DWJ short stories
Kylie.Preisig at qed.qld.gov.au
Tue Aug 31 20:32:25 EDT 1999
> So what about "The Master"? I think it's a great short story,
> and curiously a bit HenryJameish. It
> also smells to me of a genuine dream she had....
Didn't like that one. Full of all sorts of intersting ideas and gadgets and
characters that I wanted to know more about and that the reader would have
found out about if it had been a novel. It ended too abruptly, and I really
don't like the person wakes from a dream to find themselves in the same
situation of the start of the dream scenario.
> I like "The Sage of Theare", but not particularly because of
> Chrestomanci's presence. I like the
> prophecy paradox/non-paradox. And I like the way the gods are
> characterized. They amuse me. :)
Yes, that was rather good :)
> I have read "The True State of Affairs" only once thus far,
> but that's telling in itself. For me,
> anyway. :) I thought it a melancholy mood piece, principally,
> and didn't fancy it.
I thought it explored the desperate fantasy world that a prisoner can build
really well. And the betrayal was just such a shock! It really got me
emotionally involved, which is impressive for a short story.
"Everard's Ride" didn't excite me at all. I can't even remember much about
it, but I remember being quite disappointed when I first read it. It didn't
really feel like something by Diana Wynne Jones.
"Nad Dan and Quaffey", however it is spelt, was good fun. I always wonder
how much of DWJ was in the main character, or if not her, who she was basing
(who is very idle too)
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