Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

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by Ben H. Winters, Jane Austen, Katherine Kellgren
     
 

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest — and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

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Library Journal
You may already know the Dashwood sisters: Marianne, who is ruled by her emotions, is a strong swimmer with excellent lung capacity. Elinor, the older, more controlled sister, is a fine carver of driftwood and an expert on the dangers of marine animals large and small. The two sisters, both of marriageable age, encounter various suitors, including the dashing Willoughby, the honorable Edward Ferrars, and the monstrously tentacled Colonel Brandon. Whether in their cottage on Pestilent Isle or in the social whirl of Sub-Marine Station Beta, they never lack for excitement and danger, and despite the depredations of the hideous Devonshire Fang-Beast, nearly everyone lives happily ever after. The effect is strangely entertaining, like a Weird Al version of an opera aria, and Eugene Smith's amusing illustrations add an extra touch of bizarre hilarity. VERDICT Austen fans will be either delighted or horrified, and those who haven't read Sense and Sensibility will be confused. But readers of Jasper Fforde and other literary in-joke writers will enjoy this follow-up to the best-selling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.—Jenne Bergstrom, San Diego Cty. Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441824363
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
Quirk Classic Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen (1775–1818) wrote several masterpieces of literature, including Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, and the original Pride and Prejudice. Ben Winters is an author and playwright based in Brooklyn.

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
ABitBookish More than 1 year ago
Firstly, for all those complaining that this book "ruins the romance" of a J.A. novel, it's important to remember that Austen did not intend for any of her works to be romances. Sure, there's romance in them, but they are NOT romances. If you want that, go read the Bronte sisters. Austen was more a commentator on society - she watched those around her, added in some satire and wrote her lovely novels. So, even though we have no idea what she would think of this and P&P&Z, I'd like to think she would view it as a product of the times, and not an insult to her work. What I hope these books do is turn readers on to her actual works. I was introduced to Austen via Emma Thompson's S&S movie. After I watched it, I wanted to read all of the Austen I could. Maybe it takes sea monsters and zombies to get readers interested in the original herself. And if that works, then I'm all for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the whole point of this is to have a good laugh. if you are going to read this to get the "romanticism" of real jane austen books youre in the wrong place. go read a jane austen book. if you want a fun mish mash and love sea monsters and tentacles like h.p. lovecraft and the rest of us, this is going to be awesome.
twallace More than 1 year ago
Come on, folks, it's supposed to be funny. Juxtaposing hideous monsters with quality literature is a good time (or would be, if some people didn't take it so terribly, terribly seriously)! It's OK to laugh at the things we love. Really. Laughing at the immortal Jane Austen doesn't hurt the quality of her books. They're still awesome. They're still comedies (or did you all forget that?). These books aren't meant to be a literary challenge. This isn't Wilkie Collins versus Charles Dickens. It's a joke, guys! It just has zombies and sea monsters as well as annoying socialites and shallow relations.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"... I definitely understand why lovers of classic literature would be hestiant to read these oddball re-writes, but I'm glad I picked this one up to try! It was silly and fun, and even though I did roll my eyes or raise an eyebrow at some parts, I laughed out loud at others and was intrigued by the mysterious plot-line involving Margaret and the other involving Elinor and the five-pointed star. If you really aren't sure about whether or not you want to try this, I'd really recommend at least borrowing it from a friend or from a library." For full review, please visit me, Les Livres, on Blogger! jaimeliredeslivres (dot) blogspot (dot) com
AnaMardoll More than 1 year ago
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters / 978-1-594-74465-5 I never got around to reading "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (by the same publisher, but a different author than this novel), but I found the idea delightful and when "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" came out, I knew I had to take the plunge. "Sense and Sensibility" being, of course, my favorite Austen novel, I was looking forward to re-reading a classic and seeing a touch of sea monster fun and humor thrown in. Make no mistake about it: this book is delightfully funny. The superb Jane Austen prose is all here, but set in such a world where sea monster attacks are brutally common. The exquisite and seamless weaving of this tale (it is truly difficult to separate out the Jane Austen writing from Ben Winters', so thoroughly has he mimicked her style), will lead to a deeply humorous rendition of Austen's high society - where fatalities at beach dinner-parties are a common occurrence and it is the highest breech of manners for a gentleman or lady to acknowledge the death throes of a mere servant, trailing the water behind their pleasure boat. Certain scenes, such as Miss Steele's confession to Elinor Dashwood, are immeasurably enhanced by a concurrent attack on the boat by a vicious sea serpent, and Marianne's rescue by Willoughby is heightened greatly by the addition of an angry octopus. What I did not expect, however, was just how good the story would be. Rather than make a Jane Austen book with throw-away sea monster jokes, Winters has written a complex and fascinating science fiction sub-plot within the Austen narrative. Though the book is hilarious from front to finish, I found myself laughing out loud less and less because I was more and more drawn into the actual story and I didn't want to waste a moment, even to laugh, before turning the next page. These additions are so superb and true to Austen's original characters - such as Elinor's brave stand against pirates whilst Marianne languishes ill below - that it is difficult to imagine that she would be any less delighted with this novel than I. If you like Jane Austen and enjoy a touch of morbid humor interlaced with hoity-toity upper-crust social commentary, check out "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" - you'll come for the sea monsters, but I wager you'll stay for the story and become as swept away as I was. ~ Ana Mardoll
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so cool and got me interested in Jane Austen it is a bit bloody though........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hahaha i loved pride and prejudice and zombies! anyone who thinks these are books by Jane Austen then look for her books! sense and sensibility and sea monsters has NOTHING in common with Sense and Sensibility except for the name! Buy this book because it is hilarious!
annabell23lee More than 1 year ago
Ok this is going a little too far and getting a little too silly. This was not very well-written and seemed like they are just trying to take advantage of the mashup market. A much more well-written and entertaining book was Wuthering Heights and a Werewolf...and a Zombie Too by Ralph S. King.
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Lydia Nevin More than 1 year ago
This book is at imes fun, but the added parts are much more obvious and not as well written as those in Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, and the original story itself in my opinion isn't qute as good either.
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XrayZebra More than 1 year ago
The humour was a tad bit too dry and angsted for my liking. Decent book but I liked Jayne Slayer much more.
Ross_Teaford More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Jane Austin's works, I must tip my hat to this well-mannered rogue of a book. Very funny, if clunky use of the prose. And a nice Austen-meets-Lovecraft sort of vibe. Highly recommended, if you like this sort of thing. :-)
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