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The Lion Tamer's Daughter and Other Stories

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Each of these stories touches on the idea of a twin, ghostly double of a live person, or a secret self.

"The Spring"
"Touch and Go"
"The Lion Tamer's Daughter"
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published May 1997 by Delacorte Press (first published 1997)
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Kathryn McCary
Every time I read this book I see another bit of depth or perspective.

It is 4 stories, unlinked except by theme. They involve doubles, mirror images and enantiomorphic images. . .and each has some element of magic. The first (shortest) and last (longest) are even, in a sense, reflections of each other. And each involves an adolescent grappling more or less with the question of personal identity.

The first, "The Spring" always strikes me (when I am not reading it) as sad and a bit disturbing, but
The Lion Tamer's Daughter is one of four ghostly stories in this collection. All four show ordinary young people encountering something otherworldly and inexplicable. Time travel, ghosts, and two sets of unusual 'twins' are featured. (As a twin myself, I loved these.) Dickinson is a master of not telling you too much -- he stays within one character's viewpoint and makes you long to know what's going on in other characters' minds. Highly recommended for when you're in the mood for fantasy-in-eve ...more
It's always difficult to rate a book that is made up of several short stories, even if all the stories are by the same author. While I enjoyed a couple of the stories more than others, I found myself captivated from cover to cover. Dickinson's writing style creates characters that the reader can relate to and understand. I will definitely be looking for more books by Peter Dickinson in the future.
4.5 stars. It's like a themed anthology, four stories from one idea. The twist is, all these wonderfully imaginative stories are by the same creative genius. I haven't the words. Recommended to anyone who can stand to read about the kind of mysterious magic that's free of most of the archetypal ghosts etc., and who can stand to read books meant primarily for young teens.
Bit of a weird one, this.

Re-read in March 2013: I like Keith's narrative voice, and the ordinary-ness of the settings in the UK, but the denouement with Monsieur Albert and the mirror seemed to go on for too long. I also felt like the explanation wasn't terribly satisfying.
Haven't read short stories in a while - nor supernatural ones. Happily both. And a journey back into teen fiction
Hm, two stars or three? I went with two in the end because this just wasn't my cup of tea. I like magic I can "believe" in so to speak but this was just presented as rather silly.
This is four short stories--contemporary with a paranormal twist. Intriguing and enjoyable.
I love all the stories in this book, but my favorite is "Checkers."
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Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (born 16 December 1927) is a prolific English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson lives in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley. He has written more than fifty novels for adults and young readers. He has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award twice, and his novel
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