Re: Digest Number 51
>>Message: 2Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 07:57:29 -0500
From: "Matthew R. Williams" <director@...-wi.org>
Subject: Awards, etc.
On the subject of the books up for award, I thought "stardust" was kind of
formulaic, but really enjoyed "High House" and "Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone", both of which I found very imaginative. I thought the
idea of a whole world inside a house was very well thought out and I enjoyed
the references to Lewis, MacDonald, etc.<<
I thought Harry Potter was derivative and, well, formulaic, if the formula
were, as a previous poster said, a dash of LeGuin, a touch of Wynne Jones,
and a lot of Dahl. (And, as someone on the Fantasy Onelist pointed out, a
healthy helping of Gaiman's original Books of Magic graphic novel.)
Stardust, on the other hand, I don't see as formulaic at all: yes, the hero
finds his true heart's desire, evil is (ambiguously) thwarted and our hero
and heroine get to live happily for a while, but it's a fairy tale: I
wouldn't have wanted it to end any other way. It's the way the confection is
built that fascinated me, and the beautiful way he did it.
RE: Gene Wolfe.
I'd have to read the Spinrad review (caveat - I hugely enjoyed Battlefield
Earth, in the same way I enjoyed Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was unabashed
pulp fiction done by a craftsman. Don't see how that's relevant to
Severian's story though) I've read The Book of the New Sun about five times
now, and it gets bigger and wiser every time, so I don't see that it can be
dismissed as 'the least' of Gene Wolfe's works.
I love his short stories. Did you ever read Bibliomen?
(Oddly enough, I discovered Gaiman through Wolfe's introduction of the
Sandman collection Fables and Reflections. I'd heard about it, but it took
that to make me get over my 'but it's a comic' reaction.)
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