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Pamela Dean (1) (1953–)

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Verk av Pamela Dean

Tam Lin (1991) 1,932 exemplar
The Secret Country (1985) 874 exemplar
The Hidden Land (1986) 574 exemplar
The Whim of the Dragon (1989) 483 exemplar
The Dubious Hills (1994) 321 exemplar
Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary (1998) 317 exemplar
Going North 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

Liavek 1 (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 307 exemplar
The Players of Luck (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 222 exemplar
Wizard's Row (1987) — Bidragsgivare — 193 exemplar
Sisters in Fantasy 2 (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 185 exemplar
Festival Week (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 153 exemplar
Spells of Binding (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 145 exemplar
Xanadu (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 126 exemplar
Her Magical Pet: Benefit F/F Story Collection (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar


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Not much to say as the books turned out not to quite match up to the promise of the idea although I liked the characterisation. So haven't kept them and don't remember much detail.
kitsune_reader | 8 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
Read this series a few years ago and don't recall it very well now. I do know that I decided not to keep the books when I'd finished as the reality didn't quite match the promise of the premis, which is potentially very intriguing - children have to act out in reality parts that they previously pretended as a game, but with dangerous consequences that have to be actually experienced. Liked the characters and it was quite a good read but somehow didn't turn out good enough to be a 'keeper'.
kitsune_reader | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
A series I enjoyed, with quite good characterisation, and the intriguing idea that a complex game acted out by children becomes 'real' and they then have to bluff it out and try to second guess what will happen as it doesn't always stick to the plot of their game.
kitsune_reader | 23 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
This is one of those classic fantasy books on my TBR list forever. I finally got around to reading it, and am I glad I did. To be fair, this book barely has any overt fantasy, mainly in the last few pages, but it's set in the early seventies at a college in the Midwest. I'm from that era, so I appreciated the story anyway.
It's based on an old Scottish ballad, so there are actually a lot more fantasy references if you know the story. In the song, Janet Carter is pregnant by her lover Tam Lin who belongs to the Queen of Elfland. She must rescue him by pulling him from his horse and keeping hold of him as the Queen transforms him into different creatures, finally not dropping him as a burning brand.
Ms. Dean transplants the story to a college setting, which works very well. I'm not sure that a younger reader would appreciate the details she weaves into the story. Still, I delighted in the references to purple Mimeo sheets, checkbooks, political and music asides, and other iconic symbols of that time.
I also appreciated the quotes and references to other books and plays that were part of a college education (at least back then - do they even teach Latin and Greek in school anymore?). It took me back to my own college days when we left notes in Elvish for each other and shared music/books in free-for-all discussions late at night; there's a definite nostalgia element in reading this book for me.
The writing is lyrical, a descriptive love letter to the setting and the characters. The protagonist, Janet, is practical, testy, and strong. She deals with contraception, difficult roommates, and her studies. She wants to get the most out of her college years while constantly feeling she's missing things. She struggles with which courses she wants to take or the secrets her friends may be hiding, but also doesn't have the time to delve into them much. This leads to the first few years seeming stretched out and the ending feeling a bit rushed. It's not enough to bother me as I enjoyed the book immensely. Tam Lin is a throwback to the fantasy books I read in my youth by Charles de Lint, Patrica McKillip, Robin McKinley, or Terri Wilding. It may not be for everyone, but I'm firmly in the camp that loves this book and plan to reread it in future.
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N.W.Moors | 72 andra recensioner | Sep 12, 2023 |



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