Dec 9, 2011

Happy Friday! Help me remake this drink

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had an awesome week. I have a request. I need some help remaking a drink.

Several years ago, several of us - some friends, my now husband and myself - decided to do an impromptu pub crawl. We started at Paddy's Pub in Kentville, NS. 

I should mention, it was about this time of year - almost but not quite Christmas.

They had a drink special called the White Christmas, so we all had that. And OH MY GOD. It was incredible. It tasted like Gingerbread. Not gingerbread cookies, like actual gingerbread. So awesome.

We asked what was in it. I'm pretty sure it had four ingredients - Milk, Goldschl├Ąger, Vanilla vodka and....


I forget the other ingredient. I should mention that the drinking started before the pub crawl. And this was 5 or 6 years ago. But this drink has been tormenting me. I want it again, but I can't find anything like it online, and I've never seen it again at Paddy's. 


So, awesome people of the internet: What do you think the fourth ingredient should be?


Dec 7, 2011

Magic Video

The only way I know how to describe this video: Magical. Maybe a little whimsical, too.

Enjoy! Happy Wednesday!




Dec 4, 2011

Ad-tastic Christmas Present Ideas!

This isn't really a gift guide. Basically it's a page full of amazon ads that might spark some holiday shopping ideas for someone on your list. Yay!




I hope that's helpful to you! If not, maybe try these:

Shop Amazon's Gifting Page

Dec 3, 2011

Dual Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest




I have decided to review these two books as if they are one, more or less. The reason, mostly, is a personal one: I started The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest literally seconds after finishing The Girl Who Played With Fire. I'm a little fuzzy on where one ends and the other begins. Unlike the first book, which has a definite end, these two are more or less a part one and two of the same story.

The Girl Who Played With Fire starts of awhile after The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ends. Lisbeth Salander has been out traveling the world and pretty much being her usual self. The she goes back to Sweden and some people get murdered. She's a suspect. The media is in a frenzy and she's nowhere to be found. You spend a bunch of the book not knowing for sure if she murdered them or not, before a lot of other crazy stuff happens. It turns out her whole life has pretty much been a giant conspiracy against her. The people who know and like her seem to think that this all explains why she is the way she is, but I have a feeling she'd be how she is even if nothing bad ever happened to her. Does that make sense? Probably not. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is more or less about tying up all the loose ends from the book that preceded it. There was a trial, that was the best part, I think. Then there was the aftermath of the trial, which almost, but not exactly, finished the trilogy off nicely. It's understandable that there were still unanswered questions. There were supposed to be a total of ten books in the series, but the author died unexpectedly. A fourth book was three quarters finished at the time of his passing, and his partner - Eva Gabrielsson - has said that she is capable of finishing the book. If she did, I would definitely read it. Sadly, she doesn't have the rights to it, as her and Larsson never married and his will was written unwitnessed. I have a feeling that book will never see the light of day. Sad. Very sad.

If that found that synopsis frustratingly vague, you might have a sense of how I felt writing it. There are so many secrets and twists that I found it impossible to write without giving away my favorite thing about these three books: finding out the truth, layer by layer, moment by moment. There weren't really any big reveals or surprises, but you also don't quite know where the stories are going to lead you. It's like you're on the verge of figuring it out - if you just had one more clue - but then you get that clue and you're like - ...ok, seriously this time - one more clue please? You kind of feel for the police in the novels: like them, you're always a step or two behind Mikael Blomkvist.

A very pressing question I have: Do people in Sweden really eat that many sandwiches, or was Stieg Larsson just strangely obsessed with them? It seemed like every time you turned around, someone was eating sandwiches. Morning, noon and night - Sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches. I mean, I love sandwiches, but it was excessive. Am I missing something, culturally? Are sandwiches the main diet staple in Sweden?

Back on topic. Were these two books as good as the first one? No, not even close. That being said, if you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy these ones as well. On a scale from Totally Awesome to Horrifically Awful, I would give them an Absolutely Great. 


Read my review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo here.


                                                       

Dec 2, 2011

Happy Friday!

Hey all, it's Friday! I've been having a bit of a down week...nothing major, it's just been kind of...meh. Ya know?

