Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories
* A cat tells how the kindhearted wizard she owns is suddenly called upon to defeat a horrific Beast.
* When Anne has mumps, her drawings come to life, and she must protect her home from them
* Four children become involved in the intrigue surrounding an innocent prince, an ...more
-Nad and Dan adn Quaffy gets a mention because it's about a writer who . . . well, I can't explain it without giving away the story, but it was quite amusing. Not my favorite in the book, but it was fun.
-The Master is a thoroughly strange story, and rather creepy to boot, but interesting to read and try to puzzle out what's going on. I have certain suspicions about what happened after the story' ...more
If you've got enough backbone for it, this book is exhilarating. ...more
The stories are a little uneven, as they are aimed at different audiences (those who like whimsy, or cats, or were once in a bygone age bemused by word processors). The novella, Everard's Ride, for me was misplaced in this collection: first, its additional length made the paperbac ...more
The Girl Jones feels very much like a biographical story, not sure how much of it is or isn't true, but it's rather funny, and as someone who avidly avoided babysitting as a teen, I can totally relate...more
The Girl Jones
A most excellent way to get out of babysitting, forever. Hilarious. Not fantasy, though.
Nad and Dan and Quaffy
Eh, I didn’t care for this one. Too self-referential, and kind of annoying. A female writer, at her word processor, makes contact with an alternate universe.
The Plague of Peacocks
A peaceful village is invaded by new neighbor ...more
1. The Girl Jones +
2. Nad and Dan adn Quaffy + (fun)
3. The Plague of Peacocks + ☺ (love when people get what's deserved)
4. The Master +
5. Enna Hittims +
6. The Girl Who Loved the Sun +
7. The Fluffy Pink Toadstool + ☺
8. Auntie Bea's Day Out +
9. Carruthers - (main character was a brat from the first moment)
10. What the Cat Told ...more
What I love most about DWJ's stories is that magic, in all of her writing, is an everyday thing - it's part of life, usually not mentioned as something special. She makes it seem natural a ...more
A mix of old favorites ("Nad adn Dan and Quaffy", "Dragon Reserve Home Eight", "The Girl Who Loved The Sun," "The Master", and many others), and a few ones I had never read before: "The Girl Jones" -- a fun, clever, ?autobiographical vignette, "No One" -- a scifi romp about "smart" houses that is all too prescient to read in 2020, "Little Dot" -- a delightful cat story I had somehow never encountered before, although I had ...more
Sadly, I don't think DWJ is at her best in short stories. The things I like best about her writing are her quirky characters and her ability to write plots that masquerade as n ...more
She has a good taste of creating characters and different stories. None of these stories felt too similair and that was nice.
It took me a long time to get through with this collection, but It was nice to finish. ...more
This is definitely a solid collection for a Jones fan to invest in.
'And pictures and jewels,' Good Thing said through me. 'What does Master wish me to fetch? There is a golden harp, a musical box like a bird, a—'
'Just books,' said Boy. 'I need to learn. I'm still so ignorant.”