Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1)
A bewitching comic fantasy by a master of the supernatural
Cat doesn't mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures...more
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It's a fun story of Cat and his witchy sister Gwendolin living in a world that's almost ours but where witches and wizards exist and are well-known.
Like an enormous wedge of literature it's one of those adventures that would be over really quite quickly and with very little fun if the man (or woman) at the top just sat down and told everyone what was going on. Dumbledore could probably have reduced the H ...more
Azzardo a dire che secondo me l'ha letto anche la Rowling.. Per me Charmed Life è un po' il nonno di Harry Potter, sotto alcuni aspetti :3
Punto di forza sono sicuramente i personaggi: non credo di aver mai incontrato tra le mie letture a target giovani un personaggio cattivo e meschino come Gwendolyn.. Ragazzi, che tipaccia! Crudele, amorale, egoista, subdola e presuntuosa..
Ah sì, ha circa 12/13 anni :D
Il modo in cui poi Cat viene dipinto è davvero particolare: è lui i ...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
Cat and Gwendolen are taken to live at Chrestomanci Castle with Chrestomanci, a man who controls all magic use, and his family. There, Gwendolen's arrogance and selfish nature becomes evident, and makes life extremely uncomfortable for Cat, until one morning he awakes to find that she has disappeared, and in he ...more
The book is from the pov of Cat, a small boy who has literally no idea of what is going on around him. The clues are all there, but he' ...more
"As a rule, gingerbread men were fun. They leapt up off the plate and ran ...more
This book is written well and I found myself getting lost in the writing and the story. With that being said I didn’t really like it. I didn’t like the characters. They are whiny and cruel, mostly all of them. Except, the main char ...more
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite writers, and yet I have read only two books that are written by her. I think her style of writing is very good with many fantasy-aspects in it. The books are very easy and enjoyable to read.
Before I read this book, I had read the reviews about it. That was a pitty, because so I already know what would happen in the story. Nothing more happened from what I had read on the internet and... That is why I call the plot good ...more
I should add I bought this for my nephew and tho ...more
This book introduces the world of Chrestomanci pretty well, without being confusing or overbearing. Jones gradual ...more
Tagline ini selalu digunakan saat merajuk ke seri ini. Dan ternyata memang bukan sembarang tagline, JK benar-benar terinspirasi dari buku karangan Ibu Diana. Banyak kemiripan yang ditemukan si Chrestomanci Series ini dengan Harry Potter Series. Bikin gw kalo pas nemu item-item yang mirip harpot series langsung berteriak "ah..ini khanmirip dengan yang ini, paham sekarang saya"
Kisah di buku pertama ini dimulai dengan dimana Gwendolen & ...more
"Cat, thoroughly exasperated 'You're far too important to stay here.'
'What makes you think I'm important?' asked Chrestomanci, still bewildered.
Cat was beginning to want to shake him. 'You must be. You'r ...more
This is a charming other dimensional novel about growth and going from innocence to understanding. This novel has influence for Harry Potter written all over it. There is ‘He who must not be named’, an orphaned child, and so many other little things that make you see where J.K. Rowling got ...more
The only thing I really liked in it was the little toy soldiers, moving and battling each other through witchcraft. It was funny to imagine they fighting and making strategies, just like Toy Story...
About the bad things in the book, I can list a few:
The spells. So childlish. I mean, transformations (of people into frogs, worms), changes of substances (coffe into mud)... In my o ...more
Questo libro è rimasto, ignorato ingiustamente, sulla mia libreria per qualcosa come 15 anni.
Era il periodo in cui rileggevo "Le streghe" di Roald Dahl praticamente ogni settimana, e un giorno mia madre si presentò con "Vita stregata" dicendomi che magari mi sarebbe piaciuto anche quello. Io da bambina cocciuta quale ero, offesissima all'idea di sostituire il mio libro preferito, lo misi da parte e non lo guardai nemmeno; dalla copertina mi semb ...more
|Chrestomanci!||17||122||Feb 06, 2016 08:21AM|
|A different universe, with the twelve worlds each a planet, or just a dimension?||4||15||Feb 03, 2016 11:56PM|
|Gwendolyn||1||6||Jan 31, 2016 04:13PM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. MG or YA Fiction - Boy and older sister away at magic(?) school, sister evil, writes secrets (spells?) behind the glass of the mirror [s]||5||21||Jul 04, 2015 01:20PM|
For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...