In Memoriam: Diana Wynne Jones


I thought I remembered seeing Diana Wynne Jones trending on Twitter earlier today, but I didn’t have the chance to check it out before work. On my first break, I found out that she’d died. What was particularly weird was that I was just reading The Ogre Downstairs before that. I know very little about Diana’s personal life, and have only been a fan for a little while, but she’s become one of my most-read authors as of late. I remember seeing people mention her on my Oz e-mail list, and I’d heard about Hayao Miyazaki’s film version of Howl’s Moving Castle (which I actually still haven’t seen, although I did watch and enjoy Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro), but it took me a little while to check out the writer. Really, her name wasn’t particularly memorable, which might have been part of the problem. I finally did, though, starting with Howl’s Moving Castle, the title of which sounded kind of like an action figure playset to me. I found her work to be quite diverse, yet with some common elements between them. And I still have quite a bit of her oeuvre to read. Really, I can’t think of too much to say that hasn’t already been said by others, so here are links to tributes from people I know:
Amy (Rockinlibrarian)
Gili Bar-Hillel
J.L. Bell

And here are my reviews of the books of hers that I’ve read:
Archer’s Goon
Castle in the Air
First three Chrestomanci books
Conrad’s Fate
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Merlin Conspiracy
The Pinhoe Egg
Witch Week
Year of the Griffin

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4 Responses to In Memoriam: Diana Wynne Jones

  1. o0 this is sad. DWJ was recommended to me by a friend in Second Life. I have just begun to explore her works, and in fact received my copy of “Charmed Life” just yesterday….

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