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Mermaid Discussion Post

As requested, here is your more-or-less official discussion thread for The Mermaid’s Madness [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy].

Because my blog mirrors to different places, I’d suggest going either to LiveJournal or http://www.jimchines.com/2009/10/mermaid-discussion-post/ for the liveliest discussion.

Spoilers ahoy, obviously.

If you haven’t read the book and don’t want to know what happens, stay the heck out of the comments.  Otherwise, all discussion, speculation, and questions* are welcome.

*I might even answer some of ‘em!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


Oct. 16th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't had my coffee yet, so please forgive any misspellings or typos.

One of my favorite things about MM was seeing more of Danielle's interactions with Armand. Last book, we didn't see him much - he was helpless, so to speak, in the face of the spell he was under, and off the page. But we felt Danielle's love for him and determination to save him no matter the odds for the entire book. Seeing them interact here was a nice affirmation of those feelings from her, and I think I would have been grumpy without getting that.

On the other hand, these books very much belong to Snow, Talia, and Danielle. I'm also pleased Armand wasn't on stage more. It felt like a really good balance.

I am also intrigued by this new prince who seems to have developed a little crush on Talia - after all, he gave her a betrothal sword! Since Snow and Talia pretend to be servants and don't own up to their princess origins much, this strikes me as particularly meaningful (although maybe he saw them enough that he realizes there could be some royal blood there...)

Of course, given Talia's feelings for Snow, I think the poor prince is doomed to have his attentions unrequited. But I liked him as a character quite a lot, and I'm hoping he makes possible future appearances. *looks askance at author* ;)
Oct. 16th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
I am a fan of the new prince too (can't remember his name off hand) as well as the idea of a betrothal sword. Of course, I'm pretty much a fan of anything to do with swords ;)
Oct. 16th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I believe that was Prince Varisto?

Book three is mostly set in Arathea, and will be relatively princeless. But anything's possible in book four :-)
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I can see the Visa-style ad campaign now:

(The book's down in the car, so apologies if I screw up any spellings)

Lorindar: Armand
Halid: Gustan and Varisto
Arithea: Princeless
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oct. 16th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Think yew, think yew. I'll be here all week. Be sure to tip your server.


Jim C. Hines


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