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A Wizard Alone: The Sixth Book in the Young…

A Wizard Alone: The Sixth Book in the Young Wizards Series (original 2002; udgave 2003)

af Diane Duane (Forfatter)

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While Nita mourns her mother's death, teenage wizard Kit and his dog Ponch set out to find a young autistic boy who vanished in the middle of his Ordeal, pursued by the Lone Power.
Titel:A Wizard Alone: The Sixth Book in the Young Wizards Series
Forfattere:Diane Duane (Forfatter)
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (2003), 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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A Wizard Alone af Diane Duane (2002)

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    The Speed of Dark af Elizabeth Moon (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: Protagonist is autistic. Variations on viewpoint and choices.

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auuuuuggghhh the ableism I may vomit

At the beginning, I was really excited about this book, because I thought it would have a positive take on how an autistic person could wield magic and fight ultimate evil in his own way. I also liked the description of how Nita dealt with grief. I thought this was going to be the best book in the series yet.

Wow, was I disappointed. The depictions of autism got worse and worse as the book went on, and by the end I was gnashing my teeth in rage. Autism does not make you a saint or an otherworldly power. Autistic people are fully aware that other people exist in the world, so it's not solipsism, thanks. Most importantly, most autistic people who are able to articulate their own desires and choices would not, if you gave them the opportunity, choose to be "cured." Autistic people aren't broken. They have a different way of seeing the world that people who don't share that view don't understand. But that doesn't mean they can't live happy lives and even value the way their alternative neural wiring reveals the world to them.

Magical cures for neurodivergent and disabled people are an old, old trope that needs to die. Maybe instead of obsessing over how to get rid of these types of difference, we should think about how to accept them. I love Diane Duane, but I was deeply disappointed by this book. ( )
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 27, 2020 |
Kit Rodriguez is having a rough time. While he and his wizard partner Nita are more or less reconciled, Nita is still sunk deeply in grief from recent events. Kit is spending more and more time with his unusual dog, Ponch, who has begun to display what appears to be the power to create, enter, and alter universes.

Then Kit is given a very special assignment by his local Senior wizards. A wizard has gone missing on Ordeal, which isn't unusual by itself. But it turns out the young wizard, Darryl, was autistic. And in order to find him and discover what went wrong, Kit and Ponch must use Ponch's newfound abilities to journey inside Darryl's mind, where they will encounter a stunning visual landscape created by Darryl's autism. Meanwhile, Nita is beginning to have lucid dreams told in bizarre metaphor, dreams involving robots, knights in armor, and circus clowns. Do these strange dreams have anything to do with Kit's quest?

With her unique brand of magic and science, Duane creates an amazing sci-fi/fantasy. With references to the world that people with autism might indeed experience within their minds, she follows both Nita and Kit through their individual pathways, so we see each one operating independently, before they finally come together, to face the ultimate battle together.

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  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
I liked this, but less than a lot of the others in the series. Still continuing with the series, reading them to my 8-year old.

This one took place mostly in the mind of a young kid with asperger’s syndrom. This “going into the world of someone’s mind” was a new idea introduced in the last book in the series, and I like it less than a lot of the other wizardry the folks in these books can do. I hope it’s not a continuing trend, frankly. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
Goed boek om te lezen Nog steeds zijn er momenten die niet helemaal boeien, maar het verhaal was zeer goed te volgen zeker met de moeilijkheden die Kit had. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this as another installment in the series. Like A Wizard's Dilemma, it followed Kit and Nita at home, which I appreciated. Again, it felt a lot more like a genuine follow-up to So You Want To Be A Wizard than second through fourth books in the series to me. The emotional gloominess experienced by all the characters dragged it down a little for me, but it made sense in the context of the story, so I can't really complain.

An autistic character was introduced in this story, which is an idea that I liked, though I was a bit underwhelmed by the execution. I have heard that Diane Duane rewrote the book to update her portrayal of autism with a more modern understanding of it, and the edition I read was definitely the original, so I can't speak one way or another as to whether I like her new representation. All I can say about the original was that the way other characters' viewed Darryl, the autistic character, was strange to me. For one, Kit viewed him for a brief moment or two and knew instantly that he was autistic, which seemed strange for me. As someone who worked at a center for people with developmental disabilities, a person could act like Darryl did in that scene for a variety of reasons, not all of which are autism, so the fact that Kit instantly landed on that diagnosis and no one questioned it seemed a little odd. I was also a little skeptical at the idea that Darryl couldn't understand the concept of other people; I've never met anyone, autistic or otherwise, who seemed completely incapable of understanding that other people existed. Aside from that, however, I don't think Darryl's autism was represented much, at all, because no one ever really interacts with him normally in this book. He is seen very briefly from afar, and every subsequent scene he is in takes place within his own mind. Nita and Kit don't meet him in real life until the end of the book, at which time he is no longer autistic.

These comments aside, I wasn't bothered by all of the things that other people are criticizing in their reviews. One of the biggest issues that people seem to have with this book was that Darryl got rid of his autism at the end of it. I don't find that too unreasonable, and it kind of annoys me a bit that this is so taboo to some people. I can totally respect that there are people out there with autism who are completely content to remain the way they are, but I'm certain that there are also people out there who would prefer not to have it, and the attitude that it's ableist to even consider finding a way to get rid of it for people who want to just seems like it would hold society back. Darryl wanted to get rid of it, and he did. That should be empowering, should it not? I didn't see anywhere in the book where Darryl was told he would be less of a person if he chose to keep it.

Another issue that a lot of people seem to have is the fact that Darryl is both autistic and an abdal, but I don't think these things are necessarily related. Nowhere in the book does it say that Darryl's autism caused him to be an abdal. In fact, I doubt that's true, as I was under the impression an abdal is something you are born to be, while the book implied that Darryl wasn't always autistic. Also, he remains an abdal even after he is no longer autistic; therefore, the condition can't have been a cause of his being an abdal.

Therefore, while I'll admit that Diane Duane's portrayal of autism is far from perfect in the original version of this novel, I also think people have been a bit oversensitive about it, as well. Either way, I definitely enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing the series. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
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