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Tam Lin
Tam Lin | Pamela Dean
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This Scottish-based tale for adults offers a pregnant heroine who must rescue the man who seduced her in the woods from his captor, the Fairie Queen.
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batsy
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I #cherish this book & it has held up to several re-readings. It's basically my fantasy of academia. Set in the 1970s in a small liberal arts college, people genuinely quote Shakespeare & Pope & Aristophanes & Keats at each other & discuss books & art with the seriousness they deserve. It's the 70s, so no one suffers from screen damage. They genuinely REMEMBER quotes! To add to that, dark fairy lore & Scottish ballads. Perfect. #MOVember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts This sounds good ... I‘m not into YA ... but I‘ve taken a screenshot as it may come in handy for #booked2020 👍😁... I hear the prompts are coming our way soon (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Did you get a sneak peek @Cathythoughts this book will definitely work for a #booked2020 prompt!!!!! 1mo
Cinfhen Great photo and review @batsy 💚 1mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen No sneak peek 🙈. Glad I mentioned it now though (edited) 1mo
Chrissyreadit I read this in the 80‘s, but sadly do not remember the story. 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen LOL you two 😁 I've been doing buddy reads and no challenges this year but look forward to seeing the prompts unveiled! 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen Thank you 😘 1mo
batsy @Chrissyreadit The nice part is I always forget certain elements of the plot as well, so it's always a pleasure to rediscover particular aspects 🙂 1mo
readordierachel Sold and #stacked 🧡 1mo
Centique That sounds fantastic. Stacked! 1mo
Graywacke Intrigued... and, for what it‘s worth I‘ve never heard of this and would have glanced past the cover and title without a second thought without your review. But sounds really good... 1mo
batsy @Graywacke It's a pretty terrible cover! 😆 There's another edition that's much prettier. The novel is very much in the fantasy vein, but I love it the most for the detailed and obsessive conversations about literature by the undergrads who think reading means something. A novel like that won't be written in 2019, I think. It'll be seen as quaint and way too nerdy! 1mo
Graywacke @batsy a novel of its time. The fantasy implication of the cover turned me off. But after reading your review, which was of interest and did not leaveany sense of fantasy, I looked up more info. I‘m definitely interested. Onto the infinite list ...☺️ it‘s a big list...it goes. 1mo
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batsy
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I'm pretty late with this but I love the idea of a #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen 💜

🎃 I'm hoping to finish my reread of Tam Lin to coincide with Halloween & the end of October. I love this book 🥰

🎃 Need to finish Act 2 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong It's dense & complex & good!

🎃 Hoping to welcome November by taking a bite out of Dracula 🧛🏽‍♂️😬😂 My first time reading it & I'm looking forward! @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace @LapReader

Cinfhen Never too late to share your #WeeklyForecast 🧛‍♂️ 1mo
RachelO Well that sounds fun! 1mo
merelybookish I just ordered a copy of Tam Lin! Read it a few years ago and then purged it in a Kondo fit of tidying up. (I guess it didn't spark joy that day.) But have been wanting to re-read it lately, so purchased a new copy. 😬 1mo
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Sace This will be my first time for Dracula too! 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen 🙂 1mo
batsy @RachelO I'm looking forward to this week of reading :) 1mo
batsy @merelybookish I hope it sparks joy this time around! 😆 But I get that it's the kind of book that might drive some people nuts if they don't like the excessive talkiness about literature 😬 1mo
batsy @Sace Yay! 🦇 1mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @merelybookish glad you got your spark back ✨⚡️✨⚡️✨ 1mo
merelybookish I did like it. But it didn't seem like a keeper that day...but I've been thinking about it for a while. 🤷 obviously Kondo's method doesn't work for wafflers like me. 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thanks! 😀 1mo
Earlene I am trying to finish Dracula before Halloween. First time reading it and I am enjoying it. 1mo
batsy @merelybookish I'm too much of a waffler for the Kondo method, as well! That's probably why I need it the most but it's never going to work 😆 1mo
batsy @Earlene I'm glad to hear that! I've been keen to read it for so long but didn't manage to fit it in for October. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @merelybookish I‘ve had Tam Lin on my TBR for ages. Maybe in 2020. 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads 😁🤞🏽 1mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Book: Tam Lin
Author: Donna Tartt
TV: The Twilight Zone
Food: Tea

