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The Homeward Bounders (1981)

por Diana Wynne Jones

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Once he becomes a pawn in a game played by a powerful group he calls them, 12-year-old Jamie is repeatedly catapulted through space and time.
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What I love about Jones' books is how perfectly she builds up reader empathy with her protagonists. We go along with them, step by step, believing that they are wonderful and misunderstood, like we ourselves are; it is a blow to the throat when they abruptly realize their own weaknesses. "Hey," they think, "I was really childish back there." And the reader -- who thought nothing of the regretted action at the time -- goes, "Yeah! You really were quite childish back there, come to think of it! And the protagonist says, "And that person? That I hate? That person actually has some good qualities." "Yeah! You totally misjudged them, now that you mention it!" shouts the reader. Jones manages to wrap the reader utterly in the protagonist's natural solipsism, and their inevitable rude awakening is doubly rude for the unsuspecting reader. The protagonist only has to confront his own prejudices; we have to confront our gullibility in initially endorsing those prejudices. The genre of YA fiction is full of creaky moralizing and obvious "life lessons", but Jones is the only author that I've read who can successfully sneak behind the reader and sock them in the head when they least suspect it. She is full of cunning and guile, and I adore her for it. ( )
  proustbot | Jun 19, 2023 |
if this book was written today theres a few parts that could use a sensitivity reader but overall its a solid and interesting story and concept. Alternate tagline; Demons D&D game gets out of hand. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 29, 2021 |
Diana Wynne Jones was full of original ideas which has made her one of my favorite authors for years. The Homeward Bounders is an interesting concept, where the characters are forced to become pieces in a war game played by demons. I don't believe I have ever read another book with a similar plot. I did enjoy this book, however I don't feel it is as good as some of Diana Wynne Jones' other books. I read it several years ago and could not remember anything about it before reading it this time. It did not make any lasting impression on me, though I can see myself reading it again several years from now. ( )
  ellebeegrace83 | Jun 20, 2021 |
This is such a clever and charming book. Would that I had the imagination of Diana Wynne Jones. ( )
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 27, 2020 |
DWJ Book Toast, #11

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.

And that's...what I'm going to do. She's left behind a huge body of work, a large amount of which I haven't read yet, so I'm going to reread all my old favorites (and hopefully some new).

Wow, this one, this one took me by surprise. This is very little like anything else that I've read in Diana Wynne Jones' work. Even by her standards it takes a hard edge to what people expect from a story written for children, especially genre work. It also succeeds in making role-playing games sinister. Maybe all of those concerned mothers groups and religious book-burners had the right idea...naaaaah.

But isn't that...what They want me to think? *Thunder* *Lightning* *Tubular Bells*

The book started off as rather unremarkable, but, once I got taken in, it was a sprint to finish it, and there were troubling hints throughout about what was going on. I'm not talking about Them either, They're only surface creepy. Jones crafts something much better than that. Its all in the ending. 'The Homeward Bounders' lacks the whimsy of her more popular works, but that makes the core of her writing all the more apparent, which is what really draws people in anyway, and what will keep her books in print. ( )
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