The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water

It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset e...

Details The Shape of Water

TitleThe Shape of Water
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Romance, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Reviews The Shape of Water

  • Jolene Haack
    Husband: You're already finished that?Me: Yup.Husband: Didn't you start it today?Me: Yesterday.Husband: Still! Was there fish sex?Me: Yeah. (gentle readers it was not graphic)Husband: SERIOUSLY?!?!Me: It's about social outcasts! About seeing someone as they are, in a way that no one else sees them!Husband: Yeah but still.Me: But he's a man!Husband: STILL.Me: He's a man, babe. Husband: ...............still
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Woman falls in love with AquamanThat's how I had described this book in my TBR not knowing much about this story and.... meh close enough.I would categorize this book as Magical Realism and full disclosure... not my jam. I liked the characters, I liked the story okay.... until the end when the magical realism stuff starts happening.To be completely honest, I'm not sure I would have finished it if I hadn't listened to it as an audiobook!Will check...
  • Sophia Triad
    “Man should be better than monsters.”“Ah, but who are the monsters?” I have always had a soft spot for misunderstood monsters who are unreasonably feared. The key work here is “unreasonably”. When their life or the life of their beloved is threatened of course they are allowed to become vicious.And it’s not just me. I am sure that most of you know that there is a huge number of fans that enjoy PNR books i.e. paranormal romance, mon...
  • Huda Yahya
    هذا العمل مخصص لمن يحبون لإبقاء على روح الحلم في الواقعلمن يعيشون مغمضين عيونهم نصف إغماضةللمنبوذين الذين اختاروا العزلة أو فرضت عليهموهو أيضا لكل شخص لم يتعلم بعد أن ينظر داخل أرواح الناس ويفتش عن خباياهمليتعلم كيف يكون الحب***كلنا قرأنا الحكايا...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsTHE SHAPE OF WATER is a strange book. For a variety of reasons.1. Dual film/book release, which, to my knowledge, has never been done before.2. It’s only 312 pages long, but it has a cumulative 130 chapters (split into four sections). That’s an average of 2.4 pages per chapter. In the past, I’ve knocked an entire star off my overall rating of a book if a mere portion of it felt choppy and chaotic b/c short chapters. ...
  • Charlotte May
    "We did this to it. We dragged it up here. We tortured it. What's next? What species do we wipe out next? Is it us? I hope it is. We deserve it." Now...I went into this knowing that it would be pretty odd. All I'd heard about this book was that it involves a woman who falls in love with an amphibious man/creature. Definitely up there on the strange scale.The first 100 pages or so were pretty slow, I wasn't invested, and almost gave up. We have 2 ...
  • Jilly
    The book is awesome, as long as you remind yourself to stay in the moment. The fantasy. The UNreality. Because, if not, you will be thinking weird shit, like me. See, I'm a weird shit thinker. I'll let you know where my twisted mind went in just a second.First, about the book. It has multiple POV's and is about an amphibious man-like creature that the army found in the Amazon and immediately captured to study it in the lab. It sounds about right....
  • Tina Haigler
    4 1/2 stars! This book was beautiful. I can't think of any other way to describe it. The story, the characters, the words themselves. It was all beautiful. The best way I can think of to describe the way this book made me feel is I'm a shoreline and the words in this book are the waves in the ocean, coming and going, each time leaving something, but also taking something with them when they leave.The book is split into four parts. Parts one and t...
  • Carol
    4.5 Stars.....After finally deciding to watch the movie (that I enjoyed MUCH more than I thought I would) just had to checkout what Guillermo del Toro did with the book....and so glad I did!....The setting is Cold War era America 1962, and unlike the flick, the novel begins with a human monster....Richard Strickland....assigned a dangerous mission in the sweltering jungles and rain forests of South America to locate and capture a legendary new li...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    A Brilliant Novelizations...For a Magical Movie..Of Hope and Acceptance and Love
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: I hate that that’s my reaction to this book, but good god almighty was it a slog for me. And it sucks double because I obviously read it wrong being that the handful of my friends who have already read it really enjoyed it. I don’t know what happened. I mean, the story is one that’s been told a time or twelve before. . . . . “Man should be better than monsters.” “Ah, but w...
  • Anniebananie
    Ok lasst mich klarstellen: auch wenn ich laut goodreads fast einen Monat gebraucht habe um dieses Buch zu beenden stimmt das so nicht ganz. Denn eigentlich hab ich das Buch an 2 Nachmittagen beendet, nur lagen diese Nachmittage leider recht weit auseinander 🤷🏼♀Der Grund ist, dass das Buch meiner Meinung nach einfach nichts für nebenbei ist. Die Thematik und der Schreibstil erfordern einfach die volle Aufmerksamkeit und Konzentration des ...
  • Bark (Has Atrocious Taste)
    If you don’t know the story yet, The Shape of Water is about a Sea God that is captured by an evil man who considers himself a Jungle God. The Sea God is taken to a laboratory where he is held captive and subjected to torture by human monsters who want to destroy this thing they don’t understand. A mute janitor named Elisa shows him kindness and brings him eggs and music and they fall in love.If you’ve ever had a little secret crush on The ...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    4.5 StarsBuddy read at This was a beautifully told story about so many individuals that just didn’t fit into the time or place they were born into and how each touched the others life. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The prose is beautiful and it helped me connect to each of the characters in a different way. It makes me want to protect Elisa, our mute heroine that finds little ways to defy authority and be the woman she is. She is a good fri...
