Book recommendation list Part II

Dorian E. Gray israfel at
Fri Mar 14 15:51:41 EST 2003

Irina said...

> On Wednesday 12 March 2003 23:04, Dorian E. Gray wrote:
> > I prefer Penelope Farmer's "A Castle of Bone" to "Charlotte
> > Sometimes", though it's much less well-known.
> Yes! Yes! My copy, an old Puffin, is falling apart (quite a feat for old
> Puffins).

Omygod, someone else who knows this book!  Isn't it just so cool?!
> > I'd be inclined to limit the Mercedes Lackey recommendation to the
> > "Arrows" trilogy and maybe "The Last Herald-Mage" trilogy (depending
> > on reader's/parents' prejudices).
> The middle volume of the Arrows trilogy has graphic sex and gratuitous
> violence (torture). I'd hesitatingly recommend it to daughters of mine
> (who I know should be well-inoculated when they're in their teens) but
> not to anyone else's teenage children unless I knew their sensitivities
> and reading experience very well.

Urr, wouldn't that be the last volume?  The middle one is all with the being
snowed in and the fairly tasteful First Sexual Experience.  And I wouldn't
have said the torture in Book 3 was all *that* graphic, really.  IIRC
there's a little beginning bit and then a skipped over part that ends with
something like "when they crushed her feet, she couldn't even scream".  I'll
grant you that I wouldn't push that book, alone, on a teen - but if, say, a
14-year-old had read the first book and enjoyed it, I'd pass on books 2 and
3, with the warning (to teen and parents) that the other two contain stuff
that might be uncomfortable.

> > Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonsong" and "Dragonsinger".(American)
> Not "Dragondrums"? Only one sex scene, mostly implied and very
> tastefully done (if that's the one with Sebell on the boat).

I've never much liked "Dragondrums"; it's all about Piemur, pretty much, and
I like him *much* better as a secondary character than as the protag.  Also,
I think Menolly's far more the type of character to appeal to a teen -
especially a female teen - so a reader might be disappointed if they thought
"Dragondrums" was going to continue her story, because it doesn't really.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at

"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be
- O. Cromwell

Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (
Version: 6.0.459 / Virus Database: 258 - Release Date: 25/02/03

To unsubscribe, email dwj-request at with the body "unsubscribe".
Visit the archives at

More information about the Dwj mailing list