The Game

The Game

Book - 2007
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A delightfully sharp novella by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones.

Hayley's parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong--she is not quite sure what--they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley's shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call "the game," where they visit a place called "the mythosphere." And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end--like all of this acclaimed author's work.
Publisher: New York : Firebird, 2007.
ISBN: 9780142407189
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 19 cm.


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May 08, 2014

"Bad luck," James said unsympathetically. "You're lucky-I've got to get through a dirty great thorn hedge, and I don't even know what a spindle looks like! What happens if I wake Sleeping Beauty up?" he asked Harmony....(Harmony) "Why, you get married and live happily ever after, James my sweetheart," she said.
James arrived just then, waving what looked like a spike with threads of silk streaming off one end. "Is this it?" he asked Harmony. "It was on her spinning wheel. But it was a real closie. She sort of half woke up and said 'Kiss me!' and I just ran!"

May 08, 2014

(Harmony) "Yes, the drinking horn truly was used by Beowulf. That can go in the cabinet and so can this One Ring. No, don't put it on, you fool! It's dangerous!"

May 08, 2014

(Flute) "The mythosphere is not an entirely happy place."
"But it looks so beautiful!" Hayley protested.
Flute laughed a little. "Beauty isn't made of sugar," he said.

Aug 08, 2011

Civilization, when they came to it, was in the form of neat streets of harsh grey houses, looking quite small under a huge brown shoulder of mountain. Each house had different sharp corners and precisely spiked roofs, which seemed to say, We are _civilized_, we are _respectable_. Take no notice of this mountain.


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May 08, 2014

As far as Dianna Wynne Jones goes, I think she's a fantastic author. So far, I have read 3 of her books, this being my fourth, and by now, when I read a Dianna Wynne Jones book I expect (1) magic, (2) adventure, (3) humor, (4) wit, and (5) something entirely unique and amazing, something GREAT. I'll admit, I had been getting around to reading this, but kept putting it off, but I finally read it. I was surprised, in the best type of way. Since this book is shorter than most Jones books (what, with Howl's Moving Castle around 400 pages and all), I guess I didn't expect much out of it. However, it was very enjoyable. Once I started reading, the story drew me in. The characters are interesting and likable, although I would have liked to see a bit more of the aunts, and Flute and Fiddle, and Hayley's Grandfather, and even Uncle Jolyon. But, the adventure going on in the mythosphere and everything magical about it saved me from being too caught up in that. Everything was well thought out, the writing style is very good, and it was interesting to see the story unfold. I loved how Jones connected the legends and myths and other fantasy and fairytale things into this book. All in all, it did not disappoint. Dianna Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors, and probably one of the best for fiction writing. Read this book!!!

Oct 10, 2010

Not a bad book. It was good, but not amazing or life-changing, just okay. Good book for just light reading, though.


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Feb 03, 2015

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