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A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.In this LBGTQ sweet short love story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings her comedic voice to contemporary fiction and m/m romance. Explicit language warA short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.In this LBGTQ sweet short love story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings her comedic voice to contemporary fiction and m/m romance. Explicit language warning but little erotic content. (11,000 words ~ 43 pages) First published in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 (2010).WARNINGContains confused lovelorn werewolves and very pretty ex-Goth mermen who are exclusively interested in each other. May also contain fish, Irish mafia, and a shocking lack of tea....

Title : Marine Biology
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ISBN : 9781944751029
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Number of Pages : 43 Pages
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Marine Biology Reviews

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-05-21 14:45

    Cute little shorty This was cute for what we got of it. Too short to be fully fleshed but the characters were likable and the dialogue was snappy. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-25 13:15

    I was skeptical because I’m so used to the Parasol Protectorate world. However, even with the slightly darker tone, this world seems to be just as fun and as amusing. I’m in love with the ongoing bantering among the characters. Also, I am interested to see how might this magical world develop with its many species. So far, it has been intriguing.Also, yay for LGBTQ representation. I like it. I ship it. It is a short love story, but I’m happy with it. Alex is adorable and reserved, and Marvin is more outgoing but also adorable. No complaints here. I can’t wait to dive into the actual full-length books in this series. I’m giving Marine Biology 4 stars for great potential and amusing dialogue and cuteness for so few pages. I just love Gail Carriger’s style of writing.Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below)Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[No, no, low. (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Some cussing. Some lecherous, creepy looks toward a female. Homophobia from side characters. Some sexual undertones, but nothing really.(hide spoiler)]

  • Ami
    2019-05-18 10:40

    At first, I'm REALLY annoyed with the use of italics on this one. Almost all of the internal thoughts are in italics and it's grating on my nerves. However, I'm powering it through, since it's a short story (only around 11,000 based on Smashwords info). And in the end, I'm pretty entertained. It's quite a fun idea; Alec is a werewolf + marine biologist ("I specialize in microorganisms ... not fish!"). He is asked by his Alpha to work with a couple of merfolks ("We are NOT fish!") to follow a white collar crime: a couple of selkies (a.k.a. Irish mafia) seems to be doing some money laundering.I enjoy the interaction between Alec and Marvin, the merman. Alec is pretty deep in the closet (so deep, he shits mothballs *lol*) because the werewolf pack (including his Dad) is pretty much a butch society. Since Alec is not, he seems surprised to see Marvin flirting outrageously with him and that Marvin thinks he's beautiful. It makes them quite a couple. Oh, and Alec has another secret that makes him determined not to out himself to the rest of the pack.It is a nice comedy story ... although I have to wonder ((view spoiler)[the selkies provide sushi. Marvin also eats sushi and gives Alec sardines as a courting gift. I mean, isn't that like, eating your own brothers and sisters?!?(view spoiler)[) (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • Wiebke (1book1review)
    2019-06-14 16:30

    What a delightful new set of characters and scenery. I really hope we get to hear more of Alec and Marvin, or others in this world.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-06-11 10:32

    Fairly silly little story. More of an intro piece or a teaser to a series than a serious attempt at a short story. Cliches abound. Found the monkey business a little off-putting. Might pick up another books in this series, if it came cheaply.

  • joyce g
    2019-05-20 15:20

    Oh Ms. G.L. Carriger you make me chuckle all the while, what a charming little tale with just a wee bit of naughty.

  • Mandapanda
    2019-06-02 15:21

    This is the same New York Times Bestselling author who writes the great PNR series, The Parasol Protectorate. I can't resist when these well known mainstream romance authors dabble in m/m romance.This is a fascinating and otherworldly story of werewolves, mermen, selkies and the mafia. Alex is a closeted (in more ways than the obvious) werewolf. His alpha forces him to aid a strangely familiar merman to bust the white collar crime racket of some underworld selkies.GC's skill with creating a wonderful and slightly unusual PNR world is evident. But the characters and plot are not so complex that it feels too much for the short story format. I particularly like the ghost Jack and how he is haunting Alex's father. Funny! There's no explicit sex but the attraction and interaction between Alex and Marvin is very cute. Recommended to PNR fans.

