Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits
by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson
Description: A series of short stories centered
around water spirits.
Really an incredible range of stories for such a narrow
and yet liquid wide subject.
“Mermaid’s Song” the story of a young girl named Piteable
in an alternate reality Puritan community. The power of women’s stories and of
“The Sea King’s Son” a love story taking place in between.
The paths between breathing air and water.
“Sea Serpent” the passing of the matrilineal world. Caves
and serpents passing away to stonyhenges.
“Water Horse” a story with a very earthsea vibe. Islands
and water horses and kindness
“Kraken” a story of playing hooky on the last day of
school, for beyond lies responsibility, of lovers perfectly poised and
beautiful, of the growing up in the under sea.
My favorite was the final story, “A Pool in the Desert,”
which is a short story involving Damar and choices, being trapped in a life in a
lush green land and yet starved for the water of the internal.