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August 26, 2009

'Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters' author melds Jane Austen with Jules Verne

Ben H. Winters never expected to end up writing collaboration with Jane Austen. In "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters," Winters take Jane Austen's 1811 classic novel and infuses it with horror-movie seasoning. Instead of being set in the placid English countryside, the Dashwood family has taken up residence on an isolated island after the father is killed by a hammerhead shark. Add pirates, mysterious chanting and numerous vindictive denizens of the deep, and you have quite a bouillabaisse.

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