From: "Nigel Price"
Subject: RE: (urth) General opinion of Pandora Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 05:51:39 +0100 For what it's worth, I really like "Pandora". I think it's charming. I like it as a detective story, I like it as a mildly satirical Nancy Drew pastiche, and I like it as a gently almost-magical evocation of the area where GW actually lives. I like the way that GW changes the names of local towns and suburbs without really changing them, sometimes slightly altering them, sometimes, as in "Dawn" for "Aurora", substituting their meaning for their name, as in the "Soldier" books. I like the subtle intrusion of a shaping mythological framework, where the meaning of the myth is itself a detective story, with the different versions and interpretations of the myth competing in the manner of possible suspects in a murder mystery. I like the way that the romance between Holly and Aladin is done. His house and his household always seem slightly magical to me. His way of life is in stark contrast to Holly's privileged existence and her discovery of an alternative mode of living right in the middle of the area where she lives has always seemed to me somehow analogous to discovering the world of Faerie in the woods at the bottom of your garden. On a personal and highly subjective note, "Pandora" always strikes me as a book written by a man who has and loves his daughters. For sentimental reasons, that appeals to me. I make no claims for this as a great book, but I do find it a very likeable one. It's a light book, and light books are difficult to do well. I think that GW has written this well. Nigel --