Hey! An on-topic post!

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Jul 11 17:25:01 EDT 2001

>wow. i find this list of what books people do and do not like rather 
>intruiging, because some people have had such opposite reactions to 
>books than i have had. so i'll spell out of a little of my opinions 
>just to mix it up a bit. feel free to ignore or reply as you so 
>desire. =)
>oh, as an added bonus i'll add in my age when i first read the book, 
>as that might have something to do with it. for reference, i turned 
>24 on 6 june 2001. =)
>hexwood (19) - this one totally blew my mind. i do not know how 
>anyone can dislike it. its complexly-woven narrative and characters 
>wowed me utterly, and it's still one of my top favorite DWJ books.

With you on Hexwood.

>sudden wild magic (21) - well, this isn't exactly a *favorite* of 
>mine but it seems to me the list is underrating it. i quite enjoy 
>zillah as a character, and i like the little mixture of adult 
>situations that add to its emotional depth.

I think you may be overrating the list's unanimity.  :)  Although I'm 
one of those who put it fairly near the bottom of my list of DWJ, 
there are many who put it at the other end of the spectrum.  I can't 
even say my reaction to Zillah is based on my age and fact that I'm a 
mother, because iirc Sally's around the same age and also a mother of 
two and loves it.  (I didn't get that part wrong, did I Sallyo?)

>dogsbody (17) - uck. i haven't been able to get myself to reread 
>this one. what i found to be heavyhanded messages about prejudice 
>spoiled it for me. and i don't like dogs. =)

Oh well, then!  No, I'd better avoid any remarks that might seem like 
prejudice about dog-haters. :)

>aunt (slash black) maria (21) - i like this one quite well. it's 
>also not a favorite, but i would rank it in the better half of her 
>books. i guess i just go in for the ones with a girl main character 
>among other things. and i like subversion as a theme. =)
>the ogre downstairs (21) - i note that people seem to REALLY like 
>this one. i feel a bit of a traitor to the cause by, well, not. i 
>didn't like it that much at all. and when i tried to pick it up and 
>reread it recently i put it down after one chapter. it has very 
>samey characters to other DWJ books, minus the depth. imo. it's like 
>the DWJ sitcom or something.

Not one of my favourites.  I love bits of it a lot, and think the 
whole distorted perception thing works well with the kids, but The 
Ogre's transformation into  good guy is a bit too stretched for me.

>witch week (15) - this is the only book with chrestomanci in it that 
>i don't particularly like (well, not counting mixed magics, the two 
>new stories in which were somewhat of a disappointment for me) .. 
>mainly because of the ending. in fact, i pretty much adore it up 
>until the ending. when we got a new cat a week after my reread of it 
>i quickly christened her dulcinea, in fact. more surprisingly, the 
>name stuck! digression aside, the ending really irked me. i felt 
>really betrayed on behalf of the characters. maybe i missed 

Do you mean that the way none of the bad stuff really happened irked 
you?  Or something else about it?

>deep secret (22) - i haven't seen anyone talking about this one. i 
>adore it to bits. rupert is a character that's basically unlike any 
>of DWJ's previous, especially with the book being told from his 
>perspective. and i seriously go in for maree as well. the 
>multi-world thing is one of my favorites, the interwoven plot about 
>the koryfidan (i know i spelt that wrong!) empire... i just adore 
>it. and it makes me want to inch closer to going to a con in the UK 
>just to meet DWJ. =)

Oh, you're not alone in loving this one!  It's way up there for lots 
of people, including me.

>on other topics, i can't contribute to my feeling of crown of the 
>dalemark because for some reason the details flow out of my head .. 
>i've read it twice, but i can't remember most of what happens in it 
>all the same. i will say that my favorite dalemark book is 
>definitely the spellcoats, though.

How about _Fire and Hemlock_ or _Howl's Moving Castle_?  Any opinions 
on them?  That you feel like sharing, that is. :)


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