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Grave Expectations Paperback – 30 Aug 2011
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"Erwin's previous literary mashup, Jane Slayre, embodies the flawless union of supernatural fiction and the best of classic literature. She continues in this captivating and fascinating tradition, here taking on Dickens's Great Expectations. There are no glossy Hollywood creatures of the night within these pages but monsters that seem to have crawled from the darkest corners of Dickens's fertile imagination. The orphaned Pip is an unlikely werewolf, ever pining for the aloof slayer Estella, and Miss Havisham's hermetic existence amplifies her tortured suffering as a brokenhearted vampire. The twists and turns of the plot follow familiar paths into uncharted territory, leaving us reassured and spellbound all at once.
Verdict: The original Dickens is eerie and unsettling, and Erwin rises to the challenge, creating another masterpiece by making the strange even stranger. Highly recommended; astounding great fun! -- Library Journal
About the Author
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri lives in Western Massachusetts with her nearly-perfect husband, and their charming actor son, amazing violinist daughter, a crafty corgi (Pembroke Welsh), and a very special pug. She has written historical romance for Dell under the name Sherri Browning and contemporary romance for Kensington under the name Sherri Erwin.
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I am a sucker for dark and gloomy novels, so one would think I would adore Dickens, but oddly enough I do not. I do not actively dislike Dickens, I just find him difficult to read. So thank goodness for Sherri Browning Erwin. Her gothic revision of Great Expectations made me love this story. Once again, she proves that literary mashup genre can be something magical when done correctly; sadly, few authors are as adept at the genre as she. I had not read the original story since high school, so picking up this book was like walking down a somewhat familiar path that has grown dark and shadowy. I loved that feeling.
Sherri stays true to the heart and soul of the Dickens classic, but I really love the liberties she has taken with the characters. I love the juxtoposition of werewolves, vampires, and of course the slayer Estella. I liked seeing Pip struggle with his wolvish nature, it added a bit of latent sexuality into an otherwise completely chaste tale.
Clearly, there is a huge theme of transformation in the novel. The wolves transform, not only due to the moon but due to their own passions. Pip is being transformed into a gentleman, while Estella into a slayer. Miss Havisham was transformed into a vampire, and a broken woman. Dead people are transformed into zombies. And a dusty literary classic is transformed into a riveting supernatural novel.
And I, dear readers, was transformed into a Dickens fan.
Having never read Charles Dickens Great Expectations,I was anxious to read this supernatural spin on the classic, but overall for me it was just an okay read. I found myself rereading parts of it to grasp the language that was used.Once I got into the groove of the story, it moved along quite well, and I did enjoy the characters.I thought it was interesting that in this story vampires were considered civilized and welcome in society while werewolves weren't. While I would consider this book a middle of the road read for me, I think it will appeal to a wide audience, from anyone who enjoys their classic tales rewritten with a paranormal twist, to fans who enjoy werewolves,vampires and the conflict that goes along with slayers wanting to eradicate supernatural beings.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.
Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.