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Neptune Rising: Songs and Tales of the Undersea Folk

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A collection of stories and poems which feature merfolk.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Philomel Books
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Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, unfinished
There may be a specific age for which this book would hold great appeal -- say 12: old enough to understand and perhaps be intrigued by the omnipresent sexual themes (seriously, JY, do sea spirits not have any other interests?) but not old enough to be bored by the writing style and repetitiveness.

Obviously Yolen has skill. She's written many better things, although she's never been a a favorite of mine. And there is some skill displayed here, primarily in capturing a folktale-ish feel in a mod
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
A collection of stories involving mermaids and sea folk. I read this book when I was a child and needed to re-read it because some of the stories had stayed in my head. One story in particular, has haunted me for years, and upon re-reading, it had the same effect.

Jane Yolen is an excellent and imaginative writer and this was a fun re-read.
Mona Randall
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great stories and legends of mermaids and mermen.
Yolen gathers together her previously published stories and poems about merfolk, including four about selkies. There’s “Greyling,” which I first read years ago as a picture book, in which a fisherman finds a seal pup and takes him home to his wife, only to find a human baby in its place. For fifteen years, the couple tries to keep the child from returning to the sea, but of course we know that won’t work forever. There’s “The Fisherman’s Wife,” who swims to the sea floor to save her husband from ...more
Nathan Miller
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've always been a slow reader...mostly due to distrac...SQUIRREL! I was rather surprised I finished in one day. The book was a pretty fast read anyway, but held my attention nicely. It's a series of short stories and since they're by the same author, I didn't find myself having to shift mental gears between widely divergent writing styles. I won't say the stories are delightful, though. Far from it. In fact, most of them either had bittersweet or even mildly sad endings, or incomplete ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The hardcover print of this book is beautiful, with lovely artwork and text layout that definitely adds to the stories, some of which are better than others- as with almost any collection of short stories. Yolen definitely explores various water legends and myths in interesting ways, though I found myself yearning, oddly, for a more traditional mermaid depiction to show up somewhere. The tale of a lady antiques collector who faces off with an aquatic spirit in a junk shop has stuck with me the m ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
nice collection of stories although some of them gave me shivers
A classic book I read often when very young, and that was just as wonderful when I read it again a few years ago.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
When I was 10 I borrowed this this book from the library at least five times. i still think of it from time to time. Jane Yolen is a fabulous story teller.
Edith Hope
This was one of my favorite books in middle school.
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really good! I LOVE mermaids!
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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