever.
At first I was really loving this book but then it started to fall apart for me. I was drawn in by the moral dilemma and it was fun to identify with the bad guy, at first. But the bad guy turned out to be just another good girl making dumb moves, the same one you always find in chick lit. That said, it's a definite page-turner and perfect for reading by the pool or at the beach.
I read this awhile ago so I'm a bit fuzzy but I recall a hilarious line about a cat without a butt hole or something along those lines. I adore this book and wanted to name a daughter "Haven" for several years after reading it.