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Priddy’s Tale

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  136 reviews
What doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had…

Priddy’s a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don’t get to see. He’s young, sweet-natured and gorgeous, but that’s not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.

He’s a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn’t his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightc
ebook, 159 pages
Published June 20th 2016 by FoxTales Publications
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Audiobook - 5 stars

Story - 4.35 stars

I went into this one blind. I honestly expected it to be a mystery, shock on me. 🤯 Priddy's Tale is a merman 🧜‍♂️ story. 😁 A very beautiful one and i freaking loved it.

Like all Harper's stories, this was well written, lyrical and flowed beautifully. The characters are well developed. Priddy and Merou had some amazing chemistry. I loved the side characters too.

Overall, It was a different experience and enjoyable.
* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

This is probably my 3rd mermaid tale, and I’m thinking the set up and premise is just not for me for no particular reason that I can easily grasp. Perhaps it’s just too fantastical or implausible? Why is it that these mermen have so many damn rules?? I should love this as much as I enjoy shifters, mages, elves, dragons galore, but I don’t! Heh. To each their own I guess.

However, if you like disabilities, hurt comfort, and magic with a seaworthy twist set in a staunch contemporary romantic
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, romance-fantasy
They don’t seem to thrive away from the sea, and if they do leave, they always return.

This is a classic Mer tale.

The hubris of youth that infallible superhero feeling that you can surpass anything until you can't.

Priddy is left behind as his best mate goes to university, still suffering consequences from misjudged youth. That's Priddy's fate. His backstory is sad and unfortunately not uncommon.

Merou is the half-drowned man Priddy pulls from the sea when disaster strikes the rough-hewn cli
☆ Todd
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

This one was a fun 'damaged young man meets and falls for a mysterious merman, who falls right back' tale. Tail? Whatever. ;- )

The first half of the book was funnier and I enjoyed it a bit more than the second half, which was slightly more predictable, but still a very worthwhile and entertaining read.

Fairly sexy, too, considering the novella length.

3.75 stars.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Straight from Cornwall back (in summer 2016 - when this book was published).

I'm really excited about this book ... especially, the nice guys sitting there really on the beach ... all alone and lonely (grin).

So then ... this is certainly one of the most extraordinary and beautiful books I have read. I don't want to say that this book is for everyone. No, not really. It is for people with imagination who can be tempted to daydream like Priddy. For people who shed tears when a Merman whispers that
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
surprising depth

I didn't quite know what to expect from this story and it started off kind of dour.

Priddy got into some bad drugs at a party and he's never been the same since. That he's an addict is mentioned but I can't say that I bought into that; however, that is neither here nor there since it is not, nor should it be, the focus of the book.

This is Priddy's tale of finding love in the most unlikeliest of places: the sea.

It's a magical tale and one that snuck up on me, truth be told. I w
Kaje Harper
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, fairly realistic-paranormal, and well written story about a young man, and the merman he beguiles at first sight. Priddy was always able to see more than most, including the occasional mermaid, but he laughed it off as stories and fantasy, growing up with his best friend Kit. They played and partied and studied, and decided they were not meant to be boyfriends, as they reached adulthood. Then one night at a club, Kit offered Priddy a hit of a new party drug... one which landed ...more
I am totally in love with this book! Something about the lighthouses and the seaside and the merfolk appeals to me immensely.
My only complaint is that I couldn't get quite close to Merou, read more about his side of the story; there is still plenty of info to piece it together, just ...lacking somehow.
As for mansel in distress, oh well. There are boys in trouble out there, and I am sure lots of them can use some help. Being a man doesn't mean you can plow through life with a stoic face, unfaze
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely LOVED this! 4.5 Stars.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I was entranced from the very beginning of what is basically a fairy tale complete with a villain, a hero, and a prince. And, of course, an HEA.

Priddy was such an intriguing character--never knowing when he hallucinated or not. I liked his strange view of the world. This outlook served him in meeting Merou, the merman. Although not quite as deeply drawn as Priddy, Merou was still captivating (I thi
Oh Wow! This one truly blew me away - 100% insanely perfect. This is the third book I've read (listened to) by Harper Fox and the poetry of her writing just hits me harder every time. The descriptions of everything are just amazing... the angst and joy and bitter resentment. Gah, just one of the best books I've ever experienced.

Also, the narrator - Chris Clog - was absolutely wonderful.
This book was a bit weird. And so good.


I might be wrong, but I think this was my first merman read. That angle took a bit getting used to, especially the different anatomy. Plus, I'm not a fan of fish.

The story was exactly what I'd expect from Harper Fox. It started off sad and melancholy, but then there's a glimmer of hope.

I wanted to wrap Priddy up in a hug from the beginning. He was lonely and lost, and made my heart hurt.

But then Priddy saves a strange man from drowning. Merou is an odd-ball
Ula'ndi Hart
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, fantacy
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.5

I like Harper Fox.

This story felt dreamlike to me. Very much “not-in-the-present” if I can put it that way?

I wasn’t in the mood for this book at all but I didn’t have something else to read so I dove in and finished it. A while ago actually. I just still don’t really know what to say about it.

I enjoyed it. I just think maybe I should read it again sometime in the future. I think I'll have even more fun then.

Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, 2016-books
Jem Priddy has not had an easy life, neither by accident of birth nor by his own decisions. He lives in a lighthouse, trying desperately to shield himself from Bad Things and reeling as he recovers from a mind-altering string of events. When Merou arrives, poor Priddy can't be sure whether he is a figment of his fractured mind or a flash of good that's been all too absent from his life. I wasn't sure either.

