[DWJ] JoBoy

Sally Odgers sodgers at iinet.net.au
Sun Jan 4 17:06:12 EST 2015

I haven't read that one, Philip, but if it's like The Girl Who Loved the Sun
it is probably similar to some of Joan Aiken's stories. She did a wide
variety of short pieces which I generally liked better than her novels. The
exception was Nightfall, which I liked a lot.

Sally O

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Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:36:02 +0000
From: Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk>
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Subject: [DWJ] JoBoy (minor spoilers)
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Over Christmas, I found "The Dragon Book" in a charity shop.  I could hardly
have passed over a book with that title, even if it hadn't contained a new
(to me) DWJ story...

The story JoBoy most reminded me of was The Girl who Loved the Sun.  The
setting is very different, but there is a similar feeling in the way the
protagonist has to concentrate on each part of his body in turn to effect
his change of shape - not like a Dorig, nor like Mordion.  (Does DWJ have
any other shape-changers to add to that list?  Sirius doesn't count - when
he turns back into a luminary, the dog's corpse is left at Kathleen's feet.)

Structurally, I like the way the story is topped and tailed by two-line
sections - so much said in so few words.  (Like the one-line chapter in
Sudden Wild Magic.)

But I was surprised not to have encountered this story before.  Is it simply
too recent to have been anthologised elsewhere?



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