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Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
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Mar 25, 2010

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bookshelves: kids-and-ya-fantasy, fiction-sf-and-fantasy

Whenever a book by Diana Wynne Jones book comes out, it's jumped to the head of my reading-queue, which was (and still is) long following Christmas and my birthday. As a result, I don't think I'm a very objective reader any more as I fight between expecting another example of the best of her vast output ("Fire Hemlock", "The Homeward Bounders", "Howl's Moving Castle"... actually, I'm just going to stop there before I list half her bibliography) and wanting to excuse a lesser book (because even a lesser novel by DWJ is still head and shoulders over most others, in my opinion).

"Enchanted Glass" hovers somewhere between the two. I was really enjoying it, I loved the set-up of this new world she's created and how everything unfolded. Then it seemed to come to a halt so abruptly! It was as if she'd got tired and tied things up as quickly as possible (which I have mentally excused given her recent state of health). Even for the first in a series, it could have done with at least another 50 pages and I'd have pegged it at the same level as the best of the Chrestomancis.

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