Pride and Prejudice AND ZOMBIES!

I tripped across this today whilst looking for new audio books. It’s an entire re-write of the classic novel (well and respectfully done, as far as I can see) to include Zombies, of all things. I listened to a sample, and was read by a young lady with an English accent (how appropriate) and included not over-liberal references to zombies. It’s real, it’s funny, and it’s real funny. I might not have picked Pride and Prejudice as a welcome candidate for remixing, but I’m sure glad someone did! The thematic contrast is an eyebrow-raiser at all levels.
Here’s a link: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

What I’m reading now: July edition I

I’m reading three books concurrently.  I’ll give you some hints, but I want guesses from you, fair readers, as to the exact titles.


  • One of the books is new, while the other two are old.
  • I believe at least one book (possibly two) to be in the public domain.
  • I’m reading one in print (from a series printed by Barnes and Noble), one on my iPhone, and one as an audiobook.
  • One book is non-fiction, while the other two are works of fiction.

What other clues would you like?  The setting for the opening scenes for the works of fiction?  Some not-too-obivous plot detail? The titles worked into anagrams?  Just let me know!

Book Review: The Martha Rules

Subtitle: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as you Start, Build, or Manage a Business. Written and published in 2005 by Martha Stewart.

The narrative for this book starts while Martha Stewart is in prison. She talks about some of the very determined ladies she met who wanted to get out of prison and start their own businesses. While in the clink, Martha wrote some business training for them that turned into this book.

It’s interesting to read a business book written by a gracious, driven, vicious, visionary entrepreneur. Anyone who had model, stock broker, caterer, CEO, and felon on her resume makes for a good read.

I found the business principles rather obvious and unsurprising, but no less solid for all that. She makes liberal use of examples from her constellation of business friends and associates. Case studies are always interesting to me. And, of course, she frequently referred to lessons from her own business experience.

In the end, any of us can only speak from our own experience. And that’s what I found so limiting about reading Martha’s rules for business. They work very well if you’re building a company like Martha has built. But like every product Martha produces that has her name on it, ultimately it’s just Martha and some very nice window dressing.