Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Reading the latest newsletter from Jane Austen Centre UK, I came across this latest Austen inspired book.

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

Release date: September 15, 2009

Description from the publisher:
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!

Gotta love it!

I want this book. If you do too, answer me this in the comments below and a lucky winner will be selected at random to get an extra copy I purchase:

What is your favorite sea creature?

Entries: open to all countries

Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2009, 8pm PST

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

Winner announced: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The winner will also be contacted via email and the prize will be mailed within a week of receiving mailing address.

And for a laugh, the book trailer (not for the faint of heart):

After watching this trailer I would love to see this story as a movie instead of read it. I love the campiness of it and the actors play a pretty good Marianne and Willoughby.
Contest has ended - winner is here
******* updated 9.15.09 *******


  1. Awesome contest! My favorite sea creature is the Portuguese Man o' War, which is a gorgeous and deadly jellyfish. Not that I want to get near one, necessarily, but they're eerily beautiful.


  2. Wow!! That trailer Was Hilarious!! Fave Sea Creature?? Does Davy Jones From Pirates Count?? LOL!! Alright, I've Gotta Say The Sting Ray... Something About Them Is Soooo Pretty..



  3. Yay! My favourite is the sea horse or magical sea creature would be mermaids.

    claire dot boyle at gmail dot com

  4. Great contest! My email is baileysandbooks(at)gmail(dot)com.

    My fave sea creature - I am fond of so many. First that came to mind was a sea horse, they are so adorable, but also love rays.

  5. My favorite sea animal are dolphins. I live near the ocean & I live in fear of jellyfish--ick. And sea cucumbers are so gross!

    My e-mail is krystenlindsay (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Blue whales, hands down. They're so beautiful and BIG! Their hearts are the size of Volkswagen Beetles, they're 100 feet long and over 150 tons, yet we know practically nothing about them. The largest animal ever, but can't find their mating grounds or nurseries. I love that.

    zombiegirrrl21 at aol dot com

  7. Bwhahahhahahaha on that book trailer. That is too funny!

    My favorite sea animal has to be a dolphin. I am petrifed of the ocean though...pretty much any water that might have living things in it.

    jennifermorrill (at) att (dot) net

  8. I can't wait to read this book! I think my favorite sea creature would have to be the humpback whale.

    My email address is laarlt78 at hotmail dot com. Great giveaway!

  9. Shawna Lewis

    This is an easy one a Mermaid!!!!

  10. I think my favorite sea creatures are jellyfish (obvious from the header of my blog). They're so pretty! ^_^

  11. Great contest! My favorite sea creat is the Loch Ness Monster..wait, that's not actually a sea monster is it?

    My other favorite sea creature would have to be the giant squid. :)

  12. I would love to own this book! My favorite sea creature is the moon jelly. It's beautiful and ethereal, but can still sting the heck out of you. Plus they're a beautiful shade of purple.


  13. What is your favorite sea creature?

    THE KRAKEN. I LOVE THE KRAKEN. I was the only person in the movie theatre during PotC2 rooting for the Kraken.


  14. Sirens don't count, do they? Favorite sea creature is the colossal squid, because it's bigger than the giant squid. :)

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Whoa. I grew up in Florida living only 2 blocks from the ocean lol :) I've seen some strange things in my day, but if I've got to go with a REAL favorite sea creature - it's gotta be the Whale (sperm, hump backed, killer, etc).

    These creatures are incredible! I read somewhere that the 'song' of the hump backed whale contains more 'bits' of information that what is found in the entire Bible, and somehow, Whales are able to memorize and communicate this huge amount of (what would you call it? data?) information to one another over vast distances.

    Now, if we were going to go with 'icky' sea creatures ... Sea Spiders are almost kewl in a totally disgusting way :P


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