#sorrynotsorry! I can’t refrain from posting one more mer-story this month, because it’s so good. At least it’s not selkies this time! ^_^;
Rivers Solomon, et al. The Deep. New York: Saga Press, 2019.
Rating: 5 out of 5 combs decorated with mysterious etchings, like tooth marks, lodged inside a human skull inside the body of a shark.
Recommended if you like: Collaborative stories inspired by music. #ownvoices speculative fiction that deals with trauma and injustice, but flows toward a hopeful future. Highly sensitive protagonists who find strength in self-care. Queer-focused world-building.
- “The Deep,” by clipping.
- “Birth of New Life,” by Drexciya
- “Quiet,” by Ibibio Sound Machine
- “Ascension,” by Slikback
- “Release,” by Afro Celt Sound System
P.S. I’ve created a Spotify playlist called “Sirens and Selkies,” which is inspired by my favorite mer-stories (I couldn’t find the Ocean Girl soundtrack there, but you can download it for free from the Internet Archive). You can also find several other bookish playlists at my NeriSiren Spotify account. Keep checking back as I add more lit-inspired tunes!