Till Human Voices Wake Us
There is nothing Milo Bishop fears more than the thought that he is going insane.
Having grown up hearing his Uncle Jay’s stories about the strange mermaids Milo never had a reason to believe they were actually true.But when a near-death experience gives Milo a vision of a mermaid...more
Till the Human Voices Wake Us is the first novel in C.S. Johnson's latest series. Though there is a prequel novella to check out for the completionists out there! This time around C.S. Johnson is giving us her take on mermaids, and that leads for a fantastical tale.
Deep in the heart of the sea, there resides a town made up entirely of mermaids. This is Rasulka, the community of mermaids. Even tucked ...more
I was super excited to read this book. Who doesn't love a good mermaid tale? I was not disappointed, although this is not your normal mermaid tale. I am a huge C.S. Johnson fan, and this book is truly one of her best. It is quite different from her other stories, but it was such an interesting take of mermaids. These are not the cute "little mermaid" mer-folk. Spoiler: These are blood thirsty beings, who don't even believe in humans. They are what we might ...more
I haven’t read many mermaid books and oh, my gosh, I am so glad this is one I got to read. A dark blend of scifi and fantasy,Till Human Voices Wake Usmakes us think about the human condition. This was definitely a dark journey, but really beautiful as well.
Although the genre is fantasy as others she has written, it is a very dark fantasy that contains (mostly offscreen) violence, medical experimentation, torture and death. The novel’s “whispers” or “sideways glimpses” of horror are even more evocative than if she had fully described the scenes.
This was not an easy novel to read although it was worthwhile albeit for mature individuals who perhaps can better understand and ...more
This was a fast-paced read, and the mermaids felt like a new take on the topic, with cool world building. My favorite parts, though, were the psychological meanderings of Milo at the beginning and end: they connected really well to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" that the title alludes to. This allusion was why I was eager to pick up the book: ...more
I received an ARC copy if this story and this is my honest review.
These mermaids don’t believe in humans. They are cold and cruel as they practice torture and murder in the name of science. This behavior is a recipe for destruction and it will be ...more