Mermaids in Paradise

Mermaids in Paradise

A Novel

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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In this hilarious novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a honeymooning couple makes friends with a marine biologist who discovers genuine mermaids in a coral reef-and who, the next night, apparently drowns in her hotel bathtub. As a resort chain swoops in to corner the market on mermaids, the newlyweds (opinionated, skeptical narrator Deb and handsome online gamer Chip, the world's friendliest man) join forces with other vacationers-including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ-to protect the mermaids from the corporate 'Venture of Marvels' that wants to turn their habitat into a theme park.
Publisher: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781633791923
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 40 min.)) : digital

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mvkramer Dec 12, 2014

This book started out as a three-star book. It was humorous, and the writing style was witty and engaging. I liked main character Deb's observations on weddings, mud runs and the like. The mermaids pushed it firmly into two-star territory. The introduction of the fantastical element was abrupt, rather jarring, and not entirely well handled. The ending is what made this a one-star book. What a cheap, utterly worthless way to end a book. If I tried that in my sophomore creative writing class in college, my professor would have flunked me after laughing in my face. And I would have deserved it. I would have thrown this book across the room if I hadn't been listening to it on my phone.

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