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Diana Wynne Jones recs?

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 11:03 PM
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What's your favorite Diana Wynne Jones book (leaving aside Howl's Moving Castle, the only one I've read)? Do I need to read her series in order or are they the kinds of series where each can be read as stand-alones?

ETA: Also, has anyone read any of the Weetzie Bat (Francesca Lia Block) books? I can't figure whether they look stupid or intriguing and I've never seen anyone talking about them.

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inarticulate: Ginshu from Amatsuki smiling. (Default)
[personal profile] inarticulate wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
But that IS my favorite! Um. Her wiki page has a good list of which books share universes and might need to be read together (though generally I've found they stand alone.)

Some particular favorites of mine are The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which is HYSTERICAL if you are a fantasy genre fan and have run across all the tropes she takes the piss out of. (Despite the wiki article, the Derkholm books are set in that universe; I liked them a lot but they didn't stick to me the same way that the guide did.)

I also loved her lesser known Dalemark Quartet, of which the first three can be read separately, but the last book ties them and their characters together.

Edited (i parentheses good) 2010-09-12 03:13 am (UTC)
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[personal profile] karayan wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Chrestomanci Chrestomanci Chrestomanci Chrestomanci Chrestomanci Chrestomanci-- UH I MEAN.

Well no that is exactly what I mean. Out of the series, though, my favorites are probably Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant.

Aside from that series, I cannot recommend Eight Days of Luke highly enough. Norse gods in the modern day! Loki as a little kid and his new human BFF! Neil Gaiman admits that part of his inspiration for American Gods came from this book.

I also really like The Homeward Bounders, though I think it's a little more depressing than most of her other books. Kids forced to hop dimensions by powerful beings.
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[personal profile] stormy wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
DEFINITELY SECONDING CHRESTOMANCI!
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[personal profile] nextian wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
CHRESTOMAAAANCI

Lives of Christopher Chant is just -- charming. The charmingest.

I sort of suspect you'll like the Dalemark Books, but it's been donkey's years since I've read them, so that's a very fuzzy rec from me.
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[personal profile] jibrailis wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
I loved the Weetzie Bat books when I was growing up. I haven't read them in years so I don't know how well they'll stand up now that I'm older, but yeah. I thought they were awesome and some of Block's best work (I haven't really liked her recent stuff as much).

As for Diana Wynne Jones, I haven't read much of her, but I have to second the rec for The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which is hilarious!
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[personal profile] ancalemon wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
The first book of hers I ever read was Dogsbody, and it made a big impression on me.
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[personal profile] dusty wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Chrestomanci~ Thirding it! I also liked House of Many Ways which is the third [but really the official second] in the series for Howl's Moving Castle. Charmin is funny..

But Cat and Janet and Chrestomanci and and and.... yeah just try and find the volumes of the books. There should be at least three for the Chrestomanci stories, with a few in stand alone books but eee <3

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