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The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERS I suppose if this is going to be recorded somewhere for posterity I should set the record straight The ghostwriter will prob

  • Title: The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist
  • Author: S.L. Huang
  • ISBN: 9781942302407
  • Page: 183
  • Format: ebook
  • A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERS I suppose if this is going to be recorded somewhere for posterity, I should set the record straight The ghostwriter will probably cut it all, but hey, it s the principle of the thing.Dr Cadence Mbella is the world s most celebrated scholar of the atargati sentient, intelligent deep water beingsA dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERSI suppose if this is going to be recorded somewhere for posterity, I should set the record straight The ghostwriter will probably cut it all, but hey, it s the principle of the thing.Dr Cadence Mbella is the world s most celebrated scholar of the atargati sentient, intelligent deep water beings who are most definitely not mermaids When Cadence decides to release a captive atargati from scientific experimentation and interrogation, she knows her career and her life is forfeit But she still yearns for the atargati there is still so much to know about their physiology, their society, their culture And Cadence would do anything to fully understand the atargati no matter what the cost.

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    1. We did this! *\0/*We still have a few of the limited print edition - we ship worldwide! bit/2lCMB3S

    2. This was gorgeous. A really interesting flipped fairy tale retelling where instead of a mermaid turning into a human, a human becomes a mermaid (or the SF equivalent in this story). There is so much going on here about identity - gender identity, self identity, morality And some interesting discussion about sentience. Really really lovely. I also really appreciated that this was more Hans Christian Anderson than Walt Disney.

    3. I really liked a lot of aspects to this: the specific ways the author found to retell this fairy tale were fascinating, and I loved the introspection about the main character's identity (what does it mean to ID as a lesbian and then fall for an ungendered person?) I also appreciated that there's a genderqueer side character who uses hir/ze pronouns, so that the alien/mythical creature characters weren't the only representation of nonbinary people.I was a little disappointed by the ending, though [...]

    4. Well, I'm not sure what I expected. This is a solid and more-than-moderately inventive retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid that hews very closely to the original story. More closely than I thought it would, which made it not quite the light afternoon read I was looking for today, but still lovely. It's not my favorite mermaid story of recent years (still Seanan McGuire's "Each to Each" which is probably right up your alley if you like this story), but it's a good one with some [...]

    5. I got this as a free review copy from SL Huang in exchange for potentially nominating it for some award or another if I liked it.I LOVED IT. I have been unable to stop thinking about this novelette since I finished reading it and all I want is to take my time to put my heart back together and then reread it again and again. Dr. Cadence Mbella's voice (ha!) comes through super clearly from page one to the very end. It's a reverse of the traditional Hans Christian Andersen Little Mermaid which mea [...]

    6. I couldn't ask for a better idea for retelling - twisting and queering the original tale. And the crossroads of biology and anthropology in this novella are delightful. To the point where it seems like too big a concept for a story this size. If only it was a novel; still, it is a very good and evocative novella tackling some difficult questions as well as punching the reader right in the feels.

    7. Well. I'm crying.I suppose it's my fault for letting Disney make me forget that the original Little Mermaid did not have a happy ending.Nevertheless, this was a beautiful, wonderful, perfect reverse retelling of the Little Mermaid story. I loved every word of it, despite the fact that it tore my heart out.Excuse me while I go and keep crying.

    8. --> ревю на български <-- To be honest, the very first thing that made me want to read that novella was its front cover. I saw it on twitter, I asked if there was an e-book and not even 15 minutes later I was already going through it on my reader./I was in a process of changing my payment card at that moment and I did not have any money in my paypal so I asked a friend lo lend me some bucks to get the book right now!/That is what a good cover can do for a book.Of course, a g [...]

    9. This was a captivating, heartfelt, and challenging story about "first contact", treated as a spin on the classic Little Mermaid story (the gritty, disturbing Hans Christian Andersen one, not the flowery Disney version). I loved the impassioned and suspenseful narration, and I found the alien species very captivating. The ending threw me (view spoiler)[much, much more heartbreaking than I imagined (hide spoiler)], but it was true to its story and gave the whole tale greater impact.According to th [...]

    10. Liked: - Applause-worthy details of the deep sea world and species - the atagarti / "mermaids" are fascinating yet believable, and that is no small feat. You can instantly recognize all the thoughts and hard work behind their physiology, the way they interact with each other, with the environment, and with humans.- So much is at stake for the characters you can barely put the book down. - The discussion and portrayals of gender fluidity and sexuality are thought-provoking and relevant. Didn't li [...]

    11. I don't know why my brain is convinced that short books are cheating - that I somehow am a better reader if the books I complete are 750 pages rather than 75. It's not like the purpose of a book is to be as long as possible and encountering new authors and their works is just as important regardless of the book's length.Anyway, this month has been my excuse to read all the short fiction I've been meaning to get around to. Including this one, which I knew was going to be dark and sad because it's [...]

    12. A gorgeous inverted Little Mermaid fairy tale. I quite liked the even heavier than you’d otherwise expect inclusion of the importance of voices, for the human narrator can still communicate to us throughout even though that is not who she’s desperate to be speaking to. But, when she is transformed by the witch doctor, she’s told that people do what she did for two reasons: love or immortality. When she is heart wrenchingly denied love, she makes a last ditch effort for immortality that I q [...]

    13. I like the dark tone of this re-telling; it's what a good fairytale redressing needs to have, in my opinion. I almost wish the story were longer; I honestly feel like I don't understand the motives of the protagonist to want to go into, literally, a blind abyss - but perhaps that's mostly because the thought utterly terrifies me. Still, the story might have benefited from just a little more backstory on her. I didn't really feel that connected to her. On the other hand, I do think that the story [...]

    14. I really shouldn't have but I got sucked into reading this online and just had to keep going with the story. Very interesting and well thought-out. What happens to Magical Girls when they grow up and try to have lives and fall in love, marry, and be themselves as well as fight the big bads, keep their secret and all that. This is pretty short but very interesting and well done.Recommended for those who like superheroes and chosen ones, this is an interesting meditation on what having to fight ca [...]

    15. If a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid is of interest, then you should check out The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. Only, think the Hans Christian Anderson original, not the happily ever after Disney version.Dr. Cadence Mbell has devoted her life to studying the atargati, the sentient, deep sea species the public keeps referring to as “mermaids.” She’s the only human who knows how to speak their language, and she’s considered the top atargati scholar. But when the gover [...]

    16. The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist is a short novella (or long short story) reworking The Little Mermaid with a modern twist. It follows a scientist who studies the atargati, an intelligent species that live in the depths of the ocean.People in general call the atargati mermaids, but Dr Cadence Mbella finds that insulting. They aren't mythical creatures but an advanced people who we should show some respect to. But humans being humans, they have an unending curiosity for new and different things. [...]

    17. Not a fan of stories that require a variant of the idiot ball to work, and the constant mental self-policing the main character is doing here, the racking of guilt about humanity to almost self-loathing levels, until she finally convinces herself to kill herself than actually do something about her shitty situation is hard to take seriously.

    18. I love a retold fairy tale, and I really loved this take on the little mermaid fairy tale in reverse--the human wants to become a mermaid rather than vice versa. It's definitely a darker spin on the story. Recommended.

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