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REVIEW: Deep Secret – Diana Wynne Jones

(published by Victor Gollancz, 1997) Rupert Venables is the youngest of Earth’s Magids when he’s faced with two problems: his sponsor, Stan, dies, and thus Rupert has to find a replacement; and secondly, events in the Koryfonic Empire – not … 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: The Emperor’s Edge – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book 2010) This was another recommendation from Erin at Aelia Reads (she recommended Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which I enjoyed), and which I downloaded for my Kindle along with a short story collection and the sequel. The Emperor’s Edge … Continue reading

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Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs

(Orbit e-book, 2007) I remarked in my review of the first of this series that, while I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t sufficiently different from other such paranormal fantasy novels as to make it worthwhile reading the rest of the … Continue reading

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The Pinhoe Egg – Diana Wynne Jones

(HarperCollins 2006) This is one of my favourite books by one of my favourite writers, and it’s one I chose to re-read recently as a sort of memorial to Diana Wynne Jones, who died in March. The book will make … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Child – Patricia Wrede

(Scholastic 2009) I heard about this book through the Book Smugglers’ blog, and, since I’ve loved Patricia Wrede’s other books (the Enchanted Forest books, her short stories, the Mairelon the magician books and her collaborations with Caroline Stevermer), I got … Continue reading

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The Blades of the Rose – Zoe Archer

(Zebra e-book bundle, 2010) Warrior / Scoundrel / Rebel / Stranger Having read these four books consecutively, I think it’s easier to write about them together rather than separately. The Blades of the Rose is an international organization, with their … Continue reading

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Pegasus – Robin McKinley

(G. P. Putnam’s Sons 2010) Robin McKinley is a writer whose books I almost always buy in hardback, since I’m too impatient to wait for the paperback issue. However, I’d actually hesitated about getting this, her latest, until I read … Continue reading

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Novels of Robin McKinley – discussion

Robin McKinley is an American-born and British resident writer of fantasy whose books are generally marketed at the ‘Young Adult’ market, though not all of her books can be so described. I first encountered her novel ‘The Blue Sword’ as … Continue reading

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Discussion – Diana Wynne Jones

This post has been prompted by the news that Diana Wynne Jones is suffering from cancer and that she has decided to stop her chemotherapy. Jones’ books have been important to me throughout my reading life – ever since I … Continue reading

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