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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593071107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593071106
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seth Grahame-Smith is an LA-based writer/producer whose credits include CBS's innovative online comedy series Clark and Michael starring Michael Cera. His most recent book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is currently a huge bestseller. Prior to PPZ, Seth authored five non-fiction humour books, with topics ranging from pornography, to horror movies, to George W. Bush. He's also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

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"Akin to fusing Game of Thrones with the Gospel of St Luke" (Entertainment Weekly)

"Grahame-Smith has forsaken neither graphic gore nor gleeful historical and religious revisionism . . . Great fun " (Elizabeth Hand Washington Post)

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Bestselling author of historical horror mash-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith rewrites history to retell the truly remarkable story of the Nativity's 'Three Wise Men'...

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I have come to the realization that Seth Grahame-Smith can do no wrong. I've read a number of his books and really, truly enjoyed each. Unholy Night was no exception. Sure, it's a crazy blend of Die Hard meets the bible, but it is a rollicking action-packed bundle of fun! You may think this is a sacrilegious coupling but it oddly isn't. It's just adding a bit of back story to the tale we all know so well.

The three wise men weren't necessarily wise at all. In this telling, they are thieves/escape artists. The meeting up with Joseph and Mary after Jesus' birth was really an accident and from there the story takes off.

Balthazar, one of the wise men, is our main character. The story is mainly about him, with the newborn baby and his parents riding shotgun. It is actually a touching story...if you can get beyond the great amount of violence (what with all the gratuitous fighting with Herod's men and the Romans too). I listened to the audio and found it flawless. Herod was by far the most impressive characterization. He sounds like a real fruit loop. The kind of guy you love to hate.

The best bit was the tying up of loose strings. There are a number of reworks that were creatively inspired. I was a bit tearful at the end. I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous but it is all in good fun. If humor can be done in good taste without insulting, this book is a good example. I hope you enjoy it too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the oldest stories around, and oh so apt for this time of year. Just this week i was reading my granddaughter the story (pop up book) so when this book landed i was intrigued by the synopsis:
"But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity? The Bible says little about this enigmatic trio. Not even their names are mentioned. The historical record is vague at best. How do know that they were three kings from the East? What if they were petty, murderous thieves - led by a mercurial individual called Balthazar - on the run, escaping through Judea under cover of night who stumble upon the famous manger, its newborn child and his earthly parents? Here, the brilliant and slightly warped mind behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes a little mystery, plays fast and loose with a bit of history to weave an epic tale. It's an adventure that will see these thieves fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament, cross paths with historical figures such as Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist, and deliver the family - as the Bible tells us - to the safety of Egypt"
A tale that might finally have some reality, and without overly sticking it to religion. This book brings the dirt, grime, violence and real life back to this ancient story. I felt a little let down by the use of the Magus and God popping up now and again, i would have preferred it to be a solid tale where everything could be explained. But despite that the characters make this book, Balthazar is excellent and Gaspar and Melchyor were perfect sidekicks to his simmering anger. Herod as a disease riddled king plays the perfect evil bad guy, and as our party run across Judea we bump into many characters from the bible. Its got pace suprises, love, anger, family, history everything all in one book. This book was a true surprise and well worth buying its a great read.

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By Book-Shelf on 3 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so I was really looking forward to this; and I wasn't disappointed. Seth takes a story we think we know and gives it a new twist while still keeping it relevant. If you think you know the story of the three wise men think again as Balthazar and his cohorts are nothing like the three kings being portrayed in nativity plays across the land. A must for those fed up with Christmas.
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