A week late again 😅

#manicmonday #lettert

JoScho Better late than never 😊🖤 12mo
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marineko
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I have two favourite books, and this is one of them. It's a retelling of the ballad Tam Lin and I love how it starts feeling just like a realistic novel about Janet in college (I will forever wish for a similar college experience; mine was nowhere near as fun) but when the fantastic elements appear it's as if it's been there all along and now we're just seeing another layer of the story.

#marinekolibrary #fantasy #youngadult

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batsy
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Thanks for the giveaway @mrozzz ! Pamela Dean's Tam Lin, an old fave that I never tire of. Something about the darkness, fall setting, & the 70s college vibes where English majors read & seriously discuss Shakespeare (no doubt this turns some of you off 😂). Wish I spent this much time reading Elizabethan poetry in uni instead of getting drunk with housemates & crawling up the stairs on all fours 😬 Anyway. ❤️ this book! #ClearTheShelvesGiveaway

readinginthedark This sounds amazing! 2y
batsy @readinginthedark It's so good! I'm trying to get people to read it 😁 2y
BarbaraBB Haha I wish that too when I think of my time at University 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB On the bright side we are model student readers now 😁 2y
BarbaraBB Definitely! 😀 2y
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aeeklund
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Did I buy two different retellings of Tam Lin today? Yes. Yes, I did.

Do @RavenRenegade and I choose brunch locations based in part on proximities to bookstores? Yes. Yes, we do.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oh my! Fire and Hemlock in hardcover 🤤🤤🤤 2y
aeeklund @thegirlwiththelibrarybag It was only $4.99!! I about fell over!! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag And I'm dying of jealousy (I have a beautiful paperback version but still) excellent find! 2y
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batsy I love Fire & Hemlock and Pamela Dean's Tam Lin 💜 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I approve 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Kalalalatja I would do the same thing tbh 👌 2y
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batsy
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This might one of my favourite novels of all time. And it has the ugliest cover. This article sums it up nicely http://the-toast.net/2014/02/25/tam-lin-pleasures-of-reading/ (warning: it has SPOILERS). This book has Shakespeare and Elizabethan verse and the classics and myths and mystery and ghosts and enigmatic, kind, beautiful boyfriends; what's not to love, really? #AprilBookShowers #badcovergoodbook #bookishnerdecstasy

MayJasper 😂 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Agreed - I like the cover on my edition MUCH better! 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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#funfridayphoto set in a university = Tam Lin. Ignore the uninspiring Litsy description. First, I love this Fairy Tales series Terri Windling created in the 1990s. If you ever see any, buy them. This one is a modern retelling of Tam Lin set in a midwestern university in Vietnam-era America. It's filled with college life & friends and plenty of academia. And then the Queen of Faery shows up and Janet has to kick her ass for her man's soul.

batsy Oh yes, this edition is stunning ☺ I'm so mad at the ugly edition that I have lol ️ 2y
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kammartinez
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So for #FunFridayPhoto, my favorite book set at a college is deffo this one. The lead character is a girl who goes to college expressly to study literature (like I did), and one of her closest friends is studying science but loves to read (like one of my closest friends). So reading this was basically like reading an idealized version of my college life, with a touch of fae magic and cute boys who quote Shakespeare as easily as kiss you ;).

kammartinez As an aside: I would very much like to meet a boy who can quote Shakespeare as easily as kiss me, but alas, Tom Hiddleston does not know I exist, and so I am going to have to go without, for now. 3y
Yamich49 @kammartinez 😆😆 There's still time - there's no way he and Taylor are in a real relationship. Just wait it out 😉 3y
kammartinez @Yamich49 Lol! I was thinking more that he's a globe-trotting world-famous celebrity, and I'm just a book nerd from a Third World country, but hey: a girl can dream, yeah ;D? 3y
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