This morning though, I'm pushing the blahs away! It's Friday, and that rocks. Also, youtube recommended I watch this video:



Yes, that is a BOAT FULL OF BEAGLES!

Thanks YouTube, you made my morning sparkle a little!

Now, how about a drink? It's December and it's getting colder. We don't have much snow left, even though we had a storm that dumped 40 cm over night! The weather has been so weird. Anyway, snow or no snow, it's pretty chilly out. What a perfect time to try something I've always wanted to try even though I had no idea what's in it exactly - Hot Buttered Rum!



...Also, I love her dress, and the pirate thing made me laugh.

Have you ever had hot buttered rum? It looks easy enough, I don't know though...rum, water, spices sugar and butter...sounds strange.

Whtad'ya think?



Nov 30, 2011

NaNoWriMo - My Results

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve been here, hasn’t it? Well, as I’d mentioned, I was doing NaNoWriMo this November. I made an attempt to write a 50000 word novel in 30 days. It’s pretty intense. So, the question is: Did I “win”?



...No. I made a good showing for my first NaNoWriMo. I got to 36670 words. Part of the problem was that I really had an idea for a long short story or a novella. There’s a lot of fluff and filler in there. Really, it only needed to be about 25000 words. I know, If I really pushed myself, I could pump that up to 50000 in the next few hours, but it wouldn’t be good. Just more fluff that I would delete in editing, if I took I took it that far.
 
I’m not disappointed that I didn’t Win, in the traditional sense. I finished the novel. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. In 30 days, I wrote a novel of over thirty thousand words, and that’s nothing to shake a stick at. I feel like it’s made me a better writer. It stretched my creativity muscles and helped me grow as a person. I think so, anyway.

Now, don’t get me wrong - it’s a terrible novel. Absolutely horrid and unoriginal. My plan at the moment is to let it sit for a bit. A month or two at least. Then I plan to do some major editing and release it as a free ebook. Even with the editing, I expect it to be pretty bad, fyi.

I fully expect to participate in NaNoWriMo next year. Maybe next year, I’ll even win.

Nov 13, 2011

How to Tie a Scarf...For Men!


Happy National Scarf Day! We are coming up on the end of it, but there is still time to get in on the fun!

Men...Scarves...I think this is a great combination. If you're a man, and you want to wear a scarf but just don't know how to make it look right: This (last) scarf day video is for you!



What could be simplier? Now, go put on a scarf. No excuses.


How to Tie a Boho Head Scarf


Hello again! It's been a pretty scarf-tastic day, hasn't it? Yes, I totally just wrote that. You've got your scarf on, right? It is National Scarf Day, after all.

So, maybe you're really not in to neck scarves. You can still participate in all the Scarf day fun! Check out these cute head scarf ideas:



These look really awesome, but I don't think I can pull them off myself. I'm just not Boho, ya know?

Do you wear head scarves?

Ways to Wear a Pashmina


Hello again! You've got your scarf on, right?

Do you have a Pashmina style scarf? I have one. I usually just wear it like a regular scarf though. Here is a video of how to wear it with your evening wear. Pretty basic stuff, but some of us need that from time to time. Or in my case pretty much all the time.



Hey, how about sharing some scarf day resources of your own in the comments? I'd love to see it.

7 Ways to Wear a Scarf


Hello my (hopefully!) scarf wearing friends! Welcome to the second post of (possibly self proclaimed) National Scarf Day! Need more scarf ideas? You've come to the right place.



Some of these are pretty similar to the ones in 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf (Companion videos here!), so be sure to check those out as well!

9 Different Silk Scarf Ideas


Today may or may not be National Scarf Day. Either way, scarves are awesome, so look for scarf related content all day.



Put on a scarf today! Even if it's not National Scarf Day. In fact, let's make it National Scarf Day. Who's with me?

Nov 11, 2011

Rememberance Day


Take a minute today at 11 o'clock to Remember the men and women who have fought and given their lives so we can be safe. And remember those that continue to sacrifice for the same reason.


Nov 9, 2011

Things that distract me from Writing

As I've mentioned, I'm trying my hand at NaNoWriMo. If you don't know what that is, it's this insane thing where you write a 50000 word novel in 30 days. So far, I've had good days and bad days and almost good days. Distractions tend to pile up. What are some of the things that distract me from writing?

