Yes, there was some really weird stuff in there, but I've found it to be quite philosophical in an existientialist manner and also rather heartbreaking. I know people either love it or hate it, and I'm more on the love-it side. 📚📓📒🌊 #merman #summerread
Lucy is a 38 yo graduate student studying Sappho when she breaks up with her fiancé. To get away, she dog sits for her sister in Venice Beach. She is constantly looking for true love, but doesn‘t really seem to know what it is. While the details of this story are unique, the themes are pretty well worn-finding true love vs lust, loving yourself first, and being comfortable without having a SO. The writing is frank, often crass, but fresh. 3⭐️
Well, that was weird...but I liked it...I think. It was sad, but also funny and insightful...and God, this thing is really impossible to review. I guess all I can say is that I liked it, and will never be able to explain why. I‘m sorry, that is probably not at all helpful.
Wtf did I just read? I‘m genuinely unsure whether this is the best book I‘ve ever read or the worst book I‘ve ever read. Either way, I loved reading, or hate-reading this outrageous novel. It‘s at times, trashy, pulpy and gratuitous, at others serious and tragic. It‘s absurd, and confusing. It‘s definitely pretentious. But it was a bewildering, hilarious, bizarre reading experience.
Next up from the #womensprize long list...apparently there‘s fish sex in it 🤷🏻♀️🎉
I've seen a few reviews of this book describing the mc as unlikable, but, in all honesty, I saw a lot of myself in this book. It is a pretty accurate portrait of someone who becomes consumed by love (or "love") in an attempt to fill an unfillable hole inside (and illustrates the reason I now choose to remain single). I've never seen this aspect of myself portrayed so honestly, to the point of almost being unnerving. That being said...?
This book is batsh*t crazy. I kinda loved it.
If you‘ve ever wondered what (very graphic) sex with a merman would be like, can stomach upsetting animal neglect, and don‘t mind an obsessive, completely unlikeable main character, this may be the book for you. Also, must tolerate weirdness and aforementioned graphic sex that is not at all sexy.
Otherwise, you should probably keep scrolling. Nothing to see here. 😂
A wildly intriguing novel w real depth of heart to it, despite the seemingly flippant premise. Broder presents a heroine who is both cringe-worthy and desperately appealing; when she meets her merman, it's impossible to tell if the creature is real or a manifestation of her need. But Lucy believes in him, and her desire to be wanted leads her someplace far less magical -- and it's that which moves novel from flippant to disturbing and sobering.
I wouldn‘t have read this if it wasn‘t longlisted for the #womensprize. It just didn‘t appeal to me & I was right in thinking that. I didn‘t hate reading it and I liked the humour, but Lucy annoyed the hell out of me & I just didn‘t get the whole merman thing. I think I get what the author was aiming for but it didn‘t work for me. The more I think about it the more I dislike it 😂🤷♀️
What the Fish was that about??? On the Women‘s Prize Longlist- huh??? My #NashvillePosse know I have a limit- this was unnecessary! If you think you will enjoy merman sex this is the read for you- along with sex and drug addiction, destructive interpersonal behaviors, abusing the poor dog🤬, lots of suicide attempts and scenes dragging a merman across the sand to get him to your sister‘s white (yes that matters) couch. Not for me🧜🏻♂️!
One of the shorter books from the Women's Prize for Fiction, The Pisces is about obsession and the lengths Lucy will go in pursuit of love. From a stalled PhD to a love-obsession support group to a bizarre surfer she encounters at the beach, there are a lot of memorable moments, but more in the "oh god this is uncomfortable and terrible" kind of way. ⤵️
Most #bookish people have like a tbr shelf or cart where they line up the books they most want to read next. I have a weird amount of wicker baskets that I've inherited, so I decided to clean one up and use that to line up the books I want to read this month 😍📖🧜
#Bookstagram #MountTBR #Litsburgh #PGHReads #TBR #SpringReads #BookWork #BookBasket #Pisces #PiscesSeason
NOOOOOPE. I was looking forward to this book so much and it was not.... it was not what I wanted at all. Uh, it was not my cup of tea. It was bad. I read a good chunk and then, kind of fed up, I decided to skim a bit to see if the rest would be worth reading. Nope.
🔴 MINOR SPOILER 🔴 Warning for animal cruelty, I wish I hadn‘t read what I did, honestly, considering the ending
I never would have picked this up if not for Litsy. A spot-on description of the anguish that accompanies sex & love addiction, which afflicts both men & women & is often the result of neglect or loss. Doesn‘t matter to the MC —- or to the reader — if the mythical Merman is real or imaginary. Her obsessive quest for him is all-consuming & comes at great personal cost. Very sexual but too much despair for it to be at all sexy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘No one really wanted satiety. It was the prospect of satiety — the excitement around the notion that we could ever be satisfied — that kept us going. But if you were ever actually satisfied it wouldn‘t be satisfaction. You would just get hungry for something else. The only way to maybe have satisfaction would be to accept the nothingness and not try to put anyone else in it.‘ This.
