You may remember from my video on Day 1 (Show your collection) that I have two copies of The Game! But I’ve only read it once, maybe because it’s so freakin’ short and I tend to go for more lengthy DWJ rereads over shorter ones. I find it easier to immerse myself fully into the ~DWJ experience~ when the book is over 150 pages, I guess?
If you don’t know what The Game is about, here is a handy summary for your perusal:
Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong—she is not quite sure what—they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley’s shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call “the game,” where they visit a place called “the mythosphere.” And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end—like all of this acclaimed author’s work.
I really liked The Game when I read it for last year’s Diana Wynne Jones Month. I gave it four stars!
From my review: “I really like how DWJ weaves in the Greek myths, and how she gives them modern clothing. The mythosphere is kinda like her multiple worlds thing– there’s layers and more layers, and the further away you get from your home layer, the weirder/harder/meaner things are. So, for example, the myth of Sisyphus is in its original form way out at the back of the mythosphere layers, but closer to earth it’s an office where you always have more paperwork to do.
Different clothing, see, but same situation! It’s really neat, and I wish I’d done a class in Greek myths or something before now. I recognized most of the references, but I didn’t even realize who “Jupiter” was until the author’s note at the end.”
Annnnnd I just found like five typos in that post. Ugh.
Have you read The Game? What did you think of the blending of modern day life and ancient Greek myths?