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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: Riding Tycho by Jan Mark

Adele Geras gives Jan Mark's Riding Tycho a rave review:

What is remarkable about this story is the way Mark achieves her effects. By the time we reach the end, we feel we've lived on High Island all our lives. There are no long descriptions. The language is plain and strong, full of relishable words and images, and the characterisation is very skilfully done. You are never told. You are shown, and in the most economical way possible. Similarly, emotions and feelings are understated but somehow become more powerful because of this restraint. There are no histrionics. We are taught, but in the most subtle way possible. We identify with Demetria completely.

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