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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.

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georgmi
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I do hope that we don't end up having the love of a good man "curing" Talia of being a lesbian, because that would imply the rape made her one, and that's not how it works.
jimhines
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm generally trying to avoid spoilers for future books here, but that one I'll go ahead and kill. The rape did not turn Talia into a lesbian, and Varisto's magic sword will not turn her back.

In other circumstances, I could see Varisto and Talia being good for one another. But Talia is who she is, and that relationship wouldn't work.
maida_mac
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that. It matters.
jimhines
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
To me as well. Especially since I know Talia's situation in Stepsister could be read in different ways.
georgmi
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Heh. Varisto's "magic sword". (waggles eyebrows)

Gods, you'd think I was thirteen, rather than thrice that.

I wouldn't consider that a spoiler, by the way, and I'd've been massively, massively surprised* if you'd gone there.

*and saddened, but you should write your stories, and not do things the way I want 'em done just because that's how I want 'em done. Not that you don't already know that.
georgmi
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
PS Jim, if I step over a line, I am always amenable to correction. Your space, not mine.
jimhines
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
No worries, you're fine.

Also, if you're 13 for snickering at the magic sword bit, what does that say about the guy who wrote it?
georgmi
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is, when I *was* 13, a comment like that would've elicited from me a blank stare and possibly a "Huh?" Not excessively clueful was I. Probably I'm now making up for lost time. :)
reileen
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am relieved to hear this. I think, though, that I would like to see some sort of mutual partnership thing going on between Varisto and Talia. Drinking/sparring buddies, if you will, purely platonic.

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