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There is so much great YA fantasy fiction now, but it was fun to go back to where it all started for me. I couldn t bear to give it any lower than 4 I think it deserves a 3.List of stories Mermaid Song Dickinson The Sea King s Son McKinley Sea Serpent Dickinson Water Horse McKinley Kraken Dickinson A Pool in the Desert McKinley All the stories were pretty cool But the last one most of all I absolutely fell in love with A Pool in the Desert My favourite story in this collection, by far The contrast was spectacular The writing was masterful McKinley jolted me out of a grey, tedious, sa I couldn t bear to give it any lower than 4 I think it deserves a 3.List of stories Mermaid Song Dickinson The Sea King s Son McKinley Sea Serpent Dickinson Water Horse McKinley Kraken Dickinson A Pool in the Desert McKinley All the stories were pretty cool But the last one most of all I absolutely fell in love with A Pool in the Desert My favourite story in this collection, by far The contrast was spectacular The writing was masterful McKinley jolted me out of a grey, tedious, sad, everyday life to one of spice, splendour and suspense ooh, alliteration okay, maybe not so much the suspense At any rate, I thought the way she explored reality vs fantasy and how you can step out and into either to be fantastic Zasharan sounds really ahem cool I loved how it ended.Coming in second is Water Horse and Kraken, which makes McKinley my preferred author for this book, not that it really matters, but I saw some other reviewers doing it, so I felt that the magic in Water Horse wasn t well explained Yes, i understand that this is a short story, but I really don t get how it works It kind of messes with me I like need to know stuff like that.For any fan of McKinley Dickinson, or for any lover of fantasy, or for any person looking for masterful short stories.Oh, and I realised afterward A Pool in the Desert was set in Damar, which was the same for the Blue Sword I did read The Blue Sword, but very long ago, and I didn t really enjoy it by Robin McKinley and Peter DickinsonThis is the first in a planned series called Elementals, all consisting of short stories by Dickinson and McKinley The second, Fire, has just come out So, naturally, I decided it was time for a re read.Overall, I really enjoyed the book While the opening story, Mermaid Song by Dickinson did bother me slightly it all seemed very expected, somehow repressive society, child rebelling against said society, etc., etc , the second story The Sea Kin by Robin McKinley and Peter DickinsonThis is the first in a planned series called Elementals, all consisting of short stories by Dickinson and McKinley The second, Fire, has just come out So, naturally, I decided it was time for a re read.Overall, I really enjoyed the book While the opening story, Mermaid Song by Dickinson did bother me slightly it all seemed very expected, somehow repressive society, child rebelling against said society, etc., etc , the second story The Sea King s Son by McKinley was in the best fairy tale but not quite tradition note some content in this one, although it s not very explicit The Sea Serpent confused me, to be honest I never quite grasped the intricacies of landscape or society Water Horse was nice, especially in its deviation from the normal fairy tale ish ending Kraken was intriguing and had some lovely images A Pool in the Desert was welcome as a return to Damar for those of you who may not be aware of the fact, I read The Blue Sword ten times between 7th and 8th grade I liked it, although I was jarred by the references to our authors, which seemed out of place somehow they located me a little too firmly in reality There is a re issued edition with a new cover and introduction, but I couldn t find it anywhere online, so I ll just have to wait and buy it eventually they re married and what s with the overly similar titles this year There s Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins Fire, by Kristin Cashore and Fire, by McKinley and Dickinson I give McKinley and Dickinson a pass because they ve had this book coming out for years Book source Inter library loanRobin McKinley s website and blog, if you are a fan and didn t know Peter Dickinson s website A collection of short stories about creatures of the deep I didn t realize until just before writing this 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 to rate 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 read the next one in the series, which has a theme of fire.I thought A collection of short stories about creatures of the deep I didn t realize until just before writing this 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 to rate 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 read the next one in the series, which has a theme of fire.I thought it was interesting that none of the main characters except one came from a function family Sad, but I guess it fits the fairy tale genre Mermaid Song Loved the ending, but had a heartbreaking middle The Sea King s Son Enjoyed some of the elements of the story, but a little gushier than I like Sea Serpent Perhaps my favorite story of the compilation Scary monsters, adventure, magic this one had it all Water Horse My favorite of McKinley s interesting ideas of the guardians and how their magic works Kraken Good story, archetypal facing of the unknown It worked out in the end a little better than I would have expected, but I was expectingLovecraft and less Disney A Pool in the Desert This was just weird Sucky home life for the main character who has crazy parents, enough that I can understand her desire to leave But I didn t really get why she formed such an attachment for where she was headed nothing particularly good there for her and the pacing in the last two pages was so much faster than earlier that it threw me off McKinley s total shift of momentum left me feeling slightly confused and unhappy about the ending She should have just cut out one or two paragraphs, or fleshed them out to a few pages worth.Rating PG 13, for some mild sexuality A collection of six