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Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011)

Autor(a) de Howl's Moving Castle

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About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones was born in London on August 16, 1934. In 1953, she began school at St. Anne's College Oxford and attended lectures by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. After graduation, she created plays for children that were performed at the London Arts Theatre. Her first book was published in mostrar mais 1973. She wrote over 40 books during her lifetime including Dark Lord of Derkholm, Earwig and the Witch, and the Chrestomanci series. She won numerous awards including the Guardian Award for Children's Books in 1977 for Charmed Life, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1984 for Archer's Goon, the Mythopeic Award in 1999, the Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999, and the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Organization in 2007. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was adapted into an animated film by director Hayao Miyazaki, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She died from lung cancer on March 26, 2011 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (1986) 11,672 exemplares
Castle in the Air (1990) 4,083 exemplares
House of Many Ways (2008) 3,001 exemplares
Charmed Life (1977) 2,656 exemplares
Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998) 2,396 exemplares
Fire and Hemlock (1985) 2,105 exemplares
Witch Week (1982) 1,837 exemplares
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988) 1,834 exemplares
Conrad's Fate (2005) 1,698 exemplares
The Merlin Conspiracy (2003) 1,690 exemplares
Deep Secret (1997) 1,659 exemplares
Year of the Griffin (2000) 1,591 exemplares
The Magicians of Caprona (1980) 1,565 exemplares
Dogsbody (1975) 1,450 exemplares
The Pinhoe Egg (2006) 1,439 exemplares
A Tale of Time City (1987) 1,317 exemplares
Hexwood (1993) 1,236 exemplares
Cart and Cwidder (1975) 1,159 exemplares
Archer's Goon (1984) 1,145 exemplares
Mixed Magics (1982) 1,125 exemplares
The Homeward Bounders (1981) 1,031 exemplares
Power of Three (1976) 973 exemplares
The Spellcoats (1979) 963 exemplares
The Time of the Ghost (1981) 949 exemplares
Drowned Ammet (1977) 934 exemplares
Enchanted Glass (2010) 879 exemplares
The Crown of Dalemark (1993) 873 exemplares
The Game (2007) 842 exemplares
Eight Days of Luke (1975) 785 exemplares
A Sudden Wild Magic (1992) 759 exemplares
The Ogre Downstairs (1974) 750 exemplares
Black Maria (1991) 634 exemplares
Wilkins' Tooth (1973) 553 exemplares
The Islands of Chaldea (2014) 378 exemplares
Fantasy Stories (1994) — Editor — 317 exemplares
Earwig and the Witch (2011) 299 exemplares
Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet (2005) 270 exemplares
Wild Robert (1989) 264 exemplares
The Dalemark Quartet (2003) 214 exemplares
Minor Arcana (1996) 176 exemplares
Stealer of Souls [short story] (2002) 162 exemplares
Believing is Seeing: Seven Stories (1999) 138 exemplares
Hidden Turnings: A Collection of Stories Through Time and Space (1989) — Editor; Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
Changeover (1970) 100 exemplares
Everard's Ride (1995) 69 exemplares
Yes Dear (1992) 67 exemplares
Puss in Boots (Everystory) (1999) 51 exemplares
The Skiver's Guide (1984) 49 exemplares
Vile Visitors (2012) 34 exemplares
The Four Grannies (1980) 34 exemplares
Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? (1978) 33 exemplares
Enna Hittims (2006) 33 exemplares
Freaky Families (2013) 24 exemplares
Chair Person (1989) 21 exemplares
La casa per ognidove (2014) 4 exemplares
Poems (2019) 4 exemplares
Joboy 2 exemplares
I'll Give You My Word 2 exemplares
Migdalim porḥim ba-aṿir (2007) 1 exemplar
Shavuʻa ha-mekhashefot (2006) 1 exemplar
Fantasy Land (2004) 1 exemplar
Books 1 exemplar
Puss In Boots/Brave Magic (1999) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições16,955 exemplares
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) — Introdução, algumas edições14,350 exemplares
Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contribuidor — 1,359 exemplares
Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman (2013) — Contribuidor — 1,180 exemplares
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction (2003) — Contribuidor — 811 exemplares
Howl's Moving Castle [2004 film] (2004) — Novel — 639 exemplares
The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2009) — Contribuidor — 380 exemplares
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Contribuidor — 342 exemplares
The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy (2006) — Contribuidor — 233 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers' Tales (2004) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
Hecate's Cauldron (1982) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
Howl's Moving Castle, Volume 1 (2004) — Adapted from, algumas edições131 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four (2010) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Mystery Stories: An Intriguing Collection (1996) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
The Kingfisher Treasury of Witch and Wizard Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories (1963) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Digital Dreams (1990) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Arrows of Eros (1989) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
The Wizard's Den: Spellbinding Stories of Magic & Magicians (2001) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Love Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Hundreds and Hundreds (1984) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Bruce Coville's UFOs (2000) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Secret City: Strange Tales of London (1997) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
The Cat-Flap and the Apple Pie and Other Funny Stories (1979) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Young Winter's Tales 3 (1972) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Young Winter's Tales 8 (1978) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Young Winter's Tales 6 (1975) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Heartache (1990) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Sisters (Mammoth Contents) (1998) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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I am haunted by Diana Wynne Jones' The Time of the Ghost which is quite fitting since the book is about ghost haunting her sisters and trying to figure out her identity.

