Monday, January 11, 2010

Book Review- Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

I started this book a little apprehensively. First of all, Sense and Sensibility is my least favorite book by Jane Austen and secondly, I was thinking the fad of these mash ups had run its course with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised with how interested I got into the mystery of the 5 pointed star that Elinore keeps seeing and Margaret's findings on their small island.

So, I guess I should explain a little. The story does, pretty much, follow the original storyline but with some added mysteries and interesting sea creatures. I love poor Colonel Brandon and his tentacled face. (Just look at that cover!) Poor guy doesn't catch a break in this book. Also, Margaret has more of a part in this one but still in the background up until the end. 

The twist with Lucy Steele was also quite interesting and fun. It took me surprise on page 130 to find that Lucy has a tramp stamp! I am sure you are wondering how that gets found out, huh? An interesting twist that works in the end.

This was really a fun book. Glad I gave it a chance. Much better than P&P&Z.


Source: Quirk Books (Thanks, Melissa)


  1. Tramp stamps are always hilar! I am intrigued....

  2. Yay! glad you liked this. I liked it much, much more than I did "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which I thought was kind of lazily executed. Winters actually worked to write a creative story, which I appreciated a lot.

  3. That is what I thought, too. P&P&Z was a bit lazy. This one was a lot of fun! And tramp stamps are "hilar". :)

  4. Hmmm, I don't know if I can bring myself to do it. The idea sounds ridiculous, but I'm afraid I might be missing out by not reading it. Maybe one day...

  5. Definitely ridiculous, but I found it hilarious. Go figure. :)

  6. I'm apprehensive of these knock-off/sequels. I've won a few and I need to try one, I guess.

  7. This book would be great if I joined the reading challenge that asks you to read a book outside of your comfort zone. I should one day give it a try :)

  8. Sounds like you definitely enjoyed this one more than I did. Though I was curious about Lucy's tramp stamp, I just couldn't get past p. 141. I tried, though, I really tried.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. I don't think this one is for everyone. :)


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