Twitter: When I sit to write, I can not have twitter open in a tab of my browser. That little number in brackets telling me how many tweets I'm missing messes with my head. For some reason I can't close it completely, so instead I go to @NaNoWordSprints. Then at least if I'm checking new tweets it's relevant.

Zombie Pandemic: Who has time to write when there are zombies to kill?!

My Cat: Once he has decided it's cuddle time he can be very demanding, and will not be ignored.

Everyday life: You know, everything - work, laundry, dishes, showering...


Do you have any distraction fighting tips for me?

Nov 8, 2011

Vote Bay of Fundy for the New 7 Wonders of Nature


This Friday, 11.11.11, voting closes for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Have you voted? There are some pretty incredible choices. You're allowed to pick seven, and I hope you'll consider the one that is in my neck of the woods: The Bay of Fundy.

The bay of Fundy has the highest tides anywhere in the world - 16.2 metres or 53 feet. That means that, twice every day, one hundred billion tonnes of water flow in and out of the bay that runs between New Brunswick and my home province of Nova Scotia.

Take a look at these videos, if you still need convincing. Or just like watching videos.









Plus, it gives us some awesome mud to play in:






Alright, that's all I've got. If you haven't yet, go vote. I hope you'll seriously think of voting Fundy. And, hey, why not visit us sometime? See the magic for yourself.

ps: If you don't want to word for it, how about some Canadian Celebrities?

Nov 7, 2011

Music Monday: Take a Minute

This song is incredible. That's all I have to say.

Nov 5, 2011

Twitter in Plain English


I love twitter, but have trouble explaining why to people who don't get what twitter is all about. I'm sure other people have this problem too. Maybe this video will help.

Nov 4, 2011

Happy Friday! Lets pour some Rainbow Shots!

 Rainbow shots, you say? Yes, these are pretty incredible and if you make them it will be sure to wow and amaze.



Yes! RAINBOW! SHOTS!

 Lets look a another video.



I KNOW! I told you - incredible, right?

Ok, one more.



Insane!

Ok, how to time.

(Skip to 0:50...Intro is kind of annoying)



Ok, this one is a little less annoying.



 Now you're ready to make some rainbow shots!

Nov 3, 2011

Nov 2, 2011

Rick Mercer's Rant: Teen Suicide


If you haven't yet seen this rant/call to action from Rick Mercer, please watch it and share it with everyone you know. It's heartbreaking and important.



It's important for us all to be role models. I can't, and wont, pretend to know what it's like to be a gay teen. And I won't pretend I know what it's like to be bullied (which is surprising, because in high school I dressed like a Kandi Raver. In small town Nova Scotia). What I can say is I have read and heard too many stories like Jamie Hubley's and it breaks my heart. We all need to stand up and show kids that it's not only ok to be be different, but it's awesome to be different. We also need to find a way show bullies that this will not be tolerated.

Nov 1, 2011

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’d been interested in checking it out for some time now, and I finally had the chance to read it. I quite enjoyed it.

So, the story is about this guy, who’s a journalist. He gets convicted of libel. And then he gets offered a job to write a book about a very prominent family, while secretly trying to solve a murder mystery. It’s also about this tiny tattoo covered girl, who’s a private investigate and hacker, emotionally damaged and may or may not have asperger’s syndrome.

  I love a good mystery. I’m also usually pretty good at figuring them out. I remember watching The Sixth Sense for the first time with a friend who had already seen it. We were sitting in her basement. About half way through I made a statement about the outcome of the movie, to which she replied, “How could you possibly know that already?” I thought it was quite obvious. I’m not saying I’m never surprised and that I always know everything about everything, just I’m pretty good at figuring things out, is all. While reading this book, I had two main theories, and was certain that one of them was correct. Either/Or. Definitely one or the other. I’ll tell you, I was surprised. The outcome was an option that I knew was an option, but I never in a million years would have thought it was a real possible outcome for the story. I was impressed.

The story is very dark. There were some very uncomfortable, horrific situations in it - torture, sexual abuse - it’s not for everyone. Also, they killed my favorite character. No spoilers, but I will say that fire and torture were a factor, and they left her head on the motorcycle seat.

