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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

by Ben H. Winters

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In Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Ben H. Winters reworks Jane Austen's classic novel into a tale with monsters, steampunk elements, and a touch of H.P. Lovecraft. The basic plot follows that of Austen's novel, focusing on the Dashwood sisters, but they find themselves living in England after the Alteration, when all the life of the sea has grown hostile to humanity and giant mutations of common sea creatures stalk the ocean and the shore. Some of Winters' more interesting additions include Sub-Marine Station Beta, a giant undersea domed city in which British scientists work to tame the newly-aggressive denizens of the deep while the more cosmopolitan members of English society enjoy a higher standard of living than those on land. The city evokes aspects of Jules Verne and Eugene Smith's interior illustration is magnificent. Recalling H.P. Lovecraft, one of the Dashwood sisters finds herself attracted to a mystery on the island on which the family vacations and begins chanting in a strange, guttural language. She joins a group living in caves that worship "a pantheon of cruel and hidden monster-gods called the K'yaloh. The K'yaloh were an ancient race, older than man, older than beast, older than the Alteration, older than time itself. They laid in slumber, waiting for the day of waking. When they woke, all that we know would be destroyed" (pg. 331). These elements notwithstanding, Winter's Austen-pastiche retains less of the original compared to Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Due to that, it seems a parody of itself. Fans of the first Quirk Classics book will likely enjoy this, but it newcomers may not want to read this one first. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Aug 3, 2017 |
Another expansion on a classic novel. While not as good as Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, it was interesting to see Quirk branching out from zombies in favur of sea monsters, and I feel it probably fits the format of this book better. ( )
  Arianwen16 | Jan 4, 2017 |
Somebody was bound to do it. ( )
  kat_with_a_book | Oct 15, 2016 |
I listened to this book on Audio CD. From the description I thought this version would be more exciting but it was not. It was too dry and slow for me. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
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There’s no denying the page-turning satisfaction of this welcome sequel, which exceeds Pride And Prejudice And Zombies in cleverness and wit while continuing to pay proper homage to the deep emotions underlying the original text.
It’s hard to say, in the end, if this is an homage, an exploitation, a deconstruction, or just a 300-page parlor trick. Although the sea-monster subplots, considered independently, rarely rise above pulp clichés, the book’s best moments do achieve a kind of bizarro symbiosis. The monsters make Austen’s abstract threats ridiculously concrete, and Austen, in turn, dignifies the monsters: They serve as gargoyles emphasizing the immaculate balance of her original story’s structure.
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Winters, Ben H.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horner, DoogieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leetaru, LarsCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, EugeneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The family of Dashwood had been settled in Sussex since before 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.
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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?… (more)

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