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Preview — A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
A Tale of Time City
Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by "time ghosts," but it is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction.
In September 1939, Vivian Smith is on a train, being evacuated from London, when she is kidnapped by two boys from Time City, Jonathan and Sam. They mistakenly think she is the mysterious Time Lady disguise...more
The above is an old review. Having just heard that Diana Wynne Jones has passed away, I've come back to press myself harder to say exactly how her book changed my life. I'd like to apologize in advance for my overwrought and melodramatic language; I have a giant hangover, and am in a highly emotional state.
I was ...more
This book precedes the Harry Potter series, but while reading it you really wonder if JK Rowling was perhaps a Diana Wynne Jones fan. I instantly get a familiar feeling with the way Jones describes her magic - so belonging, logical, rational and wonderfully. Beside that, there's other things - people walking through walls at train s ...more
It wasn't surprising in any way, to me anyway, because it somehow seemed very typical of Diana Wynne Jones. But it was fun, and hooked me in well.
Not my favourite of her books so far, but that would be difficult to decide anyway...
I will write it again: Diana Wynne Jones is a genius. Really was there any limitation on what she could write? Her ability to bring to life all manner of ideas from her most amazing mind leaves me awestruck. A Tale of Time City, I confess, is not my favorite of her books. Still. Saying one of her books doesn't live up to its fellows still puts it above almost everything else out there.
Some of my aloofness toward this book may come from my love ...more
I finished it but it wasn' ...more
Also, who but she could write a scene with three separate people named Vivian in one room and make it not only clear ...more
So sad, I just went to see her author's page and saw that she passed away just a few ...more
I've lost track of how many times I've re-read it.
It seems to me that Wynne Jones, as an author of fantasy fiction, had once discovered the magic ingredients for the appeal and sense of wonder and mystery that is so inherent in all her works. An example is the ...more
I haven't read it recently so I can only say that as a 17 year old I really liked this book.
I understand it a lot better now because when I was younger I would ignore a few of the paragraphs without a dialogue. I did this with every single book.
I especially find the bit about the Sixty(-something) Century Mind Wars very inter ...more
This is my favourite scene. In which Vivian, whom I adore, tries the most sensible tactic when one falls into a trench in a battleground in the middle of a time war. But the world is not having any of it:
"Then the ground ...more
I would have given this book hi ...more
Admittedly, this is not my favorite of her books. Which isn't to say it's bad, because that isn't the case. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I'm not as fond of it as some of her other books. It almost feels a bit scattered in a way, not as cleanly written and well fleshed out as some of her others. The characters don't feel as well developed perhaps, and the rules of the world are a bit vague and some ...more
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them ...more
due to the onset of WWII (a seemingly common premise for a great deal
of British childrens' stories). However, she never makes it to her
destination, as she is kidnapped from a train platform. Her kidnappers
turn out to be two boys around her own age, Sam and Johnathan, who
have brought her to their home, Time City. Time City exists in a sort
of alternate time plane, and is collectively responsible for keeping
things 'on track.' Howe ...more
The book centers around two boys that live in Time City, a place created on a pocket of time outside of 'norm ...more
I wasn't disappointed on any account. I was awed by Time City just as Vivian, the main character was and loved discovering its many secrets along with her. Jones' descriptions were so wonderfully vivid that it wasn't too hard for me t ...more
Vivian is kidnapped by two young boys, Jonathan and Sam, who overhear their parents saying that they nee ...more
Vivian Smith, a girl from 1939 Britain finds herself kidnapped by two boys from Time City, a place outside of time, because they are convinced she is the Time Lady and can solve the instabilities that are happening in several eras of time. They soon discover they have made a serious mistake but can't take Vivian back so they try to pass her off as one of their cousins returned after several years out in history. ...more
Time City is a place built on a patch of time and space and for all intents and purposes, outside history. Its inhabitants are Guardians and Observers who have recently started to realise that Time City ...more
For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...