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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.
Top customer reviews
This is a great book for young and old alike. It's very compelling; you won't be able to put it down until the very end. Like most of Peter's books, the story runs the whole emotional range, from funny to sad to terrifying to joyous. And throughout, there's always the mystery and secret of Tamsin, unfolding piece by piece in Peter's Beagle's truly exhilarating, masterful, fairy-tale like style.
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.