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Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation jD this b This is perhaps not the best in the Wolves series Aiken has spent a lot of time explaining what has happened to all the members of various separated groups She does it using dialogue which is much better than lengthy narration but the story doesn t swing along with uite her usualaunty trot Although a great yarn with Dido her usual charismatic self this book is not entirely satisfying in all respects A few loose ends were not tidied John King s background character and possible kinship with Dido were not resolved And I m not sure if anyone else noticed the absence of the smallest member of the party during the entire final seuence I notice here how willing I am to forgive little imperfections in Aiken s work particularly towards the end of her life whilst I tend to be critical of the same in other people whippersnappers like Ransom Riggs for example Total favouritism Alas I am a flawed reviewer Enjoyable but ultimately a little far fetched and fantastical even for Aiken Not in the same league as Dido and Pa or Midnight is a Place certainlyI d recommend this to Dido Twite fanatics but most definitely not for first time readers Start with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase instead This tenth title in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles which *offers a welcome return to the adventures of the marvelous Dido Twite backtracks somewhat in the *a welcome return to the adventures of the marvelous Dido Twite backtracks somewhat in the and occurs shortly after the events related in The Stolen Lake and before Dido s return to England in The Cuckoo Tree When the ship on which she is sailing for home is diverted to the spice island of Aratu in search of the missing Lord Herodsfoot Dido once again finds herself caught up in political intrigue With the conflict between the colonizing Angrians and the native Dilendi an unscrupulous and power hungry villain and a cross cultural love story Dangerous Games offers the reader an engaging and entertaining story I would not rank it as highly as some of the earlier titles but I was still glad to have read itAs a side note readers should be aware that this book was originally published in Britain under the title Limbo LodgeAddendum Because the reading order of this series is somewhat complicated I have included this handy guide which is organized by publication date and which I recommend to prospective readers of the series rather than the
one offered here on GoodreadsReading Order for the Series1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase2 Black Hearts offered here on GoodreadsReading Order for the Series1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase2 Black Hearts Battersea3 Nightbirds on Nantucket4 The Whispering Mountain5 The Cuckoo Tree6 The Stolen Lake7 Dido and Pa8 Is Underground9 Cold Shoulder Road10 Dangerous Games11 Midwinter Nightingale12 The Witch of ClatteringshawsA few notes Is Underground is the American
name for the British original Is Similarly Dangerous Games was originally for the British original Is Similarly Dangerous Games was originally in Britain as Limbo Lodge The Wolves of Willoughby Chase features two characters that recur but the two young heroines do not The Stolen Lake is the point at which the chronology becomes somewhat complicated as it is the sixth book but chronicles events that occur in between Night Birds on Nantucket 3 and The Cuckoo Tree 5 Is Underground or Is and Cold Shoulder Road both feature Is Twite cousin to the main heroine Dido They occur alongside the other books and their position in the series is not chronologically relevant Dangerous Games Limbo Lodge is another title that backtracks in the chronology Although not technically part of the series Aiken s Midnight Is a Place does occur in the same alternative timeline and is set in Blastburn the same imaginary city that features in the other book. T Aratu she realizes that there is something even dangerous than poisonous snakes on the island She soon makes friends among the Forest People and learns of a plot to overthrow the island's king who lives deaf and sick at his palace on the Cliffs of Death Will Dido and her friends be able to reach him in time.
