short stories

Allison Marles apm at
Thu Jul 1 20:55:44 EDT 2004

Let me check that I have this right, I already have "Mixed Magics" and
"Minor Arcana", so if I get "Stopping for a Spell" and "Unexpected
Magic", then I will have everything except for the essay ?  

My reasoning from the below suggests that Unexpected Magic has an awful
lot of stories, since it must cover all of Minor Arcana, Everard's Ride,
Believing is Seeing, and Warlock at the Wheel (except for what is in
Mixed Magics and The True State of Affairs)  But maybe that is fewer
stories than I think.

I do not think I have read this "Enna Hittims", but I immediately notice
that it looks strangely like "Anne Smith" phonetically backwards.  I
wonder what the significance of that is ? Does it come up in the story ?


On Fri, Jul 02, 2004 at 11:15:58AM +1200, Elizabeth Evans wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Jul 2004, I wrote:
> > I'm becoming aware of the number of DWJ short stories I haven't read. I
> know
> > that a number of them are in two or more anthologies, but I am getting the
> > impression that I will still have to own all the anthologies in order to
> > have all the stories, as each anthology contains at least one story that
> is
> > unique to that anthology. Is this right?
> ___
> And then Kyla wrote:
> Yes and no. :^) Seriously, I just read/reread all her short stories, and
> so I made a table of the short story collections and which stories they
> had. My conclusions:
> 1) The stories in Stopping for a Spell (Chair Person, The Four Grannies,
> and Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?) are only in that book, and those are all
> the stories the book has.
> 2) Unexpected Magic and Mixed Magics do not contain any of the same
> stories, and if you read both of those, you will then have read all the
> short stories I've heard of except for The True State of Affairs (which is
> in Everard's Ride and Minor Arcana) and The Shape of the Narrative in Lord
> of the Rings, which is not truly a short story, as it's an essay, but it's
> fabulous anyway, and it's in Everard's Ride.
> Unexpected Magic has four, and Mixed Magics has two, stories that are not
> in any other Diana Wynne Jones short story books. So those two books plus
> Everard's Ride will get you everything.
> (For reference, the other three short story books are Minor Arcana and
> Believing Is Seeing, which are identical except that Believing Is Seeing
> has Enna Hittims instead of The True State of Affairs, which I think makes
> the introduction read a bit more clunkily, and Warlock at the Wheel.)
> ____
> Thank you for sharing the fruits of your research, Kyla. That task was (well
> down) on my list of things to do, so it's nice to cross it off and know
> which books I need to get.
> Regards
> Elizabeth.
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