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on 23 June 2013
Normally these short story compendiums feel as though the author has tipped out a drawer full of stories that didn't quite work and picked 3 or 4 at random when they need a paycheck or readers of the usual fan favourites are complaioning about the long wait until the next installment.

This great threesome bucks that general trend and gives MJD fans a new fun pairing as the Bimm & Betsy story leaps off the Kindle screen full of cutting Mermaid bitchiness and scatty Vampire Queen jibes that spark off each other and ingite the story with fun and freshness. Although the future Wyndhams and it Girl aren't quite as entertaining, they're both enjoyable reads in a book I'd be happy to recommend to any MJD fan!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 December 2013
This is a collection of three stories, two of which feature some of Mary Janice Davidson's most famous characters. As the title of the book and the middle story suggests, that novella them brings together Fred the Mermaid and Betsy, Queen of the Vampires in a clash of styles and egos - one of the first things one of them says to the other is

"Wow, the ego on you. And if I'm calling you on having a big ego, you need to examine your life."

The first story in the collection is called "Super, Girl" which is a bizarre combination of the worlds of Scott Adams' Dilbert cartoons and the films "Office Space [1999] [DVD]," and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend [DVD] [2006]."

If you can imagine those three put together with the heroine/narrator as G-Girl/Jenny Johnson except that instead of running an art studio her cover identity is a human version of Dilbert's "Catbert the evil HR Director," and another of the major characters is a bit like Mordac the Preventer of Information Services, then you have some idea of what the story "Super, Girl!" is like.

At the start of the title story in the collection, a young intern at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Madison Fehr, gets herself into serious trouble. She calls her mother and a colleague for help. The colleague is Dr Fredrika Bimm, a.k.a. Fred the mermaid: and meanwhile Madison's mother calls Queen Betsy. The first problem is that neither Betsy nor Fred has been told that the other has also been asked to come and help Madison out - so they don't exactly start out on a good footing. But dealing with each other is not the worst of their problems ...

The Novella "Undead and Underwater" is a stand-alone story but if you are interested in knowing how it fits into the other stories featuring the same characters, it is set some time after the 12th Queen Betsy novel, "Undead and Unstable."

The third story in the collection is a Wyndham Werewolves story called "Incomer." The central character of this story is Lara Wyndham (daughter of Michael Jeannie) and the main action of the story (ignoring various prologues, flashbacks etc starts nineteen hours after Lara has become leader of The Pack. She soon has to deal with the Kardashian riots of 2025 ...

There are a few themes linking these stories together, which I won't list here to avoid spoilers, but the author mentions several in one of the many "Author's notes" in the book. Indeed this volume must have set records for the number of author's notes in a work of fiction of this length.

I think this book is one of Mary Janice Davidson's best and most amusing works and recommend it.
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on 7 November 2013
3 short stories very easy to read and I felt a bit disappointed they weren't longer. If MJD use these as samples and wrote longer book or books (eg Fred and Betsy) I would order them before publication to make sure I got them.
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on 25 March 2013
I absolutely loved catching up with Fred and Betsy and meeting grown up Lara. It wasgood to know more about what the future held
for them all but I would have liked to met Freds fiction writing husband as well
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on 18 September 2013
the author has done it again with a great novella bring all characters together. very funny and great to see the two series coming together
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