There was a lot of talk of food in the book. Mostly sandwiches. There were so many sandwich references that at one point I had to stop reading and go fix one for myself. This, I suppose, says a lot more about me then the book. One other food mention sticks out in my mind: bacon pancakes with lingonberries. I don’t know exactly what such a thing would taste like, but I suspect it would be incredible.

The descriptions of things and people are fantastic. My favorite was of the first sighting of Isabella Vanear: “She looked like an aging vampire---still strikingly beautiful but as venomous as a snake.” There was a lot of name dropping product descriptions - something that normally drives me crazy, but it didn’t even seem out of place. It’s something has the ability to ruin a perfectly enjoyable book for me, if done wrong.

On a scale from Totally Awesome to Horrifically Awful, I would give it an Almost Awesome. I absolutely enjoyed it.  I will be reading the other two books in the series, that is for sure. I also can not wait for the movie. 

 

Oct 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, Everyone!


Hope your night is filled with spooky fun!





Happy Halloween!

Zombie Survival Resources That are Way Better then Anything I've Posted All Month

It is the end of Zombie Survival Month! I hope you enjoyed it, and are thinking more about what you need to to do when zombies attack.

If you want more information about zombie survival, check out these links:

No Zombies (this one is my favorite!)

Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse (zombie survival from the CDC)


Top Reasons Why I'm Glad the Zombie Apocalypse Hasn't Started Yet


Other then the obvious downsides of a Zombie Apocalypse (loss of safety, convenience and the possibility of being eaten alive, etc), there are several reasons I’m glad that the hoards of undead are not yet roaming the streets in search of a tasty snack.

I am really out of shape

Could I out run a zombie? Probably. Could I out run a hoard of zombies? Maybe. Could I do either for any length of time? Not a chance.

I don’t know anything about guns


I’ve shot a gun on occasion. But I don’t know how to aim one, load one or when the safety is off. I’d just feel a lot safer if I knew these things.

Survival tactics? Um....

I think I cold survive in the woods over night. In the summer. Maybe longer if you gave me a cooler full of food. Or some non-perishables and a can opener. Not much longer, though.

I don’t have a disaster kit, let alone a zombie survival kit


Which is pretty dumb, since I live in a place where we have ridiculous snow storms and hurricanes. And the threat of zombies is always high!

Are you glad that there are no zombies yet? Or are you ready to go out and kick some walking dead ass?

ZOMBIES


1. Resident Evil..., 2. Don't Open Your Eyes When You Sneeze...., 3. Dirty Pretty Things., 4. Average Torontonian..., 5. Zombie Walk strikes SP!, 6. 104/365 - Zombie Prom Queen, 7. I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so, 8. Attack., 9. Tough Day..., 10. Don't Smoke Kids..., 11. Zombie Pooch..., 12. Bon Appetit!, 13. Raised by Sin, 14. Look Both Ways..., 15. Zombie walk

Music Monday: Walk Like A Zombie


Happy Halloween! Lets start the day off right with a little zombie tune and some Nightmare Before Christmas visuals!

Oct 29, 2011

Zombies in Plain English


The only issue with this video is that zombies eat flesh, not jut brains. Otherwise this is an excellent and informative video. You should share it with loved ones. It's the best way to show them that you care (if they are eaten by zombies).

Oct 28, 2011

Happy Friday! What'cha Drinking?


Happy Friday! Is it time for a drink yet? Maybe you want to make something with a cool and creepy name on this Friday before Halloween. Well, how about The Laughing Zombie? We all know the dead don't laugh, but that doesn't stop this drink from being absolutely awe inspiring!







How to Make the Drink:

Ingredients:

2 oz Gold Rum
0.5 oz Dark Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
0.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
1 oz Grenadine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters


Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.

Top with pineapple foam and garnish with a sprig of mint.

How to Make Pineapple Foam

Ingredients:

2 Egg Whites
1 oz White Rum
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 tsp Absinthe
 

Shake all ingredients - no ice! - and then add to a pre-chilled iSi creamer. Charge the creamer, shake and chill in the fridge until ready to use. Makes enough for several drinks.

IMPORTANT INFO!!! Photograph and recipe both came from 12 Bottle Bar. You should go check out the site, because it rocks.
 

