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Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
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Apr 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

Fire raising is great fun.

Eight Days of Luke is DWJ at the peak of her powers, linking the rather strained personal circumstances of David with the world of Norse mythology.

David's no-good relations manage to make his poignant situation hilarious in their disregard for David's feelings. There is a wonderful scene where two of them compete over who is the most unwell. As always when DWJ is on song each character has a strong personality, and David's emotional reactions to everything that happens just feel so right even in the strangest of circumstances.

The mythology is worked in day by day as you would expect :) I remember being at school when the origin of the names of days and months was explained and being quite amazed that Christianity allowed them to survive.

Altogether a tremendous book, similar in some ways to the much more recent "The Game" but better.

Re-read today as part of a retrospective.

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