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Wir Sind Aufs Hexen Ganz Versessen (Chrestomanci #1)

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Eric "Cat" is content living in the shadow of his sister, golden angelic Gwendolen Chant, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. The Tall Dark Stranger Chrestomanci shares his Castle home with the orphans, but the household Family do not bow to Gwen's talents, and she brews trouble that threatens more worlds than their own.
Published 1981 by Dressler (first published 1977)
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Joel
Sibling rivalry can feel like life or death when you are a kid. I mean, probably. I have an older brother* but I think the roughest thing that ever went down between us was maybe at ages 4 and 6 when he kept all the toys at one end of the bathtub. We've never had a physical fight. I don't see one in the offing, since we're both pushing/well past 30, agree on everything (well, not politics, but the important stuff like the Star Wars prequels suck and Mario games are the best, plus he lets me borr ...more
mark monday
this is a winning intro to what looks to be an enjoyable children's fantasy series. the young Chant siblings exist in a world with magic, one of many such worlds - or, rather, dimensions. after a tragic accident that leaves them orphans, older sister and talented witch Gwendolen takes to learning magic the old-fashioned way, through some sort of hedge wizard, while so-passive-it-hurts younger brother Cat blithely assumes he is magic-free. soon they are taken to the castle of Chrestomanci, an enc ...more
Raeleen Lemay
Dec 11, 2014 Raeleen Lemay marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I accidentally bought and read half of book 6 in this series when I was a kid, so I'm curious to read it from the beginning!
Alison
Eric and Gwendolen Chant have been left orphans by a steamboat accident. Cat, as Eric is known, seems an ordinary, very nice little boy, but his sister Gwendolen is a powerful young witch.

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
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Ascexis
This is the first of the Diana Wynne Jones books that I ever read, probably shortly after it was published in the late seventies. It's one of the few books that I still go back to, and find things to admire and enjoy to this day. It's not the book that's been longest in my collection, but it's the book that I've loved consistently over the last thirty r so years.

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'
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Brick Orrock
Well, I read book one of the Chrestomanci Chronicles: Charmed Life, written by Diana Wynne Jones. I was excited for this book as I’m excited to read the other books that she has on this list (Howl’s Moving Castle), and after reading this one I can say that I still am.
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
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Myles
DWJ Book Toast, #1

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.
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Kim
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Joan
Jun 15, 2012 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
This was lots of fun. I've read others in the Chrstomanci series but never in order and I know I've missed several, including this one. You could see how it was going to turn out if you've read others in the series but it was still loads of fun getting there. Cat is a fantastic character, and the secondary characters were all well developed too. Fiddle was a particularly original character. Janet was a most likable person as well, especially considering she was a sort of relation of the one trul ...more
Ed-kay
I didn't get this book at all. Winner of awards, recommended profusely online and described as "subtle, funny and smart" by no less than Neil Gaiman... I found it tiresome, bland and rather vacuous. There are nice touches - Gwendolyn making the stained glass windows come to life, for one - but everything feels rather sketchy and unplanned. Things happen for no reason to partly drawn characters without any sense of narrative drive. It's wishy washy.

I should add I bought this for my nephew and tho
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e.c.h.a
"Buku yang mengilhami JK Rowling untuk menulis Harry Potter"

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 &
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An Odd1
Orphaned by steamer disaster, Eric Chant clings onto elder sister Gwendolen 12ish, a lovely popular blonde witch who intends to rule the world. Chrestomanci, "tall and extraordinarily well-dressed .. Dark Stranger" p28 answers her letter asking for help, and invites them to live in the Castle.

"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
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Jetches  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
I had to read this book for a children’s literature class that I am taking for University. Although I’m glad that I read it and I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a children’s novel...although I guess it still is.

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
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El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Bienvenidos a los mundos de Chrestomanci... donde la magia da muchos problemas. Así es como presentaba la editorial SM en 2002 una nueva serie de libros, en un formato de tapa semi rígida, como su nueva y flamante colección, El Navegante. Pero, al igual que ésta, Los mundos de Chrestomanci acabó por descatalogarse, quizá debido a una mala promoción, o tal vez a sus cubiertas, poco atractivas si las comparamos con casi cualquiera de sus muchas ediciones anglosajonas. Por algún misterio de la pro ...more
Melissa Proffitt
Jones's ninth novel is probably one of her best known, and is the first of several books set in the world of the nine-lived enchanter Chrestomanci. Eric (Cat) Chant's sister Gwendolen is a witch, and a promising one, while Cat is just ordinary. Gwendolen's abilities bring her to the attention of Chrestomanci, and the two go to live at Chrestomanci Castle so that Gwendolen can study magic. Cat loves his sister despite her nasty personality and occasional cruelty toward him, but even he has troubl ...more
Anastasia
Stories of learning magic have become commonplace these days: I've even heard Diana Wynne Jones dismissed unfairly as a ripoff of JK Rowling when Diana Wynne Jones came first. There's nothing commonplace about Charmed Life: this is a fantastic story about a boy, Cat, who lives with a very ambitious witch sister after their parents drown. He goes to live with an impressively powerful man, Chrestomanci, and becomes involved in a strange political war between those who want to use magic without reg ...more
Sheila Beaumont
I love this book! I've already reread it several times, and it seems to get better every time I revisit it. The same goes for the rest of the Chrestomanci series, and indeed for all the books by the late, great Diana Wynne Jones I've read. This book, published in 1977, was the beginning of the craze for kids' books about witches and wizards and schools of magic, and the Chrestomanci series obviously was a major influence on J.K. Rowling, who DWJ said had likely read them when she was young and, ...more
Mateus Rocha
What to say about this book. Definitely, I don't know if I'm going to read the book #2. I had more spectations about it.

