[DWJ] Joan Aiken (was: Georgette Heyer)

Joe oddenda at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 13:36:19 EST 2008

On 7 Jan 2008, at 16:13, jenne at fiedlerfamily.net wrote:

> Of Joan Aiken's ouvre, I prefer _Armitage, Armitage, Fly away home_.
> I'm pretty sure she wrote a sequel to the story about the paper garden,
> but I can't find it anywhere. Any pointers?
> -- Jenne/Jadwiga, who slept in this morning because her dream was a 
> movie
> version of a Diana Wynne Jones book (with Terry Pratchett influences 
> and
> plot twists from our latest video Game, Dark Cloud 2) in which
> Chrestomanci appeared as the Emperor of Wittgenstein. The movie was 
> *not*
> as good as the book, and I kept trying to remember where I had left my
> copy of the book to re-read it. :)

Wittgenstein, the small middle-European state? Ruled with a rod of 
pithy one-liners? I'm sure Chrestomanci could pull it off.

I read a whole bunch of Dido books when I was casting around looking 
for something that would light up my mind in the same way as DWJ. 
Unfortunately she didn't, though they were very readable. Haven't 
retained anything from any of them,  except the titles, which are often 
great, and some horrible depiction of industrial revolution mills in 
'Midnight is a place' (one of the great titles).

I remember a deliciously nasty short story of Joan Aiken's called 
'Marmalade wine' that featured in the Penguin book of Women's Fantasy. 
I think she specialises in sticky ends, would that be fair to say?

Joe (who woke up early this morning, because he was dreaming in Lego. 
Not a very good narrative medium. I don't think DWJ would work well in 

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