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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  10,135 Ratings  ·  1,031 Reviews
Elevating the genre of “mash-up literature” to awesome new heights, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is an expanded edition of the beloved regency romance--with all-new scenes of monster mayhem and high seas adventure.

Evicted from their home after their father’s death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are desperate to find attractive gentlemen suitors—and even more desp
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Published October 15th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2009)
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Rhiannon Ryder
Feb 15, 2010 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing offended me more than in first year university English when I had to listen to a classroom full of people gripe and moan about Jane Austen, and how they thought Pride and Prejudice was like a soap opera. I sat there and blew steam out of my ears and looked forward to the day when I could discuss the book with people who actually understood how brilliant it was that you could compare her book, written between 1797 and 1813, with a modern soap opera.

But for Christmas this year, my good fr
When Quirk Classics’ first literary mash-up, “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies,” came out earlier this year, we Austen-obsessed Watermarkers kept it displayed close at hand, for the sheer delight of watching customers’ reactions to its cover, which features a well-coiffed Regency lass missing several important parts of her face. As one might gather, comments fell into two camps: the “That is the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen!” variety, and, like my own, “That may be the single greatest i ...more
I think this book is an improvement on the previous one in the series, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The zombies in the first book were really just window dressing. On the other hand, the sea monsters in this book were actually a major part of the plot and really livened up the story. (I cannot help but find Jane Austen's stories to be dull, dull, dull.) I look forward to see what classics they warp next!
Jan 19, 2010 Roxanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
It takes a lot for me not to finish a book, but I have to say, I'm 50 pages in to this and really not loving it. All the things that were fun and sassy about Pride & Prejudice & Zombies feel annoying and forced here. In P & P & Z, Grahame-Smith seemed to really care about the characters and the story and wove the zombies in beautifully, and the end result is a book that will attract new readers to Austen. Winters, however, doesn't seem to have any respect or love for Austen; unli ...more
Ben Babcock
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Mar 21, 2010 Brittney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I knew this was going to be a risk, trying this book. I thought I would like it though. I like people who take serious things and turn them on their head to be funny, like Princess Bride or Monty Python (or pretty much all British comedy) for example. I thought this would be silly and fun. It turns out that it was just boring and stupid. I cannot remember the last time I didn't finish a book until I tried reading this one. Not even halfway.

The author basically takes the original story and ad
Jun 21, 2013 Esonja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is ridiculous. Started off at 2 stars, slid home at 3.5-4. Seriously, I started this book thinking 2 stars was going to be generous (and not at all sure I would finish it), but am happy to say it easily improved from there. Gross, but fun, especially after you stop looking for Austen homage, rather than a sea monsters book written by someone who clearly loves Austen's works. I stand by my first impression, though; it's ridiculous. Also, I note that I don't care that much about Sense an ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 18, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I suspect this hysterically, satirical story is readable on its own although I think I got more out of it because I had read the original Jane Austen---if only for the tremendous contrast (and similarity) of the two.

I am really impressed with Winters’ interpretation.

“Lucy continued, ‘But I cannot help notice you are squeezing your eyes shut and holding your head between your legs. I should be sorry to have you ill. Heaven knows what I should have done without your friendship.’”

“…they saw that a
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 an ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following on from the instant cult success of the tongue-in-cheek adaptation of Jane Austin’s classic novel with ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ (with adaptations by Seth Grahame-Smith), came Philadelphia-based publishing house, Quirk Classics’ second such literary adaptation, this time with ‘Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters’.

Utilising this newly fangled concept of carving up a classic piece of literature to make way for a more B-Movie-esque style of writing, Quirk editorial director Jas
Aug 13, 2011 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I didn't think that I could be more disappointed than I was with "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" but that is exactly what happened. I didn't like it. My advice is to stick with the original story which is amazing.
Wendy White
Feb 27, 2010 Wendy White rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Austen who've already read everything by Fforde
I have not read the previous book in this series - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - but when it first came out I was not particularly interested. I've read Austen but her novels aren't really my kind of book. And while adding zombies is an amusing gimmick, I didn't think it would make the new take worth reading.

I was given this book for my birthday, and decided to give it a go despite my trepidations about the series, which turned out to be pretty much accurate.

The concept is amusing, but to me
I’ve discovered, much to my surprise, that I like classic novel mash-ups. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? A delicious farce, and one of my favorite books of the year. I won’t defend it as real or wonderful literature. I only found it extremely enjoyable. It was laugh-out-loud fun, and quotable too. Definitely something to throw out into the conversational arena when you need a little humor or a couple of raised eyebrows. So when I heard Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters was coming out, I w ...more
Nov 12, 2009 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction-adult, humor
The Dashwood family had been living in Sussex until the untimely death of their father, who was eaten by a hammerhead shark while trying to discover the source of "the Alteration", "when the waters of the world grew cold and hateful to the sons of man, and darkness moved on the face of the deep." The dying man is washed onto shore and manages to write, with his remaining hand, his final wishes: his desire for his son John to care for his half-sisters and their mother financially.

But, of course,
Oct 29, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mash-up of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" with tales of sea monsters, pirates and adventure on the seven seas.

This is what I was hoping "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" was going to be. Author Ben H. Winters gets into the fabric of the book and threads his humourous take on sea monsters into it. He keeps the slightly aloof, very proper tone of the original throughout. The humour comes in the way he twists events on those 19th century manners.

