Tam Lin

Tam Lin

eBook - 2006
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An old Scottish ballad and fairy tale sings of Janet, who defied Tam Lin by walking on her own land. She then was compelled to do battle with the Faery Queen for possession of her lover's soul and his body. This retelling is set in the 20th Century in a small college in the Midwest, during the Vietnam era.
Publisher: New York : Firebird, 2006
ISBN: 0786584343 (electronic bk.)
9780786584345 (electronic bk.)
1101653604 (electronic bk.)
9781101653609 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC DEAN
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Windling, Terri


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Dec 06, 2013

I'll be honest, I felt like I should have liked Tam Lin. And I tried, I really did. First and foremost, you need to be a serious reader to get through the book. The pacing is extremely slow and 80% of it is witty dialogue quoting literature and making obscure references. While I enjoyed it, I wish it had been a bit more balanced with action or romance. If the balance has been tweaked a bit, not just in regards to the subject matter, but the whole plot in general, I probably would have thoroughly enjoyed the novel as a whole. I didn't mind spending almost the entire book on the first year of her school life, but if you are going to spend that much time on it, you can't gloss over the next three years. I also felt like the mystery waa addressed almost as an afterthought between another 50 pages of literary allusions. After all the build up, the climax and resolution were such a let down! The romance is barely addressed, the supernatural mystery is solved so quickly, and everything is just addressed so....rationally. How rationally would you take finding out (view spoiler) To sum it up: interesting, philosophical - but not much actually makes up the substance of the ballad - a woman fighting for the man she loves. It happens, but it is not the primary focus of the novel, which of course I was expecting coming to it knowing the ballad. For the full review head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Aug 07, 2010

It's a lovely story but over long and contains too many references to literature. It sometimes feels more like reading a bibliography rather than a novel.

Icicle Aug 25, 2009

I re-read this every few years. It's a modern re-telling of an ancient fairy tale but it's the writing that amazes me - so many literary quotes and wordplay. It's delightful.


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