on 29 April 2009
Indeed these stories are wonderful, impossible to put down.
I'm only writing this to warn you of the format. This edition of both books in one maybe more economical but is very difficult and uncomfortable to handle, either you read in bed or in an armchair. It's small and very fat, and the pages don't open properly unless you really pull both ways - which may, on a second or third reading, make it fall apart, thus defeating the purpose of saving money. And definitely it is something that will be read twice or more. Moreover, it's difficult to hold and keep open with one hand, your fingers get sore. So make yourself a favour, and buy the individual titles.
on 22 August 2013
Let me start by saying I'm reviewing THIS EDITION not the story. I'm assuming that you have read at least one book by DWJ previously, and already know she was a very good author.
It's quite good having the two books combined into one volume if, like me, you're a voracious reader and will finish one of these in under a day. It also means it takes up less space on your bookshelf (only marginally, but if you buy the entire Chrestomanci series in double-books then you're looking at saving the equivalent to one additional (small) book's worth of space on your bookcase, because there's less covers and less of those bits of empty paper/copyright pages etc etc at the front and back of the books). I would say this is definitely worth the money and the art is better than the last edition (which looked like it was aimed at 6 year olds) so I don't look silly pulling it out to read on the train.
As for the actual story - I really don't hold with posting spoilers on reviews, but if you like that sort of thing I'm sure someone has summarized the entire plot and all its minutiae. Someone always does.
on 22 June 2013
Another delightful Chrestomanci tale which leave you wishing for more. Wynne Jones best creation yet, Chrestomanci, who pivots plot and character elegantly. No one does magic better or so entertainingly. Reading this book and series makes one crave to enter that other world that is so similar to our own, yet magically removed and enriched. TO read is to be enchanted.