Shelf Control #32: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

S&S&SMTitle: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Author: Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
Published: 2009
Length: 340 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

From the publisher of 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 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!

How I got it:

My daughter gave me this book as a gift a couple of years ago (after she saw me reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies).

When I got it:

It’s been a few years…

Why I want to read it:

What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t read a gift from my daughter??? Anyhoo… I think the classic mash-up genre has been done to death by now, but this one actually does appeal to me. I mean, come on! It’s got ultraviolent sea monsters in a “masterful portrait of Regency England”. What’s not to love?


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #32: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

  1. I was given this book for Christmas this year! Still haven’t read it. I’ve been hesitant to read the classics-monsters mashups. I am a bit intrigued by this one though because I love Colonel Brandon.

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