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Diana Wynne Jones
« on: September 03, 2007, 07:31:07 pm »
I love these books because it doesn't matter where they're shelved, adults are going to get things out of reading them.  Even 'Yes, Dear', a picture book. 

Her stories often start with a fairly normal situation, and then something odd happens, and the characters start scrambling around to cope.
Yeah.  Chemistry sets that seem to have been imported from Hogwarts.  Pilgrim parties tearing up the countryside.  A griffin daughter who pushes mountains out of shape.  A witch sister who's trying to kill him.  A puppy who's really the denizen of Sirus, the dog star.
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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007, 04:50:42 am »
Yes I love her, but she's been around a lot longer than AJ Rowling.

Her 'Rough Guide to Fantasy' is one of the few books I have laughed out loud at.

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007, 06:20:42 am »
Oh, I adore the Rough guide.  Have you put it up against the 'Dark Lord' & 'Year of the Griffin', & seen how it seems to be what the pilgrim parties should be carrying?  That's the part that makes me shriek the loudest.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2007, 06:02:37 am »
Oh yes  :D

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2007, 01:27:23 pm »
i love love love "Howl's Moving Castle"  although the movie wasnt nearly as good as the book, that was good too!  ;D :D

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2007, 01:59:04 pm »
And the sequel, 'Castle in the Air'.
Howl the Slitherer, he he he he.
In my other forum, there's a lot of discussion of LM Bujold's latest work, & somebody was calling one of the main characters, Dag, a Shirker.  Ms. Bujold asked if they'd read HMC, & when they asked why, explained about Howl's slithering, & said Dag might be a slitherer.

And no, that doesn't mean he belongs in Slytherin (sic) House at Hogwarts. :)
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2007, 07:35:03 am »
And the sequel, 'Castle in the Air'.
I always get confused with Miyazaki and DWJ- 'Castle in the Sky' was released by Miyasaki in 1984- DWJ's book 'Castle in the Air' was published 1990, and then, in order to confuse me even more, they go and turn 'Howl's Moving Castle' into a Miyazaki movie. I never know which is which. :P
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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2007, 12:43:28 pm »
I had no idea!  I don't blame you for being confused.  But if you can grab Howl in written form, that should lead you to the sequel (actually, of course, they ought to be beside each other but 'ought' ::), well.) & you can grab it too, read both & be done.  If you want to at all.

And everyone send a good thought Spryte's way, first concert of the season today!
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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2007, 08:56:12 pm »
I love Diana Wynne Jones, too.
Actually her 'The Tough guide to Fantasyland' is my first translation work (by the way, it's 'Tough', not 'Rough'). I've translated several of her books into Japanese, though not 'Howl's Moving Castle'.

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2007, 09:01:16 pm »
Wonderful!  That's so thrilling, FH, it's another communicating with the author thing, in a way.  And I apologize about the title.  There is a series of travel guides called 'the rough guide to' whereever, & I just transposed it over.
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2007, 05:49:48 am »
Wonderful!  That's so thrilling, FH, it's another communicating with the author thing, in a way.  And I apologize about the title.  There is a series of travel guides called 'the rough guide to' whereever, & I just transposed it over.

I think that was my error actually  :-[ or anyway I did it first in this thread, we could fight for the dishonour ??? :D

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2007, 06:57:04 am »
Halvsies? ;-)
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« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2007, 07:04:03 am »
Done deal ;)

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2007, 08:07:59 pm »
There is a series of travel guides called 'the rough guide to' whereever, & I just transposed it over.

I think it's an intended pun so I'm sure Ms Jones doesn't mind it if you get confused. :D

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Re: Diana Wynne Jones
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2007, 08:58:32 pm »
Thank you, FH.  Probably you're right, she's clearly got an excellent sense of humor.
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