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Deep Secret School & Library Binding – 1 May 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product details

  • School & Library Binding: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613214218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613214216
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,663,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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…”
Publishers Weekly

“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country ” Evening Standard

“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” SFX

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When the fatelines of several worlds become entangled, chaos ensues and Something Must be Done: a hilarious fantasy from a 'British National Treasure' (Locus) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite (if not favourite) fantasy fiction author. Fire and Hemlock is my favourite DWJ book, with Howl's Moving Castle a close second.

Negatives:

1. Too many sub-plots and characters introduced within a short period of time. It was total chaos.

2. Random events inserted in, in a desperate attempt to be funny, but only deviated from the plot causing confusion.

3.Rupert's sudden realisation over his reaction/ feelings concerning Maree Mallory wasn't convincing and a rather haphazard job.

4. The story-line was good, but I didn't really feel the magician the same way you do in Fire and Hemlock, where the magic is introduced in a subtle manner. Here everything is thrown at you, until everything just felt "meh"

5. DWJ tries too hard to make this book "adult" and "sophisticated" by having characters with "sophisticated" love life's, until it was more Bridget Jones than her usual fantasy fare.

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Overall, NOT a bad book and I think if I persevered I might have enjoyed it but I lost interest.
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By A Customer on 26 July 1999
Format: Paperback
Deep secret is a book that allows you to enter magic worlds. I always feel that I can 'get inside' Ms Wynne Jones's stories, and this one is no exception. It makes you wonder about the world around you and I feel that it allows you to wonder about magic around you in a completely realistic way. Probably one of the elements that adds to this effect is the convincing and realistic deccriptions, e.g. of the appearance of the centaur or the strange and monstrous sweaters that one of the ladies wears. These are books that I tend to read as slowly as possible, never skipping anything. I even divide it up in chapters per day, so as to prevent myself from reading it all in one go. Wonderful stuff!
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By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
Fantasy and fun in a superbly imagined multiverse, this is undoubtedly one of DWJ's best books, and deserving of its stars. This story is full of laughter and doesn't take itself or the whole realm of fantasy/scifi too seriously. Any science-fiction fans with a sense of humour will delight in her hilarious description of a convention!
The key characters are delightfully engaging and you will find yourself wanting to know more of their escapades. The good news is that a second book (not strictly a follow-on, but set in the same worlds) called "The Merlin Conspiracy" is also available.
The only criticism is that the ending feels a little drawn out and seems to ramble. However, this would only knock off half a star rating at most, and the rest of the book is well worth the reading. Although aimed at 'adults', there is nothing in this book unsuitable for children, and it will also be enjoyed by younger readers with a good grasp of the genre or familiar with her other fantasy books.
Recommended to many friends, all of whom loved it. One of my personal favourites!
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Amazing book! You never know what's going to happen or how something will be solved. I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down. Like some of her other books, it deals with the concept of different worlds and travelling between them. But everything goes down at a fantasy fiction convention which was fun. All the characters were unique and believable, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of them. I read The Merlin Conspiracy before this but I think it's chronologically supposed to go after. I highly recommend them both. It's nice to read a fantasy book for adults that doesn't go over the top, isn't full of random sex scenes and is set in pretty much our world.
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Format: School & Library Binding
Deep Secret is another of Diana Wynne Jones' perfect books. (Howl's Moving Castle is the other.) Again DWJ takes a hero with all the ingredients of a first class pain in the gut and makes him lovable. But she doesn't repeat herself, no way! While Howl is a slitherer-outer, vain and a coward, Rupert Venables is a prat. Maree, the female protagonist, is just as unlikely a heroine as Rupert is a hero, and much more unlikely than Howl's Sophie. And yet Maree too carries it off. She doesn't change, but reveals her inner self which is just a prickly as the outer one. As for the plot, it's intricate, elaborate, fascinating stuff. Another book that re-repays re-re-reading.
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. It is marketed as a book aimed at adults, and it does make reference to adult themes such as sex, but essentially it is the usual Diana Wynne Jones stuff - lots of humour, lively characterisation, an original and highly imaginative plot, and an indefinable creation of atmosphere that is unique to her writing.

The story is told from two viewpoints, one being a magid who is a rather endearingly pompous young man with a brave heart, a conscientious sense of duty and powerful magical gifts. The other is a slightly eccentric but also endearing young woman. Her younger brother, Nick, also features strongly (and is a central character in the sequel).

This story combines witty and warm-hearted satire at the expense of sci-fi/fantasy geeks, the publishing world, and writers' conventions, with a genuine sense of danger as this world collides with dark magic and truly nasty villains, plus an engaging love story woven through it. It has centaurs, parallel universes, geas, charismatic king-types, disembodied mentors, neurotics, Scarlatti, and women who have terrible taste in sweaters - what's not to like?
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