Monday, January 18, 2010

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

Sense and Sensibility is one Austen book that I have never been able to manage more than a mild sort of liking for.

It turns out, all it ever really needed was a dash of Lovecraft and a liberal helping of sea monsters to make it work.

True, the first 100 or so pages are a bit dull, but that is as much Austen's doing as it is Winters', and after that, the sea monsters provide lively interludes to wooing, gossiping, and false confidences. Lots of people get eaten, and there are plenty of bodily fluids splashed about.

Two wistful afterthoughts:
1) In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Elizabeth is a noted zombie slayer. In Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Elinor is a noted driftwood carver. There really is no comparison.

2) Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters provided what I wanted and expected--a light read and some laughter. There is just a niggle at the back of my mind, though, that is suggesting that a real combination of Austen and Lovecraft would be truly, breathtakingly awesome, worth reading multiple times. Oh well. It was fun!

Oh, and hey, here's the book trailer:

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