Review: “Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue” edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, & Troy L. Wiggins

Release Date: January 18, 2022
Publisher: Third Man Books
Genre: Anthologies

Description

Trouble the Waters gathers the tidal force of bestselling, renowned writers from Lagos to New Orleans, Memphis to Copenhagen, Northern Ireland and London, offering extraordinary speculative fiction tales of ancient waters in all its myriad forms. Meet techno savvy water spirits, bayou saints and sirens, robots and river rootwomen, a pod of joyful space whales, and a castle of water-born terrors and mysteries. Including work by Nalo Hopkinson, Jaquira Diaz, Andrea Hairston, Linda D. Addison, Rion Amilcar Scott, Marie Vibbert, Maurice Broaddus, and other breakout beautiful voices, these stories and poems celebrate the most vital of elemental forces, water.

My Thoughts

Much like the title, the anthology’s theme of ‘‘wa­ter’’ takes on many different meanings. Initially it sounded too simple, but with each story and poem, a new layer is added. Each entry is different from the rest yet united by a common theme, sometimes a hard interpretation and other times an extremely loose interpretation. From to sea monsters to mermaids, from canals to rivers to oceans, from eco-justice to the Middle Passage and Transatlantic slave trade, from myths to legends to folktales and beyond. The anthology is as ever changing as wa­ter itself, or as Thomas puts it in her introduction, ‘‘evoking water in its myriad moods and modes.’’

Read the rest of my review at locusmag.com.

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