Sailor Twain

Or, The Mermaid in the Hudson

Siegel, Mark

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sailor Twain
"One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens"--From publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1596436360
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Si
Characteristics: 399 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternate Title: Mermaid in the Hudson


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Jan 02, 2015
  • Spyderist rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Drawings are compelling, and there's something interesting here--it reminds me of the old Fleschier Studio cartoons that I guess hinted at mermaid mythology, but the ending lacks a punch--there's something missing here.

Aug 05, 2014
  • CvRob rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

female upper torso nudity throughout the entire mermaid scenes (3/4 of the book) and constant sexual interactions with obvious remarks about the interactions.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sailor Twain is a graphic novel that is heavy on the novel half of that term. The book draws from the romantic authors of the nineteenth century, from the sirens of the Odyssey, and from the emotional and carnal explorations of modernist literature.

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May 24, 2013

The cartoonish simplicity of the drawn characters belies the mature tone of menace and dread that permeates this tale of Hudson River folklore come to life. Siegel makes it all entirely believable and enjoyably surprising, right up to the rapid-fire conclusion, which descends to the mere mechanics of plot and appears to muddy the more majestic themes set forth earlier. A great alternative to superheroics for readers who are curious about the entertainment potential of graphic novels.

May 16, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A complex tale, very well drawn, with lots of dark period atmosphere and local color (steamboats on the Hudson circa 1880). But it was somewhat too long, and for such a long tale the resolution was a bit fuzzy. Still I would not hesitate to recommend it or read more by Mark Siegel. Lafayette (not THE Lafayette) was the best character.

Mar 02, 2013
  • Szarky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Probably a great story, couldn't get into it myself. I'm honestly not much of a fan of this type of fantasy(mermaids) but if you are then you may enjoy it.


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Aug 05, 2014
  • CvRob rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

CvRob thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Nov 24, 2012

Three lives--a riverboat captain, a notoriously reclusive author, and a French nobleman--are brought together by the mystery of an injured mermaid rescued from the Hudson River.


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Aug 05, 2014
  • CvRob rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: female upper nudity


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