[DWJ] DWJ influenced writers
katiegmeyers at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 20:40:58 EDT 2012
This is funny, because I was about to jump in with a recommendation for Sarah Rees Brennan's newest book, _Unspoken_. I just finished it last night and really enjoyed it (although partly this may have been a case of "the right book at the right time"). Possibly because I know the author is a DWJ fan, I was seeing a number of similarities that made me happy. I'm going to avoid any spoilers because the book is so new. This means that I will be so vague that I may not make much sense, but oh well. First off, the main character's imaginary friend reminded me of Ann's voices in Hexwood. The families and their histories, the role of magic, the woods, the British small town life, the reveals, the main character being a writer, and the fact that it was so funny all sort of made me think of DWJ as well. Though it is really different in many ways.
I'm so happy to get all of these recommendations! Was looking for a good book!
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:44:49 +0800
From: Kyra Jucovy <arykiy at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [DWJ] DWJ influenced writers
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I suppose I ought to chime in with my recommendation for Sarah Rees
Brennan. I haven't read her two newest books yet, but I really loved *The
Demon's Lexicon* and liked its two sequels. I wouldn't say SRB is actually
that close to DWJ in style, but she certainly is a DWJ fan, quite
explicitly. As I mentioned on LiveJournal when I was reviewing one of the
sequels, *The Demon's Lexicon "*is not my* *perfect book (although it does
have in common with my perfect book a group of demon fighters, one of whom
is a boy named Jamie, which is closer than most books get)." I also think
there's a similarity (this is why Gili's mention of the *Curseworkers *books
reminded me of it) in the way that *The Demon's Lexicon *is structured,
with multiple twists centered around the idea of identity, a focus on
family relationships, and an ending where a lot of what we saw over the
book gets explicitly recontextualized by the narrator in order to make the
reveal clear (a technique I do associate with DWJ, like, I dunno, when
Vierran rethinks Ann's motives in swinging her legs over Mordion in *Hexwood
*, for example).
On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM, Gili Bar-Hillel
<gbhillel at netvision.net.il>wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Gili Bar-Hillel <hptranslator at gmail.com>
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
> Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:43:05 +0300
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] DWJ influenced writers
> I second Frances Hardinge - she's LOVELY and as diverse as Diana. The only
> book I've read by Rhiannon Lassiter was "Ghost of a Chance", a ripping take
> on classic ghost stories that did indeed remind me in places of Wilkins
> Tooth and The Time of the Ghost. Flora Segunda was good too. I'm also a
> big fan of Philip Reeve, Jonathan Stroud especially ("Heroes of the
> Valley", though it's very dark) and Garth Nix.
> Try Karen Healey's "Guardian of the Dead" which reminded me in equal parts
> of Pamela Dean's "Tam Lin" and Margaret Mahy's "Changeover". And N.K.
> Jemisin's "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" had bits that reminded me of the
> more epic aspects of the Dalemark books.
> Jessica Day George's "Dragon Slippers" and sequels were fun.
> Holly Black's Curseworkers trilogy is more horror/suspense, and is very
> dark, but is a bit DWJish in how the protagonist discovers himself and the
> ways in which his family have been manipulating him.
> Sent from my iPad
> On 18 ???? 2012, at 16:49, Farah Mendlesohn <farah.sf at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Rhiannon Lassiter (Bad Blood)
> > Frances Hardinge (Verdigris Deep/US:Well Wished)
> > Patrice Kindle: Owl in Love
> > Sent from my iPhone
> > On 18 Sep 2012, at 12:51, Lucy Pearson <lucy.r.pearson at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hello all!
> >> As I'm in one of my periodic DWJ hiatuses (I've reread everything too
> >> recently and need to give it time to breathe), I thought I'd reach out
> >> the list for some new reading ideas. Is there anyone writing now who is
> >> influenced by DWJ / has the same sort of feel? She's so unique, I find
> >> hard to think of people who show a clear debt - but with so many of us
> >> there who love her work, there must be a few whose love found its way
> >> print!
> >> Thanks!
> >> Lucy
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