[DWJ] question about Power of Three

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Sun Mar 31 06:55:16 EDT 2013


It may well be worth trying, at least, so thanks for suggesting and not
spoiling it :)


On Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 6:05 AM, Elizabeth Parks <henx19 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The Family Tree by Sheri Tepper comes to mind as a book where some of the
> characters are not exactly what you think they are, but I'm also not sure I
> want to say more should I spoil the book.  I read it as a teenager, and it
> worked very well for me (blew my mind as it were).  I'm not sure if I read
> it now it would work as well for me on several levels.  I read Power of
> Three as a child and reread it a few years ago (I've read it at least five
> times).  The twist isn't as twisty, but it still just works on some level.
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk>
> wrote:
>
> > I always assumed that it came from the Scandinavian versions of Elves and
> >>> hidden folk. From memory, doesn't the human man find them at the
> >>> crossroads
> >>> on midsummer evening?  And then give them help with an Impossible
> Task? I
> >>> need to reread Power of Three, I always loved it. I loved that aha
> moment
> >>> when you realised that our heroes were not *humans* in some other
> fantasy
> >>> world, but hidden folk in our world...
> >>>
> >>>
> >> Actually, I was wondering about this lately myself - are there other
> books
> >> out there which have the same twist, where what seem to be secondary
> world
> >> humans actually turn out to be "real" world non-humans?  The trouble is,
> >> getting any answers to the question would spoil the books, and, as Gin
> >> says, it's such a nice moment that I wouldn't really want to have it
> >> spoiled!
> >>
> >
> > In which case it's just as well I can't remember the title.  I have in
> > mind a short story, probably by Asimov, in which there is the inevitable
> > first contact between humans and ETs.  We are kept in the dark right up
> to
> > the last page as to which is which.  Of course, first time readers will
> > think that the protagonist's species is human, but in fact they are the
> > ETs...
> >
> > In fact I think I've read other first contact stories that attempt to do
> a
> > similar thing, but none so successfully.
> >
> >  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Hulduf%C3%B3lk<
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulduf%C3%B3lk>
> >>>
> >>
> > Now that is weird!
> >
> > Philip.
> >
> >
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