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Ben H. Winters , Jane Austen
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15 Sep 2009 Quirk Classics
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is expanded edition of the beloved regency romance--with thrilling 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 which are forever snapping at their heels? With many strange and wonderful illustrations throughout, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters invades the prim and proper world of Jane Austen with the outrageous mythology of Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, Lost, Spongebob Squarepants, Red Lobster, and Popeye the Sailor. Let the monster mash-up begin.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Original edition (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reinterpretation of Jane Austen's novel (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) will be followed with the release of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters... The books were created by US-based publishing house, Quirk Books. Jason Rekulak, the editorial director, said he pioneered the format after meeting dozens of Austen fans at a Californian sci-fi convention. He told the Independent that he was a "lifelong fan" of the works of Jules Verne, and thought it would be fun to enliven the follow-up with some rampaging giant squid and man-eating octopuses...'
--The Telegraph, 13 August 2009

The crossover between fans of Jane Austen and lovers of B-movie horror is small, but it is enough to warrant a follow-up to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. An instant classic that saw the Bennet sisters meet the undead, it sold more than half a million copies in English and was then translated into 17 languages. This follow-up literary 'mash-up' has the Dashwood girls looking for love in a watery England at the mercy of vengeful sea creatures. Forget sprained ankles in Devonshire, Ben Winters has introduced a gigantic, man-eating jellyfish and packed the poor girls off to the Pestilent Isle under the care of retired adventurer Sir John Middleton, who sports a necklace of human ears, while Colonel Brandon's sideburns are a horrific abberation. Winters lets Austen set the tone and the plot swims surprisingly faitfully in her wake. It's a very silly conceit, mixing Regency manners with a Jules Verne topography, but it is as attention-grabbing as a two-headed creature rising from the deep, while diving suits are far more becoming than frocks.
--The Guardian, 3 October 2009

About the Author

Jane Austen is coauthor of the "New York Times "best seller "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, "which has been translated into 17 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture. She died in 1817. Ben H. Winters is a writer based in Brooklyn.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever But Unsatisfying 18 Feb 2010
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I picked up Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters (S&S&S) mostly out of curiosity. I had read Quirk Book's first 'Austen Mash Up', Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! (Quirk Classics), and found it to be, as my review said, a 'A Disjointed, One Joke Effort' that just about scraped two stars. I was interested therefore, to see if trying the same trick with a slightly less well known Austen novel, a different sci-fi genre and a new co-author would result in a more successful outcome.

It turns out that it does, but only just. S&S&S is certainly a better written book than P&P&Z was. The original Austen text and Ben Winter's aquatic mayhem are far better integrated this time around. Whereas P&P&Z felt like Austen's novel with chunks of zombie related action sort of 'tacked on' here and there, the old and new parts of S&S&S are more closely and cleverly intertwined and Winter is far better at aping Austen's style of writing so that the additions are less jarring. S&S&S is also funnier than P&P&Z, although its by no means a work of comedic genius. The latter took essentially what was a single joke and stretched it to breaking point, whereas S&S&S riffs on a variety of genres such as monster movies, pirate adventures and steam punk. It also makes more successful use of the humour that stems naturally from the odd juxtaposition of Austen's writing with attacks from giant fish monsters. Whilst never subtle S&S&S is a far more cleverly written book than P&P&Z.

What it isn't however, is a very satisfying book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 17 Nov 2009
By Suzy Shipman VINE VOICE
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I think if you enjoy Jane Austen and have a sense of humour you'll enjoy this book. However, as it is written in a style very true to Jane Austen, you might find it hard going, as I did. The idea of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi and two-headed sea serpents interacting with prim and proper 18th century characters is a funny one, and there are laugh out loud moments. The illustrations are also an amusing addition to the book. But it's a long slow read, I found, and I'm a voracious reader. So I'd recommend it if you do enjoy Jane Austen's style of writing, but you need to have a sense of humour about it and not be offended by her work being turned into "tentacled mayhem"! If you normally find Jane Austen heavy going, then this probably isn't the book for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary anarchy! 1 Nov 2009
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Some of the negative reviews here seem to be because of the varying expectations of the reviewers: so I guess it's worth saying that this isn't an `introduction' to Jane Austen - this book relies completely on a fairly close acquaintance with the original. In fact it is Austen's original text, intersected and broadened by the interpenetration of the `horror'/SF/imperial adventure genre epitomised by authors like Rider Haggard, Conan Doyle (The Lost World rather than Sherlock Holmes), Jules Verne and later `B' movie spin-offs. And it's precisely the fact that this is written in Austen's measured, balanced formal prose that makes it so funny.

