A Tale of Time City
Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by "time ghosts," but it is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction.
In September 1939, Vivian Smith is on a train, being evacuated from London, when she is kidnapped by two boys from Time City, Jonathan and Sam. They mistakenly think she is the mysterious Time Lady disguise...more
The above is an old review. Having just heard that Diana Wynne Jones has passed away, I've come back to press myself harder to say exactly how her book changed my life. I'd like to apologize in advance for my overwrought and melodramatic language; I have a giant hangover, and am in a highly emotional state.
I was just ex ...more
This book precedes the Harry Potter series, but while reading it you really wonder if JK Rowling was perhaps a Diana Wynne Jones fan. I instantly get a familiar feeling with the way Jones describes her magic - so belonging, logical, rational and wonderfully. Beside that, there's other things - people walking through walls at train s ...more
Perhaps I went in with too high of expectations, because Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite books. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right frame of mind. I really tried to like it. I kept reading, believing I would learn to appreciate it. I never did.
The world felt haphazard and half-explained. I kept feeling that, not only did the characters not r ...more
It wasn't surprising in any way, to me anyway, because it somehow seemed very typical of Diana Wynne Jones. But it was fun, and hooked me in well.
Not my favourite of her books so far, but that would be difficult to decide anyway... ...more
Timey-wimey and brilliant. So glad I finally read this one!
"When your surname is Smith, you need to make very sure that everyone knows just which Smith you are."
At the beginning of WWII, Vivian Smith is on board an evacuee train when two boys decide to kidnap her right out of time. Jonathan and Sam are from Time City which exists outside of regular time and history. Time and the city itself have suffered from disturbances and the boys hope that the Time Lady can put things right again. Vivian soon finds that they thought her to be the Time Lady in dis ...more
Perhaps I'm touched by the way she sets up her universes. She never wastes much space worldbuilding, and frequently it all comes off as heavily underexplained, but all the time you feel ...more
That. Was. AWESOME.
For the record, I have never cared about historical dates before this book. Now I actually remember the year that WWII started--and if I learned nothing else from reading A Tale of Time City, this alone would make it SO WORTH IT.
Also, this came highly recommended by some of my favorite authors, including Maggie Stiefvater. If you don't know Stiefvater's work, you need to read The Scorpio Races. As fabulous as that book is, though, Stiefvater acknowledged that she wa ...more
I finished it but it wasn' ...more
Time City is a place built on a patch of time and space and for all intents and purposes, outside history. Its inhabitants are Guardians and Observers who have recently started to realise that Time City ...more
I will write it again: Diana Wynne Jones is a genius. Really was there any limitation on what she could write? Her ability to bring to life all manner of ideas from her most amazing mind leaves me awestruck. A Tale of Time City, I confess, is not my favorite of her books. Still. Saying one of her books doesn't live up to its fellows still puts it above almost everything else out there.
Some of my aloofness toward this book may come from my love ...more
Patterns notwithstanding, she tells a great story. I'm currently on a quest to reread all the books, so I know I'm reading through them too fast and am sure I am missing things. This is one I'll need to reread ...more
Also, who but she could write a scene with three separate people named Vivian in one room and make it not only clear ...more
There were points I loved about the book - the time city itself was imaginative, exciting, and full of interesting details. Moreover, I loved the small absurd and comic points in the book, in which Vivian understands how stupid adults (and children) can be.
However, something just didn't work for me. I didn't like the h ...more
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She would have objected if she had not at that moment bitten into the butter-pie. Wonderful tastes filled her mouth, everything buttery and creamy she had ever tasted, with just a hint of toffee, and twenty other even better tastes she had never met before, all of it icy cold....more
But at that moment she bit through into the middle of the butter-pie. And it was hot. Runny, syrupy hot.
"It's goluptuous when you get to the warm part, isn't it?" Sam said, watching her with keen attention. "You want to
Vivian Smith is a young evacuee leaving London at the beginning of WWII when, due to a case of mistaken identity, she is kidnapped out of time by Jonathan and Sam, two boys from “Time City.” Time City is a city positioned outside of time to make sure time runs as it should. Except Time City is falling apart and finding the person Jon ...more
“Wonderful tastes filled her mouth, everything buttery and creamy she had ever tasted, with just a hint of toffee, and twenty other even better tastes she ...more
And it seemed to be true that all your life came flooding into you mind in your last moments. She thought of Mum and Dad and London and the War and Time City, and she wanted to shout at Mr Lee, Wait, I haven't thought of everything yet!
Time certainly does play tricks on you; in my case I was certain I'd read this fantasy when I acquired it a decade and a half ago, but now that I've finished it very little seems familiar other than the initial premise. In a way, however, that's quite appropriate ...more
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