What I’ve been reviewing – Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

Eight Days of LukeEight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A ton of fun, sly and charming, very like Luke himself. An excellent place to begin your DWJ journey.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

Power of ThreePower of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adored this one, a personal favourite. The little surprises are charming, and the teamwork and developing friendships of the characters are a joy.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones

The Time of the GhostThe Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the top-tier DWJ books – in that, a bad book for DWJ would be a creditable effort for most writers. But this is one of the greats. Chilling, bitter, fierce – the monster is terrifying, but some of the worst monsters are human. Something we should never forget, and DWJ doesn’t allow us to.

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones

The Ogre DownstairsThe Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As DWJ’s kids’ books go, this is one of those most like, well, a kids’ book. Nothing wrong with that: it’s charming, wacky, and non-stop with the action, an absolute delight. The development of family relationships is low-key touching – and the pitched battle at the end is a (literal) riot!

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What I’ve been reviewin’ – Unexpected Magic by Diana Wynne Jones

Unexpected Magic: Collected StoriesUnexpected Magic: Collected Stories by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this so much. Bear in mind if you’re addicted to HEA and HFN, this may not be the book for you. The world is heaven and hell combined – well, Milton says so, and I find it credible – and Diana expects you to be a grown-up and take your lumps, be strong enough to deal with the truth.

If you’ve got enough backbone for it, this book is exhilarating.

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