Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! ♥ There are lots of DWJ books on Scribd that I haven’t read, which is both wonderful and terrible. New DWJ to read! Yay! Less new-to-me DWJ to read once I’ve read these ones. Boo. I’m running out of unread DWJ books and it is VERY UPSETTING. Anyway, I really liked this one. It reminded me of The Game— ancient gods causing trouble in modern times– but since Read More …

Aunt Maria by Diana Wynne Jones

Whenever I start a Diana Wynne Jones I generally have an idea what the story’s going to be like. There will be children in peril, magic and/or scifi of some kind, and good or bad adults (sometimes both) doing things that impede the children’s quest in some way. It’s comforting knowing what’s going to happen in a story (in a general sense), and so I expected that same sort of feeling from Aunt Maria. Nope! Read More …

The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones

Most exciting thing about my Scribd trial subscription: finding, like, FIVE Diana Wynne Jones books I haven’t read yet! Yay! One of those books is The Time of the Ghost, and I will admit freely that I mixed it up with A Tale of Time City for like ten years. In reality, though, The Time of the Ghost is more similar to Hexwood in structure and tone and “wtf is going on”-ness. I will also Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 23: Dalemark Quartet (#dwjmarch)

I read the entire Dalemark quartet last year, all within a week or two. It was SO AMAZING I couldn’t actually write a review for it. It’s terrible when you love something so much you can’t even articulate WHY you love it, but I am going to try because it deserves to be written about. To wit: THIS SERIES HAS RUINED MY LIFE. If I had not already worshiped at the throne of Diana Wynne Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 15: Enchanted Glass! (#dwjmarch)

I read Enchanted Glass all in one night, staying up late just to race through the ending, and it was SO. GREAT. Kristen has discussion questions! Here they are, with my answers (and spoilers): 1. What do you think of the relationship between Aidan and Andrew? Do you see it as more of a father/son relationship or older/younger brother or not familial at all? What do you think of the fact that they “see” magic Read More …

A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

So, yeah: I read this way back in March for Diana Wynne Jones month, and then I never reviewed it. For shame! A Tale of Time City is actually one of my favorite DWJ books, and I guess that makes it kinda difficult to review. It’s so good! It’s got time travel, precocious children, vaguely mythological scifi things that’ve mixed over with fantasy, interesting future!technology, WWII (for a little bit, anyway), androids and good parents Read More …

The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve had this for a few years but I completely forgot to read it! My only excuse is that it’s tiny and somewhat easy to skip over; luckily once I read this interview I remembered I had it and could read it right away.1 Things in this book! Parents not understanding kids, kids not understanding parents, hints of parental neglect/abuse (but in a 1970s way which mostly means intimidation, ignoring the ones you don’t like Read More …

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones

It hasn’t been that long since I read The Dark Lord of Derkholm (just a few months, in fact), but by the time I read The Year of the Griffin I’d nearly forgotten who was who. Derk has got a LOT OF KIDS, okay, and it’s hard keeping them straight sometimes! It didn’t help that Griffin focuses on a different set of characters than Dark Lord did; Blade and Kit and almost the whole of Read More …

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

I think I hated Castle in the Air when I first read it. It’s got instalove, which is annoying even in a DWJ book. It’s got Sophie and Howl being annoying. And the story wasn’t very exciting. This time around I liked it a lot better, and even Sophie and Howl didn’t annoy me as much as I thought they would. (Maybe because Howl spends almost the whole book as someone else, and that someone Read More …

The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

I think my favorite Diana Wynne Jones books are when she mixes humor with more serious stuff. The Dark Lord of Derkholm is a great example of that: it’s scary because it dips into the more depressing aspects of humanity, but it’s also really funny because it’s a spoof on swords and sorcery stories. The world of The Dark Lord of Derkholm is one where an entire planet has been turned into an amusement park Read More …