Joan Aiken (Was: Re: Regency and other fantasy)
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Mon Sep 3 16:37:50 EDT 2001
On Mon, 3 Sep 2001 09:10:08 +0100, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
>>Dorian wrote, about Joan Aiken:
>>>Oh, you should read them! They're kids books, but they're just so
>>>much fun. They tend to get described as ?romps? which I always think
>> >is a bit silly, but they do sort of bounce happily along.
>I heartily second the recommendation, Melissa. (And if you do read
>them, I'm putting it on record that Simon and Mitt resonate strongly
>with me in the same way (Simon in the later books, that is, not in
>Wolves). So now I've said it, and *you* can disagree with *me* this
>time, rather than my having to start the disagreeing. :)
Rats! You beat me to it! :)
I do indeed plan to read these. It's strange that I never did as a
youngster, because I know they were there and I even saw them on the shelf
at the library I lived at when I was 12. :) But then, I picked up Robin
McKinley's _The Blue Sword_, read the inside flap, and put it back at least
ten times before actually reading it, so sometimes I am just dense. I have
_Midnight is a Place_, which was very dark and very good.
>>I agree they're really good, but I found them quite dark and even
>>frightening at times - often it seems as if the whole world is in a
>>conspiracy that only the central characters are fighting.
I don't know if I would have put it this way, but at least for the one I've
read, that's how it seems. Actually to me it felt a little like Thomas
Hardy, where that's just the way the world is--completely uninterested in
the small fates of Aiken's protagonists, and all the possibilities are
heavily weighted toward Bad Luck.
>Finally, back to Melissa, if you do take this recommendation, the
>James III series (or WoWC Sequence, as it's also called) should be
>read in order, except that you don't need to read WoWC itself first.
>I like WoWC a lot, but it's certainly different from the others -
>cold and eerie and more Victorian-Gothic feeling than the next lot.
>(_Limbo Lodge_/Dangerous Games_ fits after TSL, but was written last,
>and Becca and I found it a real let down.)
So what exactly is the order anyway? And I just noticed, looking at the
library catalog, that she's written something called _Jane Fairfax: Jane
Austen's Emma through Another's Eyes_. Anyone heard of it? Also _Mansfield
Revisited_, billed as a sequel to _Mansfield Park_, and _Emma Watson_ ("The
Watsons Completed"), and _Eliza's Daughter_ (sequel to _Sense and
Sensibility_). I'm beginning to feel REALLY stupid about missing Joan
Aiken's books. :)
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