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Mermaid - A twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
I read this book last night. The whole thing.
It’s like 230 some odd pages of normal sized text. It’s not some great feat. It has been years since I read an entire book in one sitting. I’ll do everyone a solid and not write any serious spoilers.
Mermaid is a pretty good story. This story is totally a fairy tale. Stereotypical storybook fare include a mermaid princess, a people princess, magic, a hot dude and awesome castles. There’s also a fair share of sex, blood & a sprinkle of masturbation on top.
Bam! Grown-up fairy tale.
It’s not the Disney setup where there’s a bad guy/gal who’s out to get revenge or take over the world, which was nice. The characters develop their own internal conflicts which would make any bad guy superfluous and boring.
There are times when the story gains some kind of stoner-like awareness and tries sneaking in some weird introspection. Then every time, like a drunken moment of clarity, the story seems to remember it’s a fairy tale right before eyes start to roll. The narrative always flips back to love, infatuation and mer-people magic once the story realizes it’s taking itself too seriously.
I liked it and will probably see the movie whenever it comes out. I would recommend this book to grown ups who have ever collected Sanrio stuff, liked Wicked (it’s not as good as Wicked) and/or drink light beer.
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