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S. Odgers "Sallyo" (Tasmania, Australia)

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Deep Secret
Deep Secret
by Diana Wynne Jones
Edition: School & Library Binding

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection - As Usual, 7 Dec. 2002
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.

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 17 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Howl's Moving Castle (Paperback)
Howl's Moving Castle is one of only three perfect books I know. The other two are Deep Secret (by the same author) and The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Another one that comes very, very close is Polymer, a neglected gem by Sally Rogers-Davidson. If you ever find it, buy it!
Back to Howl, though - the reviewer who detected perfect pitch was spot on. DWJ never puts a toenail wrong in this book. The story is fast-moving, the characters and style strike chords all the way. Sophie and Howl are such a great team they're obviously destined for one another. And then there's the complexity that lures me to read the book again, and again... just as I think I've untangled what happened to Prince Justin I remember something else that needs closer attention... the same author's Fire and Hemlock is even more complex. A book for all seasons!

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