From: "Nigel Price"
Subject: RE: (urth) Re: Wizard Knight and after Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 12:02:32 +0100 Oh, ages ago, David DiGiacomo wrote: >>I would distinguish between underappreciated >>and low rated books. I think that if the >>Soldier series is underappreciated, it's >>because very few readers are sufficiently >>well read in history to have more than a vague >>understanding of it. CASTLEVIEW is also >>underappreciated, because it's incomprehensible >>(but good otherwise). >>In contrast, THERE ARE DOORS and PANDORA BY >>HOLLY HOLLANDER are low rated because readers >>understand them (?), but dislike them. Strange, isn't it? I really like "Pandora by Holly Hollander" - it's charming, witty, and well executed - and thought "There are Doors" was quite brilliant, if decidedly odd. Is "Castleview" really incomprehensible? The narrative seems radically compressed, certainly, and there are what may be signs of haste in the composition, but essentially it is GW doing a sort of late twentieth century, midwestern Charles Williams, and as such is excellent fun. For the record, I rate the "Soldier" books very highly indeed and am constantly surprised that we don't discuss them on the list more often. Personally, I would love to see "Soldier of Sidon" (or whatever it might be called) published. Nigel (who is slowly reading his way through two weeks' worth of accumulated Urth lists, having been away on holiday, and has now read Fernando Q. Gouvea's response to David DiGiacomo's posting...he agrees with Fernando and probably wouldn't have bothered to type out the above if he'd read that message first!) --