Charmed Life

Charmed LifeSibling rivalry can feel like life or death when you are a kid I mean, probably I have an older brother but I think the roughest thing that ever went down between us was maybe at ages 4 and 6 when he kept all the toys at one end of the bathtub We ve never had a physical fight I don t see one in the offing, since we re both pushing well past 30, agree on everything well, not politics, but the important stuff like the Star Wars prequels suck and Mario games are the best, plus he lets me Sibling rivalry can feel like life or death when you are a kid I mean, probably I have an older brother but I think the roughest thing that ever went down between us was maybe at ages 4 and 6 when he kept all the toys at one end of the bathtub We ve never had a physical fight I don t see one in the offing, since we re both pushing well past 30, agree on everything well, not politics, but the important stuff like the Star Wars prequels suck and Mario games are the best, plus he lets me borrow his DVDs And besides, we are still united against my dad Hi, dad, who reads my book reviews Look at my joke Google turns up some really crappy stock photography when you search sibling rivalry Look at these twerps can t you just taste the hatred Kids, stop hugging and smiling and come eat Better My girlfriend on the other hand has two younger brothers, and from what she s told me, it s only mere chance that she has never appeared on one of those shows about child psychopaths in her defense, they sound like little beasts Anyway, the point is that if you have a pair of children who fight a lot, it s probably best not to let the younger one get anywhere near this book, because it will only confirm his suspicions that, yes, his older sister really is a sociopathic witch trying to murder him as part of a grand scheme to be named queen of the world No, literallyIn the interest of full disclosure, I also have a much older half sister, but I don t think she s trying to steal my magic. My kids got super into this, trying to figure out why Gwendolen was so horrible and why Cat put up with it Reading it aloud made me realize how deceptively simple it is, which sometimes made it seem like there was a lot of padding for such a small book, but it all came into play later Which was hard to remember since reading it aloud took us a while. this is a winning intro to what looks to be an enjoyable children s fantasy series the young Chant siblings exist in a world with magic, one of many such worlds or, rather, dimensions after a tragic accident that leaves them orphans, older sister and talented witch Gwendolen takes to learning magic the old fashioned way, through some sort of hedge wizard, while so passive it hurts younger brother Cat blithely assumes he is magic free soon they are taken to the castle of Chrestomanci, an this is a winning intro to what looks to be an enjoyable children s fantasy series the young Chant siblings exist in a world with magic, one of many such worlds or, rather, dimensions after a tragic accident that leaves them orphans, older sister and talented witch Gwendolen takes to learning magic the old fashioned way, through some sort of hedge wizard, while so passive it hurts younger brother Cat blithely assumes he is magic free soon they are taken to the castle of Chrestomanci, an enchanter and super cop in charge of minding magic used and magic users in general, so that they do not run rampant and control all the poor wittle ordinary folk and so the adventure begins.i say adventure because this is barely an adventure novel the tone is rather unique to me it is all determinedly minor note Gwendolen is definitely a mega bitch but she doesn t exist on a grand scale for the most part her bitchiness is that of a self absorbed little princess Chrestomanci is rather sinister, rather intriguing but is far from a larger than life character he isquaint the castle is ratherof a sprawling estate and the magic practiced there is not exactly mind blowing there is even a dragon but a very small, baby dragon and Cat, our hero, is a sweet kid and is also perfectly ordinary in his thought process the only thing really unusual about his personality is his docility i wonder how kids reading this feel about how ordinary everything is, how this tale is pretty much the opposite of epic personally, i thought it was striking, in a good way.the ordinariness is in some ways a cover Chrestomanci s duties actually rather boggle the mind Cat learns some surprisingly grown up lessons about the various adults around him at one point realizing the shallowness and greed at the heart of his former caretaker, a person who loves him and whom he loves in returnthat was a very adult revelation the betrayal at the center of the novel is genuinely awful, almost breathtaking when realizing its long gestation and the sheer evil behind it and Cat s destiny is truly an awesome one yet neither he nor the other characters treat it as such in the final revelation everything in the novel, no matter how potentially grand scale or deeply personal, is treated with the same surprising lack of affect overall, an unusual and intriguing experience and a very quick read too, much helped by Jones clear and straightforward writing style A solid classic The beginning of every Diana Wynn Jones book Ive read so far has always been so great, grounded in daily magical life, and this one shines most at the start She makes getting to know the little routines of the characters in their towns into a riveting read.I see the Harry Potter paralells but theyre very different stories and worlds Overall I didnt love this like I wanted to, but Ill go back for the next book This one set up an interesting world, and the characters are all A solid classic The beginning of every Diana Wynn Jones book I ve read so far has always been so great, grounded in daily magical life, and this one shines most at the start She makes getting to know the little routines of the characters in their towns into a riveting read.I see the Harry Potter paralells but they re very different stories and worlds Overall I didn t love this like I wanted to, but I ll go back for the next book This one set up an interesting world, and the characters are all really strong There were some unfortunate and dated things Some casual 70s racism briefly flickers