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publication dates increase I m reading them in internal chronological order so that I a fewdates increase I m reading them in internal chronological order so that I a few the later worse ones out of the way ahead of time knowing there are better earlier works yet to comeThis was my least favourite thus far The author simply takes on too much too many characters too much world building her evocation of a slightly alternate history England was Pajama Party just the right touch but this book invites entire countries and cultures and peoples and mythologies and religions etc etc it begins uickly to feel like an effort not aoy to readThat said I made it about 80% of the way on the strength of her other books but ultimately resented the book too much to do than skim to the end which introduced yet characters and facts about this place We get it you re inventive And despite reading 80% of it I could barely tell you the plot I think Dido was searching for Lord whatshisface but once she found him why they didn t leave I have no idea It was a confusing morass of character and incident and lots of trudging through landscapes Where was the editorThis one s eminently skippable even for completistsNote 5 stars amazing wonderful 4 very good book 3 decent read 2 disappointing 1 awful ust awful I m fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5 I m a bit ruthless Another masterpiece The pace and characterisation are fantastic Joan Aiken is a talented writer and a good storyteller One of her best skills is in creating interesting characters and uniue adventures for them and the reader Dido Twite is one such character and she seems to encounter adventures in most of the books she is written into Aiken has a habit of entwining characters from completely different novels together into a master story network Though I don t like the way this adventure turns out I love the *CHARACTERS THE LOCALES AND THE FAST PACED ADVENTURES THAT *the locales and the fast paced adventures that has created I have to admit this has got to be one of my least favorite books in the series so far Don t get me wrong there were definitely some positives and I still enjoyed the ride Let me begin with what I liked the magic elements were super weird and cool I liked the mysticism and the way in which those who could use magic were able to even convince the skeptics in the story Talisman and the Forest People were by far my favorite characters in the story They were so different and I think Aiken did a fantastic ob in creating them and giving them the ropes the plot against the King was typical Aiken and I loved it because it s everything I expected and love about this seriesSo clearly there were some positives However there were some flaws that made this book drop below my expectations Dido lacked that charm I ve become so accustomed to seeing In this novel she was uite flat and had no real purpose this novel would have still moved fine without her presence Lord Herodsfoot and King were really blah characters I Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi just didn t like their complete helplessness in every situation I understand that Aiken created them specifically to be this way but Iust don t like useless characters there were a lot of holes in the plot that didn t make sense and that s saying something since most of the books in this series are wacky and the introduction into this adventure was very awkward and stilted The transitions could definitely have been betterOverall the novel still maintained its wackiness and had an awesome fantasy element to it However it didn t Published in the USA as Dangerous GamesThis eagerly awaited addition to Joan Aiken's award winning Wolves series takes us on Dido's most imaginative adventure yetDido Twite has been sailing the high seas chasing after Lord Herodsfoot who is scouring the globe for new and interesting games Now he's needed back. ,
Ie things as well as it could have and Dido really didn t shine I m hoping that the next book in the series will be better for now this novel gets a 355 stars from meFor reviews visit wwwveereadingwordpresscom Another fabulous book in the Wolves series Dido is charged with finding Lord Herodsfoot on the *DISTANT ISLAND OF ARATU AMONG THE SPICE PLANTATIONS THE *island of Aratu among the spice plantations the doctors and forest people Lord Herodsfoot is searching for new and ancient games which he hopes will entertain King James back in England But the island is a troubled place with political unrest and violence around every turn The island king s malicious brother is planning a coup and only Dido and her strange new friends can save the island and restore balance to the people s lives Full of adventure and a little magic this story keeps moving with a uick plot weird and interesting characters and of course the excellent writing that I find in all Joan Aiken s booksI love love love Dido She really holds up well as a main character in so many of the Wolves books I never get tired of her adventures She s gutsy and thoughtful and Wildly Wonderful I Love wonderful I love sensible she is looking for practical solutions in each crazy situation When everyone else is wasting time wailing over their misfortune Dido rolls up her sleeves and gets to work fixing it Her common sense is invaluable in every storyThere is some woodland witchcraft in this one although it feels like elemental magic The forest women can meditate on the weather and cause it to change They can look into the future too I liked how innocent and clean the magic feels in this story like a part of nature that the forest people can tap into Bringing the Outside In just by listening They do have some weird beliefs though like that ghosts will steal away a baby s soul if you don t christen it right away and that if the population of the island gets too big the ancestors will instruct about a hundred people to commit mass suicide to make room for the others Gah That was creepy But I liked that it gives this eerie backdrop for the story and adds to the mystery of the islandThere are snakes in almost every chapter which freaked me out I hate snakes But mostly peopleust throw rocks at them or hit them with a stick and they re dead Only one guy gets bit and has to take medicine for the snake poison Ugh So gross and creepy and yuckI ust adore all the supporting characters Lord Herodsfoot is especially important to the story because we see his proper British self reacting to all the mysteries and enigmas of the island and its people And he s rather dramatic and emotional as a counterpoint to Dido s no nonsense attitudeI loved the forest people that Dido meets They are sweet and kind but also full of secrecy and strange ways
And Customs The Structure Ofcustoms The structure of forest society is so imaginative from the way they eat and drink and build their homes to their odd pets and mode of travelThe story is wonderfully entertaining and an excellent addition to this exciting series On the back cover of my edition of Limbo Lodge is a uote from Philip Pullman What I relish in particular is the swiftness of the telling the vigour with which brilliant moments of perception seem to be improvised in the sheer delight of the onward rush of the story Joan Aiken is a marvelThis adulatory comment said to be from The Guardian is cited everywhere online but I can t discover if it s actually part of his review for this p Love all the wolves books this is no exception Don t know where she got all this wild imagination would that there were like her Everytime I rea. In London in the hope that his games will help King James who is lying ill and wretched with a mysterious disease no doctor can cure Dido's search has taken her to Aratu a mysterious spice island where foreigners seldom venture maybe because of the deadly pearl snakes and sting monkeys thereWhen Dido lands .