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11 August 2010 @ 07:09 pm
Tamsin, for the billionth time  
I knew better, but I did it anyway. Oops.

I'm having one of those feeling-jealous-because-I-just-read-Tamsin-again sorts of days (well, several days). There aren't actually that many books in the world that I wish I'd written, funnily enough: there are plenty of books I love, of course, and plenty of books that have had the sort of effects on me that I would long to make others feel, but not that many books I'd actually want to be the author of. But Tamsin I wish I'd written, every page.

I just love everything about it, from Tamsin's wonderful seventeenth-century English (so jealous! how does Peter Beagle do that?), to Jenny's spot-on narrative voice, to the little asides that make all the characters feel like people I know, to the way the supernatural world and the everyday world work in such concert with each other, making each better than it would be on its own. I love the way the supernatural elements build slowly, taking their time edging into the story, and I love how gentle the book is, and also how strong. I think it's probably my favorite book in the world right now--certainly the book I've bought for the most people, or otherwise gotten people to read--and it's held that position for years.

litlover12 on August 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Goodness, you sure know how to talk up a book! Suddenly I'm dying to read this one! :-)
tempestsarekind: ofelia readingtempestsarekind on August 11th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hee! I've read it so many times, and I *still* don't think I can properly explain why I love it! But I do recommend it--as you see. :)
La Reine Noire: Wimminz!lareinenoire on August 12th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
::adds Tamsin to list of books To Be Read::

It just so happens that I will be in the Midwest over the weekend where one can still find Half-Price Books. ;)

Also, I definitely understand that feeling; I feel the same way about The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's one of those books that, to me, is just perfect. Also Dorothy Dunnett.
tempestsarekind: freema reading is sexytempestsarekind on August 12th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, Half-Price Books. I miss you. (Sometimes my mom and I do make it out there, when I'm home, but not always. Which is probably a good thing, since I have enough books already!)

I've still only read one book by Guy Gavriel Kay: A Song for Arbonne (if that is in fact the title; I think I was in high school). I remember liking it, though; I should probably get around to reading something else, one of these days.
La Reine Noire: Cate with lacelareinenoire on August 13th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
I miss it too! I practically lived there most of my life. ;)

A Song for Arbonne was the first GGK I ever read and I adored it. Tigana is also wonderful, but my absolute favourite has to be Lions of Al-Rassan. I cry every single time I read it. Like clockwork.
tempestsarekind: viola reading (tears)tempestsarekind on August 13th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely have to look into more of his books! Possibly with tissues on hand. :)
Crossdontcrosscross on August 12th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Ooh! One of my neighbors/dad's friends is friends with Peter Beagle. So there are only 3 degrees of separation between you and him /cool story bro

I read that book years ago, I remember not really understanding it that much. I should give it a go again, you make it sound fantastic.
tempestsarekind: ten is a bookwormtempestsarekind on August 12th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Heh--small world!

I think I did have to read Tamsin twice before I fell in love with it: obviously I liked it enough to want to read it again, that first time, but on the second read I was like, "How did I not notice how awesome this book was, the first time???"
cschellscschells on August 13th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
I put this on hold at the library--definitely looking forward to reading it! And didn't you recommend Guardian of the Dead? I think you did. I checked that out and LOVED it (and passed it on to my husband, who also loved it), so thanks for the recs!
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on August 13th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was me--yay! Happy to have been of service. :)