Monday, April 5, 2010

Review: Sense, Sensibility, and Seamonsters by J. Austen and Ben Winters


Paperback: 344 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books; Original edition (September 15, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1594744424

ISBN-13: 978-1594744426


About The Book:

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!
My Thoughts:
*heh* What can I really say about this one, right? I know you've all seen this one and other mash-ups around...I personally think they're entertaining and fun! I like the new twists to the old stories. I know some people don't like to see the classics changed, but if your just into it for entertainment value, then I say check it out!
I thought this particular mash-up was good...I think Ben did an excellent job of intertwining his creativity with Jane Austen's. These are all about the entertainment for me so I give it a thumb's up!

A Question For You:
I know I'll be reading more of these types of books when the opportunity arises but I'd like to know what you think of these.



**review copy provided by FSB Media

4 comments:

  1. I'm not sure. I think I like my classics left alone in their pure state. My general take is: "Change the covers but leave my girls alone."
    However, I do enjoy seeing all the fun covers they come up with. Thanks for the review. I've often wondered about this one.

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  2. PS
    I tested your button and it's working great :)

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  3. Thanks for checking that for me! You're awesome!

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  4. I am listening to this on audio right now, so far, so good. This is my 3rd mash up and I agree, they are fun. I was at the point where Austen was so outdated and not something that I really treasured anymore. These monsterish versions have led to a new appreciation of Austen.

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