Search Results: "Diana Wynne Jones"


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THE ISLANDS OF CHALDEA by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Aileen says of one of her friends, '[w]e stay awhile with each other, then part.' If that's all we get, we can be grateful for the while we have. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The fates of four countries hang in the balance, and only an apprentice magicworker can save the day. Read full book review >

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THE GAME by Diana Wynne Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"Plenty of glitter and flash, but hardly indispensable. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A fantasy novella kindles a sizzling premise that fails to catch fire. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY by Diana Wynne Jones
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overstuffed and over the top, but a delicious romp. (Fantasy. YA)"
In a stand-alone companion to Deep Secret (1999), Jones takes the kitchen-sink approach to plotting a gloriously twisty adventure. Read full book review >

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A SUDDEN WILD MAGIC by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Refreshingly inventive, full of wonderful characters and incidents—and a chuckle on almost every page."
Readers who've looked into Jones's YA fiction (Castle in the Air, etc.) know her easy way of moving between the fantastic and the everyday, her dry sense of humor, and her refusal to be straitjacketed by formula. Read full book review >

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Released: May 16, 1988

"Jones adds, 'Like everything he said, this was full of other meaning')."
An incredibly inventive fantasist inundates the reader with a cascade of magic, so artfully deployed that it never threatens to weigh down her buoyant story. Read full book review >

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WITCH'S BUSINESS by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: March 1, 1974

"Nothing subtle, but as easy as abracadabra."
This neat bit of business begins when Jess and Frank decide to earn some pocket money by contracting themselves out to people in need of revenge and find that their new enterprise, advertised as Own Back, Ltd., is in direct competition with the local witch. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF MANY WAYS by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Fan-pleasing series regulars Howl, Sophie and Calcifer play major roles, but this joyfully chaotic tale stays Charmain's—and a good thing, too. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Snark and affection abound in a colorful world filled with unfortunately dyed laundry, enormous kobold-built cuckoo clocks and horrifying cooking experiments. Read full book review >

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DEEP SECRET by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1999

"An orchestrated riot, with tangled plots, bizarre doings, headlong pace, and foaming wit."
Belated US appearance for this 1997 fantasy from the England resident author of A Sudden Wild Magic (1992). Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1990

"Though the stories here vary from subtle and poetic to conventional and prosiac, all of them should entertain literate young adults—or indeed anyone with imagination and a love of language."
Twelve first-rate stories collected by a modern mistress of magic: not only "turnings," but yearnings, leanings, and spurnings—twists of fate, tables turned, and the hidden revealed. Read full book review >

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THE SPELLCOATS by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Aug. 14, 1979

"There's more magic here and less human interest than in the companion novels; only those with an interest in the murky roots of imaginary realism will be swept along."
This takes place in prehistoric Dalemark, whose later history Jones dealt with in Cart and Cwidder (1977) and Drowned Ammet (1978); but there is no evident connection except that the characters of The Spellcoats have become legendary figures in the other novels. Read full book review >

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POWER OF THREE by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Aug. 22, 1977

"The story never recovers from the shock."
A fantasy about events on the Moor after brash Orban kills a Dorig for its golden collar. Read full book review >

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CART AND CWIDDER by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: March 9, 1977

"But for those who prefer their adventures in imaginary realms, Jones' distinct personalities, agile plotting, and unobtrusive telling will more than suffice."
Where would juvenile fantasy be without stringed instruments? Read full book review >