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« Topic Start: April 25, 2010, 08:07:09 am »

Title: So You Want to Be a Wizard
(Fiction: Young Adult)
Author(s): Diane Duane
Publisher: Graphia
Publication Date: June 1, 2001
ISBN: 015216250X
ISBN-13: 978-0152162504
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Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a ... books, a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist ... a Writer. But his one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.

I don't believe this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious--and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn't ...?

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« Reply #1: April 25, 2010, 04:00:00 pm »

LOVED this book as a kid! I don't remember too much, but I have three books out of the series (also Deep Wizardry and A Wizard Abroad and I remember them being great. Sort of a cross between Harry Potter and Madeleine L'Engle, if I remember correctly...
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« Reply #2: April 25, 2010, 05:03:57 pm »

Sort of a cross between Harry Potter and Madeleine L'Engle, if I remember correctly...

That's a good way to describe it -- only no Hogwarts. You learn on your own from a book.
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« Reply #3: April 30, 2010, 12:53:02 am »


[color=red][size=12pt]Discussion and reviews of this book are welcome in this thread. If you've read the book, please tell us what you think of it and why.[/size][/color]


I loved this series! I've read all of them except for the most recent which is still in hardcover I thiink. The author has a great way of reinterpreting the world and giving random things a voice. Like for example grass, stars, and cancer. And she's managed to tie her world(s) together so elegantly from creation myths to autism. I'm definetly reading that new book come summer.
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« Reply #4: April 30, 2010, 05:12:33 pm »

I loved this series! I've read all of them except for the most recent which is still in hardcover I thiink. The author has a great way of reinterpreting the world and giving random things a voice. Like for example grass, stars, and cancer. And she's managed to tie her world(s) together so elegantly from creation myths to autism. I'm definetly reading that new book come summer.

I'm going to have to check this book out at my store, I've seen it while running the young adult section but never paid much attention to it! It sounds cute. Smiley

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« Reply #5: May 02, 2010, 01:36:05 pm »

I suggested that thread because I love the whole series so far. (Just finished the 6th book.) But I can barely remember what I liked about the first book exactly...

Maybe it was the descriptions of magic, which sometimes have a very real feeling to them. I'm not talking about Duane's sci-fi trips (she also writes nice Star Trek novels btw), but about the way she describes the feelings the characters have when doing magic and their personal development. I also love those quotes out of the "Book of the Night with Moon", they sometimes make my hair stand on end. I like the way she describes other and inner worlds, the way consequences of magical decisions come into play and often appear again later on. I find the series intervowen very well. It makes sense to read it in writing order.

And I love the way her characters are challenged and develop by taking the "wizard's oath" and having ordeals. And she's constructing a magical universe in which everything has it's place, is interconnected and makes sense. I wouldn't call it a Pagan worldview, but it has elements I find very familiar to some pagan magical thinking or even polytheism in some fictional ways - much more so than Harry Potter for example (though there are also monistic elements in there and the good-evil-structure). But could just be a personal feeling. I wonder how others percieve that?
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« Reply #6: May 02, 2010, 02:06:30 pm »

That's a good way to describe it -- only no Hogwarts. You learn on your own from a book.

No Hogwarts is a plus.
Also no large parallel society that uses magic in great amounts to hide the existance of magic.

I read the first 3 or 4 books and liked them as light reading. I liked the way that the kids & other wizards still had to be part of our world. No wizards that can't use a telephone, etc. Much more realistic integration of wizards into a modern world than Rowling.
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