Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#MarchMagics - Favorite Series

Favorite Series was a bit of an easier prompt for me than the last one because there is one series that I've already read many times and plan to read many, many more -- Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci books.

Charmed Life
The Lives of Christopher Chant
Witch Week
The Magicians of Caprona
Conrad's Fate
The Pinhoe Egg
Mixed Magics (short stories)

I've actually written two different posts on this series -- one in 2008 in the first month of my blog and the other in 2014 as part of that year's DWJ March. Charmed Life is a dark story and a tough one to start the series with for some readers but it hooked me on the entire idea of a set of parallel words, some with magic in them, that are all monitored by one man -- the Chrestomanci. He only features briefly in Witch Week and The Magicians of Caprona and so I didn't like them as much at first but after a couple of rereads and a radio play, they really grew on me too. I love Christopher Chant and Millie, Tonino, Conrad, Cat Chant, and even Nan Pilgrim! Right now I'm listening to an audiobook of The Lives of Christopher Chant and I even got Z listening for a while too (and he declared it a rip-off of Harry Potter until I told him that this was written first and then he got on the right side of the issue!). These books offer something new on every reread but I still envy those of you that have them all ahead of you.

Also, as a special treat this year, Goldeen Ogawa has recorded herself reading a scene from The Magicians of Caprona for your listening pleasure. It is super fantastic so go and have a listen. She has a lovely speaking voice!

What is your favorite DWJ or Pratchett series or which series do you want to try?
(If you have a link, leave it in a comment or in the main Linky post)

Heading back for another set of rereads,

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