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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (1 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007333870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007333875
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
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"All I did was ask you for a role-playing game. You never warned me I'd be pitched into it for real! And I asked you for Hobbits on a grail quest, and not one Hobbit have I seen!"

When Controller Borasus receives a strange letter from Earth he is both curious and alarmed. Someone has activated an ancient machine – and is using it for most trivial purposes! Surely no one would dare to tamper with Reigner seals in this way? Yet the effects of such interference should resonate throughout the universe, so he decides to go to Hexwood Farm to investigate…

On Hexwood Estate, Ann watches the mysterious comings and goings with interest. Hexwood is like human memory; it doesn't reveal its secrets in chronological order. Consequently, whenever Ann enters Hexwood, she cannot guarantee on ending up in the same place or even the same time. She knows something deadly is going on – or is Hexwood simply altering her too?

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The first time I read this book, I didn't understand it. It was confusing, almost contradictory, and absolutely nothing was what it seemed - and I loved it. The multi-faceted characters were wonderfully portrayed, and it was brimming with that Diana Wynne Jones magic that pervades every one of her books. And, of course, I fancied Mordion instantly.
I'm pretty sure I understand it slightly better now, but on every re-read there are quirks, plot twists and surprising realisations that I'm sure I have never seen before - certainly, it's a book that demand several readings to be appreciated fully. The non-chronological structure, rich mythological references and multiple confused identities might in any other book make for a tedious read. However with Wynne Jones's magical flair they make this tale even more full of wonder, and it sparkles even on a baffling first read.
If you simply enjoy reading a book once, or switching your brain off while you read, this isn't the book for you, but if you happen to be a fan of 'challenging' books, or love to think while you're reading, or even just enjoy rich fantasy, I would say this book is an utter must-read. This book may be more complicated than some of the others, but it is my favourite Diana Wynne Jones book, and an essential for all fans.
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A friend of mine returned this to me, saying in a distusted voice "It's a cross between a fairy tale and something else." Well, it is like that kinda but I love it. Hexwood is always the first book that I lend to people when introducing them to diana-wynne jones. It is a highly interesting book requiring lots of attention and re-reading to get a really grip on the story. And really wholesome characters and plot, some books just make you feel empty at the end, this one definitely does not.
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I bought this book today, and have just read it straight through without stopping. It's absolutely wonderful. And it's a crime that it's only in the children's section of my local book shop, because it fits quite well up alongside many of the science fiction and fantasy classics which I have read. READ THIS BOOK!
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The events of this book are told out of sequence, and yet they are laid out in chronological order. Sounds odd? This is a decidedly odd book, in a fascinating and absorbing way.

Early in the story we meet Ann, a teenager recovering from a long illness. Bored of lying in bed, Ann adjusts her bedroom mirror so she can see the goings-on at the Hexwood Farm Estate opposite her street. And the goings-on are very strange indeed. All manner of peculiar people go in - and none of them come out. As soon as Ann is feeling better, she goes to investigate.

She finds that Hexwood is much bigger than it ought to be, and nothing there is as it appears to be either. She makes regular visits to 'Hume' (short for 'Human'), a boy who was created from blood and magic. She is also fascinated by the mysterious Mordion, a powerful but melancholy wizard whose real identity is unclear.

The events within the wood are generated by a mysterious machine known as 'the Bannus' - the best generator of role-playing games imaginable. Nobody is ever as they seem - or even who they believe themselves to be. Nothing happens quite when it ought to. But this elaborate charade is quite necessary in order to overthrow the ruthless 'Reigner' organisation, who have controlled Earth and every other world for a thousand years.

Reading this book is like doing a literary jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces are there, but it's intriguingly hard to figure out how they fit together. Plot twists and surprising revelations come thick and fast as the book nears its end. I was riveted by it and read it in a single day. Truly original and highly recommended for any reader who enjoys the strange, weird, imaginative tales with a twist of mystery.
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A much more demanding read - but worth every moment. Nothing in Hexwood is what you think - and noone is who you think (or for that matter who they think). Keep your wits about you and you will get a lot out of this book - as with anything by the wonderful Wynne Jones.
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I have just finished reading this for my children and, oh boy, did we all enjoy it. If you have read any Diana Wynne Jones you already know her writing is clever and altogether beautiful. We have been fans for a while and I have to read her books out loud so that we can enjoy them together. The craftsmanship in Dianne's writing is evident as her sentences roll off the tongue in a way that makes us all hang on each chapter desperate to know what is going on and what wonderful journey she is taking us on. This is an unusual book in structure but stick with it - everything makes sense in the end and sooner if you follow the clues. It is a satisfying read and enough of a brain teaser to keep even adult readers guessing. Although it is a complex book and you don't really know what is going on at the beginning you enjoy getting to know the characters and there are subtle payoffs sprinkled throughout the whole story. Reading some children's books is a chore but I open the first page of a Diana Wynne Jones book with the same eager expectation as my young listeners.
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