intro and other stuff
Kylie.Preisig at qed.qld.gov.au
Sun Aug 29 19:26:34 EDT 1999
> I'm not an english major, and don't do analysis at all very
> well, but I had
> noticed that Jane Yolen as a children's author never comes
> up. I know that
> she did some adult books (Briar Rose), but she also did YA fiction. I
> haven't read "Dragon's Blood" or "Heart's Blood" in a while,
> but both of
> them seemed to be very good. Anyone have a comment on that?
I really liked _Dragon's Blood_ (that's the first one in the pit dragon
trilogy?) but I thought the other two wend seriously downhill. I've read a
few others by Jane Yolen, but nothing that's really grabbed me. _Cards of
Grief_ was quite good. I bought _Sister Light, Sister Dark_ for the cover
as much as the story :)
Other YA books I like almost as much as DWJ :
_The Moon in the Cloud_ by Rosemary Harris.
several by Robert Westall: _Futuretrack 5_, _Devil on the Road_, _Falling
Robert Westall as a children's author never seems to come up! Does anyone
else here like his work? I think Sally has mentioned him in a previous
post. He writes in a wide range of genres and I wish he'd do more fantasy
and science fiction. _Falling into Glory_ is a school story, and I never
expected it to become one of my favourites as I generally only like SF and
Fantasy that much. But I just keep re-reading it!
John Marsden's SF series starting with _Tomorrow, When the War Began_
Robin McKinley's _The Hero and the Crown_ and _The Blue Sword_
Anne McCaffrey's _Dragonsong_ and _Dragonsinger_
But Diana Wynne Jones is the best!
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