Robin McKinley: Water Tales of Elemental Spirits

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Six stories by married authors Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley to varying degrees themed around the element of water Overall I liked McKinley s better no surprise there but Dickinson s Kraken was uite good too making up for the dullness of his Sea Serpent The last three stories were better than the first threeThe final story Pool in the Desert is set tangentially in the world of McKinley s Damar novels It and Dickinson s first story Mermaid Song both felt as if they would have been better as longer novellas They also had in common that the ole of water was not particularly essential to the story There is so much great YA fantasy fiction now but it was fun to go back to where it all started for me A collection of short stories about creatu. What magical beings inhabit earth's waters Some are almost familiar as mer people; some as strange as the thing glimpsed only as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of Damar's Great Desert Kalarsham where the mad god Geljdreth ules; or the.

Res of the deep I didn t ealize until just before writing this Slave Again (Whispers of Refuge review however that the authors are husband and wife pretty cool Each contributes three stories and overall I think I liked Dickinson s better If I had toate just the McKinley pieces I d probably just give it two stars Sea Serpent and Kraken were my two favorite stories I liked it well enough that I ll probably ead the next one in the series which has a theme of fireI thought it Damar Damar Damar Damar Damar and a character named Ruth DamarSo yes this collection had a new Damar story which I loved but I thought the collection as a whole was kind of erratic but that is maybe partly due to the fact that I adore Robin McKinley and don t have the same eaction to Peter Dickinson The. Unknowable immense Kraken dark beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean who will one day Autumn Days with the Moodys (Moody Family rise andule the world Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson names well known to lovers of fantasy have given us six stories of the fabulous creatures.

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Three McKinley stories in the collection were my favorite and I ended up skimming one of Dickinson s The Sea Serpent because I couldn t get into it McKinley simply paints images in my head that efuse to go away no matter how long it has been since I have ead the story that sparked the paintingDefinitely worth eading if you love McKinley and if you want to give the others a try I think Mermaid Song is his strongest offering in the volume Even when I admire Dickinson s stories I don t love them in the visceral way I love McKinley s so this collection is a little uneven for me Of Dickinson s contributions I like Kraken the most of McKinley smmm hard to say because I love all three but maybe A Pool in the Desert because it s partly set in Damar. Associated with the element of water Each story is as different from the others as are the creatures themselves but all are vividly imagined and powerfully told in the way that their many admirers have learnt to expect from these two write.

Peter Dickinson also a writer and with whom she co wrote Water Tales of Elemental Spirits in 2001 and two lurchers crossbred sighthoundsOver the years she has worked as an editor and transcriber 1972 73 research assistant 1976 77 bookstore clerk 1978 teacher and counselor 1978 79 editorial assistant 1979 81 barn manager 1981 82 free lance editor 1982 85 and full time writer Other than writing and reading books she divides her time mainly between walking her hellhounds gardening cooking playing the piano homeopathy change ringing and keeping her blog