Rolling in the Deep Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Rae Carson is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, she now lives in Arizona with her husband.
Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula Award-winning author Seanan McGuire.
John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, and the Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic graphic novel collections from Marvel, among many other novels and comics. A comics industry analyst, he lives in Wisconsin with his wife, their two children, and far too many comic books. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From the Inside Flap
- ASIN : B00VR2L60S
- Publisher : Subterranean Press (April 6, 2015)
- Publication date : April 6, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 640 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 104 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #245,397 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this story of the first expedition to the Mariana Trench aboard the SS Atargatis in search of elusive mermaids. The book is super. I truly enjoy Mira Grant's books.
One thing I forgot to mention in my review of the book and that also appears in this prequel is the admirable handling of deaf characters. Both the prequel and the book have different deaf characters and the prequel has some other characters with different disabilities and author Grant does a wonderful job telling their stories.
I am hoping this will be another series.
The story is broken down into five sections, each prefaced with a transcript from a documentary about the Atargatis and its missing crew, warning viewers about the footage they are about see...err, read. Whatever. Roughly the first three-quarters of the book are devoted to the various passengers, mostly the ship's captain, the documentary film crew, and the scientists. This is a quick, breezy read, paced well enough to hit the approximate run-time of a longer found-footage flick.
The downside to this, though, is that readers are not given much time to really get to know the people aboard the Atargatis or to really get into anybody's head. Thanks to the rules of found footage stories and the various documentarian notes coming up at regular intermissions, we know perfectly well that the fate of these men and women are sealed. Unfortunately, we're not given an opportunity to really get attached to any of these people, despite the slow burn toward the big finish. But that finish itself? Oh boy, does it ever get going; the mayhem really kicks things up a notch.
Besides the violent, frenetic climax, the thing I most appreciated about Rolling in the Deep was Mira Grant's focus on the science. She's an author who can take mythological premises like mermaids, or horror staples like zombies in her Newsflesh series, and give them enough scientific credibility to make it plausible. Here, we get plenty of discussion of how mermaids would be evolutionarily credible in light of things we already know about deep sea life (the use of bioluminescence and symbiosis in attracting prey, for instance). Personally, I love Grant's knack for taking what might otherwise be little more than a riff on B-movie horror tropes and elevating them with scientific rigor, grounding all that face-ripping, throat-tearing goodness in a measured bit of reality. By the time the monsters make their grand entrance, we're all but primed to accept their existence and welcome them into the world with arms spread wide.
Oh man oh man oh man oh man this was SO GOOD. I've basically realized I will be buying and reading anything Seanan McGuire ever writes in any pen name, but this was the first Mira Grant book I've gotten too, and it DEFINITELY won't be the last. I'm actually getting the sequel set up and ready to listen via audio as we speak LOL. But yeah, such a fun read with a great framing device in the mockumentery script around the story itself, and I loved how grounded in real science the mermaid concept was. I'm honestly a little bit in shock at how much I enjoyed it. Not THAT I enjoyed it, mind, but occasionally novellas leave me hanging or feel like the pacing is a bit off. But this flowed so so well, and knowing that I have a full length novel waiting for me is just *chef's kiss*.
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Und habe es, möchte ich hinzufügen, keine Sekunde lang bereut. Auch hier spielt Grant zwei ihrer größten Stärken aus - wunderbar dreidimensionale Figuren und exzellente Recherche. Ja, sie schreibt über Mythen - aber auf einem profundem Fundament aus Fakten. Ich zumindest werd mich mich vermutlich beim nächsten Tauchurlaub dabei ertappen werde, mir in der Tiefe immer wieder nervös um mich schauen und drauf zu warten, dass jemand meinen Blick erwidert.