[DWJ] JoBoy

Sally Odgers sally at sallyodgers.com
Tue Jan 6 00:48:16 EST 2015


     Yes. It's a YA thriller

Sally Odgers

On Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:32:15 -0500, Devra via Dwj <dwj at suberic.net> wrote:
Is "Nightfall" the one with the cat? I liked that one too. 
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  > From: Sally Odgers <sodgers at iinet.net.au>
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  > 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. 
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  > Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:36:02 +0000
  > From: Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk>
  > To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
  > 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... 
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  > 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.)
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  > 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.)
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  > 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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  > Philip. 
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