Diane Duane (was the ambiguous nature of Faery)

Nat Case hedberg at vermontel.net
Thu Jul 29 12:30:08 EDT 1999

While I find the intrusion of theology (especially in High Wizardry) a bit
annoying,I find the exploration of what it really means to do something
brave, that might really and truly mean you will not come back alive,
compelling. Much the same thing I like about Fire and Hemlock, really.

I actually find the relation between the kids and parents in Duane one of
the best bits. It's been a given for so long that "adults just don't get
it," and yet here we adults are "getting it" over the internet. I really
like the trend of getting away from "adults can't see magical stuff" as a
given. See Pamela Dean's SECRET COUNTRY trilogy; not my favorite for a
number of reasons, but I think it's pretty daring in having the magic really
be real as a connection to our world.

off for a week to Colorado.

Nat Case
Hedberg Maps, Inc.

>From: deborah <deborah at suberic.net>
>To: dwj at suberic.net
>Subject: Re: Diane Duane (was the ambiguous nature of Faery)
>Date: Thu, Jul 29, 1999, 10:46 AM

>Melissa Proffitt wrote:
>|>> > So You Want to Be a Wizard?  -- Nita & Kit, brilliant
>|>> > Deep Wizardry -- Nita & Kit, brilliant
>|>I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like this series.  I read _So You
>|>Want to Be a Wizard_ because a lot of people in rec.arts.books.childrens who
>|>like DWJ seemed to like these too, and I was sadly disappointed.
>|--what was I saying?  Oh.  I'm having a hard time expressing this.  Just
>|that I think what the story's about is not terribly relevant to how much a
>|book affects a reader.  I mean, a story about one person's life in a small
>|town might be more emotionally affecting than a story about people racing to
>|save the world from Imminent Destruction.
>So You Want To Be a Wizard? was very powerful to me for reasons
>that are perhaps ... predictable.  Bookish Nita and Kit are
>disliked and unpopular, but its the fact that Nita basically
>lives in the library that leads her to wizardry.    Then they
>turn out to be strong and good people who save the world -- and
>incidentally become comfortable with who they are.
>Wish fulfillment, really.
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