"The only person who could sweep Priddy up out of the dirt was Priddy himself. He’d know
4.2 Stars

When I pick a Harper Fox book to read (or listen to) I know that it's going to be so much more than the summary suggests, and that's half the excitement. And that summary just doesn't do justice to Priddy's state of mind, his character, the things he's experienced and suffered. The overdose and it's after-effects are definitely important, but we also learn how very detached, disaffected and dreamy he was before that even happened; dare I even say that his personality lent itself to acci
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh Harper Fox you do my heart and head in, in the most wonderful ways.
Okay I'm going to keep mum about this book other than say

I A D O R E D it!!!! Every word, every page. Great characters who grow, yeah imagine that.
Harper Fox writes characters like flowers growing. First there is the tinge of green on the bud, then a wee bit of color, then the bud suddenly has color and the next day it's opening up it's petals for you to inspect.

Wow that was heavy! lol

Enjoy folks and Happy Reading
Suki Fleet
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, m-m
Harper Fox writes so beautifully^^ Evocative sweeping prose that brings the Cornish coast to life.

Not as emotional as some of Harper Fox's stories. A lovely read.
4.5 Stars

Reading Priddy's tale reminded me how much I love Harper Fox's words. Her brand of prose worked perfectly for this modern fairy tale. This take on the merman and his human didn't take the expected path and I liked it all the more for it. The HEA for Priddy and Merou was an ideal fit for their place in life and I absolutely loved the ending.
Arch Bala

so fcuking goooood! I CANT EVEN you guys....



Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A story like a wave; rolling over the deep through a prolog setting the mood of things to come; diving into the trough of Piddy's past as an addicted guy nearly destroying his life with the help of his best friend Kit; wearing white crest near the beach when Merou steps into Piddy's life with his mystery and bad humor; crashing forcefully onto the sand during the tempest with Kit's asshole BF and finally rolling back into the deep while the epilog concludes the promise of the beginning - only no ...more

My first Merman/Mermaid fantasy read [at least I think so, I've read so many books ;)]. Harper Fox's writing was spot on as usual, and I loved the narrator's Cornish accent too. Up until Jem met Meru and started pulling his big boy pants up, I kept wanting to give him a real good shake cos life was passing him [and Kit, his best friend] by, and they just seemed to drift along with the tide, but once Meru appeared [and yes, the clues were there that he was a Merman but Jem remained clueless], Jem
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this, even though I can't say it was super memorable. Priddy was a recovering drug addict, still struggling with the effects of an overdose months after the incident, and the author did a good job of making me feel for him and understand his situation. He made a mistake by taking those drugs, but his life growing up wasn't so great, and he was a good person. Merou, however, was kind of a dick. So that made it hard for me to understand why Priddy would fall so madly, I'd
Robert Winter
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely story. I haven't read any merman tales before, but this was charming. The interactions between Jem and Merou felt natural despite Merou's fantastical nature. Kit was a very sweet character, too. I might have wished for more dramatic comeuppances for the two villains, but I suppose that would have left a darker taste than Fox wanted for actual ending. I teared up a bit at the epilogue. ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
Proper job! I loves me a good ol’ Cornish yarn about mermaids or mermen, myths and legends me ‘ansome! There is no other author in my opinion who can conjure up all the brooding and mysterious atmosphere of my home county better than Harper Fox. And for this tale of a merman and all its mystery this is exactly what is needed. As a child I remember the folklore and stories surrounding The Mermaid of Zennor and its church with the mermaid pew giving rise to the story. This is only one of many. ...more
3.5 stars

I loved the fairy tale feel of this story but, at the same time, this is what made me feel somewhat removed from the main characters and that is why I was stingy with the stars. I wanted more feels, more emotion and character growth but this wasn't that sort of book.
Cornwall and its beautiful landscapes is vividly drawn and, as with many of Harper Fox's previous stories, myth and legend of that county (the place of my ancestors) are weaved seamlessly into the story, creating a wonderfu
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-authors, shifters
A very poetically written story based on Cornish legends of merpeople. Jem Priddy is damaged after a bad trip from drugs he took, unable to find a job his friend Kit arranges for him to look after the light house in the off season and their he meets Merou.. who washes up on the shore with the wreck of a craft

What follows is a magical sort of tale of their evolution as a destined couple and Priddy's ultimate change

The legend is one I've read before- though in that version it was turned into a fu
What a beautiful, beautiful story. The lyrical descriptions swept me along and those wonderful characters pulled me deep into the story.

Priddy was a young man, who had a horrible home life, a father that was abusive and a mother who was passive. Priddy spent his school years trying to forget all that, drinking and delving into whatever drugs he could get his hands on. Until one too many times caused irreparable harm. His friend Kit, feeling responsible, helps set Priddy up as the caretaker of t
I feel so happy! This was great, I loved the fantasy, the romance and the journey. It was just what I needed!
Ije the Devourer of Books
A perfect story with a beautiful narration and excellent if you like a fairytale feel to your stories.

I loved the way this story was set in Cornwall and the narrator had a beautiful Cornish accent for some of the characters. Each character had a distinctive voice and it made this a real pleasure to listen to, and bought the story to life in an exquisite way.

Harper Fox just knows how to tell a great story and it is one I won't forget any time soon.
My only gripe is that such a fantastic story des
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
a more perfect, clever, old fashioned merman story you won't find. ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Update 10/15/17: I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Chris Clog. Every voice is well done, but he really captures the exuberant yet imperial tone of Merou. It's exactly right for him. ...more
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