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    Full review now posted Original review can be found at Booknest.You ve probably heard it said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I think that s true to an extent, but there is an art form that goes beyond imitation that, when done well, can often be the best representation of that which it set out to mock Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a perfect example of this She set out to mock gothic literature, which she did beautifully, but what impresses me so much about th...


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    Just over six years ago I met the person I want to spend my entire life with, in that time I was very quickly made aware of her affection towards the fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones and regularly told to give her a try Being such a considerate husband I finally relented on the proviso that she choose me one that wasn t for kids, wasn t too massive and was one of her better novels Apparently the first two choices are already lent to a friend of ours and so I was provided with a well loved copy Just over six years ago I met the person I want to spend my entire life with, in that time I was very quickly made aware of her affection towards the fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones and regularly told to give her a try Being such a considerate husband I finally relented on the proviso that she choose me one that wasn t for kids, wasn t too massive and was one of her better novels Apparently the first two choices are already lent to a friend of ours and so I was provided with a well loved copy of this Derkholm book I qu...


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    at 45%I ve been sitting on Dark Lord of Derkholm for a while now Initially I really liked it and found it humorous It reminded me of Pratchett s DiscWorld a bit in its humor only.So color me shocked when I ran into a vaguely worded but pretty obvious gang sexual assault There was no need for it but it still happened I was shocked to find something sodark in a humorous book.The gang rape sexual assault justthrew me out of the book and I p at 45%I ve been sitting on Dark Lord of Derkholm for a while now Initially I really liked it and found it humorous It reminded me of Pratchet...


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    Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale Then imagine that an enterprising person from an otherworld much like ours stumbled through a portal and discovered this real fantasy world Forty years later you might have a problem much like that in this book where Mr Chesney s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure The only problem is that Mr Chesney s contract is so airtight that it devas Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale Then imagine that an enterprising person from an otherworld much like ours stumbled through a portal and discovered this real fantasy world Forty years later you might have a problem much like that in this book where Mr Chesney s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure The only problem is that Mr Chesney s contract is so airtight that it devastates the fantasy world and everyone is at their wits end trying to fulfill their obligations So when the Light Oracle and the Dark Oracle te...


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    3.5 stars Almost 4.0 As I write this review, I m actually rounding up to 4 This was a fun read I liked it better than Howl s Moving Castle, which I d read earlier in 2014 There was a nice mixture of wit and magic, and some characters I could really get behind.The concept was absurdly brilliant a fantasy world used as a theme park by Pilgrim Parties that come to live the adventure Derk is chosen to be this year s Darklord and must go out of his way to give the tourists the best possible ep 3.5 stars Almost 4.0 As I write this review, I m actually rounding up to 4 This was a fun read I liked it better than Howl s Moving Castle, which I d read earlier in 2014 There was a nice mixture of wit and magic, and some characters I could really get behind.The concept was absurdly brilliant a fantasy world used as a theme park by Pilgrim Parties that come to live the adventure Derk is chosen to be this year s Darklord and must go out of his way to give the tourists the best possible epic thrillride Execution was nice too Jones had a way of smooth prose and timing This book was actually much darker than I d expected despite the title and I m not really sure I d call it YA , as the marketing has it The light tone though darker subject matter at times and satirical approach might have played into that, but it certainly wasn t childish Much.There was a moment or two near the end that almost ruined the story som...


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    DWJ Book Toast, 12Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death I can t say I m overcome with emotion as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them DWJ Book Toast, 12Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death I can t say I m overcome with emotion as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.And that swhat I m going to do She s left behind a huge body of work, a large amount of which I haven t read yet, so I m going to reread all my old favorites and hopefully some new Biographical rambling This is where it all began for me I read Dark Lord of Derkholm in the fall of 1999,I can place it that well ...


