Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep by Paula Guran, Elizabeth Bear, Neil Gaiman, Caitlín R. Kiernan
- The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalka, nymphs, selkes,
and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa,
the Near East and Asia. Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister —
modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful — and sometimes wicked
— watery world!
|Edition description:||Not Appropriate For Children|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||Up to 18 Years|
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Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
So normally, I am not into a book of short stories. Why when I love Stephen King stories so much? Because I've come to love the full-length tales more- but with this book- I was not disappointed. There's nothing more terrifying than the things that may or may not lurk beneath the glassy surface of our oceans. Picture In Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, put together by editor, Paula Guran, popular authors like Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Caitlin R. Kieran and so many more put together stories of sirens, nymphs, and various sea people. From shy to seductive; from benevolent to beastly- all holding tight to the tales that make Disney's Little Mermaid look like a walk in the park. No, my friends, these are more like the mer-folk of The Pirates of the Caribbean movie! So before I give a few reviews, I first have to mention this book cover. I fell in love with this book cover the moment it popped up on my computer screen! I had to have it. Look at her eyes- doesn't she look real!? Mystical? Magical? This is what book covers are all about! I'd have been happy with this book on my shelf even without reading it, but then I'd lose the true treasures that make this so great. Her skin textures, her plica semilunaris (the pink corners of her eyes)- all of it screams to me. What do you think? Am I just crazy or is this book cover not amazing? You know it is- just say so! To read the rest of this review, http://tinyurl.com/pgkvwlk *Book provided by Paula Guran, for an honest review.
I'm not really a fan of short stories. I generally enjoy a longer, more in depth story. Which is why I usually stick to novels. However this collection is about mermaids, and that fascinates me; and it has stories by a lot of well known (and many of my favorite) authors. My favorites were: "Swell", "Miss Carstairs and the Merman"; "Each to Each"; "Salt Wine"; and "Forever, Miss Tapekwa County". However, there weren't any of the stories that I disliked. The writing is all very well done, and all of the stories are unique. I recommend Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep for fans of mermaids, fantasy, science fiction and other speculative fiction; even if you normally shy away from short stories, like me.
Fabulous! Really, this collection of short stories has some of the best authors in it, with all of the stories centered around the central theme of mermaids and other such fun creatures. Most of the stories are pretty great, all of them are fun to read, and I loved finding a collection of stories that centered around the mythical mermaid. I actually took mine to the beach to read it, and that actually made the reading even more fun. It really was a treat to find something different to read, so much so, I actually was hoping that some of these authors would have continued writing where they had left off from the short story that they gave in this addition.