through midway in some careless dialogue and descriptions And there s a massive here s what all really happened info dump near the end that didn t really work for me.But the magic was intriguing, and this British world of jealous magic users was fun to think about I really enjoyed this a great fun read I look forward to carrying on with the series. What a perfect book for my mood Thank you, Fiona And a terrific introduction to a new for me series Diana Wynne Jones was a talented writer, and I so enjoyed wandering through the pages of this book Don t let the YA throw you off If you like Harry Potter, I think you would like this also Not saying they re very similar, really, but the magical worlds created are so interesting and fun I just love her writing and the audio performance was also well done Will definitely be continuing What a perfect book for my mood Thank you, Fiona And a terrific introduction to a new for me series Diana Wynne Jones was a talented writer, and I so enjoyed wandering through the pages of this book Don t let the YA throw you off If you like Harry Potter, I think you would like this also Not saying they re very similar, really, but the magical worlds created are so interesting and fun I just love her writing and the audio performance was also well done Will definitely be continuing with this series This genre is my sweet spot right now 3 Eric Cat Is Content Living In The Shadow Of His Sister, Golden Angelic Gwendolen Chant, The Most Promising Young Witch Ever Seen On Coven Street The Tall Dark Stranger Chrestomanci Shares His Castle Home With The Orphans, But The Household Family Do Not Bow To Gwen S Talents, And She Brews Trouble That Threatensworlds Than Their Own. I love this book I ve already reread it several times, and it seems to get better every time I revisit it The same goes for the rest of the Chrestomanci series, and indeed for all the books by the late, great Diana Wynne Jones I ve read This book, published in 1977, was the beginning of the craze for kids books about witches and wizards and schools of magic, and the Chrestomanci series obviously was a major influence on J.K Rowling, who DWJ said had likely read them when she was young and, I love this book I ve already reread it several times, and it seems to get better every time I revisit it The same goes for the rest of the Chrestomanci series, and indeed for all the books by the late, great Diana Wynne Jones I ve read This book, published in 1977, was the beginning of the craze for kids books about witches and wizards and schools of magic, and the Chrestomanci series obviously was a major influence on J.K Rowling, who DWJ said had likely read them when she was young and, of course, absorbed some of the ideas.DWJ s books are superior to Rowling s, in writing, complexity, originality, and character portrayal I say this as a big fan of the Harry Potter series If you love Harry Potter, do give DWJ s books a try There s a good chance you ll love them too Charmed Life was the first book by DWJ I ever read, and I chose it as the first in my planned reread of books by her that I have on my shelves which is almost all of them Next I ll reread Witch Week and all the rest of the Chrestomanci books, then go on to Fire and Hemlock another favorite and all the others I m grateful that DWJ left us so many books to enjoy Reviewed on April 7, 2011 I ve just enjoyed revisiting this old favorite, this time on audiobook, enhanced by the fine narration of Gerard Doyle I guess I ll read the complete series, this book was good.While reading this, I realized that J K Rowling might have had some inspiration from this series for Harry Potter, not in terms of story or characters, but the fantasy and magical elements The name You know who , the moving paintings, chess pieces that are animated and so on.Cat Chant and Gwendolen Chant are orphan siblings Gwendolen is a witch and she is a very ambitious one at that Cat is quite a mellow and reserved kid and stays I guess I ll read the complete series, this book was good.While reading this, I realized that J K Rowling might have had some inspiration from this series for Harry Potter, not in terms of story or characters, but the fantasy and magical elements The name You know who , the moving paintings, chess pieces that are animated and so on.Cat Chant and Gwendolen Chant are orphan siblings Gwendolen is a witch and she is a very ambitious one at that Cat is quite a mellow and reserved kid and stays in his sister s shadow as he is too afraid of everyone else in the world While Gwendolen is taking classes from a necromancer, a mysterious person named Chrestomanci comes and sort of adopts these two kids They know that he was an acquaintance of their late parents but don t know who he actually was They go to Chrestomanci s castle and Gwendolen is hugely disappointed that she won t be taught magic until she starts behaving like a mature kid, because she was a very arrogant, petulant child.What starts off as the usual struggle of orphan children to adjust in a new home, with new people, new kids of the same age, pulling pranks on everyone because you are petty and jealous slowly turns quite dark as parallel worlds and incredible magical powers come into play.The dark side of the story hit me pretty hard, such a cruel and evil idea would never cross your mind until half way through when you start to doubt whether everything and everyone is truly who they seem to be.While this is not as intricate a fantasy setting as Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone, it is still something a HP fan might enjoy as much It may seem odd that I can give 4 stars to a book that I the label under favourites , but my reasoning is this The book is not perfect, nor is it quite close However, since the first time I read it over a decade ago, and in the many times since, it has never failed to pull me into its world and allow me a brief escape from the mundanity of everyday life Books like this may not be technically the best I have ever read, but nonetheless remain among my all time favourites

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.

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  • Hardcover
  • Charmed Life
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • English
  • 01 August 2018
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