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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DOGSBODY by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Feb. 28, 1977

"But the cosmic trappings are merely ridiculous."
When the dog star Sirius is falsely convicted of murdering a luminary, Polaris sentences him to a real dog's life on earth, where he becomes the pet of mistreated little Kathleen—and there's much well-staged action in their run-ins with the family she lives with and in Sirius' rocky road to accommodation with their cats. 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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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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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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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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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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EIGHT DAYS OF LUKE by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 15, 1988

"Less persistent readers may find the disguised deities—even with the help of an explanatory afterword—more of a puzzle than they are prepared to work out; but even without their added dimension (Loki and Woden, tree to character, are intriguingly ambivalent), there's plenty of action, humor, and suspense to enjoy here."
First published in Britain in 1975, this early novel by a popular author of fantasy (The Lives of Christopher Chant, p. 619/C-97) is published here for the first time. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTED GLASS by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Too bad much of the humor comes from cheap fat jokes, classism and jibes about the cognitively disabled; the mean-spirited moments mar an otherwise playful frolic. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Wynne Jones's inimitable style showcases a multi-generational cast of heroes and a chaotic finale at the village fête. 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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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 >