Greyglass by Tanith Lee. Book review

Greyglass by Tanith Lee. Immanion Press ‘10.99

Reviewed by Peter Coleborn

This is a strange little book (just 190 pages). It begins with a visit to Susan’s creepy Grandmother’s creepy house ‘ the vegetable house because it seems to grow rooms, and is surrounded by a mass of verdant plant life. Ergo, it’s going to be a supernatural story ‘ oh, good! But as one reads the book, and as Susan grows from child to young woman to adult, it seems to abandon the paranormal’

Susan’s mother, Anne, meets a man called Wizz, runs off to the USA with him, and then rarely sees her daughter ‘ just a few flying visits back to the UK. When we first meet Wizz he comes across as a dodgy character. A bit of a wide boy.

As Susan grows she goes to college, meets men, has sex, moves home several times, and eventually ends up living in a flat next to Crissie, a prostitute. With each change in her life it seems as if the story veers off at an unexpected angle. And just when I thought, despite the subtle hints Tanith Lee drops into the narrative, the supernatural element was just wistful thinking, was absent’

Ms Lee ties up most of the loose ends just about perfectly. (Most, because this book does leave tantalising elements dangling ‘ characters disappearing from Susan’s life; resolving her mother’s problems’)

I have to say, Greyglass is a quirky read. Tanith Lee seems to plays with syntax, repeating phrases, leaving half-finished thoughts. I am sure this is all deliberate, to mirror Susan’s disjointed life. Once you get into the swing, it’s a fast and enjoyable read (yes, okay, with a nice supernatural d’nouement). Recommended.

Greyglass by Tanith Lee. Immanion Press ‘10.99

Reviewed by Peter Coleborn

This is a strange little book (just 190 pages). It begins with a visit to Susan’s creepy Grandmother’s creepy house ‘ the vegetable house because it seems to grow rooms, and is surrounded by a mass of verdant plant life. Ergo, it’s going to be a supernatural story ‘ oh, good! But as one reads the book, and as Susan grows from child to young woman to adult, it seems to abandon the paranormal’

Susan’s mother, Anne, meets a man called Wizz, runs off to the USA with him, and then rarely sees her daughter ‘ just a few flying visits back to the UK. When we first meet Wizz he comes across as a dodgy character. A bit of a wide boy.

As Susan grows she goes to college, meets men, has sex, moves home several times, and eventually ends up living in a flat next to Crissie, a prostitute. With each change in her life it seems as if the story veers off at an unexpected angle. And just when I thought, despite the subtle hints Tanith Lee drops into the narrative, the supernatural element was just wistful thinking, was absent’

Ms Lee ties up most of the loose ends just about perfectly. (Most, because this book does leave tantalising elements dangling ‘ characters disappearing from Susan’s life; resolving her mother’s problems’)

I have to say, Greyglass is a quirky read. Tanith Lee seems to plays with syntax, repeating phrases, leaving half-finished thoughts. I am sure this is all deliberate, to mirror Susan’s disjointed life. Once you get into the swing, it’s a fast and enjoyable read (yes, okay, with a nice supernatural d’nouement). Recommended.