The book starts with an unusual beginning: the confused wanderings of a panicked ghost who doesn’t know who she is or what exactly has happened. The unnamed, bodiless narrator knows only two things: that she is one of four sisters, and that there's been a terrible accident. This creates quite a fascinating mystery for the reader. Abd yet, for what seems like a long while, we simply follow the ghost around, perceiving the memories that awaken (in a sort of time slip) as she stumbles across the people and places that she knows once had so much meaning to her. Early on it could be frustrating to read, because a ghost doesn’t have much agency when she can’t talk to anyone or move any objects. However, our ghost learns a few tricks that get her noticed by her sisters and their friends, and the plot rolls along, especially when worship games and blood sacrifices give way to an ancient, evil spirit with a mortal grasp on the living. And this spirits name is Monigan.

The Worship of Monigan is a game that the four sisters made up, in which an old rag doll supposedly represents the goddess Monigan. Throughout the story, the sisters vary from treating the Worship of Monigan as a game to believing in it quite seriously. Could Monigan been the cause of the accident of our unnamed, bodiless narrator? Well, you'll have to read The Time of the Ghost to find out.

This was an unsettling, supernatural English novel for young adults, one that combines elements of mystery literature, time-travel, and the horror genre to create a story about the perils of messing with the unknown, the horrors of abuse, and the struggle between familiar bonds. The bonds between the sisters are portrayed realistically. And the goddess Monigan (which is a creepy doll) was horrifically rendered as well as some of the pagan rites attached to conjuring Monigan. Some have claimed that the abusive nature of the parents and the boyfriend is not becoming of children's/young adult literature but children and teens are quite aware of the evils within this world and it is not necessarily creepy dolls and goddesses that freak them out. It's those they are close to: parents, friends, lovers abusing them that causes nightmares. I know personally this horror.

As with many of DWJ's novels, the ending is complex and satisfying, and actually has a nice twist that I did not see coming. I was literally shocked at the last few sentences (as well as satisfied). The solution to the problem of Monigan's hold over the ghost is brilliant.

I plan to re-read this one. I may need to purchase my own copy because according to WorldCat, The Time of the Ghost is not among the twenty works by Jones that are most widely held in participating libraries, and this is a shame.
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ryantlaferney87 | 22 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
The Spellcoats (#3 in the Dalemark Quartet) acts as a prequel of sorts to the previous entries in the quartet although it is the third book in the series. This takes place in prehistoric Dalemark, whose later history Jones dealt with in Cart and Cwidder (1977) and Drowned Ammet (1978); but there is no evident connection except that the characters of The Spellcoats have become legendary figures in the other novels. The story, all 280 pages, is purportedly being woven, as it happens, into the coats created by young narrator Tanaqui--at first, it seems, she weaves only to record her family's adventures, but later for the inherent magic power of the woven symbols. Orphaned by a war against blond, invading Heathens, Tanaqui and her siblings (who look like the Heathens) are expelled from their village and embark on a long journey down river to an encounter with an evil enchanter out to capture their souls. The children carry with them three ancestral figures called the Undying. (For a while they also carry an ailing older brother, magically transformed into a clay figure.) They learn en route that The One, the most revered of the three figures, is the supreme river god and their own grandfather, and that their dead mother is also the river--and like Grandfather, a god and one of the figures (the Lady).

As usual with DWJ, siblings are at the center. They're not a perfect family--this would not be a book by DWJ if they were. Tanaqui gets impatient with her siblings, especially her sister Robin; Hern is a rationalist who doesn't believe in magic (unfortunate, because it seems to surround them) and Duck gets all vague whenever trouble threatens. But this is exactly what makes the story work, because it's the conflicts between them that create the conflict that drives the story. Their encounter with the evil Kankredin (a stealer of souls and weaver) is perfect because the children have to learn to overcome their conflicts if they are to survive. Tanaqui fights with her brothers and wants to shake her sister, but they all still love each other and support one another.

