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Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
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Sep 07, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, kids-books

Another re-read of one of my favourite DWJ books. As usual, I find it hard to explain why I love her books. The plot, the pacing, the lovely details (Hathaway unobtrusively switching the biscuits and wine to make them more palatable; Torquil calling Howard "limpet boy"; Awful primly refusing all of Dillian's food; Quentin telling the kids that his writing keeps them in bread and peanut butter; Howard running away with his boot going splart-splart-splart and begging Hathaway to send a bus - something I do too even though I suspect it won't work for me; Quentin getting carried away with writing about Dillian). Her books are just a joy. I do envy people who haven't read them before, because you get all the wonderful writing and language plus the excitement of not knowing what will happen next, where will she take you? And I do think her earlier ones are a bit more unpredictable than her later ones. But even when you do know exactly what happens, it's still just a pleasure.
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