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Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights Paperback – 16 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Curiosities (16 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607620472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607620471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,289,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nazarian left the former Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, a refugee at the age of eight, and arrived in the U.S. a month before her 10th birthday. She is an active member of Science Fiction Writers of America.

One of England s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen s request, her personal correspondence after Austen s death in 1817. Austen s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.

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I really enjoyed Mansfield Park and Mummies, despite not being a big fan of Jane Austen. The prose is seamless, and if it wasn't for the references to Egyptology or the supernatural it would be almost impossible to tell where Austen ends and Nazarian begins. What's more, the choices in terms of supernatural elements she adds are used in a logical fashion. The mummies of the title are brought about by the Lady Bertram, and are used to explain why she is always so distracted and vague. Lycanthropy is used to good effect to make Mrs Norris even less likable than she already is, and it also serves to make Mr Rushworth less desirable as a suitor to Maria Bertram. I did flinch a bit at the change to Mary Crawford making her a vampire because true to their undead nature they just won't seem to die at the moment. It is treated with great care though, never overdone, and it only serves to make her seduction of poor Edmund even more dangerous.

Nazarian's alterations are also genuinely funny when she wants them to be. She uses comic timing to perforate some of the books more serious conversations with almost slapstick comedy in the background, such as Mr Rushworth chasing and devouring a squirrel, or with an appearance the dreaded Brighton duck. The mummies are also funny, usually to be found banging into walls or preying on some helpless startled maid, keeping her from her duties and getting her into trouble. There are also a series of increasingly humourous footnotes chastising us for having dirty thoughts when misinterpreting Austen's use of words for their more colloquial modern meanings, imploring us to be sensible or she'll be forced to report us to the moral authorities.

The real strength of the novel to me though was the way that Nazarian writes Fanny.
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A rather fun mashup well adapted by the Second Author. I think it's even better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
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Original J Austen book supplemented cleverly,but a tame finish.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cfaf834) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfaf1b0) out of 5 stars Laughed Myself Silly 18 Dec. 2009
By Leigh H. Kimmel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Imagine the scene -- as I'm sitting there reading, I come to a particularly hilarious bit and start cracking up, and my husband looks up from his computer with a most decidedly odd expression. So I have to explain to him exactly why I should find a scene of an Egyptian mummy being raised from the dead hilarious. After all, aren't reanimated mummies usually the stuff of horror movies, tromping about in search of their next victim?

Except Mansfield Park and Mummies is not horror. Not at all. Instead of a monster that's a Menace because it's a Menace, the revivified Pharaoh East Wind, now calling himself Lord Eastwind and enjoying the sartorial splendor of a Regency gentleman, is a witty chap who just happens to have this little problem. Every so often he has to top off his supply of the Breath of Life, and out of deference to the lady of the house under whose roof he is a guest, he is constrained to take only a small portion of the life force of any one of the servants. Which he does with utmost politeness, wooing them with dreams of Egypt and exotic beauty, and leaving them missing a little time and feeling most decidedly odd.

And he's a bit of a romantic, and is certain that Fanny Price must be his long-lost love of thirty centuries gone by. Yes, here we have an undead who is genuinely capable of love, and of having his heart broken upon the steadfast devotion of the object of his affection for the rather dour seminarian Edmund. And thus even the final defeat of the Mummy's Curse has its poignancy, and leaves me thinking, "and seal it with a kiss."
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d039ae0) out of 5 stars Sheer joy 16 Dec. 2009
By Marian Crane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A friend got this book for me as a Christmas gift,
since Jung's new _Liber Novus_ was a little beyond
her means.

I read _Mansfield Park and Mummies_ in one weekend,
with howls of laughter, then re-read it with fewer
giggles and more introspection. Poor Jane Austen has
had many irreverent and awkward send-ups over the last
decade. Many of her newer literary 'collaborators'
have only a smirking relationship with their source
material, sampling it randomly and layering it with
a slick, hip, high-fructose current-culture candy
shell to make it palatable to commercial fiction readers.

Ms. Nazarian's take has genuine affection for, and
understanding of, Austen's tone and background. Rather
than zombies shoehorned into the Regency, the budding
Egyptomania in her version of _Mansfield_ leads to a
hysterical comedy of class and errors, laced with
enough gags to stand beside 'She Stoops to Conquer',
'Jeeves and Wooster', and the Marx Brothers.

Readers who enjoyed the humor and Egyptology in Elizabeth
Peters 'Peabody' novels might really like this. Casual fans
of Austen should delight in it. And Austen scholars, recoiling
in horror from the recent Zombiefests, should give this one
a try. It's gold, and I can't wait for Nazarian's next foray
into the Austenverse.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d13b030) out of 5 stars Fanny Price: Mummy Slayer 4 Jan. 2010
By Tracy S. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have always thought that Mansfield Park is the weakest of all of Jane Austin's books. The heroine, Fanny Price is a weaker character than Elizabeth Bennett and less interesting than either Miss Dashwood.

Not so in Mansfield Park and Mummies, where she is elevated to the status of mummy fighter and vampire hunter (but sadly, not slayer). The book is filled with hilarious footnotes and modern slants on Austin's historic social commentary. The author's deft touches keep the book interesting throughout it's considerable length.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d13b03c) out of 5 stars Faithful to the original, and funny 11 April 2010
By javamonster - Published on Amazon.com
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MP&Mummies is a faithful, and loving, reinterpretation of the original by Austen that also happens to be funny. I'm a huge Austen fan, love her books, and have read and re-read them many times. Vera Nazarian's mash-up kept me laughing, and agreeing with her interpretations of the characters. They kept their original personalities, and followed the original plot--it's well-nigh seamless how Vera did it. It's a work of love for sure. Mash-ups like this are a tight-rope walk between satire of the original satire that Austen wrote, respect, and a balance between the original text and the new text. Vera Nazarian has walked that tight-rope successfully, in my opinion.

I pick this up whenever I need a lift. I mean, come on, Aunt Norris as a werewolf-and that being an "open secret"? It's perfect. Other characters as vampires? (although not ever straight out announced as such) Perfect.

It IS long-as long as the original Mansfield Park, whereas many take-offs would be shorter, but that's okay with me. That means there's more to enjoy. I did start trying to ignore the footnotes, though (those did get tiresome after the first hundred pages), but other than that-fun! Really!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfbba08) out of 5 stars The Funniest Mummies 29 April 2010
By Diana Birchall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not really a fan of linking Jane Austen with the supernatural, but I am a fan of humor. The joke of Jane Austen and vampires, zombies, sea monsters, etc., which might be seen as a cute schtick at first sight, is necessarily wearing pretty thin by now. But an exception should still be made for Vera Nazarian's book. The lady can write, and she is hilarious! This isn't just a reprint of Mansfield Park with a few supernatural inserts - it's a clever work of comedy in its own right. Just pure fun.
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