Jane Austen turns aquatic

After Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Ben H. Winters take another Jane Austen classic to his wild imagination and create Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Here’s a review of the book by Patricia Calzo Vega for GMA.tv:

“Sea Monsters introduces the existence of carnivorous aquatic creatures matter-of-factly. The lead characters have to deal with a giant jellyfish, killer tuna, and the like. All this is well and good—considering that Winters had to supply 40 percent original material—but situations featuring sea creatures literally steal the thunder from the quiet emotional scenes that endeared the original novel to fans, especially when they have no relevance to the development of the characters whatsoever.

Whether one likes Sea Monsters or not, readers must always keep in mind that it is a deliberate Austen parody and must be read with a grain of salt. After all, the author wrote a lot of comedy into her novels, and would surely appreciate the tongue-in-cheek homage that the novel pays her. “


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