Well that was just... truly, truly bizarre. I guess you could file this as an unconventional romance with what I can only assume is an underlying message about mental health? I was entertained enough. At least until she proved herself to be a HORRIBLE dogsitter.
If you've ever wondered about the technicalities of sex with a merman (in graphic detail) and aren't much of a dog person, this might do it for you. Major Shape of Water vibes 🧜🏻♂️
If you saw The Shape of Water last year and were wondering about the mechanics of sex with a fish monster, then this is the book for you. A weird little love story! I really enjoyed it. But the sex scenes were pretty graphic so maybe skip if that‘s not your thing.
A friend's review so completely mirrors my own thoughts- "This book is NOT for everyone... it does have a great message if you can get past the merman, and the graphic sex, and the overall oddity of the plot. I do not see myself as a prude or someone who can be bothered by crude descriptions of sexual acts... If you are looking for something strange this could be a good choice. If graphic sex is not your thing... this is not for you." -J.Hullinger
This is my #WinterBreakStack - at least for now, it changes with my mood! Also down at the bottom, hoping to keep up with my dream journal a little better when I don‘t have to rush out in the morning 😊 @BookaholicNatty
I can‘t say that I really disliked the book although I didn‘t like it either, especially Lucy. The whole experience was like watching a train wreck albeit a really odd train wreck.
I also wasn‘t a fan of the narration, which was done by the author. Her inflections kept reminding me of how the characters in the Peanut cartoons talk (excluding the adults).
However, I am pretty sure this story will stick with me (not sure if that is good or bad).
I'm gonna be honest, I picked this up primarily for the cover and the promise of graphic merman sex. It delivered on that promise.
And I liked the weirdness of this tale, the touch of magical realism. I was hooked enough to read to the end, although kind of like watching a car crash that you see coming a mile off. But overall, I found the writing to be somewhat repetitive and pseudo intellectual. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. 🌟🌟🌟
After seeing all the buzz and mixed reviews surrounding this novel, I had to pick it up for myself. I am pleasantly surprised to say that this is one of the best books I‘ve read this year. The allegory of longing, pain, and depression lives in the main character‘s pursuit of relationships. This book is funny, tender, and heart wrenching near the end. Surprised to say this was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me. Seriously captivating.
At the start of this book, I really identified with the character. Spiraling into a depression after the end of a long term relationship. It seemed she had a somewhat obsessive personality, which was self destructive at times. This part was approached with humor and sarcasm which I enjoyed. Then enter the merman erotica. Her obsessive nature finds a focus which is also destructive, there could not be a wronger choice for romance than a merman. ⬇️
First book checked out with my fresh new library card. #currentlyreading
I was skeptical of this one because of its similarities to The Shape of Water...but it's not often I get lost in reading a book of fiction, and this one fully-captivated me. It speaks to those of us who have found ourselves addicted to love - or the inability of others to love us in the way we desire (there are definitely triggers here for codependents) - and I found myself relating to the protagonist's feelings at every turn.
I enjoyed this less as it went on. Although a lot of the phrases about depression struck me (in a good way) and were very funny, as the novel progressed I was frustrated w/ the heroine. I get that in a patriarchal world obsessive relationships with men that define your self-worth can happen in the face of depression, but I don't want to read about it? I also didn't feel like the fantastical element (falling in love with a merman) added anything.
I really liked this book. I do see why some people didn‘t like it cause it was very weird and very explicit but I adored it, it was somehow both profound and icky and sad and very funny. I thought the symbolism was good at not being clunky and feeling like GCSE English, and the focus on sex felt like the plot merited it rather than the writer just trying to be shocking
If you have to like the main character, or if uncouth terms for certain body parts put you over the edge, or very bluntly worded yet super graphic acts between people of the opposite sex makes you squeamish, this book is NOT FOR YOU. Because I can read about stuff with an 'in one ear, out the other' kind of mentality and don't need to like the characters, I liked this book. I found the humor/sarcasm the author was going for and really enjoyed it.
This was... not my cup of tea. Melissa Broder had some interesting and occasionally lovely things to say about depression and obsession but at the end of the day the very visceral grossness included throughout was too much for me. I get that it was part of the point but I didn‘t enjoy it one bit.
"I don't know that we are ever really okay in life. But there are times when we feel closer to it. When we don't remember what it feels like to suffer. During these times we are moving forward in the void, forgetting we are going nowhere, so the void feels less daunting."
I am finding this book very quotable.