  • Line
    2019-05-22 13:19

    Okay, too short for a 4-star rating, BUT it was freaking hilarious AND made me buy the next one immediately, and any book that can make me do that, is a hit!Also no smexy times, but was promised lots of it in the next one, and boy oh boy does that one deliver.

  • MadameMelli
    2019-06-14 18:23

    Das hat Spaß gemacht zu lesen! Es ist eine ganz andere Art von Werwolfsgeschichte als aus den Parasol Protectorate Bänden gewohnt, aber trotzdem erkennt man den Witz und Charme von Gail Carriger. Ich bin gespannt auf Band 1 der Reihe!

  • ♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
    2019-06-07 18:38

    review to come.

  • Marion
    2019-06-06 12:42

    3.5 Stars!

  • Ladiibbug
    2019-05-18 11:45

    Urban Fantasy - Werewolves, Mermaids/Mermen, Selkies - M/M romanceDelightful comic short story. Gail Carriger's recent re-releases of earlier short stories are such treats! She does an excellent job developing the characters, story and plotlines in this format.Alec is a werewolf with problems. He's a mild-mannered marine biologist who enjoys reading literature. His father and brothers are beer guzzling, rowdy, manly werewolves. Alec tries to fit in as best he can, but it's not easy. And he's gay and in the closet.A pack meeting is held, and Alec, as a marine biologist, is matched up with a mermaid and merman to investigate an Irish Mafia scheme involving selkies. Alec and Marvin, the merman, are drawn to each other -- but Alec is in the closet, and his family (and the ghost who haunts the family home) seems to be everywhere.How much did I like this short story and Fairy Debt (another 5 star Gail Carriger short story)? Enough to REALLY want a full length book, or better yet, a series. In the case of Marine Biology, Gail's fans are getting their wish.From Gail's blog, this will be a spin off of this intriguing short story!Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.Status: Rough draft.Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

  • Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
    2019-05-27 18:30

    I like this Gail Carriger short story series. Always appreciate a little diversity in my romance and this fit the bill!

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2019-06-15 15:43

    Because I'm smart I totally waited a couple months after reading The Sumage Solution to read the prequel. Because why would you read books in order? Anyways, it was cute and quick. A nice introduction to some of the characters and world building that leads up into Sumage Solution, but still a good story on its own. Don't know what else to say about it. I enjoyed it.(Though if anyone has an explanation as to why the kindle book was written in blue ink, I'd love to know. Because, wtf?)

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-27 11:40

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.5 starsThis is a cute, humorous short story that is a prequel to the San Andreas Shifters series. It appears to have been originally written back in 2010 under the name Gail Carriger and now re-released and recovered with the publication of the first book in the series. The story features Bryan/Biff’s brother, Alec, and explains how he came to be the alpha and why the pack moved to California. Although it is not necessary to read before the series, it does provide some cute background.This one is light fun and a bit silly. We do get some general background on Alec and basic development of the werewolf world. However, we learn next to nothing about Marvin in specific or the merfolk in general, and as the non-POV character, Marvin feels mostly like the flirty foil to Alec’s character. There is really no relationship development here as the story takes place in about a day and the guys share some kisses and conversation, but nothing that made me believe they were suddenly ready for the commitment they take on. The fact that Alec not only is ready to move his pack to California to be with Marvin, but also says he is in love, seems unrealistic to the extreme. However, the story is entertaining and humorous and an easy read. I am not sure it would warrant reading as a standalone, but it was an enjoyable way to get me ready for the first book in the series.Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-16 18:43

    Marine biologist Alex is a werewolf with secrets and the fact that he's gay is the least of them. He just doesn't fit in with the other werewolves in his pack and that makes life extremely difficult for him. They don't understand his love of fish over steak and he's never going to enjoy drinking and partying the way they all do. When the wolves are approached by some merfolk who need help investigating the illegal activities of the selkie mafia Alex is given the job of liaison. His family are hoping he'll fall for the beautiful mermaid Giselle but Alex is much more interested in her brother Marvin.This was a really fun short story full of Gail Carriger's trademark witty banter and plenty of humorous flirting between Alex and Marvin. As a short story this didn't have much time to flesh out the characters but I thought they made a really cute couple even if I did want to spend more time getting to know them. Marine Biology works well as an introduction to the main characters but I'm glad that future books will be longer because I think this just needed a bit more page time to really give the characters a chance to shine.