stories themed around water, written well but not exactly connecting with me The Sea King s Son was easily my favorite, with its sweet, earnest romance I feel very sure that I ve read this before elsewhere, but can t think of where It didn t matter, I still liked reading it The rest of the stories just weren t for me But then, I m not a big fan of Robin McKinley, so it s not really surprising. Damar Damar Damar Damar Damar and a character named Ruth Damar So, 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 reaction to Peter Dickinson The 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 Damar Damar Damar Damar Damar and a character named Ruth Damar So, 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 reaction to Peter Dickinson The 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 refuse to go away, no matter how long it has been since I have read the story that sparked the painting.Definitely worth reading 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. *Download Pdf ⇻ Water ⇡ Seven tales describe magical beings that inhabit our waters Some are familiar mer people some as strange as as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of the Great Desert Kalarsham, where the mad god Geljdreth rules or the unknowable, immense Kraken, dark beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean, who will one day rise and rule the worldPrologue The water sprite Robin mcKinley and Peter DickinsonMermaid song Peter DickinsonThe sea king s son Robin McKinleySea serpent Peter DickinsonWater horse Robin McKinleyKraken Peter DickinsonA pool in the desert Robin McKinley This was the first time I ve ever really read a short story collection, so it was a new and interesting experience for me Each story is unique and from what I can tell takes place in an entirely different universe from the last Going through each story was a little bit of a roller coaster, because one would leave me feeling really satisfied, and the next I wasn t so happy with, but then I loved the one after that Whew I need to lie down And there s a really cool but simple artistic thing This was the first time I ve ever really read a short story collection, so it was a new and interesting experience for me Each story is unique and from what I can tell takes place in an entirely different universe from the last Going through each story was a little bit of a roller coaster, because one would leave me feeling really satisfied, and the next I wasn t so happy with, but then I loved the one after that Whew I need to lie down And there s a really cool but simple artistic thing done at the beginning of each tale that I thought was a neat detail.There was a lovely, quick way of indicating to the reader which author Robin McKinley or Peter Dickinson had penned the story that followed in the form of the graphic at the start of each tale Overall, the writing was beautiful Both writing styles are very similar I don t know if that was intentional or not, but it did add a nice flow to the book on the whole And I am absolutely in love with Robin McKinley s writing She s been my favorite author for a long time now Specifically, I didn t care for Sea Serpent I didn t like the main god priest character very much, and I liked the fact that he won in the end even less On the flip side of that, I really liked The Sea King s Son If you re looking for a straight up fairytale love story, that s your ticket I appreciated that the protagonists relationship develops without physical contact for a long time and just focused on talking and sharing and getting to know one another first They re both very different, but they admire their differences and love one another for the people they are Seriously, such a good love story As much as I liked The Sea King s Son, I absolutely adored The Water Horse If you liked Uprooted by Naomi Novik which is another fantastic book you should definitely read , allow me to unabashedly pull you towards McKinley s The Water Horse and place it in your hands It s beautiful and sweet, and there s a strong thread of self empowerment and community running through it.I really enjoyed the experience of reading through this entire book, though Each story is really different, and they re all incredibly well done Now go read The Water Horse and Uprooted Generally, the stories in this anthology were fine I just wasn t overwhelmed by any of them It s probably partially due to the evolution in my tastes, as there was a time I loved McKinley without question In recent years, I ve beenjudgemental with her books Pegasus nearly killed me to get through it.So, the stories in this anthology were fine I have never been a big fan of Dickinson, and the stories he wrote did nothing to turn me Of the stories in the book he wrote, the first was pr Generally, the stories in this anthology were fine I just wasn t overwhelmed by any of them It s probably partially due to the evolution in my tastes, as there was a time I loved McKinley without question In recent years, I ve beenjudgemental with her books Pegasus nearly killed me to get through it.So, the stories in this anthology were fine I have never been a big fan of Dickinson, and the stories he wrote did nothing to turn me Of the stories in the book he wrote, the first was probably the one I liked most I found the others got into so much technical jargon about the subject matter that I was bored or confused Yes, I assume you did your research about boats, but I m quite happy to not share in that knowledge so can you edit out some of those yawn details and get to the story please The McKinley stories were better, but even there, I wasn t dying to finish any Of her stories, the Sea King s Son was the one I liked the best The Damar story was the one I bought the book for and was most excited by when I bought the anthology, but it fell very flat for me The time travel or whatever it was smelled of time travel which my family knows I hate and the fact that Damar figured very little in the story It was just weird If you like McKinley and or Dickinson this won t be a wash But if you don t know either, not sure this is the piece to start with