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Book Gallery 12

The last of Emilie's finds.


Although Zena Holloway's best known for her adorable water-baby books, she did dedicate at least one book to photographing adults. Her gorgeous, evocative book "Sirens" is truly a masterpiece of aquatic/fantasy art, featuring young men and women in gorgeous watery settings. Sometimes the models are featured as humans, sometimes as nymphs or merpeople, but always with expressive poses. The camera special effects are ingenuis and magical, often giving the images the impression of blissful dreams underwater. Any and all nudity is tasteful; even the pictures of couples in romantic poses are gently sensual instead of roughly erotic. Holloway has been described as a woman who loves the water world and her pictures are solid proof of the freedom and ecstasy that can be found underwater. As someone who has grown up by a bay and loved swimming all my life, I can truly appreciate this book and I consider it something of a tragedy that it is unavailable. I was fortunate enough to find a lone copy, but there's no telling when this will be available to the general public again. If you manage to find a copy, hold on to it!


Alice, an ugly duckling with webbed feet who never grew into a swan, is taking a frigid winter swim in Lake Riley, high in the Georgia Appalachians, when she has a vision of a drowning diver. She sends Griffin Randolph a mental message to breathe and establishes a telepathic link. At the same time a little girl falls into the icy lake on the opposite shore, and, amazingly enough, Alice is able to save her, but the rescue puts her unhappily in the spotlight and under suspicion. Then the three glamorous Bonavendier sisters of Sainte's Point Island show up at the awards ceremony and inform Alice that she's their father's posthumous daughter. When Alice arrives at the island, she discovers that she and Griffin have a mysterious bond, that a long-standing enmity separates his family and hers, and that the Bonavendiers' past includes a mermaid great-grandmother and accusations of piracy. Readers of Alice Hoffman will enjoy Smith's surprisingly convincing blend of romance and magical realism. Diana Tixier Herald




The book is about Juna Lee Poinfax and Molly Revere, 2 mer females, which means that they are humane but have special traites like being able to dive for over an hour, charming animals and much more. the two helps to keep 3 girls safe from their potentially dangerous father. They also develope affairs with wonderful mer-men. The plot thickens when we learn about a plot of an oil company to ruin the world as we know it.But it is not realy a suspence book but a rather a love/fantasy book which creates a world with its own rules.


Icons of the sea, pop culture seductresses, and mythical sirens-mermaids have been swimming in and out of our collective consciousness since the beginning of recorded time, and their images have graced folk-art pieces for centuries. Here's a gorgeous gift book about these legendary sea nymphs that gracefully combines full color art, including paintings, sculptures, and illustrations by Paul Gaugin and Gustav Klimt, with literary quotations and lore that span more than 2,000 years. Text includes selections from Ovid, Shakespeare, Goethe, Melville, and Poe, plus "The Little Mermaid" and "The Legend of Undine."


Andre Norton, one of the most popular and long-producing science fiction writers, is honored here. A group of writers, many of whom show her influence in their early writing, decided to produce a book of short stories of the sort that she might have told. The contributors are among the best and most widely read of today's science fiction/fantasy writers. Stories are grouped according to themes often found in Norton's work. None of the stories is outstanding, although many are good, but together they make a satisfying whole that is a proper tribute to the Grande Dame of science fiction. Betsy Shorb, PGCMLS, Md.






Shape Shifters Willow's soft spot for critters finds her spending a cold winter morning along the coast as part of a volunteer rescue team, cleaning up an oil spill that has damaged the marine habitat. While climbing over some rocks, she discovers another unexpected victim of the spillage -- a selkie, a shape-shifting seal girl who won't be able to return to the sea until the oil is removed from her coat. Willow takes the creature back to the library so that Giles and the Slayerettes can help her to restore her magickal coat. However, though "Ariel," as the posse dubs her, is endearing in her innocence, Buffy can't quite shake her innate suspicions of the creature whose nature, like the ocean, is ever changing. Unfortunately, the spill has forced more than a selkie from the cold water. Merrows look very much like traditional mermaids -- with one important and fatal difference. As if things weren't complicated enough...


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