sodgers at dodo.com.au
Sat Dec 11 22:15:59 EST 2004
I think it's badly shaped, and the ending is hurried, but although I'm not a
major-anything, I don't mind the name-dropping. I just love the book without
exactly admiring it. It's like a family member. I might know objectively
that s/he has faults, but still love him/her to bits. I don't even think the
characterisation is that good. I never find Tina as annoying as Janet says
she is, and I don't "see" any of the characters. DWJ could write rings
around her, but still it has SOMETHING. I pick it up and read a page or two
and next thing I;m halfway through and the bathwater's getting cold.
> You know, I reread Tam Lin, too. Yet objectively I don't think it's
> that *good*. I think it's self-indulgent name-dropping English major
> fiction set at Carleton ... er .. fictional Blackstock. Yet I'm a
> self-indulent English major, so I get off on all the clever
> referentiality. I like it for many of the same reasons I like much
> fanfic, actually -- it pushes many of my fiction buttons.
> "Tai Chi works wonders when I feel like killing things.
> Of course, so does actually killing things."
> -- Kita's Angel
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