Category Archives: Not A Review

LIST: A mixed bag

Inspired by watching Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon mucking about in Italy (in The Trip to Italy, filmed by Michael Winterbottom), I tried this team’s entertaining adaptation of ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’, A Cock and Bull Story … Continue reading

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LIST: Books to read

I’ve recently finished Thumped, sequel to Bumped, by Megan McCafferty, The Pendragon Legend, by Antal Szerb (thanks to Chris at calmgrove for that recommendation!), and Jasper Fforde’s third in the Last Dragonslayer series, The Eye of Zoltar, all of which … Continue reading

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DWJ March: the end

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the Diana Wynne Jones posts this month, even if I haven’t posted about the books I’ve been prompted to re-read (Power of Three, Charmed Life, Witch Week, and Enchanted Glass) by Kristen at We Be … Continue reading

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DWJ March – Favourite villain

Again, this is another difficult choice, because Diana Wynne Jones was excellent at providing realistic antagonists, whether human or otherworldly, ranging from malevolent goddess embodied in a doll, the Monigan, from Time of the Ghost, to the warlock Balsam brothers … Continue reading

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DWJ March – Favourite supporting character

I started out by thinking that the obvious answer is Millie, from the Chrestomanci books, but actually, the more I think about this, the more there are fantastic supporting characters in all of Jones’ books. Jones does sibling relationships particularly … Continue reading

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DWJ March – Favourite main character

This should have been posted on the 3 March, but I’m catching up! There are so many great protagonists in Diana Wynne Jones’ books, it’s hard to pick just one. I really like her double acts in Deep Secret (Rupert … Continue reading

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DWJ March: Favourite cover

There are some pretty terrible covers out there for Jones’s books, like my hardback of Conrad’s Fate, which is just dull. Having copies issued by several publishers, of course, means that the cover art is pretty varied. This cover of … Continue reading

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PICTURES: DWJ March – My books

I’ve actually just read Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones’ last book, completed by her sister, Ursula Jones, and there will be my thoughts on that later on this month, but in the mean time, and thanks to Jenny at … Continue reading

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Wild places, or, reading and not blogging

I’ve fallen into a blogging hole again, and it’s not because I haven’t been reading. Oh no. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been reading too much, and it’s seemed like much more fun to go pick up another book than to … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Unfinished Tales – J. R. R. Tolkien

This was the first of the several books to be published by Christopher Tolkien about his father’s stories and conceptions of Middle-Earth after he edited The Silmarillion into a relatively coherent narrative. Unfinished Tales contains drafts of stories which Tolkien … Continue reading

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