The Mermaid's Madness by Jim C. HinesThe Mermaid's Madness by Jim C. Hines

The Mermaid's Madness

byJim C. Hines

Mass Market Paperback | October 6, 2009

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What would happen if a star writer went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie?s Angels? What he?d end up with is The Mermaid?s Madness?a whole new take on The Little Mermaid. And with Jim C. Hines, of Jig the Goblin fame, penning the tale, you canbet itwon?t be ?Theylived happily ever after.?
Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty shor...
Title:The Mermaid's MadnessFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 0.89 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 4.2 × 0.89 inPublished:October 6, 2009Publisher:DawLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0756405831

ISBN - 13:9780756405830


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed parts, lost interest in other parts 3.25 stars Danielle (Cinderella), Talia (Sleeping Beauty) and Snow (White) are tossed into a new adventure when the undine and their leader Lirea (The Little Mermaid) want to wage war. With Lirea's sister (Lannadae)'s help, they find the girls' grandmother, Morveren, who they are hoping will be able to help. Beatrice, the queen, has taken ill and Morveren has an object that might help Beatrice recover. It's been a few years since I read the first book in the series, but I don't think I liked this one as much. I'm odd with fantasy – I like some (more likely YA or urban, and usually fairy tales or retellings), but usually not the real “traditional” fantasy. This felt a little more like the traditional fantasy that I'm not as crazy about, mixed with adventure. I quite enjoyed some parts of this, but then lost a bit of interest in other parts. I will still probably try the third book in the series, at least, before giving up on it.
Date published: 2013-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I liked the first one better... "The Stepsister Scheme" was a fun twist on a whole group of old fairy-tale characters, full of twists and turns. Some of it was dark, but most of it was just clever. With this volume, I found that the darkness took over far too often, leaving the reader with a lot less of the enjoyable stuff. Between the fate of a major supporting character, the angst of the three leads, and the tragedy of the titular mermaid, I was left disappointed. It wasn't awful - just a major bummer.
Date published: 2009-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Mermaid only more horrifying! (In a good way) Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid is a horribly depressing story. Jim Hines takes that story and makes it even more horrifying. So yet another princess missed out on her 'happily ever after'. Only this time the princess strikes back. Against those who hurt her and those who want to help her. The Mermaid's Madness begins with the Lorindar nobles welcoming the return of the undine (merfolk) from their annual hybernation. Only this time the undine aren't happy to see the humans. The subsequent attack lands one noble greviously wounded and embroils Danielle, Talia and Snow in an adventure with consequences none of them are ready for. The novel is fast paced, with well defined characters. Readers who haven't read The Stepsister Scheme will be confused by one or two points left unexplained from the first book, but won't otherwise have any trouble reading this book on its own. The true joy of this series is figuring out how Mr. Hines has twisted otherwise familiar (or not, depending on the version you read as a child) fairy tales. And this one is twisted indeed.
Date published: 2009-10-16