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Shakespeare Undead by Lori Handeland


Cover art: Shakespeare Undead Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Shakespeare Undead
Author: Lori Handeland
Publisher: St. Martins
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-64152-8
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: London, 1592
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lori's Website/Blog: www.lorihandeland.com

We all have heard the name William Shakespeare and all of the great masterpieces that he wrote. He wrote so many that some have wondered if he had assistance. This book starts off with the hunting of zombies. Kate has found herself married to a man of her fatherís choosing and as he is on her fatherís plantation in the states, she is left at home. Kate notices that London seems to be having an influx of zombies roaming the streets. Her nurse had taught her how to kill the zombies when she was young and after seeing the zombies kill her nurse, Kate has made it her mission to get rid of the zombies. Kate sneaks out one night dressed as a boy so that she can search the streets at night. As she is dispatching one zombie she is tapped from behind and she whirls around with her sword and slashes a manís throat. Fearing she has killed an innocent man, she runs back home to avoid questioning. What Kate doesnít realize is that zombies are not the only things that go bump in the night.

Will Shakespeare has just come from a night rehearsal of his new play when he stumbles upon a young boy killing a zombie. Will goes to assist the lad only to find the boy turning and slashing his throat. The boy runs off and Will slowly succumbs to passing out. What the boy doesnít realize is that Will is no ordinary playwright. He is a vampire and the boy only slowed him down a bit instead of killing him. When Will comes to, he scents out the boy and follows him back to his home only to learn that the boy is not a boy at all. He finds a beautiful woman instead. Will knows he should not get involved with Kate given his condition and the fact that Kate seems to be taken already. He knows, though that the heart knows no bounds and he must have her.

I have read other books by Lori Handeland and I was anxious to see if she could steer away from the more serious stories to more of a comedy. I should not have been concerned because this was a wonderful story. I loved the whole basis of the book in having one of the worldís greatest playwrights be a vampire. Ms. Handeland still gives enough historical information but gives the reader something more to ponder. How did Shakespeare write all of those plays and sonnets in his lifetime? Viewing him as a vampire would certainly explain that fact a bit.

Kate was also a great character. In a time where women didnít have much say in anything, the fact that she is disguising herself and trying to rid London of the zombie infestation shows just what a strong character she is. I loved the references to the fact that not only has Shakespeare come up with his own plays, but he also helps other famous writers of the world to put together their own stories (there is a reference to George Lucasís Star Wars franchise). Once Shakespeare has helped with other stories, he slips away into the cover of night until his assistance is needed again. I think readers will be intrigued and will have a few laughs with this wonderful book.


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