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by Jane Austen,Katherine Kellgren,Ben H Winters

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem. 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!

Download Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Playaway Young Adult) epub
ISBN: 1615741526
ISBN13: 978-1615741526
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humor
Author: Jane Austen,Katherine Kellgren,Ben H Winters
Language: English
Publisher: Findaway World (November 1, 2009)
ePUB size: 1655 kb
FB2 size: 1388 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 778
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"Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" is a masterpiece. And this from a Jane Austen purist. The author has completed two remarkable writing feats notoriously hard to pull off: Created a complete alternate universe with its own culture, true to its own laws from beginning to end; and made me feel as if I was really reading about Austen's authentic Elinor, Marianne, Willoughby et al.

The sea monster world was so graphic, gruesome and juicy, I almost broke out in hives from my seafood allergies. More than once I caught myself grimacing and wrinkling my nose at imagined fishy stink. Normally, the violence alone would be enough to make me abandon the book, but author Wilson only uses it to throw Regency cultural values into sharper and more satirical relief -- witness the scene of Elinor and Marianne earnestly engaging in prim introspection, concerned about social appropriateness and proper behavior, when (SPOILER ALERT) the entire underwater dome is about to crack at the onslaught of the sea monster rebellion and a servant has just been gruesomely murdered before their eyes (unnoticed).

Setting the main story and its sub-plots against such a background also served to emphasize what Austen herself was indeed emphasizing -- the ludicrousness of Regency-era polite society.

I did not fall off my chair laughing, but I did appreciate the skill and wit of the author. My only complaint: Colonel Brandon was a little *too* graphically repulsive. But I quite forgave this at the end of the book, when the author innocently explained the advantages of extra appendages (and I did teeter on the edge of my chair at that).

Ultimately, I consider this book a resounding success because (a) the author wrote quite as masterly a satire of social mores as did Austen herself (b) he wrote a satire of Austen's satire -- breathtaking (c) I not only found it darkly amusing -- I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Great job, Ben H. Winters.
I loved Order Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I had high hopes. This was poorly adapted and boring to read. Too much was changed without what was added being entertaining. I couldn't even finish it, and that's saying a lot because I never quit books.
As an Austen fan, I wasn't sure what to think of this book. Winters cleverly wove his story of sea monsters into Jane Auten's story of the Dashwood sisters. While I can't really say that I loved it, I did finish it and thought it well done. I didn't enjoy the gory details that made up part of the everyday life, but I enjoyed how Winters remade the original story. He was creative in how he kept the main thread of Austen's story line, but yet it was all so different and new.
Like most other readers of this book, I am an Austen fan of long-standing, and was amazed and impressed with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I had hoped that this book would live up to the quality and entertainment value of the first Quirk Classic, but after only 20 pages, I am already disappointed.

Jane Austen's voice is practically lost in its entirety in this volume. That was one of the most delightful and humorous aspects of P&P&Z, but this author is either uninterested in, or unable to, pull off the same creative weaving here. In addition to which, there are already *significant* plot departures in the book by page 20. If the author wasn't intending to stay true to the original story in either dialogue or plot, then why bother writing a mash-up of this kind?

Perhaps I would feel differently about the lack of Austen's voice and the plot changes if the writing or story development of this version were sufficiently good in their own right. However, this is sadly not the case, particularly when compared to P&P&Z. The writing is wooden and functional. It's as if the author's interventions in the story are printed on the page in a different color ink, that's how much they clash with the original text.

I will probably wind up finishing the book (or at least attempting to), but I don't anticipate enjoying it very much. When I sat down to read P&P&Z, I was completely captivated, and read the whole thing in one marathon sitting. I doubt if I will be able to read more than 10 pages of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters at one time.
As far as this primary classic goes, you get to experience an intimate amount of details, so picturesque and nearly daunting in full bloom with character development, and insight for stories sake, that having read this in the current 21st Century, I had to remember that if was in want of more intimate entertainment, a fully consuming story of vast personal emotion and inter thought, like this, would be even more pleasing! And the pile upon pile of thoughtful forethought and post thought and interactions would have been even more appreciated! It is clearly classical, and thoroughly well thought out! A truly remarkable story.