Discussion Forums - Fantasy

Topic: Heard of any Mermaid fantasy?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Heard of any Mermaid fantasy?
Date Posted: 8/7/2009 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
Posts: 1,716
Back To Top

Okay, I'm on the hunt for fantasies about mermaids (or mermen). Anyone got any hunches?

Anything I've seen are just anthologies, which are great, or YA, which I'm not terribly interested in.

Thanks in advance! :)

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
Posts: 1,376
Back To Top

Well, the sea and sea creatures feature prominently in three Patricia McKillip novels (all of which are fantastic): The Bell at Sealey Head, Alphabet of Thorn, and The Changeling Sea. Unfortunately I don't remember for sure if there are mer-people per se in any of them.


There are mer-people in Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, but always just as minor characters.


I swear I've run into more, but I can't think of any right now.

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 10:19 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
Posts: 15,485
Back To Top

There is the paranormal/ romance/ humor books about the mermaid Fred by MaryJanice Davidson.

One of Sara Stamey's Wild Card Run books had merpeople.  It was Double Blind. 

And look also for selkies, the Scottish mer folk.

I have one on my TBR which I think might have selkies, Swim the Moon by Paul Brandon.

ETA  Stamey is SF, not fantasy.

Last Edited on: 8/7/09 10:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/7/2009 11:25 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
Posts: 1,376
Back To Top

Ah! Selkies reminded me. The Petaybee novels by Anne McCaffrey (with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough) feature selkies, if I recall rightly. They are:


Powers That Be

Power Lines

Power Play


They are sci-fi, however.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 6:04 PM ET
Member Since: 12/6/2008
Posts: 245
Back To Top
Paranormal romance category...

"Goddess of the Sea" by PC Cast

I'd also recommend the Fred the Mermaid series by MJD.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:55 PM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
Posts: 1,716
Back To Top

Thanks for the suggestions, all. I have all of the Patricia McKillip books on my RL, but I didn't realize that they were about sea creatures, which is a nice surprise.

Also, SF suggestions are great, as that is one of my favorite genres.

If anyone ahs anymore to add, please feel free.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:01 AM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
Posts: 137
Back To Top

Shana Abe - 9780553584974 - The Last Mermaid

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:42 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
Posts: 5
Back To Top

The Patricia McKillip Books are great!  Merpeople are a big part of Emerald Sea by John Ringo, but the book is really more of an all around fantasy novel.  As for other mermaid books, it would be nice to see some more of them. :)

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 6:26 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2009
Posts: 3,041
Back To Top

There's MaryJanice Davidson's Fred series. The first two are available for order now, but the 3rd is wish listed.

There's also The Warriors of Poseidon by Alyssa Day (series begins with Atlanis Rising).

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 12:22 AM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
Posts: 926
Back To Top

Here are a couple I stumbled across while surfing the 'net:

Mermaid's Song by Alida Van Gores

The Merman's Children by Poul Anderson


Date Posted: 9/9/2009 12:10 AM ET
Member Since: 5/26/2009
Posts: 32
Back To Top

mary janice davidson's Fred the mermaid books. they're thrillers, and fantasy so yeah.

you should check it out.

hope this helped

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 10:42 AM ET
Member Since: 9/10/2009
Posts: 438
Back To Top

I just found a solicitation for The Mermaid's Madness which is coming out October 6th.  It looks like a kind of re-imagining of Disney's The Little Mermaid.  

Here's what the Amazon listing says about the book:

"What would happen if a star writer went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What he'd end up with is The Mermaid's Madness-a whole new take on The Little Mermaid. And with Jim C. Hines, of Jig the Goblin fame, penning the tale, you can bet it won't be "They lived happily ever after.""

Last Edited on: 10/2/09 10:45 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:15 PM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2009
Posts: 2,551
Back To Top

Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli would probably be considered a YA book but I love it to death. I think I've reread it at least a half a dozen times. And as others have mentioned Shana Abe's book and MJD's series are good reads.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 11:48 AM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2009
Posts: 2,551
Back To Top

Joey Hill has a trilogy that I almost forgot about. The first is called A Mermai's Kiss, the second is A Witch's Beauty, and the third is A Mermaid's Ransom. I've only read the first book but it was a pretty good read.

Last Edited on: 10/8/09 11:51 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2009
Posts: 451
Back To Top

One of my favorites was Siren by Linda Crockett Grey.  It is listed in the Horror genre, but I always thought it was just dark fantasy.  :-)  http://www.amazon.com/Siren-Linda-Crockett-Gray/dp/0812518381/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255041587&sr=1-4

There is another I remember reading and loving but I am unable to think of the title or author right now.  It involves lorelei, whales, changling girl children, whale migrations, and telepathy.  I will update if I can find it.