Re: [mythsoc] K.V. Johansen
- At 09:10 PM 12/29/2005 -0500, B. Davis wrote:
> I have a question for David, if he has time to respond: You wrote thatIn a word, yes. Johansen is so knowledgable and generally perceptive that
>Johansen connects books which share structural similarities rather than
>discussing flavor or style. Could you elaborate? Do you feel this limits
>her analysis, or that there are other writers who do a better job of
>discussing authorial style? (This isn't a criticism, I'm simply curious.)
this was not a major problem with the book.
Nevertheless, I as a reader (and especially when I was a child reader)
found, as your nephews perhaps are finding, that it is the spirit of the
book and approach of the author, not the surface characteristics, that make
the similarities and differences between books that will best predict which
other books I will like if a particular one appeals to me. Going from
Tolkien to, say, David Eddings doesn't cut it for me.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "B. Davis" <bi233@n...> wrote:
> Thanks to David Bratman for his very interesting review in
> K.V. Johansen's "Quests and Kingdoms". I bought the book intendingit as
> a reference guide to the post-80's fantasy my nephews read, butfound it a
> pleasurable read. I was particularly happy that she highlightsbooks like
> Masefield's "Box of Delights" which seem to have dropped out of sight,I just wanted to mention this delightful new publication in children's
> despite the "post-Potter" boom in classic children's fantasy I keep
> reading about.
lit: The Bake Shop Ghost (Hardcover)
by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, Marjorie A. Priceman (Illustrator)
Here is a quick review: http://www.watermarkbooks.com/review0705-011.html
I heard it on NPR while driving somewhere and it was just a lovely
little tale, full of delight and fantasy. Lezlie
- David Bratman wrote:
> Nevertheless, I as a reader (and especially when I was a child reader)I don't know Eddings' books, but judging by Johansen's handy plot summary
> found, as your nephews perhaps are finding, that it is the spirit of the
> book and approach of the author, not the surface characteristics, that make
> the similarities and differences between books that will best predict which
> other books I will like if a particular one appeals to me. Going from
> Tolkien to, say, David Eddings doesn't cut it for me.
("the willful princess Ce'Nedra") I take your point.
I definitely choose by author for the children. On the other hand, one
nephew loved the LotR but thought the Silmarillion (the original 1 vol.
edition) was even better. That seems like some kind of structural
(or maybe content?) preference, though I could never quite figure it out.
Their reactions to books fascinate (and sometimes puzzle) me, expecially as
things have changed. I don't thing a preference for the Silmarillion would
have been likely twenty years ago, though perhaps Tolkien would have been
Thanks to Lezlie for the book recommendations, as I'm always looking around
for children's books (all ages).