Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sort of Kind of Mermaid Books

Hi everyone! So today I started Fathomless by Jackson Pearce, a re-telling of the Little Mermaid that also serves as a companion to Pearce's other novels Sweetly and Sisters Red. I was really excited to get the book and then when I started reading.....the mermaids aren't really mermaids.  They live under  water, but they don't have any fish-like qualities besides living in water. So here's a list of books that we previously thought were mermaid books, but sadly, don't actually have by-the-book mermaids.

-Siren by Tricia Rayburn (and it's subsequent sequels). The sirens don't have tails, but they do breathe underwater and lure and kill men. It's more of a take on the original Greek mythology with the bird-like women, but then again, Rayburn's sirens don't really do the bird thing either.

- Ripple by Mandy Hubbard (I think it has a few sequels too). I personally have not read this one, but a few other guys in our Goodreads group have. They reported the novel was a fun read, but alas, no mermaid tails here either. Although again with the luring men to their death thing. That's in there.

-Wrecked by Anna Davies. Not only was this probably the worst of the mermaid books published this year, it also didn't really do the mermaid thing so well. The main characters both had legs, and the alleged mermaid sea witch was never underwater. There wasn't a whole lot of fantastical elements to the story anyway, but I wouldn't consider it a legitemate mermaid book.

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