Hey! An On Topic Post
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Thu Jul 5 14:35:07 EDT 2001
> How can anyone not like Cart and Cwidder!? Or, for that matter
> what's so good about A Tale of Time City?
Well, I explained why I don't much like "Cart and Cwidder". As for "A Tale
of Time City", that's one of those "it's okay but I don't re-read it too
often" ones. Though I do love Viv's "translation" in it! It's like those
awful translation software packages. :-)
> Don't answer unless you really feel you have to, those were just
> incredulous yelps. Until this thread started I hadn't noticed that we
> were getting perilously close to some sort of DWJ canon (a bad
> thing IMO).
We have a "canon"?? I missed that bit! But then, I'm a contrary cow, and I
like what I like and don't like what I don't like, and to hell (or to
Connaught) with what anyone says I "should" like.
> In common with quite a few people iirc
> I still just don't get Hexwood, I find it awkward and unappealing.
"Hexwood", to me, is like "A Sudden Wild Magic" in that it keeps doing
things I didn't expect it to, and it's like "Fire and Hemlock" in that it
requires multiple readings, but even more so than F&H. I don't think it's
going to make proper sense to me until I've read it often enough that I've
practically memorised it (I only got it last winter, and after two readings
I lent it to my mother, who hasn't given it back yet!). I think I like it,
but I know I don't get it properly yet.
> also not so fond of Wild Robert and Wilkin's Tooth (don't expect
> much argument here).
Haven't read "Wild Robert". "Wilkin's Tooth" is fun when I'm in the right
mood, but I'm in the right mood less often than I am for, say, "The Ogre
Downstairs" (which, for some reason, I categorise with WT).
> Two of my top favourites (5 in each column), Fire and Hemlock and
> Eight Days of Luke should come as no surprise.
I'll join you on that! "Eight Days of Luke" is one of my more recent
(within last two-three years) acquisitions, and I haven't read it as often
as I have many of the others. But I do love it, a lot. Especially how she
works Luke's "tasks" into the sort-of real world. The bikers in the arcade
are wonderful! And Luke's relations are so wonderfully horrible. And,
going back to an old thread, much more realistically horrible than Harry
> However I
> surprised myself, after all the other Chrestomanci books got
> "double 4s" by giving The Magicians of Caprona top marks. But I
> really do love that book.
I dither about the Chrestomanci books - I do love all of them ("Charmed
Life" was my first DWJ, back when I was about 9), but I can never decide
which is the best. I think "The Magicians of Caprona" must have been my
second DWJ; I read a lot of them from the library, and I'm sure it didn't
have "Witch Week" (and "The Lives of Christopher Chant" wasn't even written
> The biggest grower was Power of Three. I read this quite early on,
> when I was still getting DWJs from the library, with a preconception
> that I was sick of reading books in which "everything had to happen
> in threes" and quite missed all the subtlety.
Yes, that was another of my early ones, from the library (along with
"Drowned Ammet", "Dogsbody" and "The Time of the Ghost"). In fact, I rather
think that at that point, I didn't really believe that these books existed
anywhere outside of my local library. I never looked for them in bookshops
for several years. I did like PoT straight off, but not as much as I did
TotG. PoT was a bit of a grower for me, too.
Until the sky falls on our heads...
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
"I feel that if a character cannot communicate, the very least he can do is
to shut up!"
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