SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters [Review]

Sense And Sensebility

If you are looking for a nice gift for an Austen fan this holiday season consider Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters. It’s a fun spin on a timeless story that manages to be both respectful of Austen’s work while at the same time becoming its own unique tale. For example, within the first few pages you are treated to such memorable quotes as ‘the crab mauled her most thoroughly’ and ‘a quarter mile off the coast of Sussex, Mr. Dashwood was eaten by a hammer head shark’. These quotes manage to incorporate, humor, Austen, and English charm all at the same time. Also, did I mention there are ‘death lobsters’ in this book? How sweet is that?

I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters much more than the other popular mash-up Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (Read my review here). In Sea Monsters, there is less Austen and the author’s voice comes through a lot stronger. For example, observe how the notorious Colonel Brandon is described, ‘He bore a set of long, squishy tentacles protruding grotesquely from his face – one sensed that to look him in the eye would be to catch a terrifying glimpse of all the terrors that lie, unknowable and unimaginable, beyond the world we can see and feel. Otherwise, he was very pleasant’. Although these are Winter’s words, you can’t help but feel that Austen would approve of such harmless fun.

As I said, I think Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters would make an excellent gift this holiday season. I know so many people who are huge Austen fan’s, but are hard to buy for in the gift department. This book is perfect. I was probably one of the biggest skeptics, but this book has won me over and I hope it does the same to you!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Quirk Books | Pages: 344 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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