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
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Roxanne
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Mike
Diana Wynne Jones has a wonderfully whimsical ability to worldbuild (of which J.K. Rowling should be jealous). Books with magic in are slowly tending to become more technological (as our technology becomes more magical, perhaps, or maybe it's just because of games in which magic has to be "balanced"); there are clear rules for what can and can't be done. This author was writing before that trend, or ignored it, and her magic is like the magic of folktales. It works because it ought to work, beca ...more
Sandra
This is the first book in the Chrestomanci series, though not the first book in the series I have read. Luckily for me, they are mostly stand-alone books so that didn't really matter. Except I sort of understood the concept of the Chrestomanci, which made this book.. a little predictable. I'm sure that when the whole concept is new, everything is just genius, because the idea behind Chrestomanci (which I obviously won't be spoiling!) is intriguing and awesome. But being already familiar with the ...more
H
This is by the same author as Howl's Moving Castle but takes place in another world. Can I just say I loved it? Cat was such a sad, pitiful little character that I couldn't help loving him and feeling for him, especially with how mean his sister was. And he was so funny when he got surly. Loved it. And Gwendolyn was such a good villain! I hated her! I really liked how magic worked in this world, I loved the story and the characters, I loved pretty much everything. I only wish Cat had stood up to ...more
Sarah
3.5 stars

I listened to this book on audiobook. It was narrated by Tony Robinson. I am very familiar with Tony Robinson from TV series here in the UK. He is a good actor and has a good voice for narration. However, all I could think of was his character Baldrick from Blackadder while I was listening to it - that was what I found myself visualising and not the children this story is about. I think this ruined the charm of the book for me somewhat.

This story was written over 35 years ago and I'm re
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Christina Reads YA
Diana Wynne Jones is definitely one of my favorite authors now. This captures the same magical feeling I had while reading Harry Potter. DWJ had such fantastic imagination - I never know quite where the plot will head or how her quirky characters will fare.

YAY for there being many more books in this series!!! (Though the Howl's Moving Castle series will always be my favorite of hers, I think).
Luciana Darce
Eu acredito que li quando era mais nova um ou outro volume da série Crestomanci, mas confesso que não lembro de nada. Sei que o conheci à mesma época em que estava folheando meus primeiros Pratchett na Nobel, e que um pouco depois disso descobri o brilhante O Castelo Animado, que é da mesma autora.

Aliás, curiosidade: a Jones foi aluna de Tolkien e Lewis em Oxford e professora da Rowling. Mundinho pequeno, não?

Minha edição é uma que vem com os quatro volumes juntos, mas aqui no Brasil elas foram
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Samantha Waxman
Charmed Life is the first Chrestomanci book I got ahold of, and which introduced me to the Related Worlds—the multiverse of magical worlds where Chrestomanci, a very powerful enchanter, is in charge of all of the worlds' magic. As such, it will always have a very special place in my heart.

Cat Chant is a young orphaned boy, along with his sister, Gwendolyn. He's never seemed very magical at all, but his sister is widely acclaimed as the protege of their town. One day, Cat and Gwendolyn are invite
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Constance
I read Charmed Life when I was nine or ten, and then I read it again. And again. And again. I was a quick reader and as soon as I'd finished the book, I flipped it over and started from beginning, trying to keep on catching the magic. At some point I stopped reading it obsessively, but have reread it several times as a teenager and then as an adult, and it keeps on being captivating.

If I'd been younger when the Harry Potter craze came along, I might have been swept up with that. In a way I'm al
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Evelyn
Every so often, I find myself coming back to the Chrestomanci series. Why? Because these fantasy books are unparalleled in Children's literature. They're quite simply magical. If you haven't already started reading them, have a look at the intended reading order on Wikipedia first - it isn't necessarily the order in which they were published. And then - enjoy. You'll never forget these books.
Ordinary Dahlia
G selalu menyukai buku-buku seperti ini ringan dan menghibur.

Buku ini mengingatkan g ma Naruto dengan nine tailnya, sedangkan chrestomanci dengan nine livesnya. hehehe...I know I know...rada maksa, tapinya gpp namanya juga penikmat buku, bisa membayangkan apapun yang diinginkan ya kaaan...

Thx to uyut yang sudah melempar buku ini ke pancoran
Lup yu pul dah yut!!
Adam
At face value, there isn't much to distinguish Charmed Life from any of its ilk – young adult fiction about kids living in a world full of magic. There's a destiny and a rather dastardly plot with villains and heroes and a kid muddling through it, creating all sorts of problems through plot-mandated poor decision-making. But Wynn Jones grasps more than most authors that the plot is just there to put characters in interesting situations that affect their relationships with others. It's all about ...more
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Diana Wynne Jones was the author of more than thirty critically acclaimed fantasy stories, including the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm.

For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...
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