OT Other Books
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Fri Feb 15 10:38:05 EST 2002
On Fri, 15 Feb 2002 13:21:43 +0000 (GMT), Elizabeth Parks wrote:
>Sherwood Smith: has anybody read stuff by him? I read the Wren books a
>while ago and came accross them online recently. I remember that I liked
>them, though I think the ending wasn't quite what I wanted it to be.
Lizzie, where have you been? :) Sherwood Smith (a she, by the way) wrote
_Crown Duel_ and _Court Duel_ which a lot of us here have raved about. I
personally have addicted three people to these books. Much superior to the
Wren series, in my opinion, though I liked those just fine. _Court Duel_ is
dedicated in part to a friend of mine, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, who got to
read it in draft.
>Quest for a Queen: I read _Quest for a Maid_ by Frances Mary Hendry when I
>was in elementary school about six times--I could never find any of the
>sequels/prequels/companion books that I needed to make sense of it. I
>came accross one in Hay-on-Wye called The Jackdaw. I haven't read it yet
>but I'm hopeful! These books are set in Elizabethan London--and I've just
>looked at it and realized that the two books aren't part of the same
>trilogy--this one has to do with Mary Queen of Scots, and Quest for a Maid
>I think had to do with politics somewhere Scandinavian. It was a striking
>book--the relationship between the narrator and the older sister reminded
>me in some ways of a relationship in DWJ, now that I think about it.
I don't know what happened with her--whether she just stopped writing or
something more terrible. But I've never found sequels to _Quest for a
Queen_. Are you saying _The Jackdaw_ is in the same series as _Quest for a
Queen_? Cool. _Quest for a Maid_ is a standalone novel and I love it.
Have you read it recently? It didn't seem to me to need any additional
explanation, but it's also written on a fairly complex level for young kids.
I know I read it in college.
>The Tale of Murasaki, by Liza Dalby.
Interesting. I loved _The Tale of Genji_, though the abridged version is
CONFUSING. It took me forever to figure out enough to go on with.
>The Wind Singer by William Nicholson. This is another one that caught my
>eye in a bookstore but I wanted to get some outside opinions before I read
Well, it's one of my favorites. In some ways, it's more because I admire
what the writer is doing than that it got to me, say, like a DWJ book. But
I think it's very solid YA fantasy in its own right. It is uncompromisingly
bleak in its observations on human nature. The sequel is even better
(_Slaves of the Mastery_) and makes it more obvious that the entire series
is/will be about different forms of slavery and, by contrast, different ways
we become free. I was fascinated by _Slaves of the Mastery_ because I
honestly couldn't see how _The Wind Singer_ was part of a trilogy; it ends
so neatly. I don't think this is very comfortable fiction, but I think it
verges on great fiction.
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