The Little Clockwork Mermaid

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
From the imagination behind the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series comes a steampunk novella inspired by Hans Christian Andersen.

The mermaid Lorelei is the youngest daughter of King Triton, but she has always been drawn to the Above world. Though she is revels in the joys of her tail and the underwater world, she has never felt she belongs there. More

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Review by: Kaylim on Aug. 4, 2013 :
Wonderful combination of mythology and technology; the set-up is exciting and the mermaid culture is believable (and the names are awesome!). My favorite part of the book is the beautiful descriptions that take a land-born reader into the cool, tumultuous depths of the ocean. Ballantine is wickedly talented in brevity, and gives each mermaid a distinct personality with a few, carefully chosen sentences.

I quite liked the ending, a turn from the original tale. It was a great interpretation of her ascension into the air.

There is one thing I wish would have been explored more in depth: the development of Lorelei’s ambitions. The question that plagued me was: why Roan? Why was he so different and inspiring from the men she had killed in the beginning? Why was he (an enemy) and the Above, worth so much sacrifice? I got vague impressions that she was bored with life under the sea, but it would have been lovely to see it illustrated more clearly.

Overall, I would love to see more of this mermaid steampunk universe. It’s definitely strong enough to stand on its own as a separate entity from the original by Andersen.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Amanda Surowitz on May 24, 2013 :
This was a really fascinating and wonderfully different mermaid story. The war with the humans and the underwater machinery led me to believe the story would end on a much darker note, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I absolutely loved Lorelei's character; her thoughts and actions were easier to relate to than the original story by Hans Christian Anderson. My only complaint is I wish there were more about Lorelei's mother and how Lorelei's final form was received by the humans.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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