[DWJ] Impress of first book? (Fire & Hemlock) (most: Spellcoats)

Mary Osborne m_osborne at fastmail.fm
Thu Apr 14 01:18:41 EDT 2011


The first one I read was Fire & Hemlock.  Maybe not the most typical,
but then they are all unique.  I still enjoy re-reading it.  After that
I devoured anything else I could find and anything to emerge since.  If
I had to choose, my Desert Island pick would be Spellcoats, although it
would be a wrench to split it from the rest of Dalemark.  And I don't
think it is actually my favourite, just the one that stays with me most.


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>       (Katarina Hj?rpe)
>    3. Re: Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
>       (Debbie Gascoyne)
>    4. Re: Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders) (Devra)
>    5. Re: Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders) (Otter Perry)
>    6. Re: Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
>       ( Sally Odgers )
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> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:57:58 -0500
> From: Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu>
> Subject: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
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> 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
> Professor of English
> The University of Southern Mississippi
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> Winslow [debrisoftheages at yahoo.co.uk]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:58 AM
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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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> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:28:37 +0200
> From: Katarina Hj?rpe <katarina.hjarpe at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
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> I can't remember which DWJ story was my first one! It was obviously one
> of
> the books I've read in Swedish, which means the most likely candidates
> are
> Howl's Moving Castle, Power of Three, The Lives of Christopher Chant, or
> Dogsbody. (The other books I've read in Swedish I distinctly remember
> searching out, except for Archer's Goon, which I found by accident.)
> 
> I think probably Power of Three was my first, since I have a suspicion I
> got
> it from a book club. But Howl... has definitely been a larger influence
> on
> me, so maybe that was first after all? OTOH, the view of wars in Po3 has
> played into my adult psyche as well, so maybe not.
> 
> Katarina
> 
> On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM, 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.
> >
> >
> 
> 
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> Message: 3
> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:05:29 -0700
> From: Debbie Gascoyne <dgascoyne at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
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> My first one was _Charmed Life_, and I remember the thrill of discovery!
> Here was an author I'd never read, whose books were exactly the kind of
> books I loved.  I think the next one was _The Ogre Downstairs_, and I've
> always had a soft spot for that one.  I think I will always love her
> "middle" works -The Power of Three, Time of the Ghost, Fire and Hemlock,
> The
> Homeward Bounders, and the earlier Chrestomanci's, the best, because they
> seemed then so startling and new, and every one was different.
> 
> Debbie
> 
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> Message: 4
> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:09:58 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Devra <devra at aol.com>
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
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> 
> You may right.  I believe that POWER of THREE was the first one I read,
> and I have always adored it.
> 
> Devra
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu>
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
> Sent: Tue, Apr 12, 2011 12:01 pm
> Subject: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
> 
> 
> In responses to A. M. Winslow's post below, I have been wondering if the
> first 
> WJ one reads influences one ever after.  My first was Tale of Time City,
> which 
>  still love. There are probably books I love as much or even more--Howl's 
> oving Castle, The Lives of Christopher Chant--but in my mind I always
> have 
> WJ's books lined up after that first one.
> Jameela Lares
> rofessor of English
> he University of Southern Mississippi
> 18 College Drive, #5037
> attiesburg, MS  39406-0001
> 01 266-4319 ofc
> 01 266-5757 fax
> _______________________________________
> rom: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of A.M. 
> inslow [debrisoftheages at yahoo.co.uk]
> ent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:58 AM
> o: dwj at suberic.net
> ubject: Re: [DWJ] Homeward Bounders
> The Homeward Bounders was actually the first of DWJ's books that I read. 
> I was 
> bout twelve at the time, and writing a (horrifically bad) novel about a 
> haracter who traveled to different parallel worlds (I was fairly obsessed
> with 
> uantum physics at the time, a phase which quickly left me).  I was also a
> very 
> onely person.  My sister had recommended a DWJ book -- Charmed Life, I
> think -- 
> ut the only one I could find at the bookstore was the Homeward Bounders. 
> I 
> ought it -- and absolutely devoured it.  It was, in my opinion, the
> perfect 
> ook -- exactly the book I wanted to have written in place of my horrific
> one, 
> f only I had the skill.  There's something in that book which has always 
> ouched me on a level none of the others have; I felt like I had a
> personal 
> onnection to the protagonist -- which is depressing, I guess -- or would
> be, 
> xcept that I'm not longer either twelve or desperately lonely.
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> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:15:32 -0600
> From: Otter Perry <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com>
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
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> My first one, IIRC, was _The Magicians of Caprona_. It's not my favorite,
> which I would be 
> hard-pressed to identify. 
> 
> On Apr 12, 2011, at 4:09 PM, Devra wrote:
> 
> > 
> > You may right.  I believe that POWER of THREE was the first one I read, and I have always adored it.
> > 
> > Devra
> > 
> 
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> Message: 6
> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:00:46 -0400
> From: " Sally Odgers " <sally at sallyodgers.com>
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Impress of first book? (was Homeward Bounders)
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>,     Otter Perry
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> I'm pretty sure Dogsbody was my first one. Next, I think, was Power of 
> Three. I loved the first 2/3 but the rest didn't work as well for me. 
> Then I got hold of Howl, I think (or F&H read them around the same 
> time) and was instantly, deeply, entranced. My favourites are Howl 
> and?Deep Secret, with several others jostling for runner-up.?
> 
> Sally Odgers
> ?
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