Search Results: "Diana Wynne Jones"


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FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Great work from one of the best modern fantasy authors; too bad none are new. (Fiction. 10+)"
This eclectic collection of previously published stories will delight existing fans and win new ones. Read full book review >

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HEXWOOD by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 1, 1994

In Jones's latest multilayered fantasy, Earth — unbeknownst to its inhabitants — is a minor planet manipulated from distant Homeworld by an oligarchy of five Reigners, who exploit the entire galaxy for economic gain. Read full book review >

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HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 14, 1986

"Great fun."
Sophie is caught between a powerful witch and wizard who are terrorizing the magical land of Ingary. Read full book review >

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WITCH WEEK by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 20, 1982

"And so the whole business is negated in a pouf of Guy Fawkes smoke—but it's larkish fun while the sparks fly."
This latest entry in Jones' Chrestomanci series posits the surfacing of young witches in the closed, confined world of a traditional (though co-ed) boarding school, in a time after witchcraft has been stamped out but inquisitors are still afoot. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 21, 1980

"However, the absence of moral, intellectual, or (especially) emotional grounding might be an impediment to reader engagement."
Jones sets this in the ununified Italy of a world "parallel to ours, where magic is as normal as mathematics, and things are generally more old-fashioned"—and she directs it like a manic opera, as the varied but uniformly voluble members of the closely-knit extended Montana family cope in frenetic counterpoint with one crisis after another. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 27, 1978

"And the revelation that the enigmatic Chrestomanci is a 'government employee,' charged with keeping other witches in check so they don't muck up the world (this in a world where only the rich have cars), is both disappointingly tame and disturbingly paternalistic."
Younger brother of a talented witch, Cat seems to be the only guy on the block—and, later, the only resident of the strange castle to which the two orphaned children are transported—who can't do magic. Read full book review >

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THE PINHOE EGG by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This chaotic adventure, full of familiar characters, will delight old and new fans alike. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Another joyful romp in Jones's Chrestomanci universe. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The intriguing introduction illuminates the author's methodology, including a written admission that she finds ideas everywhere, even in typos. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A variety of stories from Jones'some of which have appeared in other volumes in the US and/or the UK—have been newly gathered into this offering, certain to lure fans of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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THE TIME OF THE GHOST by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gripping moments, yes, but on the whole disappointing. (Fiction. 10+)"
A strange and confusing book, first published in 1981 in England, about a disembodied spirit who isn't sure if she's a ghost, or even whose ghost she is. Read full book review >

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CASTLE IN THE AIR by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 26, 1991

"A bewitching romp, gratifying to mind, imagination, and funny bone."
In a sequel to the ebulliently inventive Howl's Moving Castle (1986), a wicked djinn (with the aid of his more benevolent brother, whom he's managed to enthrall) has captured more than a hundred princesses in the hope of wedding them all. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF TIME CITY by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 21, 1987

"In all, a spirited, funny, and entertaining story."
Eleven-year-old Vivian, kidnapped to far-distant future Time City by mistake, proves to be one of the City's saviors. Read full book review >

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DROWNED AMMET by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: March 10, 1978

"A well-wrought adventure, in any case."
This is set in the repressive South of Dalemark, scene of Jones' Cart and Cwiddr (1977), and though it features all new characters, it leaves no doubt that we'll be meeting this lot again. Read full book review >