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This latest effort to combine Jane Austen mania and pop culture horror takes the same format as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies minus the innovation of being the first to do so. Using the familiar plot structure of Austen's first novel, and a few of the most famous lines, the mannered life of early nineteenth century gentry is stripped of witty dialogue and replaced with monsters, vulgarity, and violence. When Mr. Dashwood is eaten by a hammerhead shark his daughters Marianne and Elinor, along with their sister and mother, are sent to Pestilent Island where they meet Sir John Middleton, owner of the islands, and squid-faced Colonel Brandon. Marianne is rescued from a giant octopus by Mr. Willoughby, causing her to fall in love with him. Meanwhile, Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars who is engaged to the evil Lucy Steele. Readers who found humor in the contrast between Austen's familiar novel and the addition of zombies will probably welcome this unevenly written effort.
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Quirk Classics
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Original edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 15, 2009
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This time around, the penniless Dashwood ladies are sent to live in shanty on a small island. Not only must they deal with the fact that they are now poor and in need of wealthy husbands, but the nearby ocean is crawling with monstrous sea fare. The tentacle-faced Colonel Brandon has taken a bashful fancy to Marianne, who prefers the monster-killing Willoughby, while Elinor works her way into the heart of Edward Ferras. Can the Dashwood sisters find true love amid the violence of sea monsters and pirate-like enemies?

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters continues the same ideas of the previous novel in the "Jane Austen and monsters " series, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but goes a step further. Instead of relying on some overdone paranormal element, like vampires or werewolves, the editors at Quirk Classics decided to be a little more original and create their own element -- "sea monsters." The sea monsters aspect of this novel is taken from all kinds of influences, ranging from Pirates of the Caribbean (evidenced by the Davy Jones-like look of Colonel Brandon), Jules Verne (thanks to a detour trip to a station on the bottom of the ocean), classical mythology and others. Some of the best things here don't even seem to be part of any specific genre, like giant jellyfish attacks, giant fighting lobsters and pet orangutans. In fact, my favorite scene is when the dashing Willoughby comes to Marianne's rescue. Instead of twisting her ankle and getting caught in the rain, Marianne is attacked by a giant octopus, which Willoughby harpoons, and is rescued -- but not after being drenched in octopus blood and guts first, of course.

I began reading this book while hanging out with my boyfriend by the pool one afternoon.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tanja B. Muncey on April 26, 2010
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This had to be one of the biggest wastes of time I have experienced with a novel in a long time. I really, really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; primarily because Austin's work was left intact and the author just added Zombies, almost as if they really belonged there. But the characters and the story line was in line with Austin. This story, Sense and Sensability and Sea Monsters changed character, landscape, personality, etc. It was ridiculous. It is clear to me that the author was simply trying to cash in on the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, without understanding why it was such a success. Please, if you are looking for a fun read, don't pick this book! And, if you are a lover of classics, be prepared for a slaughter of beloved characters and out of place, unfunny, uninteresting changes to the story.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By CJ on September 16, 2009
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This minor variant of the Austen classic has the Dashwood sisters looking for rich suitors and safe passage from a bewildering variety of creatures. It's improved on the Pride & Prejudice and Zombies formula and is funnier, for my money.

Instead of just adapting passages of the original and throwing in regular detours via monsters (although the Pentagram of Death in P&P&Z was superb), this includes a whole new landscape while putting much of the original through a strange process ... monsterification, or some such.

The books has about 20 or so drawings in, which help bring the daft scenes to life. Some of them are quite a stretch of the imagination, so this helps a lot. There's some quality stupidity on offer here and it's written with erudition and wit. I enjoyed it and it is very funny.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stella Quinn on December 29, 2009
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My boyfriend bought this for me because I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This seemed to be hastily prepared to cash in on the success of its predecessor. I could forgive the (many) typographic errors screwing up things as simple as punctuation and the names of places and characters if it had actually gotten off the ground. The "Sea Monsters" injected into the story are awkward, wedging in among Austen's original tale instead of really weaving into the characters and story. Ben Winters shows little understanding or familiarity with Austen's voice, marine biology, or nautical terms.

The concept was promising, but the few good bits (such as Colonel Brandon's being afflicted with a tentacled face) are overshadowed by the lack of a smooth plot arc. Epic aquatic life-and-death battles set during conversations about love, romance, and marriage just never really worked, and Winters made the mistake of throwing in minor villain after minor villain instead of really giving us a single bad guy to build up to at the end. I was left feeling that somebody took the original text and just threw nautical ingredients in like a stew without a recipe: "Yeah, let's add some pirates, and a couple of giant monsters, and a huge mystery about a main character, and never do that much with any of it."

I'm usually pretty good at suspending disbelief when reading fiction but the author needs to give me a plausible fantasy world to work with. Because of this book, I will be less likely to purchase any more Quirk classics without taking a look to be sure they were given the time and attention needed to produce an entertaining mashup of a classic novel and modern science fiction. Just grab the original and read it while playing Pirates of the Caribbean III in the background. You'll have pretty much the same experience.
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