Monday, August 8

B's Monday Review: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. 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 sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love! 

My thoughts:
I am going to admit to something that may shock you...Austen's writing can be dry *people gasping in horror* Oh shut it, yes I KNOW I read like a million variations, but *coughs* dry. Dry I say.

Never mind that, well yes do mind that, because that was my problem with this book, it was rather dry. Oh fibblesticks.

But the world was cool, the creatures of the sea, lakes and more have turned into man eating monsters. Everything is out to get you. And in this crazy world the sensible Dashwoods lives and everyone goes on with their business as usual. Oh that servant is making a spectacle of himself while being eaten, look away. How dare he. That I liked, the manners of the time combined with people having to fend of monsters at the same time.

Have some tea, oh and pick up ore and kill the hideous sea monster while you are at it.

But it was dry, and even though it was was boring and dry. Even when it was fun. Still, would make a cool movie.


Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Quirk Books
Sense and Sensibility variation


Blodeuedd said...

I think the movie would be cool if they made one

Melliane said...

I don't know if I would have gone toward this retelling

Anachronist said...

"Have some tea, oh and pick up ore..."

Oh B, you left me in stitches. You meant an oar, right? ;p