Thursday, January 10, 2008
Thursday Book Report: Swimming Without A Net
Where do I start? I don't go into MaryJanice Davidson's books expecting great literature. Hilarious repartee and quirky characters perhaps, but nothing thought-provoking or challenging. To put it in perspective, I think it took me 90 minutes to read this book.
Swimming Without A Net is the second book in Davidson's 'Fred the Mermaid' series. Davidson says herself that Fred is the anti-romantic heroine - a mermaid, yet - but a foul-mouthed, bad-tempered, socially-inept one who can't even swim with her own two legs. She has been invited to the Pelagic (a worldwide mermaid conference) and is still trying to make up her mind over her two suitors (a merman prince and a romance-novel-writing scientist) from the last book, Sleeping With the Fishes. We get to meet more of the mermaids, learn more about the culture - but not of all your questions (just who is Fred's Dad, anyway?) are answered.
One thing that does set this book apart from other romance novels is that the secondary characters are having hotter romances than the main characters! I hope that changes soon. I have to admit I am very curious about mermaid sex.
I am not sure I would recommend this book to everyone. It's fluff. Funny fluff, but fluff nonetheless. Cristi may like it, though - for the King of the Merpeople has a thing for Deadwood and Al Swearengen!