Thursday, 29 September 2011

Reviews: Mrs Darcy Vs The Aliens / Made In Britain

Mrs Darcy Versus The Aliens - Jonathan Pinnock

'The truth is out there, though it is not yet universally acknowledged’

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).

You can buy Mrs Darcy Versus The Aliens from Amazon and other good, yet undead bookshops. You can find out more about Jonathan Pinnock on his website.

Made in Britain - Gavin James Bowers

I recently downloaded the Kindle version at a bargain price of £1.99. Made in Britain is published by Quartet Books.

Made in Britain is gritty, close to the bone, showing the real state of affairs in England and the life choices of young people. The novel centres around three northern teenagers: Russell who lives with his depressed mother, Hayley who lives with her father and whose mother dies of cancer, and Charlie, who lives with both of his parents. His father bullies Charlie’s mother. All three characters are coming to the end of compulsory education and need to face up to the opportunities (or lack of) available to them. These families are not the Haribo kind. Dysfunctional, grim and the lack of hope. Bowers succeeds in showing us the realities of the working classes (or as one character refers to ‘underclass’) in this tough economical world.

You can buy Made in Britain from Amazon and other good bookshops.

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