By Diana Wynne Jones
Greenwillow Books, New York, 2001
Borrowed from the library.
This is the first book by Diana Wynne Jones I have read and it is wonderful. Christopher Chant live with his Mama and Papa in a place very like Edwardian England. There is at least one difference. There is magic.
Christopher has strange dreams. In his dreams he walks between worlds, some like his own, some very different. When his Uncle Ralph discovers this talent he asks Christopher to help with some “experiments”, and this becomes the beginning of a great adventure, where Christopher learns many things about himself and about his family.
A fun read, Jones is a marvelous writer who has a deep understanding of her characters, and their flaws. I think her writing is much better then J.K. Rowling’s, though Rowling hit upon a perfect mix of present day childhood and adolescence mixed with magic. This is probably why the Harry Potter books have been such a phenomenon. That and great marketing.
The Lives of Christopher Chant is the second book in the Chrestomanci series. I’ve been told I should have read Chamed Life first. Oh well. I’ll be reading that and Howl’s Moving Castle as quick as I can.
Thanks to Jenny for organizing Diana Wynne Jones Week. She got me to finally read this great author!