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Just finished this book and I can't say I loved it. There were some very interesting ideas here, but it seemed that maybe it was a children's book. The writing and characterizations were very simplistic. Does anyone know which of DW Jones books were written for adults? This one seemed aimed at young teenagers, and Deep Secret, the other one of her books I've read, seemed like a YA novel. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have Dark Lords of Derkholm, and Vols 1&2 of The Chronicles of Chrestomanci. Are these more adult oriented? And I don't mean sex and violence. Just more sophisticated
Personally, my favourite of Diana Wynne Jones's many excellent fantasies - a modern retelling of the ballads of Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer set in an all too recognisable world. Because someone (so sorry - have already forgotten who... ) wanted to talk about the ending and that just can't be done briefly! It took me a long, long time and a lot of reading before I finally got the hang of it. It is strange, but strange in a good way. (I refuse to accept criticism of this book... Well, all right, obviously I will have to, as someone's bound to hate it, but bear in mind that I read this over and over as a teenager & took so much from it - be gentle!). I shall see if I can find a link to the article I found, as the T S Eliot poem apparently is the key. It does all make sense, but it takes close reading... I haven't read the two ballads, but I did embark on a quest to read the other books mentioned (the clues) if I hadn't already, including The Three Musketeers, Don Quixote, and The Lord of the Rings. I even started on The Golden Bough... I could never find a copy of Henrietta's House anywhere, though and a lot of the others (101 Dalmatians, Lion, the witch and the wardrobe etc. I had already read). What I'd like to know is are there similar clues in the music? I suspect that there must be, but I'm a complete ignoramus when it comes to classical music. And Nowhere / Now Here is a good way of expressing the difference between imagination and real life being at its most prosaic. There are times when I think "This is very now here...". Plus, Polly's school days as mentioned it are the only ones in any book anywhere that reflect what my time at school was actually like. Mind you, I did have a friend rather like Nina in many ways! And I do still want to go to Stow-on-the-Wold!
has anyone else read this book. Its so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its all about a girl who goes and lives with relatives and find out that there all from mythology and fary tales and that she is herself and goes into a place called the mytholospheare and their find all sorts of intressting places. HIghly recommend to everyone