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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,763 ratings  ·  1,105 reviews
When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.

They didn't expect actual mermaid
Hardcover, 123 pages
Published April 6th 2015 by Subterranean Press
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Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If this was a hoax, it was one of the largest in living memory.

oh, mira grant - is there nothing you can't do? i know there was a time, after the glut of post-Twilight vampire knock-off books ran their course through the publishing world, that mermaids seemed to be trying to elbow in to become the new trend. and i know that some of these depicted mermaids as really fierce and badass instead of the traditional pretty ladies in shell bikini tops. i didn't read any of those, but i knew they existed
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"If this was a hoax, it was one of the largest in living memory."

^ I know multiple reviews have started off with this quote, but it's only because it is simply the perfect segue into what might be my favorite novella of 2017. That said, can we just fangirl over every aspect of this book real quick? The cover? AHHHH Mermaids that aren't overtly sexualized or used as a plot device solely for male pleasure? YES PLEASE. Mermaids used in a horror storyline where they are the predators and no one is
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Grant. Mira, not Peter.
Recommended to carol. by: me. Cuz I'm gullible.
My success with Into the Drowning Deep led me to this novella and nominal prequel. Sadly, this feels more like the Seanan McGuire I am familiar with; the one with the uneven tone, nominal characterization and tendency towards over-telling. With the Incryptid series, Grant did a number of related short stories and novellas that ranged both in time and in tone from the relative frivolity of the full-length books, and I can see the similarities here. This was most likely created before Into the Dro ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, horror
Okay, let’s just go ahead and get it over with. You know, that thing that popped into your head as soon as you saw this title. That thing that won’t get out of your head until you give in to it. Don’t play coy with me. You know exactly what I’m talking about. And you know what you have to do.


Got that out of your system? Good, me too.

Now, onto the review.

“We may never know how much of the footage from the SS Atargatis was faked, or how much of it was real. What we do know is that non
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💀 This Better Be as Deliciously Horrific as it Sounds MacHaloistic Buddy Read (TBBaDHaiSMBD™). With the MacHalos. Duh 💀

This novella in a nutshell:
✘ No suspense
✘ No horror
✘ PG-13 gore
✘ Total boredom

What joy.

Nothing (as in absolutely NOTHING) happens before the 50% mark. 70% of this story revolves around the many (as in too bloody MANY) uninteresting characters and their job descriptions (but hey, at least now I know what a phycologist is). 5% of this story is about the mermaids that don't horri
A lot of people are talking about the live action version of The Little Mermaid, but I think we should all get behind this version instead: freaky killer mermaids. While not particularly gruesome (by Karin Slaughter standards anyways), this little novella seriously gave me nightmares primarily because I listened to the audiobook late at night before going to bed. Let's just say when the mermaids finally talk, it's not the same warm and fuzzy feeling as you get listening to the catchy tune of "Un ...more
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Inside of a day, the Atargatis disrupted the local ecosystem with vibrations, minor but unavoidable pollutants, scientific testing and sampling, and human bodies, bringing with them the chemical taint of modern life.
If there was anything at all in those waters, it was inevitable that it would be found.

Rolling in the Deep was like seeing Mermaids: The Body Found . The story begins with an excerpt from a documentary made by the TV channel Imagine Network about the mysterious
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
Good clean fun.

It's horror in all the grand traditions. Want B-Movie sensibilities? Check. Want monstrous mermaids? Check. Want a Sy-Fi film crew staging a mermaid expedition to get torn apart by the real thing? Check.

Did I say Sy-Fi? I mean Imagine Network. Sorry. I didn't mean to make any disparagements. We're NOT trying to make a statement about anything. Truly. This is just a good clean horror, all fun, no message. Really. We certainly don't want to ruin our chances to get a made-for-tv movi
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]


RTC when I can stop reeling from how obsessed I am with this novella now
Seanan McGuire (pen name: Mira Grant) + horror + mythological creatures = must read. Duh.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a treat!

Rating, 4.5

“If there was anything at all in those waters, it was inevitable that it would be found.”


The TV channel Imagine Network specialized in B- horror movies, commissions for their "documentary block" a feature about mermaids. No money is spared for this big project. The goal of the expedition to find a definite proof... are mermaids real or just a myth. The preparations are hush hush, and in the end, it is arranged for the cruise ship Atargatis to transport to the Mariana
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice short story about what happened on the Atargatis, a ship dispatched by a TV station in order to find proof for the existance of mermaids. It is revealed right off the bat that nobody made it back, everyone died. How, that is the fun part. *lol* What happens here is also what prompts the events in the novel that I will be starting to read tomorrow.

The characters range from desperate scientists that would do anything to get money for their stiudies and gritty seafaring crew to colourfu
Elle (ellexamines)
Kevin had already shot almost an hour of footage of nothing but ocean, filling his lens with that sweeping vista in an attempt to capture its enormity and reduce it to something that he could comprehend. He didn’t see doing both at once as any sort of a contradiction.

This novella is seriously messed up. And oh boy, it's terrifying. Did I mention that? I'm sorry, but it creeped the shit out of me.

The thing that's so terrifying about this novella is how weirdly plausible it seems. Despite the
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Tantor Audio for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I got to get my copy signed!
and this is why I don't swim in any body of water that i cannot see the bottom of
btw, that's real algae in the picture. it was slimy and disgusting and i almost gagged while taking this picture

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Paige  Bookdragon

So bloody brilliant.

I love Mira Grant. I love her Newsflesh series and when I saw this book, I immediately want to read it. I mean, Mira Grant and mermaids combined? This is like the combination of Christmas, my early birthday party, my on-the-day-birthday party and late-birthday party!I totally dig it!


