ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Jun 9 11:04:36 EDT 2006
On Friday, June 9, 2006, at 12:52 AM, Charles Butler wrote:
> Maybe everyone else here already knows this, but I heard only yesterday
> evening that there's to be a new edition of *The Skiver's Guide* (at
> least in the UK),
> published this autumn by Barn Owl Books. Yay! (It's too early in the
> morning to Squee.)
Maybe for you. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I went straight to Amazon.co.uk and ordered it. [I also got my order
for _Death of
a Ghost_ in while I was at it.]
> The Amazon.co.uk synopsis helpfully tells us that TSG is the most
> stolen book
> from public libraries in the world. I can believe it, given that the
> amorality of DWJ
> fans is matched only by their chilling fanaticism (many are rumoured
> to be albinos).
Well, _you_ can't pretend you don't know anything about _The DaVinci
[Neither, of course, can I.]
> But then, rather curiously: "Diana Wynne-Jones is one of our most
> eminent writers
> of serious fiction for children but in Skivers' Guide she proves she
> can also reduce her
> readers to helpless mirth."
> Uh-oh. It's that old "serious=not funny" equation again.
Mr. Pratchett suffers from this.
> Isn't it good to know that Wynne-Jones has a sense of humour, though?
> Who'da thunk it?
I certainly never guessed. _A Sudden Wild Magic_, for instance, is
stern throughout. So is _The Tough Guide_. Absolutely serious and
fact, I can't think of any of her books that isn't absolutely serious
Speaking of Herself, I see there is also a new 72-page version of "Enna
Hittims" with illustrations. Is this just the one story?
Mornings are a delusion of the
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