[DWJ] Guardian Books Blog on DWJ

Elizabeth Parks henx19 at gmail.com
Sat May 9 12:19:43 EDT 2009

I got Luke, from Eight Days of. . . I'm not sure how accurate I want
that to be ;)

My top three would be:

Lives of Christopher Chant
Archer's Goon.

so I guess I am a bit like Luke--bending the rules for my own purposes ;)


> And then, going back to the actual subject line, I did like the article, but
> I think the whole problem (and the reason the author was assailed in the
> pub) comes down to the first two sentences: "When the children's laureates
> went public recently with their favourite children's books of all time, I
> racked my brains and soul-searched for my own top seven. There was no
> question that Diana Wynne Jones would be in there somewhere, and after
> careful consideration, I lit upon Howl's Moving Castle as her greatest hit."
> The laureates chose their *favorites*; the author uses the phrase "greatest
> hit." Which can either mean "most popular," or "best." I'm always interested
> to read people's favorite DWJ books, usually when we're doing the
> introductions (which I forgot to do this time, sorry), because they vary so
> greatly, both on which specific books get chosen and the combinations.
> For example, my top three DWJ are Hexwood, Deep Secret, and...and...::goes
> to look at bookshelves:: Year of the Griffin, maybe. And I have a fondness
> for The Ogre Downstairs. But I know lots of people who don't really like
> YotG, and plenty who think Dogsbody is awesome, and I've probably read that
> one the fewest number of times (except for The Pinhoe Egg and The Game, but
> that doesn't count because they still came out comparatively recently and I
> haven't gotten around to it). I'll never argue if someone calls a book a
> favorite, but I might if they suggest it's the best, particularly from
> somone as prolific as DWJ. (I won't argue if someone calls The Perilous Gard
> Elizabeth Marie Pope's best book, because as far as I know she only wrote
> two, and Perilous Gard is brilliant and amazing, and The Sherwood Ring is a
> nice book.)
> Ooh, hey, I wrote a lot. :^) It's probably time to reread some more DWJ (I
> reread Magicians of Caprona a month or so ago when I was having a stressful
> time, and it completely did its job), but I've got the new Tamora Pierce
> (Bloodhound) to read, so that takes precedence. :^)
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