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Friday, March 12, 2010

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters...Review by the Doctor

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!

Time for more madness, mayhem and insanity from the wonderful folks over at Quirk books. That fact that they managed to churn out another recreation (well, destruction, devastation and re-imagination would probably be a more descriptive phrase) of a beloved Jane Austin classic makes my spine tingle. This time we see those poor Dashwood sisters trying to survive life, love and misfortune in the glory days of England, while trying not to get gored to death by all manner of vicious creatures that hail from the deep beyond. The plot additions add more substance to what was originally a rather more boring book than Pride and Prejudice, and the maritime flavor leaves a nice aftertaste when the original story has grown stale. I think they were rather unkind to poor Colonel Brandon, but he still wins out with Marianne so all’s well that ends well (Yes, I’m trying to goad the Quirk team into going after the Bard next – so many wonderful possibilities there).

If you loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, then you’ll love this. If you hated PPZ, probably best steer clear of this one. If you need a good book for your next genteel, conservative, high maintenance, over 30’s, ‘we all live in the same neighborhood’ women’s book club this will certainly get you noticed, and removed from the group’s mailing list. But lets face it – they’ve been boring you to death for years and this will allow you to quote the immortal line “I’ve be thrown out of much nicer places than this”.

Buy this book – you need it in your life.

Thanks to Caitlin Price of FSB Associates for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about the book here.You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 2/10


  1. Glad you enjoyed it, but I don't think this is for me.

  2. I hadn't made up my mind if I would read this one or no, but I think I will have to give it a try. I did love PPZ and I love a good twist on a beloved story. Thanks!