Friday, April 29, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones, RIP

It's always a shock to me when a beloved author dies. How can an author die? Aren't they mythological beings who create entire worlds for us? But they're as mortal as we are, and I was reminded of that last month when I heard that children's fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones had died of lung cancer.

Her books are full of magic, adventure, and a sharp, biting wit that's particularly British - much like Harry Potter in tone, except with more of a satirical edge.

In the States, her most famous book is probably Howl's Moving Castle, especially since the Hayao Miyazaki film adaptation a few years ago. But my favorite character in any of her books is Chrestomanci the enchanter, who has nine lives and zips around the various universes fixing magical messes - something like Dr. Who, but without the TARDIS. He's had several books of his own and appears in many more.

Also hop over to, where Tucson author Emma Bull wrote a beautiful article titled Remembering Diana Wynne Jones, about her experiences with a person who was as fascinating as the books she wrote.

If you've never read Jones' work, you're in for a treat. If you have and you're as sad as I am that we've lost such a talented author, take comfort in the fact that her books, at least, live on.

- Maureen K.

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