I recently won a signed copy of Mrs Darcy Versus The Aliens, published by Salt’s science fiction and fantasy imprint, Proxima Books.
I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and it was fun for the first couple of chapters. But honestly, it was a cut and shut job. A sprinkle of zombie sentences within the original story. But Mrs Darcy Versus The Aliens by Jonathan Pinnock is different. Firstly, Mrs D is a sequel to the events in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but with aliens. Mrs Darcy and her merry band of companions’ swashbuckle their way through alien shape shifters to help save the planet but more importantly save her sister. Think Mulder and Scully with Elizabeth Darcy as Scully and Mr Wickham as Mulder. There are regency bonnets galore alongside the ghosts, ghouls, tentacles and a pigeon named Colin. Mrs D is a witty and intelligent read. There are lots of in-jokes for the Austen fans – a mad man named Mr Firth, the housekeeper Mrs Dench, etc. Even Jane Austen makes an appearance and there’s even talk of the wet shirt scene too (I think a few mums at the back might have collapsed, please prop them up at the bar).