The main conceit of this book, as mentioned above, is that Tanaqui, a master weaver, is telling the story through weaving it into a giant "rugcoat"; those who know how can read it. DWJ's skill makes this conceit hold together, as Tanaqui tells the story as if it's all already happened (which it has) and the "coats" end and begin in places where Tanaqui would have the ability to weave. This acts as interesting yet initially confusing storytelling device but about half through the novel things start to fall in place.

It’s also easy to not realize that The Spellcoats is part of a quartet. Of the four books, it’s by far the most independent. It’s set centuries (maybe millennia) prior to the first two books in the series, and connects only in an epilogue (until the fourth book ties things together more).

I believe this book deserves multiple rereads to be fully appreciated. I plan to revisit it one day soon.
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ryantlaferney87 | 19 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
Drowned Ammet is a challenging, interesting, disturbing, and very subversive children's book (which I heartily approve of). As the second book in The Dalemark Quartet, its story is jarring - especially if you didn't realize that each book focuses on a different character - and especially if you thought you were gonna read a cute children's story. DWJ isn't afraid to craft a dark tale about revenge, self-imposed exile, and the sins of our fore-bearers.

For Drowned Ammet, we are focused on Mitt. Born and bred in Holand, one of the South Dales, in the world of Dalemark. Mitt grows up with a mission (encouraged by his mother) to assassinate the cruel Earl Hadd, and implicate the Free Holanders who he believes caused his father’s death ( It’s an interesting story in the way it details a group rebelling against a tyrannical overlord–a device which has certainly been overused, especially in fantasy–but in an unconventional way). When the attempt goes awry, he ends up on the run, eventually stowing away aboard the Wind’s Road. There he meets Ynen and Hildy, Earl Hadd’s grandchildren, who have their own reasons for fleeing. It all gets more engaging when they cross paths with a stranger named Al AND super mystical when the ship comes under the protection of the local deities, Old Ammet and Libby Beer.

The book itself was a bit of a slog at times but the ending was shocking, mystical, and dark! But also very powerful. While violent, I loved the ending. Mitt is a character who is a product of his upbringing, his environment, and his time, one that happened to be a violent time. He needed for this connection to be destroyed. DJW message is about nature vs. nurture and the influence that parents have on their kids. It is also about free will. She shows that kids do not have to follow the direction they may be heading towards. If their parents are bad, they can be good. She shows that people can change; that they aren't destined to repeat the sins of their fathers (this is especially evident when Mitt finally admits to the error of ways regarding the attempted assassination). DJW also shows that parents must allow children to be responsible for their own lives, instead of telling them what they must become. Parents can either sow evil or peace into the hearts of their young but ultimately, it is also up to the child who they become.

"Again Old Ammet's young face laughed. "We are not the stuff of enemies or friends, Alhammit. Shall I ask this way: Will you come as conqueror or in peace?"

Will you be a conqueror or a peace maker? It's up to you to decide.

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ryantlaferney87 | 16 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
A fun fantasy romp from DWJ. We get all the standard Aladdin-esque trappings, a magic carpet, a genie in a bottle, evil djinns, bandits, sultans, camels...(the plot is based on stories from the Arabian Nights) and for a while you think you know roughly where it's all heading. And while it might be standard storytelling, its fun. DWJ is an amazing writer. You're rooting for our protagonist, Abdullah, as he tries to find and rescue the beauteous Flower-in-the-Night from a wicked djinn, Hasruel (who is being forced to kidnap princesses from all over the world by his brother, Dalzel). Then things fall into a familiar place (the land of Ingary) and you find yourself anticipating the reappearance of the Wizard Howl and Sophie. You soon realize: "oh, I get why this is part of a trilogy about Howl's Moving Castle! Now, this makes sense!"

The ending was where things fell apart a little for me. DWJ ties everything up in a frantic rush - like the Scooby Doo mask-pulling finale ... Abdullah teaming up with Sophie Pendragon orders the magic carpet to take them to Sophie's child, Morgan (stolen by the djinn). The carpet does so, taking them far into the sky, to the castle in the air, which is merely Wizard Howl's castle, having been greatly enlarged. There they meet the stolen princesses and plot with them to escape the castle. Led by Abdullah, they overpower the two Djinn, freeing Hasruel who banishes his brother, Dalzel). Flower-of-the-Night had by then wished the genie free, who turned out to be Sophie's husband, the Wizard Howl! The DJinn Hasruel is then redeemed!

While the ending rushes to conclude the story and ties it up in a nice little bow, I did find Castle in the Air to be a highly enjoyable read and it was fun being back in the land of Ingary. It was also fun visiting the city of Zanzib for the first time.
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ryantlaferney87 | 100 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |


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