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Tanith Lee, 1947-2015


tumblr_nmasfaoUoY1r0uc86o1_500I just learned of the passing of British author Tanith Lee.
This was shattering news – I an a great fan of her writings, and The Birthgrave was one of the first books I read in English.
Some of her novels – Don’t Bite the Sun/Drinking Sapphire Wine, Volkhavaar, the Paradys sequence… but I could mention many others – stand very high in my favorites lists, and her style was always a source of wonder and frustration – because I’ll never write like that.

Lee was a master storyteller, often breaking the boundaries between genres, and defied categorization.
Her catalog is full of extraordinary stories, beautifully told.

This is really a chunk of my life that goes away.
I am very sad.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “Tanith Lee, 1947-2015

  1. Pingback: Tanith Lee | ilgiornodeglizombi

  2. No!
    I can’t believe it, she wasn’t so old!
    And now what can I say?
    Just thanks so much for introducing me to her wonderful books, I love her writing so smart and sharp.
    She was really great! 😀
    Today I am very sad too.


  3. This was a sad surprise over the weekend. I will love re-reading her books all the more. I lost my copies of Night’s Master and Delirium’s Master during a house move, so I’m still haunting second hand bookstores in search of them.


    • I too “lost” some of Tanith Lee’s books (meaning, I lent them to friends and they never returned them – which I take as a sign they liked ’em).
      But I still miss quite a lot of titles – and it will be strange reading them now. There is a strange sadness to the immortality granted to authors by their books.


  4. Oops, I meant Delusion’s Master.


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