  • Stepheny
    When I first saw the previews for The Shape of Water I remember thinking that it not only looked different, but it looked weird. Weird is my thing. I love weird. I embrace it. Well, when the book showed up on my GR Newsfeed I about shat myself out of pure excitement. Not only is it a book, but it is written by Guillermo del Toro himself. We all know the man can make movies, but a writer too? Surely this was going to be a perfect storm of creative...
  • Malacorda
    ...and the oscar goes to... Questa lettura presta inesorabilmente il fianco ad un bilancio (per quanto provvisorio) delle peggiori letture del 2018. Se ho assegnato due stelline alla Romano, a Zeichen e – per motivi opposti – alla Meyer, qui proprio non posso andare oltre la stellina singola: ed è così che il libro vince il premio per il peggior libro dell'anno, perché sarà difficile trovare di peggio. Mai titolo fu più azzeccato: questo...
  • JV
    "She holds him, he holds her, they hold each other, and all is dark, all is light, all is ugliness, all is beauty, all is pain, all is grief, all is never, all is forever." A moving, mesmerizing, uplifting, and beautifully-written narrative, The Shape of Water plunges us into Occam Aerospace Research Center, a government facility in Baltimore, where a mysterious Amazonian creature (Deus Brânquia) is being kept for further study in the deepest re...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum as one half of a “bold two-tiered release”, The Shape of Water is the companion novel to the Guillermo del Toro film of the same name. But what exactly does this mean? Curiosity piqued, I decided to do some digging around, and found out that the idea for a story about a mute woman falling in love with an imprisoned river monster actually came to author Daniel ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    The Shape of Water is undoubtedly an odd story. I have yet to see the film, but the book really has a captivating sense of subtle creepiness as well as deep nostalgia at the same time. Often that which isn't understood is feared and hated, but for Elisa, who herself feels different due to her insignificant job and her inability to speak, she finds herself identifying with a strange new creature who seems to be just as lonely and frustrated as she...
  • Jo
    Buddy read with the wonderful weekly UF Wednesday group over at BB&B. To love,In its many forms and shapes. The dedication of this book sums up so perfectly just what this book is about. It’s about being different, struggling in the box the world tries to force you into because it can’t understand and accept your difference and finally breaking free to fight for those you love. I absolutely loved the beautiful writing, the amazing charac...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    The Shape Of Water was a strange book I got from the library on Audible. It started out fascinating but very gritty and rough. Then it varied between long boring periods and interesting scenes. I just couldn't hardly stand the slow bits at all! I really loved the premise of the strange story but the boring parts just drug it down for me. The narration was excellent however.
  • Brittany
    Wow, this was really well done. I wasn't really sure what to expect, having never read anything by Guillermo del Toro. I have always enjoyed his dark cinematic story telling and his unique way of portraying intrinsic lessons and observations about life. I enjoyed the movie that is kin to this book but the book was phenomenal. The descriptions of mind and atmosphere were beautiful and scary to behold. The characters were very well done and it was ...
  • Alexandra
    Poetic, beautiful, far more emotional than the movie. Some scenes were different than the movie but still, this is one of the few times where both book and movie have amazed me equally!
  • Sara Saif
    I was beyond excited for this. Ever since I saw the trailer. I haven’t seen the film which only made me more curious for it. Pan’s Labrynth and Pacific Rim are two of my all-time favorite films. I love them with all my heart and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen them. This looked to be similar and it was, the Guillermo Del Toro visual aesthetic was leaping off the page, the imagery was vivid in my mind, its sharpness booste...
  • Sepani
    The story line feels very unique and amazing. Its very odd and weird at the same time... A fish-god-man falling love with a mute girl.... 💖I'm so excited to watch the movie.
  • Jaya
    My second movie-to-book-adaptation. Very satisfactory read (both). Why am I surprised that both (movies) were made by the same guy!I vote for more such movie-to-book things! There are so many that I would love to read as a story. If all the powers that be is/are listening i.e.
  • Dennis
    I picked this up at the library on a whim, not knowing what to expect. I’m delighted to say that it was truly enchanting.It’s 1962, at the height of the Cold War. Deus Brânquia (the Gill-God), an amphibious man, is chased by the US government, with plans to study him for Cold War advancements. Richard Strickland, the villain of this story and a soldier obsessed with his assignment, is able to capture him in the Amazon. The creature is brough...
  • Leon Enciso
    Reto Lector 2018- Diciembre: Un libro con ilustraciones.Igual (O incluso mas.) de hermoso y perfecto que la pelicula