Saturday, March 26, 2011

Vale Diana Wynne Jones

Received the sad news that author Diana Wynne Jones passed away overnight at the age of 76 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

Diana Wynne Jones was writing fantasy themed young adult books before anyone had even coined the term 'young adult'. I've personally read Cart and Cwidder (the 3rd book of the Dalemark Quartet) more times than I could ever count.

Diana Wynne Jones will probably be best remembered for her Chrestomanci Chronicles (Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Conrad's Fate, Witch Week and The Magicians of Caprona), Howl's Moving Castle, which was also made into an animated film of the same name and her Tough Guide to Fantasyland which poked fun at many of the best know fantasy tropes and cliches.

She will be sadly missed and was many readers entry to the genre.

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