Book: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
Thoughts: I initially grabbed this book as a way to "ease" myself into Jane Austen, as I wasn't sure I would enjoy her work and thought it would be fun to try the "silly" version of the novel. I've been meaning to read some more classics, so Austen was an obvious author to go to (that and I loved the movie adaptation with Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson;etc, so... sue me, haha).
That being said, I found the addition of all the nautical themed jargon to be really irritating and overdone. I wish I had just read the original version instead of going for the collaborative effort. I don't think Winters quite captures (as far as I can tell) the original personalities and traits that Austen had intended for her characters and ends up pushing them into weird situations for the intention of the Sea Monsters sub-plot. Winters' additions to the novel were fairly obvious and mostly distracting within the context of the original story and dialogue.
Overall, the writing was done well enough so I had read a good portion of it before becoming thoroughly annoyed with the Winters' additions. Unfortunately the last half of the book was an extreme effort for me, and I forced myself to get through it. I don't usually force myself to read books (I'll just drop it and move on after a few pages!), but I was just hoping to glean the original work as best as I could from all of Winters' bits. Again, wish I'd just grabbed Austen's original, because I think I would have rather liked it. I won't be picking up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies any time in the near future! :(
ETA: The only reason this book is getting a "C" as opposed to a "D" or lower is due to Austen's writing. Just wanted to add that so future book review grades aren't seen as "odd".