What I’ve been reviewin’ – Wilkins’ Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones

Wilkins' ToothWilkins’ Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A charmingly daft, deft, graceful early work. The workaround for swearing is hilarious! And beware, the Big Bad is actually quite scary. A darling of a read, and ought to be as celebrated as many of her other great works.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Couldn’t love it, really tried. I effin’ revere Diana, but this one lost me. Cute film though.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

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Witch Week (Chrestomanci, #3)Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good fun, but it’s like observing the characters through glass – there’s less emotional attachment than in the other Chrestomanci books, for me.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ lately – Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

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DogsbodyDogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not just an all-time classic kids’ book. It’s an all-time classic, a book worth deifying, a touchstone of our culture, full stop.

The poignancy and truth in how DWJ expresses love and letting go – well. She is a nonpareil.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ lately – A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

 

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A Tale of Time CityA Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As Diana Wynne Jones books go, this is one. That’s a recommendation of sorts, but there are much better places to start with her work.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones

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Archer's GoonArcher’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful, and nutty, and perhaps the most full-on bonkers kids’ book I have ever read. Any adult should be proud to stand it on their bookshelves.

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