He also manages to preserve the integrity of
Janelle Dazzlepants
I wanted to like this. I really did. I thought it would be an incredibly lulzy take on a classic book that I despised, and it would make up for how much I hated the source text. I was wrong, I hated it almost as much as the original Sense and Sensibility, and not even murderous Sea Monsters could save it.

The sea monsters and additions to the text are amazing on their own, but they don't compensate for the fucking boring interludes where the author has kept the original text intact. These preten
Feb 12, 2011 Cass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is a fabulously witty mash-up of Austen's work of (almost) the same name. The author remains faithful to the characters and story while brilliantly weaving throughout the book an absorbing tale of sea monsters overrunning the country.

If I sound like I am gushing, that is because I am. Parodies, or mash-ups of almost all of the works of Jane Austen have appeared in bookstores over the last few years. This author really manages to weave an interesting tale th
As a successor to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I felt this one fell quite flat. Although I didn't find PPZ to be a great book, I felt it lived up to the hype somewhat. This one, not so much. It might also be because it wasn't as, uh, true to the source text. Instead, it felt like they had taken the names of the original characters and whacked them into another universe. This could have very well played out in an ice cream parlour set in the 1950s.

I know this might sound quite odd. After all,
Jul 07, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was never any doubt in my mind that I would set upon this book as soon as possible, after reading “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” I was a bit dubious about the addition of sea monsters to a book which, to my recollection, had no mention of oceans in it whatsoever. But the author managed this effortlessly.

The Dashwood sisters and their recently widowed mother are forced to move to a foreboding cottage on the Pestilent Isle after Mr. Dashwood is violently consumed by a hammerhead shark an
I hate, hate, hate starting books and not finishing them, but this one was such a waste of time that I could not force myself to get past page 23. I picked up this book because I needed something fun and semi-mindless to read. All I got was mindless.

I've read the original, and I can't help feeling that Jane Austen would not appreciate this version. Any fan of Jane Austen knows she has a sense of humor, and I also know she read gothic novels from her day, but she wrote her books with the intentio
Katina French
Apr 05, 2013 Katina French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I managed to snag this book at my local Dollar General for $1.00.

Let us all take a moment to simultaneously lament and rejoice at what that says about the state of the commercial publishing industry. Back with me? Good.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is a mashup of the classic Jane Austen book with a gory, sensationalistic and satirical take on old fashioned scary monster stories. You know, back before vampires and werewolves got all sparkly and cuddly and were creatures you should most
Apr 28, 2013 msdanconia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I disliked this book less, I could talk about it more.

No wait. I can definitely talk about it.

Content Warning: This review contains references to implied rape and colonialist murder of native peoples. Contains spoilers.

First of all, I'm fairly certain that Jane Austen would be annoyed, not amused, at Winters' so-called adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Aside from displaying a basic sense of not beating a dead horse (or as Winters would probably put it, flaying a dead octopus), there are se
Blodeuedd Finland
I am going to admit to something that may shock you...Austen's writing can be dry *people gasping in horror* Oh shut it, yes I KNOW I read like a million variations, but *coughs* dry. Dry I say.

Never mind that, well yes do mind that, because that was my problem with this book, it was rather dry. Oh fibblesticks.

But the world was cool, the creatures of the sea, lakes and more have turned into man eating monsters. Everything is out to get you. And in this crazy world the sensible Dashwoods lives a
Mar 20, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2010-reads
I actually LOVED this book!
I was not a big fan of the original (I know, I know... Shoot me now), I think I am probably the only woman who did not care for it. I really liked the twist Ben Winters gave it. I really liked all of the sea critters that were created during the "Alteration". I guess that's because of the scary or horror movies I like ;o) I would actually recommend it. I am thinking about reading the book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, even though my friend Heather didn't like it.
Suzanne Wednesday
Feb 19, 2013 Suzanne Wednesday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of both schlock horror and Austen, I found this the perfect companion to the everyday domestic tasks. I listened to this as an audiobook (is that allowed?) and had a great chuckle as I washed the dishes and picked Lego up off the floor. The author makes a good job of marrying the two genres; I suppose Austen is its own stripe of schlock in a way.
Titus L
Jan 18, 2011 Titus L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hilarious idea, to rewrite the classics with sci-fi type twists.
In this case the traditional story sets off as usual but in a slightly different universe and after 'the Alteration' whence the creature of the sea began to attack humankind...
Ghastly ghoulish and very very funny 18thC Romance meets HG Wells Horror haha
Jan 04, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silly and fun! If you like this kind of thing. ;)
I'm not sure what possessed me to read this Jane Austen monster mash-up after being disappointed in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I guess I needed a laugh, and I was a bit curious to see how the Dashwoods would mesh with sea creatures and oceanic adventures.

Unlike Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters contains a lot more original content. Winters creates his own story in which Austen's characters happen to be the players. Where Grahame-Smith seems to have simply added zombie and nin
Oct 02, 2009 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is an odd combination of Jane Austen’s romantic style with the addition of a self-aware 50’s horror style added by co-author Ben H. Winters. I chose this book because I liked the cover, and I had also read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is another Jane Austen book combined with horror elements. It uses Austen’s original text, but then adds another layer of story with the nautical adventures.
The story is about the Dashwood sisters, who move
Kim Miner Litton
My problem with Sense and Sensibility has always been that it is the exact same story as Pride and Prejudice. Actually there is one difference, Sense and Sensibility is told more from the perspective of the Shy sister, instead of the Sassy sister.

But enough about Austen, you want to hear about Sea Monsters.

Much like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, some strange event has transpired (in this story it is called “The Alteration”) that has made every creature of the sea, from humpback whale to sea s
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