Tag: Diana Wynne Jones

March Magics guest post

Posted March 2, 2017 by Lory in elsewhere / 6 Comments
March Magics guest post

Today, I’m pleased to be taking part in the Diana Wynne Jones March / March Magics event, hosted once more this year by We Be Reading. I offered to write a post on Three Diana Wynne Jones Books You Need to Read Right Now, a topic I’ve been thinking about for some time, and Kristen […]

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March Magics: Bad cover art

Posted March 29, 2016 by Lory in design, events / 14 Comments
March Magics: Bad cover art

For a final March Magics post, I couldn’t resist Kristen’s invitation to share some of my favorite (for lack of a better word) bad cover art from the works of Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones. One sometimes wonders whether the art department is actively trying to lower sales with their wildly horrific concoctions.   […]

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March Magics: Share Your Books

Posted March 1, 2016 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
March Magics: Share Your Books

March Magics is here! This annual event, hosted by We Be Reading, was formerly known as Diana Wynne Jones March, a celebration of the late, great fantasy author. This year the focus has been expanded to include Terry Pratchett, another giant of the fantasy world who is greatly missed. I think that pairing these two […]

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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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