"New Cool Things" Dept.:
There comes a moment in a generation when that generation begins to realise that they have a little more pull about the sorts of things that they see occur more than the generation that preceded them. Some people in my generation saw the election of Barack Obama as US President one such example of a kind of sea change that indicates one generation is gone and another one is taking over. Some people see the kind of "Scorched Earth" policy that has dictated US economics as being typical of the same kind of "all for me- none for you", "GREED IS GOOD" bullshittery that the disappointed hippies who became yuppies seemed to live for, and the fact that most of the whistle-blowers who are putting that mindset back into perspective are all under the age of 45 as another such indicator. This is also very likely.
For me, it's this little number right here -
Jane Austin & Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Coming soon, and available for pre-order from Chronicle Books.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. 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 as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans.
Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.