Witch Week Day Five: Deep Secret (Guest Post)

Posted November 4, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 10 Comments
Witch Week Day Five: Deep Secret (Guest Post)

UK Hardcover, Gollancz Throughout this week, we’ve been considering how the power of storytelling in all its forms — folklore, myths, ballads, fairy tales — underlies and informs the writing of Diana Wynne Jones. Today’s book, Deep Secret (1997), is centered around perhaps the most profound and fundamental form of word-magic there is: the nursery […]

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Witch Week Day Four: The Spellcoats (Guest Post)

Posted November 3, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 11 Comments
Witch Week Day Four: The Spellcoats (Guest Post)

UK Paperback, Mammoth Diana Wynne Jones did not often write “series” books, and nor did she write many in a first person voice. But she did both with The Spellcoats (1979), third of the linked sequence of four books set in the vaguely Netherlandish land of Dalemark.  As is typical of DWJ, this series doesn’t […]

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Witch Week Day Two: Power of Three (Guest Post)

Posted November 1, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Witch Week Day Two: Power of Three (Guest Post)

US Paperback, HarperCollins For today’s post, I wanted to focus on an example from Diana Wynne Jones’s first decade of publishing. Though perhaps not as exuberantly inventive as some of her later works, these early books already display many of her narrative strengths, and Power of Three (1976) is a particular favorite of mine. One […]

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Witch Week/Literary Blog Hop Giveaway

Posted November 1, 2014 by Lory in giveaways / 10 Comments
Witch Week/Literary Blog Hop Giveaway

At long last, it’s time for the Witch Week giveaway! (See the master post for more about Witch Week.) Enter here to win three fabulous prizes: a $10 gift certificate from Powell’s City of Books, which you can use to order any of their thousands of items. Browse one of my bookshelves (see links in […]

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Witch Week Day One: Fire and Hemlock (Guest Post)

Posted October 31, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 17 Comments
Witch Week Day One: Fire and Hemlock (Guest Post)

US hardcover, Greenwillow To kick off Witch Week, we’re taking a look at Fire and Hemlock (1984), a book in which today’s date plays a very important role. It begins (after a brief prologue) when ten-year-old Polly accidentally stumbles into an ominous Halloween funeral at a nearby manor, and makes a life-changing connection to a […]

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Witch Week 2014: Preview and Master Post

Posted October 30, 2014 by Lory in events / 10 Comments
Witch Week 2014: Preview and Master Post

  …Witch Week, when there is so much magic around in the world that all sorts of peculiar things happen… — Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones Welcome to Witch Week at the Emerald City Book Review, where for the first time I’m hosting what I hope will become an annual event celebrating our favorite […]

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Witch Week starts in one week!

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Witch Week starts in one week!

One week from today, I’ll be hosting Witch Week, a celebration of fantasy fiction and of one of my favorite authors, Diana Wynne Jones. If you haven’t already, please check out the announcement post and consider signing up. Then come back to ECBR on October 30 for a preview, giveaway details, and more before the […]

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A Traveller in Time: Hild

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
A Traveller in Time: Hild

Nicola Griffith, Hild (2013)   Hild is not a novel for everyone. If you are put off by the thought of a dense, slow-moving narrative largely preoccupied with political machinations in a remote period of British history, populated by a large cast of characters whose every other name seems to begin with Os- or Aeth- […]

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My First Robertson Davies: Tempest-Tost

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
My First Robertson Davies: Tempest-Tost

Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost (1951) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are stamped […]

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