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Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399237968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399237966
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,193,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 33 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Fire, but still good 9 Jan. 2014
By Rover - Published on Amazon.com
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This six-story anthology focuses mainly on waterways, water creatures (such as mer-folk), and the people who interact with them. But the last story was different. Remember The Blue Sword? Did you dream of finding your own way to Damar, and having a hill pony and a wild life of formality and feudalism all your own? Well, in "A Pool in the Desert," Hetta starts dreaming her way out of the drudgery of her life, and finds out that maybe, with hard work and hard belief, she could win the dream as reality.

I picked up this book because I loved Fire. While Water does not have the same strength in its stories, they are still good, interesting, entertaining, and sometimes even haunting. I recommend it to people who enjoy McKinley's wandering words and spiral stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 April 2017
By Boatdave - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book 2 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a major Robin McKinley fan. What I love best is her facility with the English language. For someone who reads with an internal ear to the music of the written word, her prose is rich with melody and grace.
If you expect Peter Dickinson's writing to be like McKinley's, you will be disappointed. His voice is very different - a sparer cello & oboe melody compared to her dancing flutes and trumpets. It's not better or worse, but it is different. His stories are more stark. The themes are darker. But they have their own beauty.
I also really enjoyed the one Damarian tale. As McKinley's writing has matured, her female heroines have become less fairy princesses, and more survivors who find it within themselves to meet challenges and endure. Her heroes also have a few more realistic warts. This story is about a survivor. A woman who keeps her soul intact against all odds, and ultimately finds it within herself (with her sister's encouragement) to follow her dreams and change her destiny. I also liked that it was set in the present day. Perhaps there's just to much realism in it for some - we all know creeps like Hetta's parents - but I think that makes it even more satisfying. Who needs dreams more than those whose reality is a prison?
In any case, if you read the book, read it one story at a time, and enjoy the changing voices.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 Jun. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, it has great stories, some of them have stayed in my mind since I read them, so I have this book near my bed to come back to them.
It has seven stories:

1. Prologue: The Water Sprite
2. Mermaid Song
3. The Sea-King's son
4. Sea serpent
5. Water Horse
6. Kraken
7. A pool in the Desert

The stories are mesmerizing, so if you like mermaids and ocean tales, this is a MUST!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Feb. 2010
By Laura Burgandy Ice - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a short-story reader, but I am a long-time fan of Robin McKinley. I enjoyed how each story in this book was very interesting and complete in themselves. I felt the two authors blended their stories together well and added more perspective and interest. If I'd've known there were mermaids, I might have picked up this book sooner... and if I'd realized McKinley had thrown in a new one from Damar, well... now you know! I'm definitely getting Fire.
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