The Spellcoats discussion post!

Tomorrow is the Twitter chat (at 4pm PST/7pm EST) but today is the blog discussion! Yay! I’m still finishing up my reread1 but I’d love to hear what y’all think about The Spellcoats. What was your favorite part? Which character did you like best? Wasn’t the concept of weaving a story into a coat SO COOL? And what did y’all think about the Undying? Are you going to read the rest of the series? Feel Read More …

Happy Diana Wynne Jones month!

It’s March, which means it’s time to celebrate Diana Wynne Jones! DWJ was a children’s/YA speculative fiction author beloved by many people, including myself. She wrote a buttload of books about magic and adventure and family and friendship. They’re funny and sad and full of endless details to pick out and wonder over, and I can’t recommend her books enough. #dwjmarch is a time for all CWJ fans, old and new, to get together and Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 30: Magids Duology (#dwjmarch)

I’ll admit it: the Magids books aren’t my favorites. It took me three tries to read The Merlin Conspiracy, and when I finally got to the end it made me so upset I nearly had a coronary. I did like Deep Secret, but knowing my copy is the bowdlerized one leaves a sour taste in my mouth. They CHANGED my beloved author’s words! Into something inferior! It’s not like they just changed an LP to Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 29: The Game (#dwjmarch)

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, 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 22: Favorite villain (#dwjmarch)

Today’s topic is about our favorite villains! This was a tough one for me, because I don’t actually like villains that much. In fact, I generally dislike them, even if they’re the protagonist of the book I’m reading. On the other hand, I can appreciate entertaining baddies! Like Moriarty, for example. I think my favorite Diana Wynne Jones villain is probably Gwendolen, from Charmed Life. She’s a terrible person and a bad sister, but so Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones, Day 20: Fire and Hemlock (#dwjmarch)

Today’s topic is on Fire and Hemlock! Here’s the summary, for those of you unfamiliar with it: Polly has two sets of memories… One is normal: school, home, friends. The other, stranger memories begin nine years ago, when she was ten and gate-crashed an odd funeral in the mansion near her grandmother’s house. Polly’s just beginning to recall the sometimes marvelous, sometimes frightening adventures she embarked on with Tom Lynn after that. And then she Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 18: Archer’s Goon (#dwjmarch)

Today’s topic is about Archer’s Goon, a story of families! The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the “goon” sitting in the kitchen. He said he’d been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard’s author father had failed to deliver. It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 17: Favorite world (#dwjmarch)

I’m playing catch up! Still working out the kinks re:new job and blogging. Anyway, Monday’s topic was Favorite World. If you’ve read even a little of my blog, my answer will be pretty obvious: Chrestomanci, Chrestomanci, Chrestomanci. Bonus points for the fact that the world of the Chrestomanci series is actually a series of worlds! They’re all in the same universe (kinda), but they’re separate entities. It’s like a bonus feature! Of all those worlds, Read More …