HOW TO DISCUSS ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS’ These days, it seems, any book that stands a chance of being read by more than five people must include a reader’s discussion guide: a set of proposed questions at the back of the book for lazy book-group leaders and readers too timid to start conversations on their own.Even the coming novel “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters, includes a discussion guide. But given that it’s a satirical work that combines Austen’s original text with sinister, tentacled creatures, its living co-author has decided to have a little fun with the questions.


Among the discussion topics that Mr. Winters suggests:

5. Which would be worse: being eaten by a shark or consumed by the acidic stomach juice of a sand-shambling man-o’-war?

8. Have you ever been romantically involved with someone who turned out to be a sea witch?

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