Friday, May 30, 2008

Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits (book review)

This was a book of six short stories about elemental spirits, by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson. There were tales of mermaids, sea serpents, krakens, and less known things (like a mysterious golden eye and an enormous horse made out of water). In some stories, the heroes and heroines were human, and in some, they were sea-people. These two authors spun six magnificent tales and turned a simple element into something to be feared.

My favorite stories were "The Sea-King's Son", "Kraken", and "Water Horse". Also high on my list was "A Pool in the Desert". "Mermaid's Song" was okay, but I really hated "Sea Serpent". I wish the authors had written more stories like these ones, although I don't know for sure if they have or not. Some stories were typical fantasy-romance tales, and others were dark and disturbing. But overall, I loved this book!