DWJones mystery book
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Jul 30 17:59:46 EDT 2003
On Wed, 30 Jul 2003 14:51:44 -0600, Elizabeth Crowe wrote:
>I'm new to the DWJ list. I'm just starting my masters program in English
>and want to do my thesis on DWJ. I'm hoping this is a good forum for
>asking questions and getting insight. I've got a short paper on DWJ due
>next week that I'm working on. If you've got some answers to these
>questions, please let me know.
Hey, welcome and good luck!
>1. I seem to remember reading a DWJ book about a boy who is at some kind
>of a conference with his dad and suddenly is transported to a different
>world. He is mistaken for a spy and escapes into the woods where I
>believe he sees a tiger(?) or some kind of animal. He travels along a
>road and an old man gives him a flickering flame. An elephant seems to
>be part of this story, too. Somewhere in the story he goes to a city
>where all the wealthy people are wearing highly embroidered clothing that
>is made by poor people endangered by radiation. He manages to escape
>from that place after making enemies there, and comes to a place (I seem
>to remember some world hopping going on) where he finds a man (a
>Chrestomanci type figure) living in the wilderness. The enemies come and
>are defeated. A helicopter is in there somewhere. Does this sound
>familiar to anyone?
This is her latest book _The Merlin Conspiracy_. You can check the recent
archives (May 2003) for the discussion we had. (And when I say "we" I mean
the list in general, as this is a discussion I wasn't around for. Bad me.)
>2. Do you know what Diana means when she refers to her work as
Speculative fiction is a general catchall term for science fiction and
fantasy together. Whether DWJ means that or something else, I don't know.
It also sometimes carries a more literary connotation, indicating that
you're taking the genre seriously.
>3. How does that differ from traditional fantasy?
It doesn't really, but I think *I* would use the term to indicate fantasy
that differed significantly from the mainstream.
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