New to the list Fire and Hemlock
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Apr 5 18:34:33 EDT 2000
On Wed, 5 Apr 2000 16:05:48 +0100, Alex wrote:
>I'm new to the list and a fervent reader of DWJ.
>My favourite book of all is Fire and Hemlock, though I find the transition
>of Polly from child to lover rather disconcerting.
I have the same problem--or rather, did the first time. Now it's still odd,
but not as much of a shock as it was the first time through. I love it
because it's really "about" so many things; not just the fantasy story, but
about growing up and dealing with divorce and friendship and so forth. It's
definitely my favorite.
>I looked back on some of your previous discussions and saw that many of you
>didn't like the end of the Dalemark chronicles. I really enjoyed it actually
>though it's better on a second or thrid reading.
I actually liked the series, but I found I liked it even better when I read
it all at once. The point about DWJ being critical of our views of time is
a good one in reference to this series; I discovered that you could read the
first three books in ANY ORDER and it still makes sense. I wonder if that's
part of why _The Crown of Dalemark_ seems to me so out of place in the
series; it ties everything together and really has to be read last, instead
of being part of that free-flowing story that the first three are.
>Alex (PS, I'm female though that may not be relevant!)
My daughter is named Aerin, and it makes a difference to her (though it's
mainly when you hear it pronounced that the gender issue is a problem).
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