A Tale of Time City

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Harper Collins, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by "time ghosts," but it is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction.

In September 1939, Vivian Smith is on a train, being evacuated from London, when she is kidnapped by two boys from Time City, Jonathan and Sam. They mistakenly think she is the mysterious Time Lady disguised as a child. Only the Time Lady can wake the founder of the city, Faber John, from his age-long sleep, and only he can save the city.

Vivian wants to get home; Jonathan and Sam want her to help them in their quest through the ages of history to save Time City. Meanwhile, someone seems to be tampering with history, changing it over and over, complicating everything. When Faber John is at last aroused, Time City's and Vivian's dilemmas are resolved in ways that are as satisfying as they are unexpected.

 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I guess I'll have to add DWJ to my list of respected & popular authors that I am not simpatico with, including George RR Martin and Ursula K. LeGuin. I cannot immerse myself in her complex worlds. Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

In preparation for German bombing, children are evacuated from London. Vivian Smith is discontentedly waiting to be picked up by her unknown cousin Marty when an older boy commands her to follow him ... Read full review

Contents

Kidnapped
1
Cousin Vivian
15
Time City
36
Time Ghosts
54
Time Lock 12
73
Cousin Marty
88
The River Time
107
Duration
125
Ceremonies
164
The Age of Gold
182
Android
209
The Gnomon
223
The Age of Silver
242
Evacuees
263
The Lead Casket?
281
n Faber John
302

Guardian
146

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About the author (2002)

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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