Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/04/04

D is for Diane Duane and the Young Wizards Universe…and Dune

In honor of ‘D’ day on the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I would like to share a bit about one of my favorite authors, Diane Duane. She has written for the Star Trek universe, but my favorite series of hers is the Young Wizards universe. It is mostly about two preteens, Nita Callahan and Kit Rodriguez, their friends and families. They do become wizards, so their friends are sometimes a little out of the ordinary, and their dining room conversations definitely are. I have written a little about her before and the series’ take on willing sacrifice (Sacrifice)

Ms. Duane is a really good writer, with a wry sense of humor. The reason I love this series though, is because it is one of those series that deepen more as the series develops. The initial 2 books would be fine to read aloud to your eight-year-old, although there are some layers that would go over their head, just like the Wrinkle in Time or Narnia series. This changes. The whole nature of good vs. evil, ecology, relationships, death, human culpability in evil, boy-girl relationships…the tip of what is explored. A Wizard’s Dilemma brought me to tears. Amazing book.

One of my favorite things about her series is the concept of Timeheart. Timeheart is where all deceased things that are loved live, to paraphrase the book. Yes, it is a stand-in for Heaven, like the “Further in and further out” land in Narnia’s The LastBattle. But something in it is really reassuring to me. Don’t get me wrong; Heaven is really reassuring to me also, and I hope I wind up there. But in Timeheart, there is a loved Edsel and a shark. If cars can get to a literary version of Heaven, I’m figuring deceased pets like my loved but dumb German Shepherd and too-smart-for-their-own-good cats will show up in Heaven. Dumb, but there you go. Love is irrational.

Oh yeah, since it is ‘D’ Day – a shout-out to Frank Herbert’s original Dune trilogy. Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune. The first three books are mind-blowing with the depths of the world he creates. Some powerful things to say about the misuse of power and religion,environmentalism…forget the movies (no, really,wipe them from your memory), and run to read the books.

(And if you are a fellow sci-fi fan, I have decided that ‘F’ is for Firefly and Friday Night Lights this Saturday)

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Responses

  1. I have not yet read one of this author’s books, but will be checking her out. Thanks!

    • She also has a collection of short stories called”Uptown Local” that gives you a a flavor of both the Wizards series and her more adult books. If you do e-books, she’s just updated the first three a little. Enjoy !

  2. I haven’t read the book, although, I’d seen the movie. Good post!

    • Thanks! The Dune series…yeah, the movies just tap the surface.


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