  • namericanwordcat
    2019-06-10 16:38

    I love to pieces the first book in this series and was really excited to learn that there was a pre equal with the brother's romance. Meh. The world is built just a little and it is funny in place but the romance doesn't feel deep and the sexy times are off page which is out of tone with what happens in the next book. I am glad I read it but if I read this first I would have no idea of how amazing the next book is. And it is amazing.

  • Ann aka Iftcan
    2019-05-31 12:33

    Cute story about a gay werewolf who doesn't fit in with his family, who are all hairy, grunting, biker werewolves. Ms. Carriger's usual deft hand with the humour makes this short story/novella an entertaining read.

  • Nikki (Nyx)
    2019-06-04 10:44

    Fun short storyEnjoyed this short story and plan to read the next one in the series. Loved all the snarky characters and can't wait to read more.

  • Alisa
    2019-06-05 11:15

    Kind of cheesy. Not really my type of humor.

  • Mehsi
    2019-05-30 18:31

    Oh my word. *fans herself* This was a delightful little novella, and I wouldn't mind more Merman x Werewolf stories.I decided to check if Gail Carriger wrote any more books like Romancing the Inventor and Poison or Protect. The more adult books of hers. I finally found this one, the cover is a bit hilarious (though the guy himself is definitely yum), and then I saw it was going to be merman x werewolf I just had to read it. I never seen that combo in books, so I was curious how this coupling would work out. Two different worlds, two different supernatural beings. The book isn't long, but the story is complete, though of course one can always write more about these characters, about how they continue their relationship, but at least this novella is satisfying in its length.The story is about Alec, a closet gay werewolf, who is also hiding more than just being gay, but I will not mention what that is. He doesn't really feel at home with his pack, mostly to do with him being gay, but also to do with other reasons. He gets a job to help out 2 merpeople. Marvin, a person from back in high school (who apparently turned from emo to hot hot and very hot), and his sister. And from there the romance starts, and also a very exciting story that including, yes, really, the Irish Mafia. :PI really loved Alec, and his personality. He definitely deserved happiness and romance in his life. I also like that he was a marine biologist, I don't think I have seen that job pop up often in a book. Rare job found! Yay!While he was a bit more closed about how he felt about Marvin, since he was the MC we did get a peak in his head, and we could clearly see how much he wanted Marvin, how hot he found him, and several more things. It was adorable, and it made it all the more better when he finally had the guts to confess.Marvin was also really cute, and I loved how his personality was. He is quite different from Alec. Whereas Alec was more reserved, Marvin was open, didn't mind making some really bad pick up lines, and also take any chance to just show how he felt about Alec. The romance between these two is perfectly done. It didn't feel instant, nor did it feel rushed. Alec and Marvin knew each other from school, and while Alec didn't have direct feelings back there, Marvin did. And Alec is quickly following with his feelings. The Irish Mafia part, and also what happens after that, perfection! I am so happy for all parties involved, but of course mostly for Martin and Alec. They deserve all the happiness!All in all, if you are looking for a cute, adorable, sweet, romantic book with some action, and don't mind some slight NSFW language then be sure to check this one out!Review first posted at

  • Lisa Wolf
    2019-06-10 14:31

    "Marine Biology" was originally published in a paranormal romance collection, and has just been released as an ebook single. This is the first story of Gail Carriger's that I've read that's set in the modern world, rather than the Victorian era. It's also - shocker! - set in the US. Not a single cup of tea throughout!"Marine Biology" is a cute, light love story involving a reluctant werewolf hiding his sexuality and a few other key points from his he-man pack. When he and a gorgeous merman are thrown together to investigate some stolen money, sparks fly -- and precipate a few important moments of truth.The mystery is rather beside the point. The fun is in meeting and appreciating the main characters, reading about pack dynamics (and barbeque social mores), and encountering a few interesting marine animals along the way.Gail Carriger's humor and way with words shine through, as usual. Of course, if you really want to have fun, I'd highly recommend her Parasol Protectorate series. "Marine Biology" is a quick, diverting read, and would make a great dessert after a night of "serious" reading.

