January 7, 2016

Book Review || Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D James

First published in 2011

Faber & Faber, paperback, 330p.
ISBN: 978057111170

Dancing, Merriment... and Murder

The year is 1803.  Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years, and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable.  But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual ball, a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley's wild woodland.  As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham - Elizabeth's younger, unreliable sister - stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.

Death to Pemberley is one of the biggest bookish disappointments I've had.  I love Pride & Prejudice.  The BBC adaptation from 1995 was amazing.  The characters memorable, the story witty and watching Darcy and Lizzy find each other leaves you with the warm fuzzies.  When I read, or watch, P&P I often wonder what could have been had Austen written a sequel.  Yet, this adaptation was complete and utter crap!  It took all my fangirl dreams and shattered them.

It has been nearly a year since I started reading this book, and after getting just over a third of the way through last January, I have not been able to make myself go back and read it.  I don't care if Wickham did it (I seriously doubt it, because I couldn't be that lucky!), or if Lydia ever leaves Pemberley.  I have post-it notes lining the pages I did read, with annotations everywhere, marking out inconsistencies, annoying rehashing of information the reader should already know, because only an Austenite would attempt to read this!, or just things that seemed out of place...
"I take it, Belcher, that your clever scientific colleagues have not yet found a way of distinguishing one man's blood from another's?  We would welcome such assistance..."   p.108
Seriously, blood typing didn't become a 'thing' until the beginning of the 20th century (1901), let alone 1803!  Such inconsistencies annoy me.  I doubt that the medical community had any idea of the existence of blood types, let alone the investigative capabilities it might provide.

Apart from that, I found the characters to be pale shadows of the originals, the dialogue annoying and this has really put me off trying any of P.D. James's other works as she has butchered this retelling/adaptation.

So after a year of trying, Death Comes to Pemberley has officially become my first DNF!  
If you love P&P, and don't want to spoil your love of the story, then I advise you to skip this.  Watch the marginally better BBC adaptation if you must find out what happened.


Well, that's all I have to say about Death Comes to Pemberley.  I can now put it on the bookshelf somewhere and forget about it. 

Do you agree with my review, or did you love it?  Let me know below as I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book.

Until next time,

First week gone already!

Hello fuds and duds!

I can't believe that the first week of 2016 has already gone.  It seems the older I get, the quicker it goes... {I really need to have a stern word with Father Time 'bout that}.  I was hoping to do more posts this year, but the carpal tunnel in my wrists, especially the right one, is putting this in doubt.  Hard to type with a wrist brace on, yet very painful without.  Will do my best however to get something up every now and then ;-D

On the book front, I've been busy re-reading Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series.  Haven't touched it in nearly 2 years, but for some reason I had to read all ten books that are currently on my shelf (while putting the missing four on my wishlist!).  While I still have favourites (Lucas, Vaughan, Clay, Tally, Sascha, Sienna, Judd, etc), I have been enjoying every book.  Just borrowed Heart of Obsidian from my library - the only Nalini Singh book they had! - and have got a few more on Inter-library loan (ILL) just in case I can't find a copy in the mean time.  Can't wait to see what happens next.  Perhaps I'll start re-reading one of my other guilty pleasure series, paranormal romance of course, to pass the time.

In regards to my self imposed classics challenges, 'a year of Marple' has officially started, and although I'm only about 40 something pages in, I'm eeking it out.  It is so different from the adaptations that I've seen - and love! - because the POV is not from Miss Marple's perspective.  I suppose it will take me a while to get used to that, but seeing the world through the Vicar's eyes isn't that enjoyable at the moment.  He's a bit of a prat and I really don't like him that much.  Does not bode well for the rest of the book, but I hope that it improves once the hunt for the murderer is afoot.

My classic for the month is Playing Beatie Bow, and I won't be cracking that baby open until I've finished the Miss Marple.  Will try to get my hands on a copy of the 80's movie adaptation.  I have vague memories of it from Year 8 English.  More than a few moons ago. 

That about wraps up my reading week.  I will be ordering a few books tomorrow (3 at most) that I need to keep going with a series, or for my challenges.  Can't wait to get a few of them under my belt so that I feel more comfortable with mandatory reading lists.  Usually I'm just a read-what-you-feel kinda girl.

Anyway, I hope you're had a wonderful start to the year.

Until next time,