With her sisters and friends, a young astronomer confronts magic moving into her neighbood.
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About the Author
Pamela Dean is the author of The Secret Country trilogy (The Secret Country, The Hidden Land, and The Whim of the Dragon); Tam Lin; The Dubious Hills; Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary; and a handful of short stories. She was born in the Midwest of the USA, and aside from a few aberrant periods spent in upstate New York and Massachusetts, she has stubbornly remained there. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, which in a somewhat altered state is the setting for her novel Tam Lin. She lives in a cluttered duplex in Minneapolis with her chosen family, about fifteen thousand books, and a variable number of cats. She enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, reading, being a part of local science-fiction fandom, and attending the theater. She understands that writers are supposed to have colorful careers, but on the whole she prefers as quiet a life as the family and the cats will permit. Her most recent book is Points of Departure with Patricia C. Wrede, from Diversion Books. This is a collection of Pamela and Patricia’s connected stories from the shared world of Liavek, originally published in the 1980’s and 1990’s, with some new material written especially for this edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book really made me think. It had some surprising twists in it that I wasn't expecting, yes, but what's fabulous is that I was still thinking about it 2 years later. I tend to read a lot, most of the books I read blend together, and I forget most of them. This one, with it's unique characters (including the heart-stopping Dominic and the spice-themed trio) and captivating plot, stuck out in my mind for 3 years. I just recently reread it, and found many more things in it I had missed the first time. You're going to get sucked right into the fold of this one, just as the girls find themselves sucked into something bigger than they could ever imagine....
This book, though well written and entertaining, proved to be too unrealistic for my tastes. The disappointing factors were the characters, all were inaptly termed as intellectuals and were highly advanced for their ages. The vocabulary and poetic usage of their language disturbed me bacause it's rare that even adults, let alone _8th graders_ speak like that and know all of those books. I also felt that the author was too much inclined to term them as intellectuals, a word much thrown out of focus today. Just because you're intelligent has nothing to do with intellectualism. All the girls were feminists as well. I found that to be extremely irritating. They failed to include their ideas on how women have their rights today and overuse them; expect too much from men. I found this author to be much too much like Madelaine L'Engle, the kind that predictably make the characters smart, thoughtful, and vaguely confused to add in some realism. The scientific parts were the same as well. The plot i found good, but everything else was extremely disappointing.