[DWJ] list for book

Kyla Tornheim kyla at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Thu Jul 6 17:03:09 EDT 2006

On Thu, 6 Jul 2006, Dorian E. Gray wrote:

> Jadwiga said...
> >> Fire and Hemlock
> >
> > I'd replace this with Hexwood, as it is less confusing for the beginning
> > DWJ reader.
> "Hexwood" is *less* confusing than "Fire and Hemlock"?!  Your brain must
> work in a *very* different way from mine!  I found "Hexwood" insanely
> confusing on first read, and only my trust in DWJ as a writer kept me going.

Heh, that was pretty much my exact thought on reading Jadwiga's e-mail.
"Fire and Hemlock" is extremely accessible until you get to the confusing
ending, especially because Polly *is* a regular girl living in an everyday
situation. Sorta.

"Hexwood" became my favorite DWJ book the first time I read it, but it's
because I think it's so wonderful and complicated that I won't let anyone
read it (if they're reading DWJ through borrowing my books or simply
asking me for recommendations) until they've read practically everything
else. I think it would break my heart if someone decided they didn't like
DWJ on the basis of "Hexwood."

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to
be without temptations.
       --Walter Bagehot

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