- File Size: 101713 KB
- Print Length: 40 pages
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073ZL356L
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mermaid [Kindle in Motion] (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Mermaid is a short story which will take you about a half hour to read. It tells the story of Hope Payne, a young woman who once was a mermaid at a theme park. She used to put on a mermaid costume and swim around in a big tank, while families watched her from the other side of the glass. Everything has changed now and when her husband Nick wants to turn their backyard pool into an aquarium for his flounder study, Hope will discover what it takes to "swim again."
As a former English Literature major, I appreciate the amount of thought and feeling Jodi Picoult has managed to incorporate into such a short story! This short story is best read and enjoyed if you think about the parallels between the stories since it jumps around from the past to the present. I think it will make a lot more sense if you go into it thinking that way. Don't worry though; it won't require a lot of analysis, just enough to bring a deeper meaning to the story! I, for one, nearly wept when I read this because I can relate to Hope on her journey of learning to "swim again."
I read this on my Kindle Oasis and, with that device, it will look just like any other Kindle book. I also have the Amazon Kindle reading app on my phone and I read through it on there so I was able to experience the Kindle in Motion special effects. They are so cool and fun! If you have any of the Kindle Fires and Kindle reading apps, you shouldn't have any problems reading this story while simultaneously experiencing the special effects. If you love Jodi Picoult's books, I recommend checking this single out!
Yeah, my decision making skills aren't winning any prizes, but I knew for a fact I'd be able to say: I've read worse.
Which is true. I have definitely read worse.
You may recognize this as "not exactly a rave review."
I think part of the problem is presentation. A book called "Mermaid," with moving pictures being one of its big draws, half its advertising campaign at least--it invites a certain expectation of whimsy. Maybe dark whimsy, but still something inherently whimsical. This novella is more like the embodiment of everything anti-whimsy. Which is odd because it doesn't seem like that was the goal. The problem is, I don't know what the goal was. It felt like a half-finished thought wandering across the pages, an idea that didn't get finished. The ending leaves you wanting and unfulfilled, and the entire novella (it's short enough calling it a book would physically pain me) is oddly incomplete. Like you're not even getting half the story; you're getting a glimpse through a crack in the fence, using binoculars, to see the very edge of the story. Like dipping your toes in but just hovering them right above the water instead.
Hope is an apparently "troubled" young woman who worked as a mermaid at what sounds like Weekiwachi (Florida). She married a man she maybe loved, had a miscarriage, and wound up seeing the psychologist she clearly needed long before this. And the story villifies--everything, honestly. Psychiatric help was apparently less than useless, but no one else is helping either. I wound up just wanting to kick her husband in the face and let her keep feeding the pool. Except it wanted to eat her for unknown reasons, and was possibly the fetus Hope showed no signs of wanting?
I saw it called disturbing but I disagree. It felt like it wanted to be disturbing. Instead it said fetuses are fully sentient at the size of "a kumquat" (when evidently they also have all their limbs and whatnot instead of looking like a weird little alien worm) and...not much else. Hope's entire character appears to be "sad person." Nick's character is "angry guy." The pool is just weird. Everything about this is weird. I was going to give this three stars but I changed my mind because the more I think about it the more baffled I am by it. It's like one of those artistic films that insist they're very meaningful and if you disagree it's because you "don't get it."
The only good thing I can really say about this is the "kindle in motion" aspects were fairly fun. I think they could use some fiddling (the clips should automatically repeat, or be able to be set so that they do; the transition from pages with pictures to without could be smoothed a lot; other nitpicks from an artistic standpoint) but I like it on theory and hope to see more of it.
But the book itself? A resounding "eh."
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