An Aquatic Mystery

Last week I posted that one of the new books I have coming out in April was on a very different topic than anything I’ve done before, and that it was “sort of related to an aquatic life form … but not really.”

So what is it?


Gilles Arbour posted a comment suggesting that it might be about sirens. I like that. However, no dice.

Carla Gosselin countered that it wasn’t sirens, but “the female form of that aquatic manifestation, the Serinade!” Nice, Carla. An A for creativity.


But, nope.

It’s not a flying fish, dogfish, catfish, or monkfish. (Nor one fish, not two fish, nor red fish, and not bluefish.)

Not a mermaid, either.

It’s not shark. Not a porpoise or dolphin. Not a whale. (And definitely not a minnow.)

Tell you what. The first person who guesses what this aquatic mystery guest is — I’ll send you a signed copy of the book when it comes out!

7 Responses to “An Aquatic Mystery”

  1. Ann Carter Says:

    OK John — My most fun guess is aquavit, or aquavitae — and lots of it :-) But I have a feeling it has to do with your previous reference to fog and depression — and the many philosophical effects of a single drop of water.
    Google must be wondering about the interest in aquatic life forms :-)
    Can’t wait to hear the real answer.
    My best, Ann

  2. Gilles Arbour Says:

    Hmmm… Neptune? Cyanobacteria? Cousteau? Michael Phelps?

    OK – No free book for me! Oh well.

  3. jdmann Says:

    Hi, Ann! Actually, to confuse things still further: the post about the “fog of distress” pertains to my new book coming out on April 3 — but the remark about the mystery aquatic life form has to do with the new book that releases a week later, on April 10! Totally different book, wholly different topic, Batman!

  4. Derek Says:

    I don’t want to spoil the fun but I’m pretty sure I’ve figured it out….all I can say is WOW – definitely not a topic I would have expected from you and I can’t wait to check this one out!

  5. Christie Ellis Says:

    Is it about those gigantic amoebas that were discovered last year by NatGeo?

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