Tuesday, June 3, 2014
A Merman's Kiss by Laura Lond
The old legend says that a merman's kiss will make a girl pretty and bring her luck. One poor working girl is desperate enough to try it. She is warned that she must do everything exactly as she is told... but never warned about the effect it might have on the merman.
I found out about Laura Lond's writing a couple of years ago. A Merman's Kiss was the first book I had read by her. I have read quite a few of her books since then, but A Merman's Kiss will always be my favorite.
A Merman's Kiss almost reminds me of an Aesop's fable. The novella is similar to a fable because it is short, yet also teaches a few great lessons. The first lesson the novella teaches is to always be grateful for what you have. Leatra was a disgustingly ungrateful woman. She treated everyone around her terribly. Due to her being ungrateful, she was never truly happy. The next lesson the story teaches is to always be kind to everyone you meet. Leatra was extremely rude to the merman. Ellie was nice to him, and everyone else, and ended up living a better life than Leatra.
To this day, Laura Lond remains one of my favorite short story authors. Her writing style pulls the reader in and makes them not want the story to end. I think it's a shame that he is not more well known among the book community.
I give A Merman's Kiss: 4/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.