**spoiler alert** Finished this read just a few minutes ago and am ready to move onto book #2. For now I shall reflect briefly on what I just read. At...more**spoiler alert** Finished this read just a few minutes ago and am ready to move onto book #2. For now I shall reflect briefly on what I just read. At first I did think it was moving a bit slow, 'cause it was only by about page 122 that the real "dramatic" action started. There was a lot of lead-up to that, but I didn't much mind reading about it 'cause the setting at Norcoast was interesting to read about. The description made me wish I could visit. :)
The plot in this story did send me in directions I wasn't expecting, and there were unexpected events too (such as what occurred on the Dhryn home world, and what happened with Brymn in the end) that kept surprising me. It's clear by the end of the book that the story has only just begun. I was really sad about Brymn's fate. :( Poor little puffer fish Dhryn!
The scene where the Ro attack the Dhryn home world was pretty dramatic, and I can definitely imagine it on the big screen, though I fear that fake-looking CGI would ruin the real potential of the scene to be truly epic. I like the fact that Czerneda's aliens are really and truly alien, not basically humans with slightly pointy eyebrows and ears (I'm looking at you, Star Trek), and that their worlds can be so dramatically different. For e.g., the Dhryn home world where they find an entire ocean to be inconvenient so decide to move it to their side of the world and underground. I loved how the Progenitor was housed underground. And it's pretty amazing how they designed their planet to be "collapsible". I am also very far from a biologist but even so the idea of how they destroyed all moons/other parts of their system to avoid trouble with the Ro was quite horrifying to me. But it was just common sense to them.
Anyway, I find Czerneda's world pretty fascinating and I think she's done a good job of making things unique. Now it's time to read on and find out what happens next!(less)
Czerneda sure knows how to keep a girl reading - I'm basically DYING for a proper Mac/Nik getaway here. Got to read on to find out if it ever happens....moreCzerneda sure knows how to keep a girl reading - I'm basically DYING for a proper Mac/Nik getaway here. Got to read on to find out if it ever happens. It better, 'cause if it doesn't I will have to swear off all Czerneda books forever more. ;)
I love this story. In general I really enjoy the interactions between Mac and various aliens. This time my favourite was Fourteen with his "Idiot!" and his "Irrelevant." hehe. I found myself saying "Irrelevant!" at various times in my own day to day life, for no particular reason, just 'cause it made me smile.
Nik is just plain sexy and a great hero. Whooo-boy, my imagination works overtime when anticipating what could be between those two. I love that there's an alien who has a crush on him, too. hehe
I continued to feel sad for Brymn and miss him, but I could see Parymn becoming a bit of a substitute for him. Particularly after he became the Vessel. Also, the Emily storyline was pretty darn creepy. But I really love how the book ended. :)
This book was another that took quite a while to get to the action, but I didn't really mind 'cause the whole thing kept me interested. Now, time to move onto #3.(less)
**spoiler alert** Ohhhh, I just bloody love this book and this series! Great way to end, even if at times it felt a little rushed - no wonder with how...more**spoiler alert** Ohhhh, I just bloody love this book and this series! Great way to end, even if at times it felt a little rushed - no wonder with how long the book was getting! Still, I was kind of sad that it did come to an end, even though I'm looking forward to moving onto my next book. ;)
I love the humour in this series - the Myg are so funny with their "Irrelevant!" and their "Idiot!" And the baby myg were just so adorable, even if I didn't envy anyone who got climbed on and clung to by them. hehe. Reminded me of those annoying slobbery dogs that try to lick you all over. Still, they were cute.
The Ro were a very scary enemy, for sure!
I liked how it ended, but I got the vague sense that everything fell into place a little too easily in the end. But then I remember there was plenty of death and destruction leading up to that final point. It is quite convenient that all of the main characters survived by the end. I did wonder about Mudge, but nope, he survived!
I love the world Czerneda created with this series, and I think she left this story on a note from which it could be picked up again, probably with different main characters. Though it would be sad to have no more of "NO RIBS FOR MAC / NO RIBS FOR MAC / MAC GETS PIZZA AND BEER!" I'm sure there'd be plenty of opportunity for people to be called "Idiot!" and to be told their comments were "Irrelevant!" though. hehe
In short, love it...and can envision a re-read someday in the not hugely near future (too much else to read!).(less)
I'd already read L.K. Madigan's FLASH BURNOUT and absolutely loved it, and so when I came to read THE MERMAID'S MIRROR I expected that I would enjoy i...moreI'd already read L.K. Madigan's FLASH BURNOUT and absolutely loved it, and so when I came to read THE MERMAID'S MIRROR I expected that I would enjoy it as well. I also knew, naturally, that it'd be different, since it was about mermaids and not a contemporary YA like FLASH BURNOUT. Anyway, I did enjoy the read, but I guess I prefer the style of her other novel to this one. I am fairly sure I remember that she had wished to continue with this book and make it a series, and woud have if not for her untimely passing a couple of years ago. I definitely would have read a follow-up if one had ever been released, because this story does feel incomplete. Still, her writing style didn't disappoint - she was a great writer.(less)