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Diana Wynne Jones, 1934-2011

What should I re-read right now, to remember her? She is the author of so many of my favorite books:

  • The Homeward Bounders
  • The Time of the Ghost
  • Fire and Hemlock
  • Witch Week
  • Deep Secret
  • Archer's Goon

And then there's always The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.

A bit of light has gone out of the world.

ETA: Obits by Other Authors

ETA: Mainstream Media Obits


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Mar. 27th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)


Mar. 26th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm asking myself the same question. I think I'm going with Deep Secret if I can find a library around here with a copy.
Mar. 27th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)

I love Deep Secret so much. Did you see that I'd received fanfiction for it in the Purimgifts exchange?

I think I want to re-read The Homeward Bounders first, but I need to recall where I put my copy.

Mar. 27th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm thinking of rereading Charmed Life since that was the first book I read by her. Also Hexwood and the Dalemark Quartet since those are other favourites.
Mar. 27th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)

I think Charmed Life might have been my first as well!

Yes, I recall that you liked Hexwood, which is one of the ones I like least, although I don't think any of her books were actually bad. I have often thought, in the past, what a remarkable woman, that she could write so many different sorts of books!

Mar. 27th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
Anything but The Homeward Bounders. Too much potential to leave you a sobbing wreck, under the circumstances, if you're anything like me. I vote for Witch Week and Fire and Hemlock.
Mar. 27th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)

HB would hurt, but in a good way. The re-read will probably end up being whatever of my favorites I locate first. They should all be in the speshul bookcase in the bedroom, but they tend to wander.

(I just wrote a brief but impassioned e-mail note to the Washington Post about the fact that they haven't written a thing about this yet, although they have reviewed her favorably many times. In fact, all the mainstream media are slow off the mark on this. I did just find the Guardian obit and have added the link to my post.)

Mar. 28th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
All but Fire and Hemlock, at least, unless you've got two copies of that, 'cause I've still got your loaner here waiting for me to get around to it. (I've been telling myself I will pick it up once I finish wading through the last McKillip you also loaned me and, well, you can see how that's not been going...)
Mar. 28th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)

At this point, I don't ever remember which McKillip that is. If it's making you suffer, don't read it ... .


I found several of my fave DWJs had migrated into the Young Lady's room - I retrieved them after we took her back to college last night. I'm so shocked - shocked, I tell you!

Mar. 28th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
It's the last Riddlemaster book, and it's not making me suffer, far from it -- if I actually hated it I'd have no trouble either just snapping it shut, or reading it in a sort of mocking trainwreck fashion. It's the same deal I had with the first two and Atrix Wolfe where it just isn't making me feel very much of anything, and I know the fault is with me, not the book: I can see the skill with which it's crafted, it's not touching off my hypercritical impossible-to-please fantasy allergy, I'm just not connecting at all. And that makes it all too easy to put it down without feeling any compulsion to read just one more page or chapter first, and all too easy to pick up any other shiny distracting thing at hand rather than going back to it. It's like that one dish at a buffet that you don't hate or find unpleasant, but you also don't love, and it's surrounded by all of your favorite foodstuffs...it may be nutritious and perfectly prepared and exquisitely presented, and it doesn't taste bad at all, but it's not anything you crave...so it's hard to pick up the serving spoon when you're so much more directly tempted by everything else. I've read far enough at this point that I do want to know how it all ends...I just don't want it badly enough to motivate myself to actually sit down and find out.

Your books, migrating to her shelves? That NEVER happens! :) Did you get to retrieve your external drive too?

Edited at 2011-03-28 05:07 pm (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I already got out Fire and Hemlock, because it is my favorite, and The Ogre Downstairs, because it is hilarious.
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)

I need to actually go and start reading some book ... I've been rather morbidly searching online most of the day instead, to see what people are saying about her.

Yes! The Ogre Downstairs! The toffee bars, in particular, never fail to make me very happy!

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