Oct 27, 2011

Zombie Survival Quick Tip # 5


Don’t get sentimental

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In anyway. First, possessions are just possessions. If you need to leave your home, don’t over burden yourself with objects that are not useful, but have sentimental value. Especially things that are heavy, like photo albums. If you’re not in immediate danger, then by all means, grab that one photo, but leave the rest of the album behind. Second, when your mom/best friend/husband gets bitten and turns...Well, you know what you need to do.

Don’t get sentimental. The zombies wont. 

Oct 26, 2011

Physical Activities for Zombie Survival Training

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Physical activity is always a good idea. It’s great for health, happiness and zombie survival. If you are thinking about taking up a new sport or activity, may I suggest one that would also improve your chances of surviving the zombie apocalypse?




The following activities, in no particular order, are all great for health and build skills that will aid you in surviving the zombie uprising:
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Boxing
  • Any Martial Art
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing/Kayaking/other boating
  • Paintball
  • Motocross
  • Parkour or Free Running
  • Capture the Flag
  • Jogging/Running
  • Crossfit
  • Fencing
  • Cycling
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Roller Derby



*please consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen. We wouldn’t want you dying before the zombies even get here.

Oct 25, 2011

Zombie Survival Quick Tip #4

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Know Your Neighbourhood

Knowing your neighbourhood will save your life if you need to evacuate. Know all possible escape routes by car, bicycle and foot. Learn the shortcuts and know the obstacles. The more you know, the better your chance of escape. The best way to do this? Get out of your house and check it out. I like to just leave my house on foot and go which ever ways my feet take me. I take note of the yards I could cut through if trespassing wasn’t an issue, as well as buildings that might make good safe houses. This way I will be prepared when the uprising comes. Will you?

Oct 24, 2011

Music Monday: Zombie (x2)


Since the first Music Monday post was a little strange and may not be everyone's cup of tea, here are two other songs, both with the same title: Zombie by Pretty Reckless and Zombie by Natalia Kills. (I like the second one the best. The lyrics are pretty incredible)





"Do you want me for my body? Do you want me for my brain?"

Music Monday: Hip Albatross

Gorillaz always has been a little weird and wonderful. This song is a little weirder than most. It's not for everyone. My dog hates it. Seriously, she got up and left the room as soon as I put it on. I don't generally trust her taste in music, though. It is about zombies, fitting with my theme for the month.


Oct 23, 2011

Zombies Doing Yoga


This is sort of an ad for a book I haven't read (but want to!). It made me giggle and it's awesome, so you should watch it too.


Oct 22, 2011

What to Do in a Zombie Attack


When it comes to surviving a zombie attack, you can never have too much advice on the subject. Check out this charming vintage video. If you ignore the rampant propaganda, there is some sound advice.



Although this is an excellent video, there are a couple of myths I would like to dispel. First, zombies do not possess increased strength. However, their inability to feel pain sometimes makes it seem that way. Us living humans will stop if something hurts, but a zombie will just keep pushing until they either complete their task or loose an appendage. Second, zombies can work a doorknob! The video does suggest closing and locking the door, which is excellent advice on it's own, so I don't know why it would throw this myth on after that statement. Why bother locking the door if they can't work the knob? 

Remember to take all zombie advice with a grain of salt. That also includes all advice from yours truly, of course! Use your still functioning brain to gather as much advice and insight into surviving as you can, and make your own decisions on the best defense for you and your family.

Enjoy your weekend, and stay vigilant! 


Oct 21, 2011

Happy Friday! How about a Shot?


I just re-watched Resident Evil on Netflix the other night. How awesome was that movie? (The correct answer is "Totally Awesome!"by the way)

The shots by The Drunken Moogle are so perfect. There is no mistaking what they are supposed to look like.





T-Virus (Resident Evil Shot)                       T-Virus Antidote (Resident Evil Shot)
           Ingredients:                                                  Ingredients:
   3/4 shot Silver Rum                                        3/4 shot Silver Rum
              1/4 shot Everclear                                         1/4 shot Watermelon Vodka
1 Blue Twizzler                                              1 Green Twizzler 

The directions: 
Wind a Twizzler around a tall double shot glass.  It should stick to the sides of the glass.  Pour in the silver rum and top with either the watermelon vodka or Everclear, depending on the color Twizzler.  Drink, then fish the twizzler out of the glass with your finger. Eat the twillzer. Revel in your own awesomeness for serving such a cool drink to friends and loved ones.


