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?
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
> 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?
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