Test message, and apology for the downtime

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Mar 14 11:19:39 EST 2001


>  > Don't know if other people saw this already, but on rabc there's a
>  > request for DWJ book reviews for a web site. <<
>What's rabc?

The rec.arts.books.children newsgroup.  (You can find it on a Google 
search, at the moment.)

>  And a comment about > _Archer's Goon_ being a parody of _Shadows in Amber_
>("of Amber"? > Something like that).  Glad you asked what the Shadows book
>was, > Helen.  I couldn't figure it out either. (This may have been answered
>>  already, as I'm reading through Google, which isn't keeping very >
>Presumably we're talking about Roger Zelazny's series "Nine Princes in
>Amber", which involves a central character coming into his powers as one of
>a group of mysteriously powerful individuals who are siblings. I suppose
>there is a superficial similarity there, though DWJ is an infinitely better
>writer - IMO, of course! I read the series when I was a
>first-year-undergraduate in 1974(can I claim I was an infant prodigy?<g>) so
>most of it is hazy now, but I remember the style was very poor and it was
>full of rather clumsy references to Hamlet. I suppose DWJ might have read
>it, but the inspiration has to be minimal - she's far too good an artsit to
>write AG as a mere parody.

Hmmm.  Thanks for explaining that, Gill.  But look at what happened 
when she wrote TG as "mere parody". :)


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