The Mermaid's Madness (Princess Novels Series #2)

The Mermaid's Madness (Princess Novels Series #2)

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by Jim C. Hines
     
 

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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

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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.?

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In this fast-paced second installment of the Princess Novels, author Hines tells the story of the Little Mermaid through the eyes of Danielle (the Cinderella character), Snow (Snow White), and Talia (Sleeping Beauty). In this version, the undine princess Lirea (the Little Mermaid), who takes on a new name-and personae, has gone on a rampage against undines and humans alike. Her insanity has led her to capturing the Queen of Lorindar's soul inside of a magic knife. The fairy tale framework provides a hook for the reader into this trio of engaging, effective adventurers taking to the high seas-without any dainty pretensions-to save their kingdom and the people they love. Although Hines attempts to incorporate the true stories about the princesses' early lives, these details fail to add much psychological depth to the characters and often come off as pasted-in distractions. Fortunately, the smooth flow of dialogue and action compensate, making this a nearly effortless read. This novel will appeal anyone who yearns for the heroines of their childhood-or just a witty, well-constructed adventure tale about powerful women stepping up with skill and cleverness.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101148655
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Princess Novels , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
140,110
File size:
467 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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 short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.

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The Mermaid's Madness (Princess Novels Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I bought this book. The Mermaid's Madness follows The Stepsister Scheme in Hines' Princess series. It focuses on Talia (Sleeping Beauty), Danielle (Cinderella) and Snow (Snow White) whose stories are far darker than Disney would have you believe. In The Mermaid's Madness Hines takes on possibly the least-happy fairy tale, Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. Fairy tale fans know that this tale is sad and gruesome while Hines fans will find this to be the prefect tale for Hines's princesses as Hines uses a heavy subtext of emotional recovery in this series. Lirea is the Little Mermaid, once friend to Queen Beatrice (Danielle's mother-in-law) who fell in love with a human prince who didn't love her and was given a knife that would restore her tail at the cost of her betrayer prince's life. But something happened and now Lirea is mad, broken and violent. When greeted by the queen after her family of undine return from their winter hibernation Lirea lashes out, stabbing the queen and trapping her soul in the cursed knife along with the prince's. Now Talia, Danielle and Snow must find the cause of Lirea's madness, find Lirea herself, and free the queen before her body gives out. Hines' work is excellent, layered between the fantasy and fancy of fairy tales with a real world punch that adult readers can't help but expect. Sure we all want there to be a happy ending, but isn't it more satisfying when it's fought for, earned, not merely handed over as if the players are exceptions to human nature instead of parts of it? The Mermaid's Madness is an excellent retelling of the original that nails the morbid sweetness of the legend while making it a more vibrant, fleshy thing before reader's eyes. Fantasy and urban fantasy fans are missing out if they aren't reading this series.
broknbuddha More than 1 year ago
If you haven't tried Jim Hines yet, go out and get him. His plots are twisty, his dialogue is sharp and funny, and his stories are original. Hines' Goblin series (Hail Jig Dragonslayer!)is one of my favorites. and has earned a spot on the top shelf. Very funny stuff
Jade2181 More than 1 year ago
A very nice twist on the little mermaid tale using Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to help tell the full story.
schnutzy More than 1 year ago
I would say this is the second of the books I have read, and the concept the story line and plots make you laugh, it tickles everyones views of some of your most favorite fairy tales, but it deffinately worth it. Enjoy!!
ombren More than 1 year ago
I read the first one in this series, The Stepsister's Scheme, and it was very entertaining and well-written. This sequel did the first book justice. Jim writes his female protagonists very, very well; I usually have a hard time reading women written by men, but his ladies are so believeable! They have distinct personalities, and the conflicts between them are very realistic, despite this being a fantasy novel. Recommend to anyone who likes fantasy with a dash of humor!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Mermaid princess gave up everything for love except her life; however, the human she cherished turned elsewhere so her love was unrequited. Irate and jealous and isolated form her own kind due to her sacrifice, she attacked the cause of her lost love: Queen Beatrice of the Kingdom of Lorindar. Her effort proves successful leaving the Queen in a regal coma. Her three princess wards (Snow White, Talia the Sleeping Beauty and Danielle Cinderella) are worried about their beloved mentor's comatose state, but soon have their own problems when they are under assault next. They survive, but must find out who is behind the violence in order to put an end to it. They journey to the underwater kingdom of the Mer to obtain allies and to ascertain who amongst them might be the aggressor and why. Drinking plenty of terrible tasting tea to combat seasickness, the princesses risk their lives trying to save Queen Beatrice and themselves from a dangerously cunning adversary. This entertaining twisted fairy tale sequel to THE STEPSISTER SCHEME is an amusing dark spin of the Little Mermaid as Jim Hines tells the "true" tale of what happened; not the happy ending one. Fans will laugh at the princess stereotyping that lightens through lampooning the sinister enchanted fairy tale with nods to Fractured Fairy Tales of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame (Jay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott). Harriet Klausner
GaleaRain More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece! Like the first book, the action starts pretty quick which really pulls you in. I was shocked at the loss that happened so early on though. For me, this book was about growth. At least for Snow and Talia. I feel like Danielle didn't really grow much. There wasn't as much focus on her though she did figure out how Talia felt about Snow pretty quick and was able to help her feel more comfortable around Snow, especially with the nakedness when they became mermaids. Talia grew as she faced her past, herself, and her guilt. Snow started becoming more powerful and pushed herself with the magic only to realize she was starting to become her mother. I loved that Snow found out about Talia's feeling for her but I was disappointed that the issue wasn't resolved. I hope it will be in the next book. I'll admit that I hope the two of them will end up together but I don't know if Snow can feel that way about Talia. Who knows, perhaps fate will be kind. I'm glad Snow found out but I hope she can stop pushing Talia away. This was another great read. Control over sharks is actually a cool power and Danielle did it amazingly. The action and adventure is amazing and the ending will surprise you. Hines really knows how to keep you guessing.
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eroslackermicha More than 1 year ago
Hines takes fairy tale princesses and brings them to life in new ways. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella show that not all happy endings are good, but they make things great. a must read for young adults and old. As with the first book it was hard to put down and bought the others in the series right away.
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