  • Jaylia3
    2019-06-03 18:19

    Being born into a rabidly macho family of werewolves keeps Alex, who has known forever that he’s gay, way inside the closet. What would the pack think!? And what would his mindlessly brutal father do!? Given his proclivities he can’t believe he survived the transformation from human to wolf and now Alex keeps his head down as much as possible, working at a marine biology lab by day. Because of this vague connection to the sea, his pack’s alpha wolf picks Alex for a special undercover mission with 2 merfolk, a siren-like mermaid his pack-mates would give their canines for and her openly flirtatious brother who’s making it very hard for Alex to maintain his straight cover.This is a long short story-about 38 pages-with plenty of room for Carringer to sketch out a present day parallel world suffused with supernaturals—it opens with a cell phone call from a busybody ghost and it’s the Irish Mafia in the form of selkies that Alex and the merfolk are investigating. Witty banter abounds and there’s a wonderful twist at the end.

  • Maija
    2019-06-11 17:45

    It was fine? Didn't feel that connected with it, the pace felt a bit rushed.

  • Bookworm Erica
    2019-05-21 16:37

    what a cute easy read. and so funny. I loved the part with the selkies made me really lol

  • Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
    2019-05-30 10:17

    Although I haven't read Gail Carriger's non-male/male stuff, upon seeing that she had a new male/male book out (and this prequel) I naturally had to check it out! (I also downloaded The Parasol Protectorate for good measure, as the ebook was on sale this month!) I'm not going to judge the first novel by this prequel short story, because it is a short story, but there were so many different threads and ideas that weren't really fully explored. There was the family and the main characters place in it, being an alpha and what that means, the selkies and the Irish mafia and trying to stop them and the love story. The love story wasn't as fleshed out as I'd like and while the two characters were amusing and were attracted to each other, there was very little chemistry from what I could see. I'm really hoping for more from the actual first book in this series, but I do think it will deliver. I guess I shall see!

  • Deanna Against Censorship
    2019-05-26 18:36

    Cute Short Story2 1\2 stars.Cute Short story. It is an intro to a new series that as an interesting premise. I eagerly anticipate reading the upcoming story. The rating is not an indication of the author's skill at writing. It is because this was a "tease" for future books in the series and not a complete story in itself. I enjoyed this "set-up" for the new series. The author seems to be creating a fascinating world with unusual paranormal characters. I eagerly anticipate this series.

  • llv
    2019-05-31 18:27

    Rating: 3 starsThis is an extremely short story that is the prequel to 'The Sumage Solution'. I enjoyed it okay. Both Alec and Marvin were good MC's. Basically, this is just a bit of background to the next book in the series. There was very little romance and the whole part with the selkies was a bit confusing. Not having read the next book, I can't really judge if this is worth reading or not. On its own, I would say probably not. In conjunction with the series….maybe.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-30 17:39

    Review Taken From The Pewter WolfIn this novella, Alec is a marine biology with secrets. He's a werewolf that doesn't fit in with his fellow pack members and he's gay. But when his Alpha asks him to liaison between two merfolk over a possible criminal activities due to the selkie mafia, he can't exactly say no. And with one of the merfolk being Marvin, an outrageous flirt, Alec might have his work cut out.This is a easy, fun, cute M/M read. It's not too taxing and I was smiling while reading it. Because it's a short novella (around 11,000 words), these wasn't much fleshing out of characters/mythologies but this does serve neatly as a get-in into the San Andreas Shifters series with the first, The Sumage Solution, coming out in the next few weeks.Not sure if I will read The Sumage Solution but this novella was a nice change for me as, the last few weeks, been reading quite long, heavy books. But I kinda want more... maybe I will have to check The Sumage Solution out...

  • Bart
    2019-06-12 14:39

    3 stars