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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Original edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744426
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fine addition to an international fiction collection.” (Booklist )

“Esterhazy’s prose is jumpy, allusive, and slangy. . . . There is vividness, an electric crackle. The sentences are active and concrete. Physical details leap from the murk of emotional ambivalence.” (John Updike, The New Yorker ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jane Austen is coauthor of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which has been translated into 17 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture. She died in 1817. Ben H. Winters is a writer based in Brooklyn. 

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Skene on Dec 17 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a laugh-out-loud novel that's even funnier than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The co-author has used less of Austen's at-times dense prose, making the story more understandable. Austen's characters have all the narrow concerns of the originals, interested in courting and parties, but at the same time they have to deal with a world in which even a school of lake trout will attack like piranhas, and the oceans are full of creatures right out of Jules Verne. Highly recommended.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Smith on Oct. 15 2009
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After thoroughly enjoying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I could barely wait for the second title in this series. What a mistake that was. This novel was clumsy, full of unnecessary side plots, and was a chore to read. Save your money and don't spend it on this waste of paper.
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Better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Sept. 15 2009
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 and pirate-like enemies?

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters continues the same ideas of the previous novel in the "Jane Austen and monsters " series, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but goes a step further. Instead of relying on some overdone paranormal element, like vampires or werewolves, the editors at Quirk Classics decided to be a little more original and create their own element -- "sea monsters." The sea monsters aspect of this novel is taken from all kinds of influences, ranging from Pirates of the Caribbean (evidenced by the Davy Jones-like look of Colonel Brandon), Jules Verne (thanks to a detour trip to a station on the bottom of the ocean), classical mythology and others. Some of the best things here don't even seem to be part of any specific genre, like giant jellyfish attacks, giant fighting lobsters and pet orangutans. In fact, my favorite scene is when the dashing Willoughby comes to Marianne's rescue. Instead of twisting her ankle and getting caught in the rain, Marianne is attacked by a giant octopus, which Willoughby harpoons, and is rescued -- but not after being drenched in octopus blood and guts first, of course.

I began reading this book while hanging out with my boyfriend by the pool one afternoon. I kept laughing aloud so much that he had to ask what I was reading. After having to explain far too many scenes of over-the-top violence and insanity to him, I ended up reading several passages aloud, which sent both of us rolling in hysterics. Even my boyfriend, who isn't a big fan of Austen or classical literature, liked this.

This book was hilarious -- even better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The ratio of silly to serious (sea monster to Sense and Sensibility) content has been amped up since Zombies. Instead of 85% Austen and 15% quirks, Sea Monsters has 60% Austen and 40% quirks, which opens the door for even more original adaptations of the classic.

While some hardcore fans of Austen's novels will continue to decry this line of books for altering classic literature, they have to admit that it's gotten better this time around. I'm a big fan of Austen's original works, and I found this revised version of Sense and Sensibility to be fresh and fun while still keeping true to original concepts and ideas in the original. Sure, Sea Monsters is even further away from the original than Zombies, but it allows for the sea monsters aspect to come alive instead of feeling like a pasted on afterthought to the original plot.

If you liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, than you will love Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. It's filled with the same creative zaniness that readers have come to expect from this line of Quirk Classics, but taken to a whole new level. Readers who were not particularly impressed by the zombie version of P&P, but thought it had potential, should try out the sea monster version of this other Jane Austen classic. It won't disappoint.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters April 26 2010
By Tanja B. Muncey - Published on Amazon.com
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This had to be one of the biggest wastes of time I have experienced with a novel in a long time. I really, really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; primarily because Austin's work was left intact and the author just added Zombies, almost as if they really belonged there. But the characters and the story line was in line with Austin. This story, Sense and Sensability and Sea Monsters changed character, landscape, personality, etc. It was ridiculous. It is clear to me that the author was simply trying to cash in on the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, without understanding why it was such a success. Please, if you are looking for a fun read, don't pick this book! And, if you are a lover of classics, be prepared for a slaughter of beloved characters and out of place, unfunny, uninteresting changes to the story.
28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Classic romance meets Captain Nemo Sept. 16 2009
By CJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This minor variant of the Austen classic has the Dashwood sisters looking for rich suitors and safe passage from a bewildering variety of creatures. It's improved on the Pride & Prejudice and Zombies formula and is funnier, for my money.

Instead of just adapting passages of the original and throwing in regular detours via monsters (although the Pentagram of Death in P&P&Z was superb), this includes a whole new landscape while putting much of the original through a strange process ... monsterification, or some such.

The books has about 20 or so drawings in, which help bring the daft scenes to life. Some of them are quite a stretch of the imagination, so this helps a lot. There's some quality stupidity on offer here and it's written with erudition and wit. I enjoyed it and it is very funny.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An almost unreadable mess, especially after the brilliant PPZ May 18 2010
By Kurt Conner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wanted to love this book. I laughed out loud repeatedly while reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Edition (Quirk Classics), and I was impressed by the decision not to go the obvious vampire/ninja/pirate/werewolf/robot route with the next book. The sea monster idea is good - in this version of the story, a mysterious Alteration has turned the denizens of the sea into monsters that want nothing more than to feast on the people of Great Britain, so the author is able to play with everything from sea witches to two-headed Fang Beasts to giant walking jellyfish.

One of the problems is that he doesn't do it well. In the earlier book, the zombie elements were presented in the style of a cheeky young boy giggling at himself after grossing out his little sister, and there was an audacity that made it impossible not to join the laughter. This book just isn't very funny. The elements are there, and there are some amusing references to how racist the old adventure stories were, but they just don't work. I didn't laugh once in the 150 pages I read, and by that point I gave up hope of laughing in the nearly 300 pages left to go. Another problem may be that the underlying story, from what I can piece together, is just wretched. This book is a series of scenes of lazy rich people throwing dinner parties and debating the propriety of various marriage prospects, and no one ever does anything, and I blame that more on Jane Austen than on the contemporary treatment of her work.

Unless someone can convince me that the book gets significantly better after the characters arrive in the undersea station (I gave up there), I have no intention of picking this book up again, and I do not recommend it to anyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Poor editing, awkward mashup Dec 29 2009
By Stella Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My boyfriend bought this for me because I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This seemed to be hastily prepared to cash in on the success of its predecessor. I could forgive the (many) typographic errors screwing up things as simple as punctuation and the names of places and characters if it had actually gotten off the ground. The "Sea Monsters" injected into the story are awkward, wedging in among Austen's original tale instead of really weaving into the characters and story. Ben Winters shows little understanding or familiarity with Austen's voice, marine biology, or nautical terms.

The concept was promising, but the few good bits (such as Colonel Brandon's being afflicted with a tentacled face) are overshadowed by the lack of a smooth plot arc. Epic aquatic life-and-death battles set during conversations about love, romance, and marriage just never really worked, and Winters made the mistake of throwing in minor villain after minor villain instead of really giving us a single bad guy to build up to at the end. I was left feeling that somebody took the original text and just threw nautical ingredients in like a stew without a recipe: "Yeah, let's add some pirates, and a couple of giant monsters, and a huge mystery about a main character, and never do that much with any of it."

I'm usually pretty good at suspending disbelief when reading fiction but the author needs to give me a plausible fantasy world to work with. Because of this book, I will be less likely to purchase any more Quirk classics without taking a look to be sure they were given the time and attention needed to produce an entertaining mashup of a classic novel and modern science fiction. Just grab the original and read it while playing Pirates of the Caribbean III in the background. You'll have pretty much the same experience.


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