[DWJ] dalemark

R.Macrae-Gibson at lse.ac.uk R.Macrae-Gibson at lse.ac.uk
Sun Jun 17 06:56:38 EDT 2007

This is interesting Minnow-I wonder which 3 chapters of Crown these

Slight spoiler if you haven't read the Dalemark books

What I really want to know is why were the cuts made to later editions
of Cart & Cwidder? Was this because DWJ wanted to put more emphasis on
Kankredin and so some of the details about the Kingstone and the history
of the North-South conflict had to go?

I posted the text of the cuts some while ago

I think it's a shame that these cuts were made as I don't think they
distract from the Kankredin driven nature of Crown. Plus my original
Puffin copy is falling apart but I prefer to read this than the

I do love the first 3 books especially, and always liked the fact that
there were links between them without them being a specific trio. Part
of DWJ's own magic at work.


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Farah suggested:

>You might want  to read Spellcoats before Drowned Ammet or you will
lose a
>lot of the nuance.

Which is interesting, because the publication order was Cart and
1975, Drowned Ammet, 1977, and The Spellcoats, 1979, so DWJ herself read
them in an order that must have lost a lot of the nuance.

DWJ, consulted on this, says that she read them in order of publication
when she re-read them some years ago (I think probably when she was
The Crown of Dalemark, of which she had three chapters for ten years
it finally came together) and was "surprised by the way they came rather
majestically to a climax, which I was very pleased about".  She then
briefly and in a slightly surprised way about the fact that
I think I start to lay down clues for myself either in Chapter One of a
book or from things in one that I have written already."

A clue for readers about reading-order would be in the set of four
paperbacks of Dalemark that came out simultaneously from Mandarin in
the covers of those four books are, splendidly, a panorama, and if you
two copies of each and lay them side-by-side you get a continuous
from the back cover of Cart and Cwidder round through to the front of
Crown of Dalemark.

Not, as DWJ says, that it ought to matter, because she rather *hopes*
each of them stands on its own really.


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