The Homeward Bounders Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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Praise for Diana Wynne Jones
’[Wynne Jones] has a unique record of producing books you can't forget… Every book is different. And every book is likely to be in someone's top seven… I feel we need to acknowledge how lucky those of us are who grew up on her books, and to ensure subsequent generations enjoy the same intense and subtle pleasure.’ The Guardian
“…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
“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter” The Bookseller
“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two …” SFX
About the Author
Diana Wynne Jones spent her childhood in Essex and has been writing fantasy novels for children since 1973. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she has been enthralling children and adults with her work ever since. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children’s Book Award in 1981, and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal. She is married with three sons, and lives in Bristol with her husband.
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Top Customer Reviews
Most authors are praised for creating a world. Ms. Jones, on the other hand, has created many. From Joris' world of demons, to the drunken happiness of Creema di Leema (where everyone drinks a apparantly alcholic beverage that makes them high), each universe is unique, but tightly knitted together in the pattern of the worlds.
The story focuses on Jamie--a 19th century boy who comes upon Them playing games with his world. He is thrown on to the Bounds, where he must wander eternally until he comes Home again. Along the way, he meets the bitter Helen, who he becomes his "friendly neighborhood enemy", and Joris, who is proof of the term "slavish worship".
As these three try to find their way home, you live their destress, down to the very last detail. Ms. Jones makes you feel the sadness--or happiness at the end. She drags you through hints and whispers of a doomed Helen/Jamie romance, and most of all, she writes a masterpiece for all ages.
This book is gripping (even when you've read as often as I have), occasionally funny and always moving. The plot is ingenious, the end un-guessable. It is written in that direct style that leaves plot and characters to speak to you - it's only when you think about it that you realise how well wrtten it is. Older children will love it and all the fantasy-loving adults I know speak of it with affection and great respect.
One to treasure.
I had the honour to reas Howl's moving castle, Castle in the Air and House of many ways, which I consider to be her masterpieces.
This book is a slightly different kind, in spite of feeling the author's characteristic style. It is a story of joung boy Jamie, who accidently discovers the greatest secret of our world - all humans are but peaces in a board game of Them - and is therefore forced to prowl paralel worlds, in order to find his way home and defeat Them. Each world is different, has different rules, kind of people, animals, customs etc.
I don't want to spoil you the pleasure of reading this book and I will simply tell, that there is no happy end to the story. The end is somewhat rushed up and despite the fact that the author managed to tie all loose ends and explain almost everything to my satisfaction, I can't get rid of the feeling of unfulfillment.
Do not get me wrong, I liked the book very much, but I somehow expected more from such gifted author as Diana certainly was. The story of this book is so intreaguing that the book would deserve to be at least twice as long.
To sum it up, if you are the fan of Diana's books, you won't be disappointed. To the others I would recommend to start with Howl's moving castle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend lent me this book 12 years ago and I periodically searched for it over the following years in order to revisit it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ejn
Excellent book. Cover design not as pictured but I would recommend Diana Wynne Jones to anyone of any age. Amazing author.Published 19 months ago by Julia Williams
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Diana Wynne Jones skillfully weaves the legends of the Flying Dutchman, Prometheus and the Wandering Jew into her tale in such a seamless way that there are times when you wonder... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2007 by I Read, Therefore I Blog