- 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)
Hexwood Paperback – 1 Aug 2009
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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?--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This would be more for adults than teens. It's a very complicated, dark (but at times humorous) SciFi combined with some magic. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Goddess of Blah Book Reviews
My favourite Diana Wynne Jones books. Have read it at least 4 times already! So many concepts going on, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed fantasy/magic books as a child... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Leonie
Book received in great condition - save for the pages being rather yellow - but worth it for the 2 quid price!Published 15 months ago by Victoria Chang
Not one of her best -a bit too long and complicated. I got very confused with all those Reigners. Remarkable piece of work, though as always. She really was the greatest.Published 16 months ago by Jean Neal
This is one of my favourite books by Diana Wynne Jones. For most of the time you have no idea what's going on but it's compelling anyway. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yet again a marvellously intricate tale of time and metamorphosised adolescence from the Merlina of story tellers. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lumena
I don't normally give up on a book, but halfway through this novel I just couldn't be bothered with it any more. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SpookyRex
I read and reread this book as a child and loved it. I absolutely recommend it, although I will say it's a bit hard to follow the first time you read it but it's worth pushing... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MISS E FITZGERALD
Hexwood was one of the most confusing Diana Wynne Jones books I've read, and it is difficult to comment on the plot without giving away the central idea. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Ms Louise Wilford