[DWJ] Some brief reviews

Charlotte Taylor ccwtaylor at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 08:17:13 EST 2013

I read  and re-read The Spellcoats as a standalone, when I was 11 or
so, years and years before I though to wonder if DWJ wrote any books
(I was kind of dim that way).  I remember vividly the day I walked
into a bookstore when I was about 22 and saw the other books in the
Dalemark Quartet---I was so so so thrilled out of my mind to find out
more about the Spellcoats characters. So Cart and Cwidder and Drowned
Ammet were perhaps the most crushingly disappointing books I have ever
read in my life, and I have never re-read them.  The Crown of Dalemark
brought me some comfort, but not enough.


On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:45 AM, Kyra Jucovy <arykiy at gmail.com> wrote:
> I must say, I love *The Spellcoats* and *The Crown of Dalemark *both with
> quite a lot of intensity.  I find them both extremely thought-provoking.  I
> mostly reread *Drowned Ammett *for Navis, in all honesty. . . but if Navis
> is very strongly my favorite Dalemark character, Duck/Wend is quite
> possibly second - I find him a fascinating character and agree with
> everyone who wants to know more about him.
> I always assumed that the godhood of Undying was very much tied to the
> extent of people's belief in them as gods.  I don't think that being
> Undying necessarily makes one a God - I think what was going on with Hern
> and Mitt was that Hern was not Undying, but given that he had Undying
> ancestry he thought he might be and tried to be cautious by not leaving
> images of himself, because if he *had been* Undying, that could have led to
> him becoming a god.  Since he wasn't Undying, this became a moot point, but
> Mitt was able to learn from his example and consequently avoid becoming a
> god, although he was clearly Undying.  I think Wend and Cennoreth were very
> much gods, but, especially for Wend, they weren't believed in or worshipped
> as much, so their power had faded.  Whereas Old Ammett and Libby Beer seem
> to have still had quite a lot of worship in the Holy Islanders and even
> were paid tribute by the rituals in South Dalemark, even if the Holanders
> didn't know what they were doing, so I think that's why they had more
> power.  They also may have been gods for a longer time?  Although I was
> never quite sure if they were also supposed to be Tanamil and Robin?
> ---Kyra
> On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 4:15 AM, Otter Perry <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
>> wrote:
>> We find out some of this in _The Crown of Dalemark_, which,
>> unlike some, I like a lot.
>> On Feb 4, 2013, at 8:46 AM, deborah.dwj at suberic.net wrote:
>> > I always loved The Spellcoats most out of that whole series. I
>> > was quite young when I read it, and just getting introduced to
>> > the idea of metafiction, and the spellcoats themselves are such a
>> > clear and lovely introduction, with the framing story to clarify.
>> > Possibly the book was actually formative in my love of the
>> > technique.
>> >
>> > One thing I think I left about it is how FINAL it leaves the
>> > global tragedy at the end. You know it's coming, and then you get
>> > the frame storytelling you that everything changed, geography and
>> > all. But still, it's left unknown how individuals, the
>> > individuals you have grown to love and care for through the
>> > story, coped. Many of them we know are immortal and we meet
>> > later, so what does actually happen to Duck and Tanaqui et al.?
>> > How do they become, well, gods?
>> >
>> > -deborah
>> >
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