Unexpected Magic Collected Stories Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones presents a riveting collection of unpredictable tales including A cat tells how the kindhearted wizard she owns is suddenly called upon to defeat a horrific Beast

  • Title: Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780060555351
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones presents a riveting collection of unpredictable tales, including A cat tells how the kindhearted wizard she owns is suddenly called upon to defeat a horrific Beast When Anne has mumps, her drawings come to life, and she must protect her home from them Four children become involved in the intrigue surrounding an innocent prince, anMaster storyteller Diana Wynne Jones presents a riveting collection of unpredictable tales, including A cat tells how the kindhearted wizard she owns is suddenly called upon to defeat a horrific Beast When Anne has mumps, her drawings come to life, and she must protect her home from them Four children become involved in the intrigue surrounding an innocent prince, an evil count, and a brave outlaw.These fifteen stories and one novella will enchant, startle, and surprise

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    1. A lovely collection of short stories -- one or two I'd read before, I think, but the rest were new to me since I'm somewhat new to Jones' writing: I never read her work as a child. Some of the stories are fantastical, one or two more sci-fi, and one of them autobiographical (and also collected in Reflections with Jones' other non-fiction). In many ways, they're very typical of Diana Wynne Jones' work -- though I found them somehow more complete and satisfying than some of her other books, despit [...]

    2. This was a fairly fun anthology. Not the author's best work, but not her worst either. Highlights:-Nad and Dan adn Quaffy gets a mention because it's about a writer who . . . well, I can't explain it without giving away the story, but it was quite amusing. Not my favorite in the book, but it was fun.-The Master is a thoroughly strange story, and rather creepy to boot, but interesting to read and try to puzzle out what's going on. I have certain suspicions about what happened after the story's en [...]

    3. I really don't think it is fair to give a blanket rating to a collection of very different stories, so I'm going to break it down a bit more, keeping in mind that this book is shelved in the Juvenile section of my library, so I will be commenting on age approprietness or not in each story's review. The Girl Jones feels very much like a biographical story, not sure how much of it is or isn't true, but it's rather funny, and as someone who avidly avoided babysitting as a teen, I can totally relate [...]

    4. This volume brings together fifteen stories (all but three of which I'd read before) and a novella, "Everard's Ride". Spanning genres from science fiction to fantasy and even a touch of horror (in "The Master"), all of the stories show off Jones' wit and wild imagination, qualities which make her one of the best young adult fantasy writers of today (perhaps one of the best fantasy writers of today, period). I was disappointed, though, that so many of the stories had been in previous collections [...]

    5. It's my preference for short story collections not to give star ratings to each story, but to mark whether I felt positively or negatively toward them when I finished each. 1. The Girl Jones + 2. Nad and Dan adn Quaffy + (fun)3. The Plague of Peacocks + ☺ (love when people get what's deserved)4. The Master +5. Enna Hittims +6. The Girl Who Loved the Sun +7. The Fluffy Pink Toadstool + ☺8. Auntie Bea's Day Out +9. Carruthers - (main character was a brat from the first moment)10. What the Cat [...]

    6. The title is so apt in both senses, in that in DWJ's worlds anything can happen (and usually does) plus that for the reader the stories can (and do) provide the magic that may be missing in their own more prosaic world.The stories are a little uneven, as they are aimed at different audiences (those who like whimsy, or cats, or were once in a bygone age bemused by word processors). The novella, Everard's Ride, for me was misplaced in this collection: first, its additional length made the paperbac [...]

    7. This is probably a really good book to start with if you don't know DWJ yet. It's a collection of (magical) short stories and one novella (Everard's Ride), which was also my absolute favourite piece out of the book. It's a very dense story, not quite a fairytale, rather a sort of medieval tale, really gorgeous.What I love most about DWJ's stories is that magic, in all of her writing, is an everyday thing - it's part of life, usually not mentioned as something special. She makes it seem natural a [...]

    8. A good collection of Diana Wynne Jones’ short fiction. They’re not all her best work, but there’s some excellent stories here. Recommended for her fans.The Girl JonesA most excellent way to get out of babysitting, forever. Hilarious. Not fantasy, though.Nad and Dan and QuaffyEh, I didn’t care for this one. Too self-referential, and kind of annoying. A female writer, at her word processor, makes contact with an alternate universe.The Plague of PeacocksA peaceful village is invaded by new [...]

