Author: Diana Wynne Jones

March Magics: Two with witches

Posted March 18, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
March Magics: Two with witches

Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters (1988) Diana Wynne Jones, Witch’s Business (1974) This month, I’ve been happy to join in the fun of March Magics, reading and rereading several books by two of my favorite fantasy authors. Both of them excel at playing with tropes from tradition and folklore, in very different but equally inventive and […]

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#DWJMarch: Year of the Griffin

Posted March 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
#DWJMarch: Year of the Griffin

  If you’re not already aware of the fact, We Be Reading is hosting the fourth annual DWJ March event, celebrating the fantastic fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones (who, sadly, died in March, 2011). Please stop by to check out the month’s readalongs, review posts, giveaways, and many other wonderful things. After a grueling winter, […]

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Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

Posted November 5, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

UK paperback, Mammoth We’ve arrived at the fifth of November, known as Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night in the UK, and the last day of Witch Week according to the book of that title by Diana Wynne Jones — which, appropriately, has been our readalong selection for this event. This being the first time I’ve […]

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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 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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My First Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life

Posted September 26, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
My First Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life

Diana Wynne Jones, Charmed Life (Greenwillow, 1977) 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 […]

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The Last Island: The Islands of Chaldea

Posted May 16, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
The Last Island: The Islands of Chaldea

Diana Wynne Jones (completed by Ursula Jones), The Islands of Chaldea (2014)  Like many who love the books of Diana Wynne Jones, I was intrigued last year to learn that her sister, Ursula Jones, was completing a final manuscript left unfinished at the author’s death. How could anyone take up the mantle of one of […]

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