The blog has been so busy this month that I haven't had time to share what I've been reading but rest assured that I've made the most of this event. I read the two read-along books, of course -- Howl's Moving Castle and A Tale of Time City. I also read Spellbound: Fantasy Stories Chosen by Diana Wynne Jones and about half of Reflections: On the Magic of Writing. I'm going to read the rest slowly, to savor the special experience of learning from Diana. There's so much to absorb that I don't want to rush through it. Finally, I read three more novels for the first time each --
Archer's Goon was fantastic. I loved the twists and turns. Though the ending was Diana's standard quickly escalated and resolved type, I was able to follow for once. The parents were more complex than in many DWJ stories and were actually good people, though a bit cranky because of circumstance. It's definitely one that I'm going to find my own copy of to reread regularly.
Wild Robert was really short, more of a novella but it was a good story. It was another one that one wishes had been expanded into a bigger story but that also has value in its smaller form. It's got magic and history and the fate of a stately home. What could be more interesting?!
Power of Three was quite different in language and cadence and it took a little while to get used to. I loved the way it built up though and connected fantasy and reality. I also enjoyed the friendships and sibling relationships. This is definitely one that I want to read again though, especially as I had to read it on my iPhone since, in a rare fail, my library system didn't have a hard copy of it. It was hard to read it in long stretches and I got distracted by the high page count. E-books are still not really my thing, I guess!
I have just a few DWJ books left to read for the first time: the four Dalemark books, Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy, A Sudden Wild Magic, Hexwood, Unexpected Magics and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. There's also a new collection of stories out -- Vile Visitors that I'll have to pick up that I think collects a few of her earlier works. It'll be a sad day when I'm done with all of these.
If I haven't heard from you yet, tell me which DWJ book(s) you read this month. How was your reading experience?
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