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Friday, July 16, 2010

Library Haul

From the library:

Still working on Citizens of London, but abandoned Walking to Gatlinburg which became predictable in its oddness.  At first, I really liked it and began equating it with Mark Twain's Huck Finn  (Walking is also a picaresque novel with lots of strange characters), but the short little episodes and weird characters became less interesting and less suspenseful.  Seemed more formula than content, more caricature than character.

Last night, I turned to a used Diana Wynne Jones book, Witch Week.  Written for older elementary or middle school children, Witch Week was a quick and enjoyable way to spend the evening. Jenny at Jenny's Books has had several posts recommending DJW, and I've noticed that other bloggers have also enjoyed her works, but I'd never read anything by her.

While browsing through a used book store a week or so ago, I found a copy of Witch Week and decided to try it.  I liked it!  It was funny and charming!

Jenny is hosting a Diana Wynne Jones Week, August 1-7.  Check out this post.  I think I'll save my review for that week, and I might even fit in another DWJ book since they are such fun and such quick reads!

How many of you are fans of DWJ's books?


  1. Good library haul. I've read THE BURNING LAMP - love Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle books.

    Have heard good stuff about SACRIFICE and SNOW ANGELS.

    I've never read anything by Diana Wynne Jones, but I've heard good things about her books too. Funny and charming is good.

  2. I'm glad you liked Witch Week! That's one of my favorites of Jones's books--if you liked Chrestomanci, there are several more books that have him as a character. Thanks for the shout-out, also! :)

  3. Looks like fun reading. I love the picture for Diana Wynnne Jones Week. What books is it from?

  4. I see you got a Bolton book! I'm assuming her books aren't a series right? I have to go to the library today to pick up some DVDs for my mom and I think I may have to break my "no library" books ban. I've missed the library but have been trying to read more of my books.

    Anyway, have fun with the haul! :)

  5. I really liked Sacrifice and her new book is good, too! I've also had my eye on the Thompson as I've heard good things about it. Happy reading!

  6. kay - Yeah, I think I did well on this haul. Good to hear that you liked Burning Lamp! I'm looking forward to it.

    Jenny - I can see why so many people are attached to DWJ's novels. Thanks for the encouragement to read her on your blog; I'd probably never have gotten around to it!

    Framed - I think the picture is from the cover of Howl's Moving Castle--which is definitely on my list!

    Iliana - Finished the Bolton book this morning. It was pretty amazing! Glued to the pages from beginning to end. I think her books are all stand-alones and can't wait for Blood Harvest.

    Danielle - Bolton can really do suspense, can't she? I really liked Sacrifice, and Blood Harvest is on my new Kindle!