Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1)

Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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ISBN-13: 9780515142228
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Fred the Mermaid Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minot, North Dakota

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Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to say this but the editing in this book is REALLY REALLY bad. It begins with a letter from MD trying desperately to justify herself. This should have tipped me off that something was off with this book. By the end it was easy to see that the letter was just an attempt to say 'sorry my book sucks, this is why..' I know that stuff happens (like people dying) and deadlines get pushed back but that's still no excuse for all of the mistakes in this book. They should have pushed back the date even further. It's ok to prolong a books release if the quality of the book is awful. I would have rather them postponed this book for years rather than publish this slop. It's plagued with spelling and gramatical errors as well as plot and character mistakes. For example, look up at the 'from the publisher' section, it says Fred is volunteering at the aquarium. She works there! They can't even keep track of where she works! In the novel she and Artur are in Thomas' office, from there they proceed up to the observation deck where all of the sudden Artur tries to kiss Fred leaving her leaning against Thomas' desk. This isn't possible unless they were suddenly back in the office or the desk magically appeared on the observation deck. Further, the characters were a little off. Fred is not lovable at all. She's irritating and cranky and rude. I wouldn't want to be her friend much less read a whole novel about her. In fact, I was kinda hoping she would die at the end but no such luck. Artur was a typical one dimensional character. How many times can we pull the 'super attractive, smart, rich and utterly lacking in charm' card. It's been done...Artur could be Sinclair with a tail. And what is up with Jonas? I mean the man is GAY! GAY GAY GAY! I don't care how many sex scenes you give him, it feels wrong. He should be doing a dude! No man is that secure with his masculinity. I mean, he is MARC only he hasn't come out of the closet yet. This novel started off bad with Fred walking in on her parents having sex which wasn't necessary and just succeeded in not only grossing me out but leaving me with the question of 'why'? It continued to go downhill with a bad storyline, a lame badguy, one dimensional characters, an awful ending and all and all terrible editing It's too bad really. I know she's capable of so much more. I wanted to literally take a red marker to this book and send it back to the publishers. Oh well, if she writes a sequel I'll surely read it with the hopes that maybe she will get it right the second time because it would suck to waste such a good concept.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frederika Bimm (Fred to her friends and family) has a secret that helps her in her job at the New England Aquarium - she's a mermaid. For obvious reasons, Fred keeps her secret closely guarded and outside of her family, only her best friend Jonas knows the truth about her. But Fred's secret is unraveling - marine biologist Thomas Pearson sees her swimming as a mermaid and Artur, High Prince of the Black Sea, has come looking for her because someone is polluting the water in Boston Harbor and the pollution is harming the merpeople. While Fred, Thomas and Artur work together to find out who is causing the pollution, Thomas and Artur begin vying for Fred's affection. While Fred is trying to decide which guy she likes more, her friend Joshua is attracted to Fred's boss, Dr. Barb, but he faces two obstacles: she's much older than he is and she thinks he's gay. "Sleeping with the Fishes" is an amusing fantasy romance. I loved the idea of a mermaid as a heroine and Fred is indeed a unique heroine. She's beautiful, smart, and more than a little impatient. She has a lot of funny quirks for a mermaid: she can't swim with her legs, only her tail which is a problem since her job involves her being in the water; she's allergic to seafood; and she gets seasick while on a boat. There are other great characters in the book; I especially liked Joshua, who may be the gayest straight character in fiction (he's very very secure in his sexuality). Joshua, in fact, has some of the funniest and sexiest scenes in the book. There's a lot of humor in the book - Fred's mother's name is Moon Bimm and Fred has a few funny conversations with fish that are on a hunger strike because she won't play any music by the Pet Shop Boys. However, I did have a few problems with the book. I found the repeated use of a certain four letter word beginning with the letter "F" to be off-putting. And the book is too open-ended, it's clear there's going to be at least one sequel, but I have to wonder how long the Fred-Thomas-Artur triangle will hold reader's interest. "Sleeping with the Fishes" was a fun but incomplete read.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a quick fun read, but it suffers from one glaring problem ¿ Fred is basically Betsy (of the Undead series) with fins and without the love for shoes. If you¿ve read any of that series, it¿s really difficult to read this without Betsy¿s voice in your head. Despite the voice problems, Fred is a unique character, a half human and half mermaid who works in the only natural choice for a hybrid mermaid ¿ at an aquarium. When she has to figure out who is polluting Boston Harbor (and therefore, oceans everywhere), she ends up with not one, but two love interests. It¿s their interactions that will keep you reading.
