Dubious Dean (off topic)
jforsyth at unr.edu
Thu Jul 29 15:01:52 EDT 1999
As one of Pamela Dean's biggest fans, I'm tempted to leap in and defend
her work passionately. Unfortunately, I don't think Juniper et al is her
best work. On the other hand, I was appalled by Tam Lin the first time I
read it, but now it's one of my favorite novels, so I'm hesitant *not* to
like Juniper in case I end up loving it and feel stupid that I didn't get
it the first couple of times through. Right now, though, I would say that
I (anomalously, for me) preferred the short story it came from. Have you
read any of her short fiction?
On Thu, 29 Jul 1999, McMullin, Elise wrote:
> A couple of folks have mentioned mixed feelings about Pamela Dean's
> work. I've read Tam Lin and just finished Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary
> last week and I have to agree. It's been a while since Tam Lin but I
> felt very mixed about this latest. Maybe she hasn't hit her stride yet.
> It seems what she is after is the bringing of magic, or the recognition
> and perception of it, into our reality - an endeavor I favor 100%. I
> liked so many aspects of Juniper et al., so many good things
> (particularly in that the author is a Laurie Anderson fan), but....
> P.S. Happy vacationing to Nat and Melissa!
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