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Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories Master Storyteller Diana Wynne Jones Presents A Riveting Collection Of Unpredictable Tales, Including A Cat Tells How The Kindhearted Wizard She Owns Is Suddenly Called Upon To Defeat A Horrific Beast When Anne Has Mumps, Her Drawings Come To Life, And She Must Protect Her Home From Them Four Children Become Involved In The Intrigue Surrounding An Innocent Prince, An Evil Count, And A Brave OutlawThese Fifteen Stories And One Novella Will Enchant, Startle, And Surprise


About the Author: Diana Wynne Jones

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



10 thoughts on “Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories

  1. says:

    A lovely collection of short stories one or two I d read before, I think, but the rest were new to me since I m somewhat new to Jones writing I never read her work as a child Some of the stories are fantastical, one or two sci fi, and one of them autobiographical and also collected in Reflections with Jones other non fiction In many ways, they re very typical of Diana Wynne Jones work though I found them somehow complete and sati


  2. says:

    Loved this so much Bear in mind if you re addicted to HEA and HFN, this may not be the book for you The world is heaven and hell combined well, Milton says so, and I find it credible and Diana expects you to be a grown up and take your lumps, be strong enough to deal with the truth.If you ve got enough backbone for it, this book is exhilarating.


  3. says:

    This was a fairly fun anthology Not the author s best work, but not her worst either Highlights Nad and Dan adn Quaffy gets a mention because it s about a writer who well, I can t explain it without giving away the story, but it was quite amusing Not my favorite in the book, but it was fun The Master is a thoroughly strange story, and rather creepy to boot, but interesting to read and try to puzzle out what s going on I have certain suspicions


  4. says:

    I really don t think it is fair to give a blanket rating to a collection of very different stories, so I m going to break it down a bit , keeping in mind that this book is shelved in the Juvenile section of my library, so I will be commenting on age approprietness or not in each story s review The Girl Jones feels very much like a biographical story, not sure how much of it is or isn t true, but it s rather funny, and as someone who avidly avoided bab


  5. says:

    A good collection of Diana Wynne Jones short fiction They re not all her best work, but there s some excellent stories here Recommended for her fans.The Girl JonesA most excellent way to get out of babysitting, forever Hilarious Not fantasy, though.Nad and Dan and QuaffyEh, I didn t care for this one Too self referential, and kind of annoying A female writer, at her word processor, makes contact with an alternate universe.The Plague of PeacocksA peaceful vill


  6. says:

    This volume brings together fifteen stories all but three of which I d read before and a novella, Everard s Ride Spanning genres from science fiction to fantasy and even a touch of horror in The Master , all of the stories show off Jones wit and wild imagination, qualities which make her one of the best young adult fantasy writers of today perhaps one of the best fantasy writers of today, period I was disappointed, though, that so many of the stories had been in pre


  7. says:

    It s my preference for short story collections not to give star ratings to each story, but to mark whether I felt positively or negatively toward them when I finished each 1 The Girl Jones 2 Nad and Dan adn Quaffy fun 3 The Plague of Peacocks love when people get what s deserved 4 The Master 5 Enna Hittims 6 The Girl Who Loved the Sun 7 The Fluffy Pink Toadstool 8 Auntie Bea s Day Out 9 Carruthers main character was a brat from the first moment 10 What the Cat Told Me not


  8. says:

    The title is so apt in both senses, in that in DWJ s worlds anything can happen and usually does plus that for the reader the stories can and do provide the magic that may be missing in their own prosaic world.The stories are a little uneven, as they are aimed at different audiences those who like whimsy, or cats, or were once in a bygone age bemused by word processors The novella, Everard s Ride, for me was misplaced in this collection first, its additional length made the pape


  9. says:

    If you don t want to read this entire book, start at the end with Everard s Ride and then work your way backwards through the stories When you get to stories you don t like, stop, because they only diminish in quality the closer you get to the beginning of the book I think some of the stories even ones I didn t really like could be worked into pretty good full lenth novels But here in their short story form, they just don t do much for me Besides the novella Everard s Ride, which I real


  10. says:

    This is probably a really good book to start with if you don t know DWJ yet It s a collection of magical short stories and one novella Everard s Ride , which was also my absolute favourite piece out of the book It s a very dense story, not quite a fairytale, rather a sort of medieval tale, really gorgeous.What I love most about DWJ s stories is that magic, in all of her writing, is an everyday thing it s part of life, usually not mentioned as something special She makes it seem natural and you


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