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Marine Biology (2000)

by Gail Carriger(Favorite Author)
3.79 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: “Alec suddenly lost access to the part of his brain that housed the English language.”Marine Biology is an almost unfairly amusing story. Conversation is very hard to write well, but Miss Carriger manages to pull it off perfectly, creating a brilliantly witty exchange. Every time I read this, I smile about it for the rest of the day. Somehow, Miss Carriger combines the colloquialisms of the modern day with the humour of the 19th century.The romance is another brilliant part of this work, not only droll, but also tender at times. Alec’s blend of sadness and intelligence fits beautifully with Melvin’s humour and gaiety. This story is so packed full of excellent writing that I often go away from a reread wishing that it was longer. The characters are so fascinating an... mored well done that I would love to learn more about them.Overall this short story is wonderful. It is definitely one of the books I go to when I am without a physical book and still desire to read something. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes supernatural novels.
review 2: This is definitely not one of Carriger's better pieces. Perhaps the author isn't used to writing shorter works of fiction? But none of the plots in this novel - romance, mystery, or guy learning his place in his family - were fully-formed. The romance was extremely rushed, and I felt the two characters had virtually no chemistry with each other. Some attraction, sure, but by the end of the story they're saying they're in love with each other and talking about a serious life together. What? Why? I don't see the big romance there at all. The mystery is solved by coincidence and the family issues are summed up with a general "*shrug* you're fine by me whatever" which sort of invalidates the entire struggle the protagonist had? Just... overall this was pretty badly done. Even for a fun frivolous short piece, I just expect more out of this author, I suppose. less
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I wish there was more to this story. I would love to read more about Alex and his new pack.
Funny, witty enjoyable quick read. As always, Gail delivers.
Short, but adorable.
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