Mermaid Spotting in WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Patricia McKillip

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When I was first getting into Patricia McKillip, I bought a big batch of books off ebay. (I blame Sarah J. Maas, author of THRONE OF GLASS, for introducing me to her a few years ago. GAH!) When I saw that McKillip had come out with a short story collection, I grabbed it right away.

But even if I HADN'T heard of McKillip before, I would have grabbed it anyway because THERE IS A MERMAID ON THE COVER:

I love the artsy feel of a McKillip cover...and a mermaid!? INSTANT BUY.

I haven't read every single story in the collection so far (I'm savoring them and reading them little by little), but I did read two tales involving underwater creatures so far!

The first, The Kelpie, has a very turn-of-the-century, Austen-esque feel to it and features...a kelpie! And a lake king. It's one of the longer tales in the collection, and I love that it focuses on kelpies, which few people know about!

The other major underwater title in the collection is Undine. It features an undine who is getting ready to go to the mortal realm in order to bring back her first "husband." But nothing goes the way she thinks it will! There's a beautiful sentence on page one of the short story (Well, page 231 in the collection, but you know!) that showcases McKillip's ethereal way of writing: "To catch humans, I have to rise up into their time, pull them down into ours. It takes practice, which is why so many of them die."
Whether you're new to McKillip and looking for a way in, or an old fan ready for a new treat, WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD is a great collection to pick up (Especially if you like underwater creatures!)
Author: Patricia McKillip
 Publication date: Sept. 26, 2012
Publisher: Tachyon Publications Tachyon Publications

Stylistically rooted in fairy tale and mythology, imperceptible landscapes are explored in these opulent stories from a beloved fantasy icon. There are princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune’s fool stealing into the present instead of the future. In one mesmerizing tale, a time-traveling angel is forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather’s religious ravings, while another narrative finds a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen and returning the treasure that is rightfully hers. Bewitching, bittersweet, and deeply intoxicating, this collection draws elements from the fables of history and re-creates them in startlingly magical ways.