[DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Tue Apr 12 11:57:58 EDT 2011

In responses to A. M. Winslow's post below, I have been wondering if the first DWJ one reads influences one ever after.  My first was Tale of Time City, which I still love. There are probably books I love as much or even more--Howl's Moving Castle, The Lives of Christopher Chant--but in my mind I always have DWJ's books lined up after that first one.

Jameela Lares
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From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of A.M. Winslow [debrisoftheages at yahoo.co.uk]
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Homeward Bounders

The Homeward Bounders was actually the first of DWJ's books that I read.  I was about twelve at the time, and writing a (horrifically bad) novel about a character who traveled to different parallel worlds (I was fairly obsessed with quantum physics at the time, a phase which quickly left me).  I was also a very lonely person.  My sister had recommended a DWJ book -- Charmed Life, I think -- but the only one I could find at the bookstore was the Homeward Bounders.  I bought it -- and absolutely devoured it.  It was, in my opinion, the perfect book -- exactly the book I wanted to have written in place of my horrific one, if only I had the skill.  There's something in that book which has always touched me on a level none of the others have; I felt like I had a personal connection to the protagonist -- which is depressing, I guess -- or would be, except that I'm not longer either twelve or desperately lonely.

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