IMPORTANT LINKS! Drink recipe and photography are both courtesy of The Drunken Moogle. Click here for the T-Virus and Click Here for the Antidote.

Oct 20, 2011

Zombie Survival Quick Tip #3


Running is better then Fighting

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Never fight a zombie that you don’t have to. Every close combat battle you engage in is a chance that you will be infected, no matter how skilled you are. Run when you can, and live to fight another day.

Oct 19, 2011

Skills you should learn for Zombie Survival


Basic Wilderness Survival skills 

You might want to consider taking a wilderness survival course. Even if you live in an urban environment, these skills will come in handy during the zombie apocalypse. Specific skills include how to build a fire, How to build a shelter, How to Snare Dinner in the Wild (also a good skill to capture and exterminate Zombies) and How to Avoid Hypothermia. Knowing how to kill zombies is useless if you die of starvation or exposure. 

First Aid and Medical skills

It will be a crazy time and people will get hurt. I’m not talking about treating zombie bites here. Those people are doomed. It’s all of the other wounds and injuries that will need treating, so know how to treat them! Everything from cuts, sprains and broken bones, to bullet wounds and third degree burns. Learn how to dress a wound, make a splint, stop bleeding and how to treat a burn. Learn CPR. Once you’ve mastered all of that, you may want to learn some more advanced procedures. Because if you group up with other survivors, it doesn’t matter how much of an asshole you are*, if you can remove a bullet and suture the wound, they will keep you around and keep you safe.

Combat and Self-Defense

There are two types of people you will need to defend yourself from: Dead ones that want to eat you and alive ones that want to take things from you. Or are possibly just jerks. Either way, you’ll want to know how to defend yourself from both types. Consider taking some self-defense classes, or perhaps a martial art or two. Learn how to handle a firearm without blowing off an appendage.

Other skills you may want to consider

Construction - For building a shelter and barricading doors and windows. It would suck to die in your sleep because of a poorly barricaded door.

Welding - Welding can be also be used in barricading and shelter construction. It can also be used to create zombie traps and other such booby-traps. 

Electrical repair - If your group has a means of distance communication (walkie talkies, cb radio, etc), you will want someone around who can fix it if it breaks. You can’t just go out an buy new ones, you know.

Sewing - Again, you can’t just go out and buy new clothes every time something gets worn or rips. There will probably lots to be looted and scavenged in early days, but that wont last forever.


Did I miss anything? What skills do you think will be most important for surviving the zombie apocalypse?



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*Don’t be an asshole. (This is a good life rule in general)

Oct 18, 2011

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a mash-up Novel, where Seth Grahame-Smith adds Zombies to Jane Austin’s classic work. Jane Austin is credited as the co-author. 

Having never read the original Pride and Prejudice, nor seen any of the movies, I don’t know exactly how closely the plot follows the original(amended: I watched the movie version with Kira Knightly after the writing of this review. The story line is remarkably similar). The book transports us back to Regency-Era England. Except that there are zombies. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters, who are all trained zombie hunters. Also, their mother  wants to marry them off, hopefully to rich men.

If you read the reviews, it seems you’re either going to love it or hate it, and there is very little in between. I happen to one of the few in between people.

I really enjoyed this book. On a scale of Horrifically Awful to Super Awesome, I would give it a Pretty Great. Because I don’t read a lot of classic literature, I found it a little hard to get into at the beginning (but the following scathing remark from Mr. Darcy helped quite a bit: "Miss Bingley, the groans of a hundred unmentionables would be more pleasing to my ears than one more word from your mouth. Were you otherwise not so agreeable, I should be forced to remove your tongue with my saber."). As I got into the flow of things, however, I really got into it. I’m not going to go as far as to say it’s the best thing I’ve read ever, or even the best thing I’ve read recently, but it was Pretty Great. It seems most of the people who hated it had really high expectations going in, and they were not met. So, start off assuming it will be just not terrible, and you probably will like it. That’s my prediction, anyway. If you like zombies, classic literature, and fun books, you probably wont hate this book.