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

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Wed Apr 13 13:53:38 EDT 2011

I read Dogsbody at 10 and liked it a lot, but didn't then go pursue every
DWJ book ever written. I remember it mostly because my father picked it up
one night, read it all the way through, and then talked to me about it for
the next few days. I was impressed that one of MY books had hooked a

I tend to think of Fire & Hemlock as my first DWJ since that is the one I
fell completely in love with and that led me to obsessively chasing down all
of her other books. F & H is still definitely my favorite. Then I have about
five second favorites.
On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM, Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu>wrote:

> 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]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:58 AM
> To: dwj at suberic.net
> 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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