Hello everyone! My name's Emma and you can normally find me in the gutter talking about all things astronomy and space related. However, Mel's kindly lent me her blog as I have something a lot more book-related that I want to write about today.
|Diane Wynne Jones - much missed author|
There's one last book I feel I should mention before I give Mel her blog back - "The Tough Guide to Fantasyland". This is an essential traveling companion for anyone who needs to journey through the realms of bad fantasy fiction, as it manages to identify (and mock) all the cliches such work tends to fall into. Here's one of the entries:
|Your guide to fantasy land|
I hope I've managed to persuade you that Diana Wynne Jones is a writer worth checking out, if you haven't already. If you're interested in her life you should check out her obituary in The Guardian - she was taught at University by both Tolkein and C. S. Lewis! I've only been able to mention a fraction of her books here - if you've got a particular favourite of your own tell us about it in the comments. Happy reading!
Thanks Emma for that wonderful retrospective! My personal favourite Diane Wynne Jones books were Fire and Hemlock where a young girl realises that she has forgotten her best friend but doesn't know why and A Tale Of Time City - a unique twist on time travel. I also urge you all to check out Emma'a astronomy blog - it's great to see the fun side of science!