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3.27  ·  Rating details ·  11,493 ratings  ·  1,176 reviews
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 siste ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Quirk Books (first published 2009)
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Rhiannon Ryder
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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; unlike Grahame-Smith ...more
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 idea anyo ...more
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Kara Babcock
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Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I love how BADASS these twisted versions make the females. Jane gave them strong CHARACTER - these give them strong muscles and propensity for violence. A+.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not ashamed to admit that - even with a tentacle-face - I would still bang Colonel Brandon like a screen door in a hurricane... ...more
Clare Snow
I do love a mashup of Jane Austen with stupidity.
Stuart Dean
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never thought a Jane Austen book could be in any way improved. I thought they were all so irredeemably boring that there was no salvaging them. Tiresome self-absorbed girls, pretentious wooden men, long inner monologues about their mournful lot in life, they have it all. Little did I realize that they were practically perfect missing just one essential element: sea monsters.

Watching two vapid twenty year olds comparing boyfriends is so much more interesting when they are also under attack by a
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a lot fun. Not only was it a mash-up of two of my favorite things: Jane Austen and monsters, but it also had a little Lovecraftian joy added in. I haven't read the original in some time. I really should because I don't remember a 3rd sister and there was one in here. The action scenes and illustrations were well done and the characters stayed in the original character with very few modifications.

Great fun!
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
If this book hadn't satisfied needs in two different challenges, I don't think I would have finished it.

Silliness. And not always in a fun or good way. This was "austenesque" in that it used an Austen plot and Austen's characters, at least in name. But the feel, the language, the "oh dear, my thesaurus has vomited on the page" excesses... not Austen-like at all.

Yes, yes, there were some amusing parts, and it can be amusing to exaggerate and poke fun at familiar scenes. And how politely everyon
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters is not the easiest book to read. I think you’d have to be a Jane Austen fan, but not a stick-up-your-ass Austen enthusiast, but rather a reader who is familiar with her novels, loves them, yet still can enjoy them being the butt of a good joke. SSSM is more of a homage to the novel that pokes fun at the romantic plot. It’s worth taking the time to read, but you really have to persevere to finish it.

Winters for the most par
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Kathy Davie
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, humor, fiction-adult
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,
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Wendy White
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Kim Miner Litton
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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,
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