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The Sea Lady Hardcover – October, 2001
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About the Author
Often called the father of science fiction, British author Herbert George (H. G.) Wells literary works are notable for being some of the first titles of the science fiction genre, and include such famed titles as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man. Despite being fixedly associated with science fiction, Wells wrote extensively in other genres and on many subjects, including history, society and politics, and was heavily influenced by Darwinism. His first book, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought, offered predictions about what technology and society would look like in the year 2000, many of which have proven accurate. Wells went on to pen over fifty novels, numerous non-fiction books, and dozens of short stories. His legacy has had an overwhelming influence on science fiction, popular culture, and even on technological and scientific innovation. Wells died in 1946 at the age of 79. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Her motives are not quite clear; nor are her intentions of what she plans to do with the young man after she gets him, since she lives beneath the sea. After the first meeting, and all during the first half of the book we meet a lot of characters and hear a lot of gossip, but the mermaid plays little part in it. In fact, in some chapters she isn't mentioned at all.
The second half of the story gets back to the mermaid and, with strong sexual overtones, investigates her motives as she selects her target and uses her charms to pull him away from his current lady friend. Here the story changes subtly, and begins to have a "Twilight-Zoneish" feel about it. The second half of the book pulled me in, and during the last quarter of it I couldn't put it down.
It finishes beautifully. The writing is superb. Wells's talent is very obvious here, with some of the best writing he ever did, but some readers find the story too inconsequential and tedious. I started with that impression, but it changed after I was into the second part of it. In my opinion, had the first half been drastically trimmed in order to get more quickly to the middle, it would have been an outstanding story.
Anyway....this was a really interesting little story. Set during 1899, a proper English family takes in a mermaid and passes her off as human. It's rather humorous how they react to her and she reacts to them and being on land. The whole time, I'm thinking that she's got to be up to something unsavory and I can't wait to read more to find out why she really came to shore and what will happen with the people who have befriended her.
The whole story is told by a narrator who has his "facts" second and even third hand from "eyewitnesses." I've never read a story quite like that. The language was a little difficult to understand, sometimes, but nothing too difficult. I'm afraid of giving away too much, so I'll stop there. If you like mermaids, and light reading with a small touch of mystery, then I recommend this book.
This really should be better known. It came during the masters peak period between 1895 and 1905. Place this with the best of his work.
I could not finish it.
another star because it's fun and humorous
on star because it's free