Swimming without a Net (Fred the Mermaid Series #2)

Swimming without a Net (Fred the Mermaid Series #2)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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ISBN-13: 9780515143812
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Series: Fred the Mermaid Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,328,230
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(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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Swimming Without a Net 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fred Bimm trilogy is a hoot. A very original take on the traditional mermaid. Funny and sarcastic. Too bad about no more books in the series, but the story stands well as a trilogy; no need to sequalize it infinitely. Maybe we'll see Fred in a few short stories. Not a serious read, but fun and entertaining.
sunfi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A continuation of the Fred the Mermaid story. This one doesn't have the same environmental message as the previous one, instead it has more of a moral one. Can humans accept other species and not dominate those that are different, but live as equals? It is an interesting questions, I really don't think that a lot of folks can. Maybe that is all ingrained in either being a human or being an American. Aside from this underlying theme, it was a quick little read, without a lot of depth.
CozyLover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast, fun read with lots of wise-cracks and enough sexual tension to keep things interesting. Fred is still snarky, pig headed and can't make up her mind, but incredibly likeable in spite of all that. Jonas, Dr. Barb and their love fest were sickening at times but the book wouldn't of been the same without them. The addition of a few new characters and the brining back of some who made an appearance in the first book kept things interesting. Although not great plot wise the book is still a good read, especially if you've read the first one and wanted to know where things would lead. The ending left no doubt that a third mermaid book will be forthcoming. Good news for fans of this fantasy fiction series!
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, although the 3rd book was the best for me. This book just seemed to be the same thing... Fred going between Arthur and Thomas. The language was a little much too.
eesti23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Swimming Without a Net is the second book in a three part series about Fred, the mermaid. Fred is no ordinary mermaid but a hybrid with green hair and enjoys her life on land. In fact it was only recently that she learned anything about her fellow 'Underwater Folk' when Prince Artur of the Black Seas paid her visit and professed his undying love for her. Now Artur is back, inviting her to an underwater meeting with more than one surprise in store. Fred's trip to the Cayman Islands is anything but relaxing especially with her best friend Jonas and Thomas, the mermaid fanatic swimming along.Swimming Without a Net is an enjoyable read. It does drag along a little bit in parts and the unexpected visitor half-way through the stay is a little less than unexpected. However, there are still laugh out loud moments and the build-up, stemming from Fred making a major decision, to read book three in the series is certainly enticing.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like Fred. I love the ocean folk plot. I want to see this amazingly intriguing idea fleshed out into a real novel you can 'dive' into. If feels too much like reading a Young Adult novel with a bunch of swear words thrown in. I think maybe, MJD is trying to churn out too many books a year
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on these books: I enjoyed reading them, but I don't think I'd find it worthwhile if I wasn't a mermaid fan. On the negative side, I get rather tired of the characters' potty mouths. Oh yes, I scream expletives from time to time, but they aren't regular vocabulary works. Oh, it's funny when Mekkam, the King of the Undersea Folk, fan of an HBO series, thinks that talking like the characters is correct behavior, but I feel about the normal vocabulary of most of the characters like they feel about his m--f--s. On the good side, I found the writing clever and funny and I was consistently entertained. Her characters are not subtle and deep, but I really enjoy their company, although I occasionally want to shake them. The romance tends to be extremely sweet, and except for the opening scene of the first book (which almost made me put it down) isn't overly graphic. I will definitely get the third book, although I don't think I've become such a fan as to read the vampire series. I do hope that the author clears her dedications with the honorees, otherwise, yes, she might be sharing a little too much.
Franny-chan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, believe it or not, was by far the best plot of the series... that's not saying it's a master piece because in reality it is not far from it. Unlike the rest of the series this book had a resemblance of a flowing plot and some intrigue but like the others it lacked execution. The introduction of new characters was refreshing to the over abused characters and plot that seems to revolve around Fred and the two guys that have fallen in instant love over her un-charismatic and cranky character. Fred the mermaid is not the easiest character to relate too and it makes reading this series quite difficult.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute follow-up to the first book. In this instance Fred heads off to the Cayman Islands for a conference of mermaids trying to decide if they want to go public with their existence. Fred has to decide if she wants Thomas or Prince Artur.
sciezka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to Sleeping with the Fishes. I was a bit surprised at the state of Thomas' and Fred's relationship at the start of the book. The ending was somewhat pessimistic and open-ended. But the story was enjoyable, and had a few laugh-out-loud moments. Great quick read--exactly what I expect from MJ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Betsy
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