Saturday, July 14
Book Review: The Sea-Folk
Author: Frank Delaney
Summary: What follows is a tale that might have come from a wandering storyteller who knew his Irish western coastline. The names of those seaboard counties throb with atmosphere - Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, and down and around to Cork and Waterford. Who knows what creatures came ashore from there in days so dark that their shadows had shadows? Or observed humans from out in the tide? And who knows how they interacted with the people on the land?
The seanchai knew; that was his profession - to know the unknowable and tell it to the rest of us sitting around the fire. In some farmhouse, deep in the middle of a fertile county, where they never hear the surf, and never even glimpse a wandering sea-gull, they can only imagine the rampaging white horses of the waves as they gallop toward the shore, and the sad high notes of the mermaid's fatal song.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The fourth short story in the series and it's just as good as the previous three. I am loving these short stories and wish they would come out faster. This story has the same pace as the other three and the narrator's voice shines through the story. In fact I think how the story is narrated it's one of my favourite aspects while reading it. I'm not a big audio book fan, but I think this story and the others would be fantastic on audio. Because of the way the author writes it, you already have the feel that someone is sitting there with you, reading the book.
I also loved the story this one, the folklore behind the mermaids and other sea creatures. It was a fun and quick read. The author gives the reader an excellent grasp on the folklore and "magic" behind the story and makes you want more. I am anxiously awaiting for the next installment of his storyteller series!
Would I recommend it to read: Yes, read all the short stories in the series, then read the authors novels!
What to read next: The Druid, Pig Song, The Girl Who Lived on the Moon
Challenges: 12 in 12, Speculative Challenge