    9. If you don't want to read this entire book, start at the end with "Everard's Ride" and then work your way backwards through the stories. When you get to stories you don't like, stop, because they only diminish in quality the closer you get to the beginning of the book. I think some of the stories - even ones I didn't really like - could be worked into pretty good full-lenth novels. But here in their short story form, they just don't do much for me. Besides the novella "Everard's Ride," which I r [...]

    10. DWJ's short stories are varied in tone, but the themes are familiar from her longer works. Etta Hittims shows the downside of having a Sophie-like mind, while also echoing Hexwood. My favourite story is The Fat Wizard, which I would have loved to see extended to booklength. Mind you, it has elements of Enchanted Glass, so maybe it WAS. Other stories, including the Plague of Peacocks and The Fluffy Pink Toadstool, remind me of Joan Aiken's stories about Mark and Harriet. That's all good, since I [...]

    11. I never read any Diana Wynne Jones until AFTER she died - shame on me - but I don't think I'd heard of her either. She takes credit for inspiring J K Rowling. She has an extraordinary imagination - her stories veer off in all sorts of random, magical, captivating directions. Now I'm starting Neil Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book' - a present to my 8-year-old from his aunt - which has a DWJ endorsement on the cover.

    12. I kept forgetting that all of these stories were by the same author. I have always loved Howl's Moving Castle, and as an adult I was so happy to find that Jones had written more books and stories.

    13. When Harry Potter came out, I went around telling people to read Diana Wynne Jones instead. That's how much of a fan girl I was. (And am: DWJ books grace my reread lists year after year while I have still never got past the first 100 pages of Goblet of Fire. Turns out I don't give tuppence about sports, even magical ones.)Sadly, I don't think DWJ is at her best in short stories. The things I like best about her writing are her quirky characters and her ability to write plots that masquerade as n [...]

    14. This is a good read for readers who are already fans of Diana Wynne Jones. I found the short story format to be a little harder to stay engaged with, but it got better as it went on. The last and longest story is a real treat! I feel like I've gained more insight into the author and her writing style, which I deeply admire.

    15. Most of these stories are pretty good, but the final novella was just meh. I liked the differentness of these stories in that they are mostly fantastical, but in an unconventional way.

    16. This is a collection of short stories, so I will rate each one individually.The Girl JonesThis seems to be autobiographical. It is an interesting, quick read. 3 starsNad and Dan adn QuaffyAn author's struggles with technology lead to an intergalactic coup. A humorous romp. 4 starsThe Plague of PeacocksMeddlesome neighbors meet with poetic justice. 2.5 starsThe MasterThis one is chilling, and leaves you wondering long after the story is over. Perfectly crafted. 5 starsEnna HittimsA sick girl's im [...]

    17. Fourteen short, and one not-so-short stories geared towards young readers. A few were intriguing and some tied into Diana Wynne Jones' other books. Unfortunately, the were a few stories that went just a little too long or lost the reader's interest. Since the stories are completely unrealated to one another it also gets slightly confusing. Personally, I enjoy Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci series which is geared more towards teens, "Mixed Magics" has a wide variety of stories, some of which are [...]

    18. I go the book as a gift for my birthday from my very good friend Jolene. She spent hours just trying to find me the perfect gift even thought she knew I couldn't careless if it was three webbed feet duck. Okay, so maybe I would care if it was a duck. It was no secret I've loved Diana Wynne Jones' book even when I don't have that many in my collection. Hey, I was a school girl with basically no income, what do you expect? I started reading the book the moment I got it in my hands. Of course, it w [...]

    19. This is a collection of magical tales from the masterful storyteller, Diana Wynne Jones. In it, a cat tells the story of her wizard, a robot understands its programing to protect a little boy, a fat wizard gets his comeuppance, a persecuted girl discovers her heritage among dragons, a girl becomes a tree, and an outlaw from another realm escapes to ours and is saved by adventurous children. I find that authors seem to be either short story writers or novelists. Rarely can I find an author that c [...]

