The late Diana Wynne Jones was a master of fantasy and humor. It’s easy to tell that she was close friends with Neil Gaiman—you can definitely see the influences she had on his style.
You don’t need to read these books in order, but Dark Lord of Derkholm, the story of a world torn apart by magical tourism, comes first. The sequel, Year of the Griffin, takes a look at the aftermath and rebuilding after the tourism ends.
I just realized/remembered that I must admit that Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones made me like glasses more than I did. Like I’ve never really hated the fact that I had to begin wearing glasses in grade 4 (like whatever, big deal) but like it still feels kind meh. But then the whole thing…
From Diana Wynne Jones’ Charmed Life, in her Chrestomanci series. She inspired me to write children’s fiction, so I thought I’d pay her some tribute.
Another DWJ tattoo! How cool! (Thanks to Gili Bar-Hillel for this one.)
"It’s the most confusing map I ever saw in my life! It can’t all be this house!"
"It is. It’s enormous," Peter said. "And if you look, you’ll see that the way the map is folded is a clue to how you get to the different parts of it. See, here’s the living room on the top page, but if you go to the next page, you don’t get his study or the bedrooms because those are folded back, see. You get the kitchen instead because that’s folded the same way…."
Charmain’s head began to go round, and she closed her ears to Peter’s enthusiastic explanations.She looked at the swirling lines on the piece of paper in her hand instead. It almost seemed easier. At least, she could see “Kitchen” right in the middle of it, and “Bedrooms” and ”Swimming Pool” and “Study.” Swimming Pool? Not really, surely? An interesting swirl led off to the right, underneath these boxes, into a tangle containing a box labelled “Conference Room.” An arrow pointed off from this box labelled ”To Royal Mansion”.
I am a sucker for a fun, magical, children’s story, probably because that was what really got me hooked as a kid. I was always at the library checking out anything to do with magic or fantasy: So Y…
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and …
Well three of you asked for Chrestomanci art (haha)
So here’s the first batch? Just some adult Christopher putting on gloves and making fun of someone. Also young Christopher at no particular moment in the story? Just after he’s died in a dream or something.