June 9th, 2018

spock: logic is sexy

Book Review: The Pisces

Title: The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: uh...erotic magic realism?

Trigger warnings: Suicidal ideation, drug abuse, animal harm

The story: Lucy is thirty-eight and her life is falling apart. Her dissertation is stalled, she dumps her boyfriend, then becomes obsessed with him and falls into a low-key suicidal fugue. After running into some trouble with the law, she spends the summer house sitting for her wealthy sister in California. This is where she falls in love with a merman who fulfills her deepest fantasies, but she's not 100% sure that he's real...or that he has her best interest in mind.

My review: I'm just gonna be honest and admit I have no idea WTF to say about this book. I read it because the premise was too bizarre to pass up, and also I was curious about mermaid sex. And, uh, I read the book? The main character is really kind of a train wreck, and it's horrifying how she's so unsympathetic yet also exactly like us, and somehow I never managed to actually put the book down until I was finished. Do I love it? Do I hate it? I really don't know.