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Some threads recommended by list readers
About the books
- An analysis of Fire and Hemlock's Polly and Tom
- Fire and Hemlock: Reconsidered
- resurrection, rebirth, and death in DWJ
- teaching Dark Lord of Derkholm, and then more on teaching Dark Lord of Derkholm.
About the people on the list
- A silly survey (follow the thread).
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About the List Members
at the end of 2001, Ania ran a questionnaire amongst the list members to discover our demographics. Here are the results, in her words (mildly edited by Deborah 4 July 2002):
In the religion question I counted the current religion - or lack thereof - not the family background, e. g. my own entry was: "Atheist. Was Catholic." and it counts once only, under "none". I had a bit of a dilemma in subdividing the Christian varieties and I decided to keep it simple and have Catholic, E. Orthodox and Protestant, which covers the rest. Likewise, I did not presume to subdivide Judaism, because I don't know enough about it and besides, some people just put down "Jewish" and others qualified it. Anyway, here goes:
- 48 people replied, 6 men and 42 women
- The youngest is 15; the oldest, 55.
- Our total age is 1477 years.
- Our average age is just under 31.
- We have spawned 25 children (that's about half a child each), but....
- 34 of us have no children.
- Top 3 countries of origin are: USA - 26; UK - 10; Oz - 7. Ireland had 2; there was one each from Israel, Germany, Finland, Poland, Fiji, Canada, Sweden and Holland
- Most - but not all - of us still live in the country of origin.
- The religious outnumber the non-religious; results were: atheist 11; agnostic 8; Pagan 1; Jewish 6; Eastern orthodox 1; Catholic 4; Protestant 17 (includes a Quaker, 2 Mormons, assorted Church of England/Ireland/Scotland, a Methodist, Unitarians, Episcopalians and others)
- 15 of us are students or still at school; 5 are librarians; 11 work with/in computers; 12 have other occupations connected with learning and books (teachers, editors, translators, writers); 4 came under "other" occupations (and those were: archaeologist, electrical engineer, chartered accountant, cartographer) And 1 is an Actuary and I have NO idea what that means.
- First DWJ.
- Charmed Life a clear winner!
- CL- 18
- Dogsbody- 8
- Witch Week- 5
- LoCC- 4
- ToTC and Archer's Goon- 3
- Ogre and Cart and Cwidder- 2
- Homeward Bounders, TotG, Hexwood, 8DoL and Howl - 1
- Quintessential DWJ.
CL wins again.
- CL- 11
- AG- 10
- HMC- 6
- F&H- 5
- TotG and DS- 4
- ToTC and LoCC- 3
- HBs, Hex, 8DoL, SWM, Dk Lord and Magicians of Caprona- 1
- Favourite DWJ
Most people had more than one fave; they are all taken into
F&H is the winner by a large margin, though DS was a strong
- F&H- 29
- DS- 21
- HMC- 14
- Hex- 11
- AG and HBs- 7
- CL and LoCC- 6
- Drowned Ammet and Po3- 3
- Spellcoats, ToTC, C&Cw, CoD, 8DoL, MoC - 2
- Dogsbody, Ogre, SWM, Dk Lord, YotG, Changeover- 1
- 2 people chose the same book - CL - in all 3 categories.
- 4 respondents thought of their first DWJ as the quintessential one (CL-3, TotG-1)
- Many had the same quintessential and favourite: F&H- 5, HMC and DS- 3, LoCC and AG- 2, HBs and Hex- 1
- The first stayed on as favourite in 7 cases: LoCC- 2, 8DoL, ToTC, AG, CL, Hex- 1