introduction

Amanda Farrell geminii at dial.pipex.com
Tue Nov 30 16:58:50 EST 1999


OOh if it's myths you want from DWJ what about the fantastic Fire and Hemlock? It's a kind of retelling of Tam Lin, although perhaps at 9 he's a little young?

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From: 	Melissa Proffitt[SMTP:Melissa at Proffitt.com]
Sent: 	30 November 1999 20:30
To: 	dwj at suberic.net
Subject: 	Re: introduction

On Tue, 30 Nov 1999 12:20:23 -0500, McMullin, Elise wrote:

>	Hiya Clara and welcome out of the lurker closet.  You know, I don't
>think I've ever read a Sayers book.  I'd better get cracking.  I've really
>only read Christie out of the mystery genre.

Oooh, I think you will like them.  What bugs me is that it's really hard to
find a list of the series in order.  All the copies I have--you know, how
they list "also by this author" at the front of the book--do it in
alphabetical order.  As if that was at all helpful.  But if you want to be
complete, you can start with _Whose Body?_ or _Clouds of Witness_ and go
from there.  Other people prefer the books with Harriet Vane; that starts
with _Strong Poison_.  I read them all in chronological order, more or less,
and only disliked _Five Red Herrings_ (mainly because I'm an unregenerate
American and the ins and outs of the British rail system and timetables are
beyond me).

>	But first, and I never really get tired of mentioning this author -
>a new book has just come out (can only speak for the U.S.) by Judith Merkle
>Riley - called The Master of All Desires.

I have to find this!  I loved _A Vision of Light_ and its sequel.  Actually
I like all her books.  Lots of fun.

Oh, wait, this is a Diana Wynne Jones list, right?

My baby brother (okay, he's nine) has for school something called a Jonra
wheel.  I have no idea what this is, but from context I gather that it has
to do with reading different classes of books, like nonfiction and myth and
so forth.  I suggested _Eight Days of Luke_ for his Myth requirement--it may
have to be an actual book of myths, but I don't know.  Anyway, _Luke_ was an
obvious choice, but are there any other DWJ books that you would consider as
a direct treatment of mythology?  _Homeward Bounders_ has Prometheus, but
he's more of a subplot than the focus of the book.  Though I guess from a
certain point of view, he IS the main point of the book....

For that matter, what would you consider mythology?  The Dalemark series has
its own mythology; are there any of her books that fit into the middle,
neither a new DWJ-created mythos nor a retelling of an existing mythos?

Melissa Proffitt
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