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

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 05:41:19 EDT 2011

In common with, seemingly, many of you, my first DWJ was *Dogsbody, *but it
definitely wasn't the one that made me go out and seek the rest of DWJ -
that was *The Lives of Christopher Chant*.  My memory, which may or may not
be accurate, is that my parents actually gave me *Dogsbody *for my eighth
birthday and that I read TLoCC several months later, but, anyway, both were
when I was around eight.  I have more of an appreciation for *Dogsbody *as
an adult and still have an appreciation for TLoCC, but neither one of them
is my favorite or has ever been my favorite (I always have a definite
favorite DWJ book, but this changes over time.  When I was a kid, it was *Witch
Week*, as a teenager it was *Archer's Goon*, as a college student it was *Fire
& Hemlock*, and as an adult it's *The Homeward Bounders*.  As an adult I
kind of feel that THB is the perfect book and that it's hard to imagine my
tastes ever changing again, but then, I know I felt exactly that way as a
teenager about *Archer's Goon*.).


On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Ehsan Roudiani <es at historicalfact.com>wrote:

> F&H is the one I'm in love with too - I read it when I was much too young
> to have much of a clue about what it was about! My big sister had F&H,
> Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Archer's Goon and The Ogre
> Downstairs, they were my collective introduction to DWJ. I read Dogsbody as
> well but didn't enjoy it - aged about 7, it was too sad for me!
> I probably read F&H about 4 times a year, and it's still my favourite book
> by any author. I know it off by heart and have never gotten sick of it.  I
> don't tend to reread Ogre or Archer a lot, but I do go through the
> Chrestomanci ones on a reasonably regular basis.
> Ehsan.
> On 13 Apr 2011, at 18:53, slwones at gmail.com wrote:
>  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
>> grown-up.
>> 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.
>> Suzanne
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