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Hexwood (1993)

por Diana Wynne Jones

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Ann discovers that the wood near her village is under the control of a Bannus, a machine that manipulates reality, placed there many years ago by powerful extraterrestrial beings called Reigners.
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Diana Wynne Jones can mix up the most disparate of speculative fiction tropes and make it work. In this we have robots, Arthuriana, time loops, dragons, and galactic travel, beginning in a London housing estate, but not finishing there. Other than one particular moment that has not aged well, it's great.
  KathleenJowitt | Jul 5, 2020 |
It was such a pleasure to find a Diana Wynne Jones book I hadn't read yet, and better yet have it be a great one.

'Hexwood' must be one of Jones' most complicated plots. The non-sequential narrative and the grand re-interpretation of English myth reminded me of 'Time of the Ghost' and 'Fire and Hemlock'. As intricate and challenging as those novels were, Jones outdoes herself with this one.

Hexwood Farm is an English housing estate. Anne, recovering from a long illness, notices several people going through the gates of the old farm that gives the development its name but no one coming out. She takes a walk in the small wood bordering the farm and discovers deeper mysteries going on. A skeletal man coming out of a box convinces her to shed blood and create a child in the forest to defeat his enemies, A mechanical man is found in the woods near the impossibly ruined remnants of the farm she knows perfectly well still stands. Anne continues to make it home in time for meals, time in the wood behaves strangely. The boy sometimes older, sometimes younger. He remembers conversations that she hasn't had with him yet.

The source of this peculiar behavior is a device called the Bannus. An ancient machine brought to life by a bored maintenance worker, it was in storage for the distant, galaxy-ruling Reigners, who have control over powerful magic and resources. They are cruel and will stop at nothing to reverse what the Bannus has put into motion. Anne and her friends are at the center of this conflict and the field cast by the Bannus seems to grow wider and wider.

The motives of the Bannus and how it all works out is one of the more ingenious elements of this plot. Without giving anything away, the plot reveals that every character in this book is more than what they seem and nothing in it happens without a reason. This book needs closer study than what people would expect from teen sf. Jones was one of the few people who could and did write for a sophisticated younger audience.

While many elements in the book seem chaotic, there is a hard-wired logic to the world that Jones created here. It is a struggle of powers, of mythology, of morality, and a considerable amount of blood and violence. Jones did not shy away from the darker elements of fantasy, but this may be her darkest work.

Forgive me if I'm rambling, the last few days have been spent in bed with a fever, headaches, and this book, and 'The Darkest Road' were my respite from that monotony. As of writing this on Monday night I'm not out of the woods myself. But trust me that this books greatness was no fever dream. There are twists and turns and King Arthur and galactic rebellion. ( )
1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Mar 18, 2019 |
What I liked: The personalities and relationships between the Reigners ruling the fantastical world were (mildly) interesting, and Vierran was a likeable character (more so than was her alter ego). I enjoyed the dragon symbolism and what is revealed about the characters while they are in dragon form.

What I disliked: The end was rushed and seemed to depend on the reader's knowledge of Arthurian tales and other English legends. From the perspective of someone doesn't know these legends, the characters' relationships and importance were poorly explained. ( )
  aspirit | Mar 15, 2019 |
Ann Stavely is a girl in England, who watches the gate of the Hexwood Farm housing estate from her bedroom window, and sees people enter and not return. Vierran is a young woman of a very different, and distant world, who's about to be dragged off by Reigner One, senior of the five rulers of her world, on a mission to a small world which is the source of the most valuable substance in existence, flint--a mission on which three of the five other reigners have already gone, and from which they have unaccountably not returned.

And Mordion is either the sinister servant of the not at all beneficient Reigners, or a conspirator against them who has been locked up in a stasis box on Hexwood Farm for several centuries. And while all the humans are pursuing their assorted and conflictin g purposes, the computer and the Wood are each plotting their own plots.

Nicely convoluted and absorbing, but not completely satisfying, in the end. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
An entirely too convoluted story. I like to have reliable clues as to where the plot is going and this storyline kept changing so much. I felt DWJ herself lost the thread of the story. Perhaps just not my choice in writing style, but it came across as being confusing for confusion's sake. ( )
1 vote SandyAMcPherson | Jun 23, 2017 |
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