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  • Published: Philadelphia : San Francisco : Quirk Books ; distributed by Chronicle Books, c2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Description: 343 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 1180

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  • 9781594744426 (pbk.)
  • 1594744424 (pbk.)

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Sense and sensibility and sea monsters

by Winters, Ben H.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor

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Includes discussion questions (p. 342-343).

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?

Contents: Sense and sensibility.

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Sea Serpents

Jane Austen fans, particularly literature majors, will enjoy this novel so long as they can keep it mind that it is just a joke, not high literature nor an attack on a classic novel.

In the same vein as "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," this novel takes the original characters and, for the most part, the same plot line, but adds in ridiculous monsters, rituals and underwater high society. In parts it reads just like the original novel, but set in a submarine, or with monsters nearly killing our characters as would happen in a modern horror film.

For the sake of alliteration, Ben H. Winters really should have titled the book "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Serpents," but we'll just let that one go.

Improvement on P&P&Z

Unlike Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the plot of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters really stands on its own, separate from the original Sense and Sensibility. It might be a little painful for fans of Austen's Colonel Brandon to see him deformed into a human-sea monster hybrid, but after a little while you'll find yourself swept away by the tide of the story. Those who don't think they would like Austen would do better to start with this book than with P&P&Z since this one has a much higher "ultraviolence" to romance ratio than Quirk Books' first Austen-inspired publication.

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