Fall is just around the corner, I can feel the air starting to change YAY! First, how about one last summer book ramble? OK here we go. Today we will go through the short story collection Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep edited by Paula Guran. I got it to read on the cruise, 'cause what better place to read about water creatures then in the middle of the ocean. I did not get to finish it on the cruise, then it took forever 'cause I could only read it next to water. But here we are and it is finished and here are my favorite stories. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Sea-Hearts by Margo Lanagan - An island where all the wives and mothers are captured Selkies is the setting for this story. It is told from the prospective of a child and is in parts magical, disturbing and melancholy. I always like tales set in isolated places, seems to add to the atmosphere of what is possible and the unusual perspective gives you time to figure things out for yourself. The bond between husband and wife, mother and child and captor and captive is explored in a vary unique way.
Each to Each by Seanan McGuire - There are several stories about humans adapting to live beneath the waves in this book, but this one was probably my favorite. I think what I liked best about this story was the fictional science behind it and the descriptions of the various types of sea creatures the girls used to turn themselves into the proverbial "mermaid" The transformation from women to sea creatures in this tale is a pretty cool path to follow.
Salt Wine by Peter S. Beagle - A man saves a merrow (a male mermaid) and in return gets the recipe for Salt Wine, a wine that encapsulates the sea in a drink. The man and his friend build an empire around it only to discover that on the rare occasion, the drinker of the Salt Wine turns into a mermaid/merrow. In the end the man to his sorrow discovers that his beloved wife had fallen victim to the Salt Wine and turns into a mermaid herself. A very interesting tale of the sea.
A Good Husband by Angela Slater - We leave the sea for a small lake in this tale and visit a water spirit that lives in the lake. We watch her interact with the women and girls of the local village through out the years and finally see her help a girl with an abusive relationship. I like the completely different take on a water creature that this story takes and enjoyed it thoroughly.