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Jane Austen and SEA MONSTERS

Quirk Books blending Jane and big bad monsters.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 16, 2009
Source: Quirk Books


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith(2009).
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From Quirk Books—publisher of the New York Times Best Seller 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 Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, swashbuckling pirates, and other seaworthy creatures.
Editor Jason Rekulak explains the choice of sea monsters for this highly anticipated literary mash-up:
“A couple of publishers are crashing Jane Austen vampire novels that will no doubt capitalize on the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and there were certainly plenty of people who urged me to do the same.  But I didn’t want to go out with the one-millionth vampire novel that’s going to be published this year. I know there are a lot of vampire fans, but the genre feels exhausted to me. Whereas Sea Monsters allowed us to draw inspiration from so many rich and diverse sources—most obviously Jules Verne novels and Celtic mythology, but also Jaws, Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean, even SpongeBob Squarepants! I think Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fans are counting on us to deliver something original, and I don’t think they will be disappointed.”
With Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Quirk Classics has also developed a new Austen to monster ratio. Instead of featuring 85% of Austen’s work and 15% new text as in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monstersfeatures 60% Austen and 40% additional monster chaos! Most importantly, this new Quirk Classic stays true to Austen’s original novel…
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 biting sea monsters. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

Featuring fifteen black-and-white illustrations and including “A Reader’s Discussion Guide” for book club and student use, Sense and Sensibility and Season Monsters is sure to delight Austen fans as well as wayfaring adventurers.

Available in stores on September 15, 2009. Currently available for pre-order.

Audible.com will be producing and distributing the unabridged digital audio edition of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters simultaneously with the September 15th print release. Audie winner Katherine Kellgren will narrate this second title in the best selling series.

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almostunbiased 7/16/2009 5:09:56 AM

I would completely think this was some big joke if someone just told me about it.

Pendragon0 7/16/2009 2:23:47 PM

That's what I thought about the first one.  The premise was just jaring enough to make me read it and it was a novell idea (no pun intended) but the humor turned too junior high locker room and ruined it for me.

jerichoraine 8/6/2009 8:59:42 AM

I must be too junior high locker room, I'm reading the first one now and find it hilarious.  It has all the best bits from the original pride and prejudice, PLUS ZOMBIES!  What's cooler than that?

thecheckeredman 10/6/2009 12:37:17 PM

I'm struggling through P&P&Z and its a lot of work.  Granted, I have NO frame of reference, I have avoided rading Austen through high school and college as well as bypassed the 1,000,000 films based upon the book as well.  I just don't get it?  I don't have an existing knowledge of these characters or events that would lend itself to the cheekiness of this farse.  It's just not funny and the "zombie mayhem" feels forced.  It sounded like a great idea, but overall, I'm left in the dark.  I'm under the impression S&S&S will read about the same....

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