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ISBN-13: 978-1594744426 ISBN-10: 1594744424 Edition: Original

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Product Details

  • Series: Quirk Classics
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Original edition (September 1, 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I enjoyed it and it is very funny.
CJ
The author veered away from the original plot and added too many events of his own invention into the story.
M. Sittre
How they mix all the sea monster into the classic jane austen book are fantastic.
Jessica Palacio

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109 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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27 of 30 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Conner VINE VOICE on May 18, 2010
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I wanted to love this book. I laughed out loud repeatedly while reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Edition (Quirk Classics), and I was impressed by the decision not to go the obvious vampire/ninja/pirate/werewolf/robot route with the next book. The sea monster idea is good - in this version of the story, a mysterious Alteration has turned the denizens of the sea into monsters that want nothing more than to feast on the people of Great Britain, so the author is able to play with everything from sea witches to two-headed Fang Beasts to giant walking jellyfish.

One of the problems is that he doesn't do it well. In the earlier book, the zombie elements were presented in the style of a cheeky young boy giggling at himself after grossing out his little sister, and there was an audacity that made it impossible not to join the laughter. This book just isn't very funny. The elements are there, and there are some amusing references to how racist the old adventure stories were, but they just don't work. I didn't laugh once in the 150 pages I read, and by that point I gave up hope of laughing in the nearly 300 pages left to go. Another problem may be that the underlying story, from what I can piece together, is just wretched. This book is a series of scenes of lazy rich people throwing dinner parties and debating the propriety of various marriage prospects, and no one ever does anything, and I blame that more on Jane Austen than on the contemporary treatment of her work.

Unless someone can convince me that the book gets significantly better after the characters arrive in the undersea station (I gave up there), I have no intention of picking this book up again, and I do not recommend it to anyone.
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