I finished reading Diana Wynne Jones’s Charmed Life a few days ago. As far as young adult fantasy goes, it was quite good with more than a few unexpected twists. It wasn’t as funny as the other Chrestomanci novel I’ve read, Witch Week, but it was still very good. You can certainly see many of the roots of Harry Potter in these books, though they are certainly not as epic (or as long!) as Rowling’s work. Strangely enough, I never read Jones’s work as a child despite my many forays into fantasy literature. I’m glad I’ve discovered her now (thanks to Freddie) as her books are at once delightful reads and very quick, which is good when you have little time and little children.
Also on my reading list are two books I recently collected. The first is the opening novel of the Culture series by Iain M. Banks, Consider Phlebas. These books sound fascinating. The other is John Crowley’s novel, Little, Big which I first heard of while reading this excellent review of the finale of Lost.
So much to read. So little time.
Anyone read anything particularly good lately?