The text investigates the borders of genre in an insistently post-modern way, and finds them to be far more permeable than we might expect. It's not just the Austen romance, we find, that can be hijacked by early horror/SF, but that romance can completely hold its own: the shape of the genre may be bent and distorted but never eradicated completely. By mixing such seemingly-separate genres, this actually serves to draw attention to both their similarity and dissimilarity: refusing to play by genre rules serves not to make genre irrelevant but to actually re-impose its rules.

The eco-message gives this a contemporary edge that taps into C21st anxieties, but at the same time encodes the fragility beneath the ostensible confidence of Austen's own society which had witnessed the French revolution, the American revolution and was in the middle of the Napoleonic wars which take place unnamed in the background to her romances.

So overall I loved this and while it can certainly be read as light and frothy fun, it's actually quite literarily knowing and sophisticated, and requires us to simultaneously recall the original and forget it at the same time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The novelty does wear off... 18 Feb 2010
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While this novel is, at times, extremely funny, it is ultimately just a bit of silliness that wears sort of thin after a while.
The general story is Sense and Sensibility - not much you can say about that - only the classic tale has been outraged with the odd addition and/or alteration to the plot by including denizens of the deep... It shouldnt work, and it sort of doesnt. Providing you dont take it seriously though its pretty good fun.

At times this integration of sci-fi horror/comedy does make for genuinely laugh out loud and completely ludicrous imagery (such as where in one scene, set in the drawing room, one of the lead males conducts a very meaningful and heart rending seperation from his lover... which is then revealed to have been done while hes wearing a full diving outfit complete with brass helmet. Or where the mother while sailing home, fends off an attack from a sea serpent by breaking an oar in half over her knee and ramming home the sharp end into the monsters face - its all very silly)

However, the school-boy humour does become a little repetative and increasingly (occasionally unsuccessfully) random. Thats not to say the book isnt enjoyable - for a wet afternoon read, or cheap giggle, it really delivers: theres something deliciously immature about the flowery "Bronte" writing style peppered with characters fresh from Pirates of the Caribean - but dont expect a work of literary genius - its just daft, tongue firmly in cheek fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tastier than a broiled rattle snake (cut up into slices like a cake)
It has long been my fervent belief that there can't be many great works of literature which would not be significantly enhanced by the addition of giant octupi, marauding armies of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by V. G. Harwood
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a big fan
Bought this after reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I enjoyed P,P&Z, but this book was stale and uninteresting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Wistow
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea.
The idea of mashing up Jane Austen with sea monsters and pirates is a great idea and the story fits well with the new additions but personally I just can't get past the old Austen... Read more
Published 22 months ago by ThatBoyLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
OK, I like my classics and usually don't like them messed with but I absolutely loved Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by The Honey Monster
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I'm not a Jane Austen snob (though I did used to correct my English teacher when she misquoted), but I loved this book. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Read
Bought this book as a holiday read, going next week so fingers crossed its going to be a good read!
Published on 18 July 2011 by D. A. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars See Sence Sea Monsters and Sensibilties abound
What a hilarious idea, to rewrite the classics with sci-fi type twists haha
In this case the traditional story sets off as usual but in a slightly different universe and after... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Celestial Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Fun for Austen and Monster Fans
Have you ever read Jane Austen and thought that what could really liven it up was some brain munching zombies or one of the Dashwood sisters falling for a Davey Jones-esque monster... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by Scriber_scouse
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but really, only ok!
OK so as previous reviewers have stated, it is Jane Austens original idea with the addition of sea monsters and hilarity. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Claire, Lulu
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, but the "joke" is starting to wear very thin now...
The problem with this book (and others in this new literature/horror mash-up genre, which seems to be growing at an exponential rate) is that they can never be as good as the idea... Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by Paul Fillery
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