This is not a romance story. This is a thrilling story of an expedition gone wrong. It's a short story and I wouldn't change any of it for all the chocolates in the world. It was
Tyler J Gray
Actual Rating: 4.25

I really enjoyed this prequel! It's short and it's horror with mermaids.

I really liked how there was casual diversity. There is a deaf character, a gay couple, and disabled people in wheelchairs that are also mermaids (performing mermaids). While I am not deaf or gay (though I am disabled and have a wheelchair) I loved how everything was done. It was pretty casual but it was there and mentioned. And frankly i'm all here for casual diversity because people don't need a reason t
Renee Godding
Jul 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
1/5 stars

Well... That was a huge disappointment...

I picked up Rolling in the Deep on audio on a complete whim, and kind of regret doing so: man was I disappointed in this. Rolling in the Deep follows a film crew shooting a mockumentary on mermaids hiding deep within the Mariana Trench. They come fully prepared, bringing everything from a group of actresses to play the mermaids to a biologist who is willing to twist the truth a little to fit the documentary’s narrative. What they didn’t come pr
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Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I am terrified of deep water so bear that in mind while you're reading this. Rolling in the Deep is as hair-raising as I thought it would be considering the setting.

There are no secrets in this story. The first thing you realize is that none of the people this story is about is coming back from their expedition. The second is that whatever happened to them was no accident.

Later, the network that paid for the Atargatis research expedition made a documentary about it. Rolling in the Deep is writ
Caro the Helmet Lady
Easily predictable, since it predicts itself on the first page, haha. Sort of fun read, if you don't try to turn on your logical thinking. "Why so much effort?" I wish to ask. Not that bad in general, but I would prefer it as a movie though. ...more
Milda Page Runner
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I liked it especially the ending (last 20%), but I can't help thinking it could have been much better. I question authors decision to tell right at the beginning that there are no survivors. Takes away the suspense. Makes introducing long cast of characters a bit pointless.
Part of the horror is not knowing what is going to happen. Anticipating something bad and worrying for the characters you like. Part of the fun is trying to figure out who is the sensible one and will survive against the odds.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read, novella
A nice little piece of ocean-going horror from Mira Grant. I preferred this to her other recent horror novella Final Girls. I'm definitely interested in reading the upcoming novel, Into the Drowning Deep. ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before I get to the review, there is something to know about me - I am afraid of deep water. If I cannot see the bottom and what exactly is beneath me I am not going into the water. NEVER. EVER. As soon as I feel something brushing my leg I turn into an olympic swimmer in terms of speed because I am just so freaked out and stop caring whether my arms cramp or not, my only goal is to reach the shore in one piece. But to be honest, I am not quite fond of lakes, seas and oceans either way. So the m ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rolling In The Deep by Adele played repeatedly in my head when I started reading this.

Despite the absence of romance, Rolling In The Deep (the book) should be read by anyone who loves girl power as this book featured such trope.

Jovanie Seghers - The Atargatis Ship Captain
A respectable captain, strong minded, respectful towards her cabin crew and anyone on board of her ship.
Anne Stewart - Web Correspondent
Alexandra MacMillan - Head of the Chemical Analysis Team
Jill Hale - Deep-sea Cartographer
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2018
3.8* (yes, I’m being picky)

I haven’t read much from Mira Grant/Sean McGuire, mainly the excellent Wayward Children novella series and Final Girls. Horror is not my most favourite genre but I do dip in those waters from time to time, especially when a story sounds too good to miss. Into the Drowning Deep featuring predatorial mermaids is one of those but before jumping straight into that one, I thought I had better start with the prequel.

From the very beginning, the author reveals the fate of all
Erin (PT)
There's a lot of discussion in SFF fandom right now about whether SFF can be both inclusive and FUN, and though people largely seem to have their minds made up, a part of me wants to go to them and ask, "Have you read Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant?" Because for all the other things that she does with her books, they are always FUN.

Rolling in the Deep is definitely a straight-up horror novella, so obviously my definition of "fun" varies, but there's something both classic and delightful about the se
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Simple, but fun story.

A crew of scientists and tv-people are setting sail for the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary about mermaids. And they get more than they bargained for.

The End.


Of course this is only the prequel to Into the Drowning Deep, to which I’m listening right now.

Killer mermaids FTW!

Seriously, the whole story is in the book description here. It’s short, it’s nasty, it’s fun. Let’s see if the latter two also apply to the novel.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining novella, but considering the nerdishly-delicious premise, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I’d hoped. Here are a couple flaws I found with the book:

1. There were too many characters for such a short tale. It seems like the author wanted to create an ensemble cast, but there just wasn’t enough story length to properly develop them; as a result, the characters mostly felt flat and I couldn’t really get attached to any of them.

2. Considering we are told from the very be
It felt like I was reading nonfiction. There was no emotion. The events were described. It didn't feel like things were presently happening. Since the outcome was known from the beginning there was no suspense at all. This is one of the most boring horror novels ever! It was not necessary to have so many characters in a novella especially when they had no personality at all. It didn't matter that I couldn't keep track of all of them because their jobs and relationships with the other characters ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
For a short thing it took me awfully long to finish it.

The first part, well the majority of the novella, is slow, which is the reason I've been reading it for ten days, but the last 10%... wow, all the horror and gore I wanted since the beginning finally appeared. Sadly, everything is too short and happens so fast. I didn't care for any of the characters (yeah I knew they are all going to die but that’s not the point), there were too many of them and I couldn't keep track who was who. It’s too s
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
As a huge fan of Into the Drowning Deep I was so excited to finally read the novella that inspired the full length novel when it became available to me as an audiobook. You definitely do not need to read this prequel before reading the novel so you could read the stories in either order. As always, Mira Grant includes well developed, diverse characters. This story featured a deaf man as well as a woman in a wheelchair. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves science fict
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp C

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