Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories

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HarperCollins, May 11, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 497 pages
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What if your strangest dreams and wildest imaginings turned out to be . . . well . . . true?

In this riveting collection, master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones presents wildly unpredictable tales in which even the most routine lives are visited by extraordinary events:

  • A writer's character infiltrates her computer and makes her an accomplice in his cyber revolt
  • A sick girl's drawings come to life -- with a vengeance
  • A vet's dream about a wounded werewolf is interrupted by a startling phone call
  • A cat tells how the kindhearted wizard she owns is suddenly called upon to defeat a horrific Beast

These fifteen stories and one novella -- including three works never before published in the United States -- will tickle and enchant, startle and surprise.

  

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Mostly cozy short stories, generally about young people encountering magic (though there’s one pretty disturbing one that features dragons and mind control-based slavery and is pretty horrifying to ... Read full review

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Contents

THG GIRL JONGS
1
TH6 PLAGU6 OF P6ACOCKS
36
THG MASTGR
50
ENNfl HITTIWS
71
TH6 GIRL WHO LOV6D 7H6 SUN
109
CARRUTHSRS
131
WHAT TH6 CAT TOLD W6
156
THG CRGGN STONG
193
DRAGON R8S6RV6 HOWS EIGHT
233
LITTLe DOT
266
EVeRARDS RIDG
313
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About the author (2004)

Diana Wynne Jones was born in London on August 16, 1934. In 1953, she began school at St. Anne's College Oxford and attended lectures by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. After graduation, she created plays for children that were performed at the London Arts Theatre. Her first book was published in 1973. She wrote over 40 books during her lifetime including Dark Lord of Derkholm, Earwig and the Witch, and the Chrestomanci series. She won numerous awards including the Guardian Award for Children's Books in 1977 for Charmed Life, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1984 for Archer's Goon, the Mythopeic Award in 1999, the Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999, and the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Organization in 2007. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was adapted into an animated film by director Hayao Miyazaki, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She died from lung cancer on March 26, 2011 at the age of 76.

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