I like quirky things. I like satire. I like humour. Lucky for me then that a new genre of fiction is picking up steam and appearing in books stores more often. I’m talking about books that mix age-old stories that everyone knows with the un-dead (i.e. zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc.). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you must have been living under a rock for the better part of the last 5 years.
Another of my all time favorite books is Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, so I was tickled pink to see Alice in Zombieland sitting on a shelf in my local book store. Needless to say, I purchased and read in within hours. Nickolas Cook’s spin on the classic, with Brent Cardillo’s minor changes to Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations make this a book that I will probably read as often as its inspiration.
But this quirky, un-dead sub-genre of fiction is not limited to a re-scripting of literary classics. It’s also been used in the explanation and re-scripting of history. And, I mean, come on. This is me – these types of books are now merging my favorite things: the odd-ball, History, and humour. Of course I’m down for it.
Shortly after finishing QV:DH, I found another of Moorat’s works – Henry VIII: Wolfman, which explained so much about Bluff King Hal. Those mood swings he was so famous for in later life? Not syphilis; he was bit by a werewolf – he couldn’t help himself. Moorate took a lot of liberty with history in this work, but even I forgave him for it. I mean, come on. Werewolves. I wasn’t looking for accuracy in this one, folks.
I highly recommend each and everyone one of these books. And I’m always looking for more. (I’ve got Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters sitting on a bookshelf right now, but I want to finish the Austen version first, and I want to reread the actual Tolstoy before jumping into Android Karenina, also sitting on a self in my place.) This is a genre that I don’t recommend for everyone – you have to be able to laugh at yourself as much as you’ll laugh at the characters to truly get an appreciation for these works. My hat’s off to the authors who work with these tales, and my thanks to them for bringing it to the world.