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Thomas the Rhymer Based on the famous ballad, Thomas the Rhymer is a dramatic fictionalized account of the medieval minstrel who is abducted by the Queen of Elfland and lives for years without count, not aging, in the unreal splendor of her magic kingdom and then returns to the world of dirt and work and passing time

About the Author: Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner weaves together multiple careers as a writer, radio host, teacher, performer and public speaker.A graduate of Barnard College, she also attended Bryn Mawr College, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio She began her career in publishing as a fiction editor in New York City, but left to write her first novel Swordspoint, which has become a cult classic, hailed as the progenitor of the mannerpunk or Fantasy of Manners school of urban fantasy Swordspoint was followed by Thomas the Rhymer World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award , and twonovels in her Riverside series In 2015, Thomas the Rhymer was published in the UK as part of the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks line.In addition, her short fiction appears regularly in numerous anthologies Her stories have been translated into a wide variety of languages, including Japanese, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Latvian and Finnish.Upon moving to Boston, she became a radio host for WGBH FM In 1996, she created Sound Spirit, PRI s award winning national public radio series With Ellen as host and writer, the program aired nationally until 2010 many of the original shows can now be heard archived online.As a live stage performer, her solo spoken word works include Esther the Feast of Masks, and The Golden Dreydl a Klezmer Nutcracker for Chanukah with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra In 2008, Vital Theatre commissioned her to script a full scale theatrical version The Klezmer Nutcracker played to sold out audiences in New York City, with Kushner in the role of the magical Tante Miriam.In 2012, Kushner entered the world of audiobooks, narrating and co producing illuminated versions of all three of the Riverside novels with SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents at and winning a 2013 Audie Award for Swordspoint.Other recent projects include the urban fantasy anthology Welcome to Bordertown co edited with Holly Black , and The Witches of Lublin, a musical audio drama written with Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom which one Gabriel, Gracie and Wilbur Awards in 2012 In 2015 she contributed to and oversaw the creation of the online Riverside series prequel Tremontaine for Serial Box with collaborators Joel Derfner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Racheline Maltese and Patty Bryant.A dauntless traveler, Ellen Kushner has been a guest of honor at conventions all over the world She regularly teaches writing at the prestigious Clarion Workshop and the Hollins University Graduate Program in Children s Literature.Ellen Kushner is a co founder and past president of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization supporting work that falls between genre categories She lives in New York City with author and educator Delia Sherman, a lot of books, airplane and theater ticket stubs, and no cats whatsoever.

10 thoughts on “Thomas the Rhymer

  1. Werner Werner says:

    This was a book I read sometime in the 90s 1995 is a rough guess , after getting it from the Science Fiction Book Club It s a masterful re telling of the Scottish folk legend of Thomas of Erceldoune, a 12th century minstrel who was apparently an actual person , who was said to have been abducted by the queen of Elfland to serve her for seven years, as the price of a kiss, and

  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    There s a lot to be said about a fantasy that is written WELL In fact, one can argue that it is the only thing worth aiming for With tons of writers touching on this and that in the realm of the Fae, of wandering minstrels, of friendship, love, and loss, you d think there would never be a way to STAND OUT from that crowd.And then, this late in my career of hunting down all the best bo

  3. Minli Minli says:

    Thomas the Rhymer is a worthy and beautiful novelization of the ballad, elegantly told from the perspective of four people Gavin and Meg, the elderly couple who takes on Thomas as a surrogate son, bookend Thomas s own experience in Elfland, and the fourth by Thomas s mortal love, Elspeth, after he returns to the human world with his gift of soothsaying Kushner s language is so subtle, lyrical

  4. Susan Barchard Susan Barchard says:

    This is my all time favorite book about Faerie I ve been reading about and studying Faerie since I was a small child And I am an AVID reader Ellen Kushner has doneto bring the world of the Fae alive than anything else I ve ever read Critics of this book need to understand that Thomas the Rhymer or Tam Lin is a legend It is what it is For Kushner to have made him pleasing to all would have been to stray

  5. Kyle Muntz Kyle Muntz says:

    A really intetesting, extremely unusual novel Its sort of an example of what fantasy might have been like if Tolkien had never existed, with a deeply character driven storyline and a setting very rooted in old England and its mythology, sort of like Spencer or something its largely a down to earth, almost realist novel, interrupted by 100 pages of the strangest, most surreal storytelling I ve seen in a while A

  6. Joseph Joseph says:

    The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream.

  7. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    I love novels like this that flesh out a traditional tale while remaining true and faithful to the source material Like Robin McKinley s Beauty , Donna Jo Napoli s Zel , etc This book retells the legend of Thomas the Rhymer, a minstrel taken under the hill for seven years of service to the faerie queen, who returns with the gift of being unable to tell a lie It brings to life Thomas and those who know and love him, letting a rea

  8. kari kari says:

    What a quietly beautiful book At a first glance, it s a small story but it has such depth, such insight, it s so full of raw emotions and witty humour, it touches your heart and doesn t let go easily If at all.

  9. Nicky Nicky says:

    It took me a while to get into this version of Thomas the Rhymer The story is told in four voices the voice of an old man who takes Thomas in almost as his own son, Gavin the voice of Thomas himself the voice of Gavin s wife, Meg and the voice of the mortal woman who loves Thomas, Elspeth The part in Gavin s voice didn t grip me so much, but when I came to Thomas s part, I could barely put the book down It s not full of action, and Elspeth doesn

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    A sensually told tale of Thomas the Rhymer pre, during and after his abduction by the Queen of Elfland, with whom he resides for seven years, returning with her gift of a tongue that can tell no lies.Fleshing out the myth and letting us get to know Thomas as he might have been before, with a tongue that flattered and lied easily, the first part of the book was the strongest for me And while I enjoyed the plunge into Faerie, I found that Thomas s return an

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