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...
That. Was. AWESOME.
For the record, I have never cared about historical dates before this book. Now I actually remember the year that WWII started--and if I learned nothing else from reading A Tale of Time City, this alone would make it SO WORTH IT.
Also, this came highly recommended by some of my favorite authors, including Maggie Stiefvater. If you don't know Stiefvater's work, you need to read The Scorpio Races. As fabulous as that book is, though, Stiefvater acknowledged that she wa ...more
Sam patted her arm. "You need a butter-pie," he said kindly.
A Tale of Time City is no doubtly one of Diana Jones best works including the Homeward Bounders and probably also my favourites from her.
In this beautiful, imaginary world history is mixed up with distant worlds/times, time travelling, adventure and great humour.
We get to meet Vivian Smith who is from the 20th Century and Jonathan and Sam Lee who are from Time Ci ...more
I finished it but it wasn' ...more
Maybe I just shouldn't re-read books I o ...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
Endlich habe ich das Buch durchgelesen (nach 2 gescheiterten Versuchen im Sommer und nun 5 langen Abenden im Herbst)! Streckenweise fühlte sich es schon fast wie ein Stück harte Arbeit an. Aber ich denke es lag nicht allzu sehr am Buch selbst, als vielmehr an meiner momentanen Lesestimmung.
Im Großen und Ganzen hat mir die Geschichte sehr gut gefallen, ich mochte die Charaktere unheimlich gern und auch die Idee von Time City, einer Stadt außerhalb von Geschichte und Zeit, gefiel mir ...more
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
So sad, I just went to see her author's page and saw that she passed away just a few ...more
One of the first Diana Wynne Jones books I read and one of the best. She tells a damn good story, but while she's doing that, in her best books she also teaches empathy by taking real life issues, making them grander and less controversial by moving them to a foreign setting, and gives us new perspectives. Reading her books has made me a more understanding person. Time City is a great example.
Time City li ...more
This one is about time travel; the best time trave ...more
Patterns notwithstanding, she tells a great story. I'm currently on a quest to reread all the books, so I know I'm reading through them too fast and am sure I am missing things. This is one I'll need to reread ...more
Note: the kindle edition was full of typos - distracting and annoying. I would not recommend that version.
About a girl called Vivian who lives in war-time Britain, but is kidnapped to a secret place called Time City, this tale is about Vivian discovering who she is, what Time City does and retrieving "polarity" ...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
For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...