- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (May 1 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451415221
- ISBN-13: 978-0451415226
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tamsin Paperback – May 1 2013
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“Tamsin is a ghost story but, like anything else Beagle has written, transcends its genre. Beagle writes too sparingly for his fans, but he apparently cannot write a bad book.”—The Orlando Sentinel
“Fantasy rarely dances through the imagination in more radiant garb than this.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If you like ghost stories, if you like tales of boggles and boggarts and things that live just beyond our ken, then Tamsin will satisfy you completely. But be warned, Beagle's characters will stay in your heart forever, and he possesses the damnedest ability to make one cry by the end of the book. What reader can ask for more?”—Crescent Blues
“With…Peter S. Beagle novels, you know that what you're getting is something that has been lovingly and painstakingly crafted, and thus to be cherished. Tamsin…stands as another high-water mark in a career consisting of practically nothing but. Smashing storytelling…Electrifying entertainment in every way, Tamsin blends mystery, history, and the hope of love that blooms its strongest when you're very young, into a novel sure to become as dear to readers' hearts as The Last Unicorn.”—SF Reviews
“An appealing intermingling of history, folklore, and the supernatural.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A Fine and Private Place. Today, thanks to classic works such as The Last Unicorn, Tamsin, and The Innkeeper’s Song, he is acknowledged as America’s greatest living fantasy author; and his dazzling abilities with language, characters, and magical storytelling have earned him many millions of fans around the world.
In addition to stories and novels Beagle has written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Last Unicorn, plus the fan-favorite “Sarek” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His nonfiction book I See By My Outfit, which recounts a 1963 journey across America on motor scooter, is considered a classic of American travel writing; and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter.
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Tamsin was such a lovely surprise. A book I almost didn't get, clumped in with bunch of other books I'd been dying to read; it wound up being my favourite of the lot. I'd been hesitant because, knowing it was a classic of the fantasy genre, and having read many rave reviews, I'd already read Peter S. Beagles The Last Unicorn; however, in spite of (or perhaps because of) this, ultimately, it hadn't quite lived up to my expectations. I thought the writing was wonderful, I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. Having said that, because Mr. Beagle is such a legend, I decided to give him another try, and boy am I happy I did! Tamsin wound up being completely and utterly gorgeous, and perhaps the thing I wound up loving most about it (besides Jenny's unique voice, which, in my opinion, is the best use of first-person narration since Dodie Smith's classic I Capture The Castle) was the setting. The modern time period, in combination with the authors flowing, classic writing style, was delightful. And because Jenny's voice felt so real, and her world was in many ways very similar to my own; I felt it made the fantastical elements that much stronger, and unnerving.. If, for example, while I had been reading it, a boggart had appeared in my kitchen, or a ghost had sat down on the end of my bed, I'm sure I wouldn't have been surprised at all...
All in all, I thought it was absolutely fantastic, and definitely worthy of five stars.
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TAMSIN is a ride that steadily picks up speed through the course of the novel and, by the end, is a freight train rushing towards a quite-honestly-thrilling conclusion. It begins with the protagonist's mother's remarriage to a Brit and ends with a ghostly battle for a soul. And in the middle are fantastic friendships, including one with one helluva cat. (I think some of the drama around the protagonist's relationship with her cat marks the only time I've cried at an owner/pet scene in a novel. And it's not even tearjerker nonsense, just a normal bump in the road for a person with a cat.)
This is a fantasy for people who are fed up with swords, sorcery, and women relegated to background characters. I think it is the spiritual cousin to Robin McKinley's SUNSHINE, which is high praise, as far as I'm concerned. Do yourself a favor and read it.