library.lynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this one away. I liked the book. I just thought I wouldn't want to read the sequels. Ha! A few months after I gave this book away, I had the urge to read the sequel. So this book was better than I originally thought. :)
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun book. I really didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did. It was a very easy read, and I really did love Fred. I can't wait to read the next book.
BrideoftheFox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the fastest reads ever, but it is very entertaining! I am about to pick up the second one!
erendida on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
in sleeping with the fishes by mary janice davidson explains a girls life that changes when she meets the new guy at her work and the prince of the black sea. in the beginning, fredricka found out that the man that was in her life wasnt really her father. in the middle fredricka meets the new guy at her job. she also meets the prince of the black sea, fredricka was a mermaid and the prince, artur fell inlove with her. when thomas, the new guy at her work found out that she was a mermaid found out that she was a mermaid he fell inlove with her. at the end i predict that she will live in the ocean with the prince but she will also live in land with thomas.
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very quick to read. Fred the Mermaid very similar to later characters that MJD creates. Brain candy :)
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More fun from MaryJanice Davidson. I love how her heroine doesn't go for all the traditional romantic stereotypes and darned well makes sure even the laddies vying for her attention help her get stuff done. It's a entertaining light read, but don't expect anything too deep out of this one. (*groan* there are so many puns I could make...)
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the front of the book, MJD thanks her editor for keeping Sleeping with the Fishes from being "Betsy with fins" by suggesting the switch to third-person. But the truth is, you know what you're getting with a contemporary paranormal romance by MaryJanice Davidson, and you either like it or you don't. She has a very distinct voice that carries through regardless of the series (though her romantica does have a definitely different tone), and her heroines tend to have similar wisecracking voices.In Sleeping with the Fishes, Fred is half-mermaid, and her life has just become way too exciting. It starts with her walking in on her parents having sex, which, even for a grown-up, is just too icky to contemplate. Then in short order, a mer-prince arrives and announces she's his queen; she gets a new mermaid-Barbie-clone intern; the fish at the aquarium where she works are on a hunger strike, demanding she play the Pet Shop Boys for them; a hunky new marine biologist arrives and actually sees that her hair is green, not the blue most people see... oh, and someone's dumping waste in the harbor.It's a fun, fast read, full of humor and one-liners.... if I Love Lucy had fins, this would be the novel version. I'm looking forward to seeing these characters again.
sunfi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A unique book in the genre of mystical beings, I can honestly say I've never read a book about a half woman, half mermaid. Think of the movie Splash with an environmental twist to it. The main character (Fred) works as a marine biologist and works to uncover the cause of the toxins in the Bay where she lives. It was a quick read and original. Fred seems to have a little more depth and thought behind her than some of other of the characters from other books the author has written. If your looking for something quick, they won't necessarily fill you up or leave you thinking about it for days, this might be the one for you.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. A lot. I read the complaints about it on here and I have to agree the plot was a little forced and the bad guy was a little unbelievable. But I know I read MJD for the dialougue mostly. I love the paranormal genre. I read lots of 'dark' vampire series/were type series. With MJD I know I get something different and thats what I like about it. Yes, I hope that the plots become more detailed. I'd love to see Fred have to go back to the Dark Sea w/ Arthur and 'see' how he lives. Tons of potential here. Far too much to give up on just yet. I for one, can't wait to read more about Fred and her friends.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Un... Series of books. I like them. Not the best written, or the deepest characters around, but there is a charm to those books. Unfortunately, this book by the same author held none of the fun loving, cuteness that I liked in her other series. Fred was annoying, and for a marine biologists, not very knowledgeable. Her gay best friend (er, make that metrosexual) spent more time mooning over Fred's boss rather than doing whatever he did. And the suitors - the merman was an idiot, the good look male marine biologist had a good begining, but it all went downhill once Love got in the way. These people seem to get paid to do nothing but stare at each other with starry eyes. This book seems to be missing all the things I liked about her Undead series, while reusing the same characters in a slightly different setting and making them somehow even more shallow. If you want to read a shallow, fun, feel good, fast, supernatural urban romance, go with the Undead and Unwed (Queen Betsy, Book 1), it at least has a queen who cares.
youthfulzombie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light and fun, a great quick read.
