dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #101
abhillel at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 15 06:45:23 EST 1999
>From: "Sally Odgers" <sodgers at hotnet.net.au>
>Subject: Re: To Gili
>Sorry to send this to the list - it bounced when I tried to send privately.
But it arrived after all and I replied in person at length - hope that
reached you? But for all who are curious: hard G, rhymes with "really", not
with "silly". And it means "my joy".
Re: "people dressed up as animals"
Worst example of this I ever read was one of the Brian Jaques "Redwall"
books. Rubbed me completely the wrong way.
Philip Re George MacDonald: I also had the puffin editions and agree that
they were absolutely gorgeous. And remind me of a set of puffin Narnia
chronicles that used to belong to my mother. I know I'm recalling and old
thread, but I just realised that I also have strong preferences for certain
covers. The copy of "Power of Three" that I lent to someone who never
returned it and left the country was beautiful and appealing: I think it
showed Gair looking over his shoulder, scared - I just remember feeling it
was just right. Wheareas the copy I have now, which I will love and cherish
forever because it was a gift from DWJ herself, autographed, in response to
a fan letter I wrote her - has a dissapointing cover. Black. Green Dorig
Eyes. Too slick.
Philip: >PS it occurs to me I probably post too much. Feel free to tell me
if this is
>the case. Yes, really!
I did not mean to imply this! I was merely joking that I seemed to be
replying to you all the time.
> Don't forget - Keeper of the Hidden Theorem, also known as the Proof
>of Doom. The great math-phobic masses remain blissfully unaware of the
>depraved, writhing, non-Euclidian chthonic chaos which would inundate the
>world like seething viscous acid but for the adamant will of one lone
>figure, steadfastly holding back unimaginably nightmarish forces and
>allowing us to tuck up safe and placid in our beds at night.
Oh, that's YOU! Thanks!
>I always dread that writers,
>musicians, actors, will turn out to be obnoxious. It's one of the reasons
>seldom if ever think 'I'd like to meet so and so.' It would be too
>if they turned out to be a pain, and I couldn't really look at their work
>same way again.
I know the feeling. I think this is the same kind of sentiment that kept
someone who wrote here recently from reading too many books by the same
author. I know I would have had a lot more respect for authors like
Madeleine L'Engle if I had read less of their books and learned less about
them as people - in L'Engles case, reading some of her more atrocious books
made me sensitive to flaws in the better books, and a friend told me she
atteneded a lecture L'Engle gave and virtually suffered through it.
Loved your cat stories, but don't get me started. I could fill pages. Recent
events in the lives of my cats include Jenny (male, part Angora, 13 yrs.
old, huge, so beautiful he stops traffic) coming home recently with a brand
new collar that seems to have been a gift from a secret admirer. (He is
infamous for manipulating a whole possey of female workers in an office that
used to be next doors to us into buying catfood for him, despite being very
generously fed at home).
Yeah, I guess I have to admit to being a cat person, even though I like dogs
>> "Also love..."Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons"
>Anyway, now we all go around saying "I saw something Nasty in the
>woodshed" and "Nothing like a moppet for the clettering."
How about: "Well there ain't no BOOTTER in 'ELL!"
Or the classic: "There's always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm..."
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