"I don't think anyone could be disappointed with this read."
When Brenden James' thoughts' on his travels around the
States get turned into a book, which becomes a best seller,
he never expected the sequel to be a horrible flop. Now,
touring the British Isles, he is clueless as well as
suffering from writers block on how to write another best
selling novel which is the only way to save his writing
career. After all, how much can be said about old people
and sheep? When he is stranded on the Isle of Man (because
his ferry sank) during the annual Mermaid Festival,
suddenly, he feels the start of a story that should satisfy
The seaside village of Heather Bay has women flocking to
the town to try and find their soul mates; a young girl
continues the habit of dressing up like a mermaid (started
by her grandmother); and all of the local fishermen seek
vengeance from "Charlie the Tuna". Then there is the cranky
lighthouse keeper that wrote a novel about mermaids, the
Priest who wears a close pin on his nose and.... AH Yes!
Story Heaven... But the longer Brenden spends in this "mad"
town, the more fascinated he becomes with Christine, the
local mermaid and the people of the town. How can he put
his satirical view on these small town people, which would
cause them harm?
Kelly Reno has written a fantastic novel. Besides that I
adore the cover (Waterhouse is my favorite artist!) the
book also includes pictures that give the story more of
the "travel book" quality that Brenden is writing about.
This story actually gives you the feeling of being in a
small town overrun with tourist during a festival. I loved
I haven't read too many mermaid stories, so this is one of
the attractions I had to MISADVENTURES & MERFOLK. I was
really happy with the "happily ever after" part of the
story and found Ms Reno's merfolk fascinating. Because
Brenden is a total disbeliever in merfolk, you actually are
discovering the culture along with him (very interesting
actually!). I really hope that there will be a sequel
written about Charlie "the Tuna".
Each chapter is almost its own insane event, which leaves
you satisfied with the what is happening (for example the
parade) and yet aching to know what will happen next. So if
you have short amounts of time to read during the day this
book is perfect! You can read a chapter, and then put the
book down because you know what happened. However, the
energy of MISADVENTURES & MERFOLK will have you picking the
story back up at the first possible opportunity because you
want to know what will happen next! This was so unique, and
I found really enjoyable.
Besides the humorous events that take place between the
pages, Kelly Reno has a very different writing voice than I
am used too, and I loved it. It was like watching a BBC
special where everything is either insane or ...just not
what it appears to be. I don't think I can recommend this
book enough! I don't think anyone could be disappointed.
Posted January 30, 2005
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 16, 2006