Antares1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson is an extremely quick read. I finished the book in one day. Mermaid Fred has to find out what is threatening Boston Harbor. Along to help her are fellow Marine Biologist, Thomas, and Artur, prince of the seafolk. I really didn't find Fred to be a character I could relate to. She's extremely cranky, self-centered and quite obtuse at times. I found the side story about her best friend and her boss to be more entertaining. The author has an interesting take on the tale of the mermaid though. I give her credit for that. I'm not sure if I'll follow along with the further adventures of Fred. I know the next book has come out, but I didn't find either of Fred's suitors to be all that interesting. Although both are described as exceedingly handsome, both seemed extremely arrogant. I didn't see much in their characterizations to find either endearing.Although the character of Fred has a lot of similarities with Betsy, MJD's heroine of her Undead series. I find Betsy to be more humorous in her self-centered shallowness.
randlejl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute little novel. Suggested by a long misplaced book review. Like candy, good every once and awhile but not part of a balanced diet. Finished it in an afternoon.
lalawe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute. A good idea, but awful execution. Fred was totally unlikable, her love interests were just bland, and her boss and metro (but not gay - hah! biggest twist in the book) friend were thrown in simply so there could be a sex scene. The author mentions in the acknowledgments that she had to rewrite the book from first to third person because otherwise the main character sounded like "Betsy with fins". I like Betsy, but just couldn't like Fred.
shinebaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not good. This wasn't the worst book I've ever read, I was able to finish it and the mermaid stuff was interesting. The plot was ridiculous however and although the little blurbs all over the cover lead me to believe that this was going to be funny. It wasn't. Not that the author wasn't trying her hardest.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very cute romance featuring a half mermaid. Very enjoyable quick read.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fred works in an Aquarium. As a human she has problems swimming but in her alternative shape, a mermaid, she can swim very well. She's trying to find out who is polluting the bay with the encouragement of a hunk of a marine biologist and a High Prince of the Black Sea. Full of the usual MaryJanice Davidson conventions and quite a quick read, I wanted to slap the characters a few times but overall it was amusing.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fredrika Bimm (Fred) is a PhD and works at the New England Aquarium. She meets her new colleague who is concerned with toxins in the New England water. Oh, yes, Fred is a mermaid. Well, technically, she is half mermaid. The mermaid prince, Artur, has also come to New England about the toxins. So the three of them, along with Fred's best friend Jonas (who has a major thing for Fred's uptight boss) tackle the toxin problem.Absolutely adorable. Although not as well fleshed out as some of her others, Davidson delivers while tackling another supernatural being. While Fred is less sweetness and light and more p*ss and vinegar than say Betsy (of the Undead series), she is no less amusing. The other characters are well fleshed and entertaining. The romance between Jonas and Dr. Barb is sweet and amusing at the same time. Loved it!
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MJD is really like the girl with the curl for me - when she's good, she's very, very, good but when she's bad, she's horrid! I really enjoy her werewolf series, where the men have the supernatural element. I realize that I don't like it when her heroines are supernatural. She creates these whiny stupid women I'm meant to identify with but I just find them annoying and don't care if they find love or not. Queen Betsy is not funny and not interesting (I realize I'm in a minority here, the vampire books are national best sellers.) So if you like the vampire books, you'll probably love this one. But if you are hestiant or find her hit and miss, then definitely give this on a miss. Confession time - I didn't finish it. The sqealing intro was enough to put me off and I skimmed and then put it down. It was that unengaging for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great, funny story. the only problem I had was that the climax of the story was over and done with within a few sentences. I still enjoyed it immensely, but that kept it from being perfect. A good book for laughs and crazy romance. The other books of the series basically had the same problems and same pluses.
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