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    The Dark Lord of Derkholm is one of those novels that provides an entertaining story as well as subverting the typical ideas and expectations of the fantasy genre Diana Wynne Jones is one of those authors who writes wittily and absurdly at the same time, weaving bizarre ideas together into a mix that perhaps should not work as well as it does.The overall concept of this novel is one which hinges around the idea that people from our world or at least a world very similar travel across worlds i The Dark Lord of Derkholm is one of those novels that provides an entertaining story as well as subverting the typical ideas and expectations of the fantasy genre Diana Wynne Jones is one of those authors who writes wittily and absurdly at the same time, weaving bizarre ideas together into a mix that perhaps should not work as well as it does.The overall concept of this novel is one which hinges around the idea that people from our world or at least a world very similar travel across worlds into a fantasy land populated by peaceful groups of elves, wizards, dragons and so forth The tourism company that manages these escapades happens to have made an arrangement with the people of this world, that every time a group is brought across a show of fantasy might and magic must be performed A show that leads the tourists to believe that...


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    From what I d heard, this is meant to be a parody of the tropes of traditional fantasy and all the tropes do seem to be represented but , as a parody, I expected it to be much funnier than it was Maybe it s just because when I think of parody I think of lovingly tongue in cheek but this book took itself far too seriously, in my opinion, to really be a funny send up.Coupled with that is the fact that there are just so many characters and things going on and it s hard to follow or to really From what I d heard, this is meant to be a parody of the tropes of traditional fantasy and all the tropes do seem to be represented but , as a parody, I expected it to be much funnier than it was Maybe it s just because when I think of parody I think of lovingly tongue in cheek but this book took itself far too seriously, in my opinion, to really be a funny send up.Coupled with that is the fact that there are just so many characters and things going on and it s hard to follow or to really emotionally connect with any of the characters I mean, I get that part of the plot of the story was that there was so much going on and things were getting out of everyone s control bu...


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    I ve only read a couple Diana Wynne Jones books before so I wasn t too sure what to expect Lately I ve not been reading reviews or even blurbs before starting a book because I want to go into it with a completely open mind Unfortunately my previous experiences with her books led me to believe this would be aimed at a younger audience so as things started getting a bit darker I was a tad perplexed.Eventually I managed to get my mindset in the right place and realise that this book was intended I ve only read a couple Diana Wynne Jones books before so I wasn t too sure what to expect Lately I ve not been reading reviews or even blurbs before starting a book because I want to go into it with a completely open mind Unfortunately my previous experiences with her books led me to believe this would be aimed at a younger audience so as things started getting a bit darker I was a tad perplexed.Eventually I managed to get my mindset in the right place and realise that this book was intended for young adults and the dark behaviours seemed less out of place And at times it could be rather grim and a little unsettling Derk has a little bit of a Dr Moreau meets Dr Doolittle feel about him Blade needed and I think at the end of the book still does a good kick in the ass That character annoyed me the most I quite liked the griffins and Scales I would have liked to have seenof Mara and Shona They got relegated to the sidelines for the most part.Apart from r...


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    It took me some time to get into this book, which is likely my fault I find it hard to read anything withdepth than your average bubblegrum wrapper when I have a head cold, so it probably isn t a coincidence that this book finally clicked with me the same day that I started to feel better Because really, this book is often funny, wonderfully inventive, and features characters I came to care about a great deal A literal family of characters I love constructe...


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Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1) Everyone Wizards, Soldiers, Farmers, Elves, Dragons, Kings And Queens Alike Is Fed Up With Mr Chesney S Pilgrim Parties Groups Of Tourists From The World Next Door Who Descend En Masse Every Year To Take The Grand Tour What They Expect Are All The Trappings Of A Grand Fantasy Adventure, Including The Evil Enchantress, Wizard Guides, The Dark Lord, Winged Minions, And All And Every Year Different People Are Chosen To Play These Parts But Now They Ve Had Enough Mr Chesney May Be Backed By A Very Powerful Demon, But The Oracles Have Spoken Now It S Up To The Wizard Derk And His Son Blade, This Year S Dark Lord And Wizard Guide, Not To Mention Blade S Griffin Brothers And Sisters, To Save The World From Mr Chesney S Depredations.

  • Paperback
  • 328 pages
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1)
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • English
  • 03 May 2018
  • 0575075368

About the Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark