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Sung in Shadow

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  162 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In a parallel world, in a Renaissance Italy just a little bit different from that we know, a dashing young man named Romulan met a lovely young lady named Iuletta. But between their romance stood the hatred of their feuding families - and a witchcraft that really worked.
Tanith Lee has created a fabulous new tapestry from the threads of one of our own world's greatest drama
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Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 3rd 1983 by DAW
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Kaila
Jan 03, 2017 Kaila rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-this, 2016
Finished at 5 pm on NYE, finishing up my goal for the year.

I don't know...am I falling out of love with Tanith Lee? Her good stuff is so good but her other stuff is so...not. This was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet but with a lost list of names that were hard to remember for some reason, all being made up and so meaningless. Usually I'm good at that (thanks, Robert Jordan) but for some reason these names could barely stay in my mind.

What is there to say about a retelling of Romeo and Juliet exc
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Mely
Feb 12, 2011 Mely rated it it was ok
Her creepy Mercutio traumatized me. Even at sixteen and unaware of slash, I didn't see the point of a Romeo and Juliet retelling which didn't have a hot young Mercutio who was clearly in love with an oblivious Romeo.
Karen
Jun 28, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Tanith Lee is one of my favorite authors and this book is a good example of her talents. She has taken the univerally known classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, already retold and revisited in just about every possible way and made it her own unique tale to tell. As always, her lanquage is evocative and clear and she keeps a tight rein on the story line. Is this a fantasy? Of course. Does that make it better? Definately.
David
Mar 22, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
I never would have dreamed I'd rate a fantasy retelling of Romeo & Juliet this highly, but it's stunningly well done in every respect. The writing is lyrical and evocative without becoming florid; the characterizations are concise but thorough; the full range of human emotions is delineating without sentimentality or cynicism. I'd never read Lee before, and I can't wait to see what she does with one of her own plots.
Jennifer
Mar 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A retelling of the Romeo & Juliet storyline. I read this in high school and loved it then, re-read as an adult and felt it held up perfectly. Nothing shockingly different in the story line (heh) but with such beautiful rendering of the characters and the details of their world, this book has has left its mark in my mind.
electrise
Feb 06, 2016 electrise rated it really liked it
two things this book is great at
1) confidently remixing the original with no sense of preciousness
2) TRASHY LUSHNESS and WEIRDO EROTICS
this is all i ask.
Avis Black
Feb 21, 2008 Avis Black rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 5-stars
A simply brilliant retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet, this book contains some of Lee's very best prose writing.
Brett
Jun 21, 2009 Brett added it
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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