[DWJ] Best Books of 2010 - various thoughts

Devra devra at aol.com
Sun Mar 6 10:05:30 EST 2011

Re PEGASUS - and here I thought it ended with a real down-note bummer, destroying all the good stuff that you'd so carefully read.  I skipped to the end because I'm an inpatient type, and WHAM!  If that's a cliff=hanger, it's worse than "BlackOut", where some people didn't read the intro/dedication and didn't realize that there was a second book coming.

And the last line of CRYOBURN (Bujold) - talk about whammies!  OUCH.

And now I feel better, too - I tried the first NEW MOON book, because one of us said it was A Guilty Pleasure, and thought, "Teen-aged angst and Mary-Sue-ism.  Oh ick."

And if you enjoyed A COLLEGE OF MAGIC, try and get hold of the sequel - sort of; it features Jane as the heroine - SCHOLAR OF MAGIC.  Much harder to get copies of, though.


-----Original Message-----
From: Gili Bar-Hillel <hptranslator at gmail.com>
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Sun, Mar 6, 2011 1:19 am
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Best Books of 2010 (A.M. Winslow)


 May I just share that giving recommendations to this list is a bit
ervous-making. People here whose taste I appreciate so much that I feel my
wn recommendations have to be spot on, too. And then if someone didn't like
 book I recommended, my first reaction is "oh no, did I do wrong? Did I
aybe actually not like that book? Do I need to recalibrate my taste? Have I
AILED the list?"
Which is why I'm glad that the rest of you are not in perfect agreement.
ust a reminder that even people who love Diana Wynne Jones and therefore
learly have the Best Taste in books evidently have differing tastes, and
ifferent levels of tolerance for certain kinds of cliches. PHEW, what a
I've discovered so many treasures through the recommendations of this list,
nd I'm going to keep giving mine, even if not everybody always loves every
ook I recommend. So there. Speaking of which, another book I really enjoyed
his year was "The Red Wolf Conspiracy" by Robert Redick, and one book I did
OT enjoy this year, though sometimes I love books by this author, was
Pegasus" by Robin McKinley. Asides from many other reasons I had to not
ike this book, I think it's worth knowing in advance that it ends on a
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