Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Book review

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H Winters. Quirk Books, $12.95

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

Another of the series of classic novels reimagined to include some form of horror ‘ in this case, as the title suggests, sea monsters.

Winters manages to keep the story of the Dashwoods flowing along, with the added bonus of the waters surrounding England being full of mutated sea monsters and man eating fish and crustaceans. Mrs Dashwood and her three daughters find themselves in the classic Austen scenario of losing their family home and riches, and in this version of events end up living with an eccentric, monster-hunting relation of Mrs Dashwood in a rickety sea shack on an island in an archipelago off the coast of Devonshire.

Those acquainted with the original work will find many familiar characters, including the massively obnoxious Mr John Dashwood, the slightly grumpy and aloof Colonel Brandon (but with added facial tentacles) and the bumbling, but loveable Edward Ferrars, beloved of Elinor Dashwood.

The addition of sea monsters and the peril that the Dashwoods find themselves in on a daily basis, existing in their shack on Pestilent Isle, add an extra depth to the story that Austen somehow managed to miss when writing the original text. The humour slots in well to the original storyline, making this a very enjoyable read.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H Winters. Quirk Books, $12.95

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

Another of the series of classic novels reimagined to include some form of horror ‘ in this case, as the title suggests, sea monsters.

Winters manages to keep the story of the Dashwoods flowing along, with the added bonus of the waters surrounding England being full of mutated sea monsters and man eating fish and crustaceans. Mrs Dashwood and her three daughters find themselves in the classic Austen scenario of losing their family home and riches, and in this version of events end up living with an eccentric, monster-hunting relation of Mrs Dashwood in a rickety sea shack on an island in an archipelago off the coast of Devonshire.

Those acquainted with the original work will find many familiar characters, including the massively obnoxious Mr John Dashwood, the slightly grumpy and aloof Colonel Brandon (but with added facial tentacles) and the bumbling, but loveable Edward Ferrars, beloved of Elinor Dashwood.

The addition of sea monsters and the peril that the Dashwoods find themselves in on a daily basis, existing in their shack on Pestilent Isle, add an extra depth to the story that Austen somehow managed to miss when writing the original text. The humour slots in well to the original storyline, making this a very enjoyable read.