    20. This wide-ranging collection of short stories shows how diverse DWJ can be, and if you've read her other work, sometimes you wish she would try to claw her way out of the particular box she often builds. Of course this book also has the hyperbolized and ridiculous character traits that try to pass as humor but which become tiresome as a technique in any literature that comes out of the UK (or elsewhere, but this take on comedy seems to have geographic focus). DWJ's obsession with cats could also [...]

    21. Even for a short story collection this was an unusually mixed bag. The three stars is an average, since some (most) of the short stories rated (by my judgement and my kids' -- I read it aloud) two stars and others deserved four. Well, actually, only Everard's Ride deserved four stars, but that story, 192 pages long, is really a short novel, and quite enjoyable. "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" and "Little Dot" were both inventive, fun stories, meriting 3 stars or so, and "The Girl Jones," which is t [...]

    22. I am always biased towards liking anything by Diana Wynne Jones. I devoured everything by her as a kid and so her writing and stories are always deeply nostalgic for me.Some of the children's stories in this collection were quite good and interesting (Plague of Peacocks and Little Dot!) but others not so much (The Green Stone?). The novella, Everard's Ride, was decent but I felt it was rather like Narnia (four children in a magical world, anyone?) and showed its age a bit. I'm going to be picky [...]

    23. Rating: 3.5 of 5Overall, I was delighted with these stories. Most swept me away immediately. My favorites were:What the Cat Told Me - How could I *not* enjoy a story from a cat's POV? My fave quote, "But Boy wouldn't listen. He had to have Princess. Or else he would go into a trance and see her that way. I understood then. Boy wanted kittens. Very little will stop boys or cats when they do."The Master - Actually enjoyed this "it was a dream" story because it was more a prophecy aka warning. It w [...]

    24. Since the book is a collection of short stories written at very different times, containing very different characters, and concerning very different things, the quality of the book as a complete experience varies. I liked pretty much all of the stories, some a little less so (like "Dan and Nad adn Quaffy"), some significantly more so (like "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" and "Little Dot"). The novella, Everard's Ride, is the longest piece in the book, but I actually thought it would have worked bet [...]

    25. I didn't read the whole collection this time - though I should have. Instead I had the craving to read the particular short story "Little Dot". Over and over on of my favorite things in stories is where an odd bunch of characters all use their unique talents to defeat a foe, and in this case, even though they're cats, it's still a marvelous story. Love it!I should take the time to read the other stories in this collection, but "Little Dot" was just calling to me this time. So good.DWJ's short st [...]

    26. This book had some absolutely wonderful and imaginative short stories, but they seem to be toward the middle and end. I thought the novella was interesting, but not as good as some of the short stories which could be full books in their own right. This is a great example of how short stories can be fantasy and still be full stories. While this collection didn't quite shine as much as DWJ's novels, it was still a fun read that kept me up into the wee hours of the night turning pages.

    27. It's a charming collection of short stories.I think my favorite of the lot involved a boy with telepathic and psychokinetic powers who is generally regarded as the town brat.But enter new, unwanted neighbors and he is suddenly the most popular boy around as everyone waits to see what happens to the newcomers.Unlike Anthony and his cornfields, these folks deserve the entertaining treatment they receive.

    28. The funniest of the stories is "The Plague of Peacocks" and "Nad and Dan adn Quaffey", "The Fat Wizard", and "Curruthers". This is a collection best read a story at a time with other things being read in between. I like her, and most of her writing, but some of the stories just dragged, and others fell prey to writer wank (i.e. writers writing about writers writing and saving the world). Something worth checking out from the library, not a collection really worthy of buying.

    29. I'm a big fan of Dianne Wynne Jones, which is why I picked up this book. I love her quirky style, her quirky characters and how easily I can be absorbed by her stories. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try or how much I like the author's other works, I don't seem to enjoy short stories.Some were based on very clever ideas, particularly the one written from the point of view of a cat.DNF - I don't give a star rating to books I didn't finish.

    30. A collection of short stories (and one novella) that spark with fun and (of course) magic. For several of the short stories I was disappointed that the story didn't continue. The stories all center around the theme of magic--typically an understated, expected part of the world. The narrators are cats, children, and adults. The novella was compelling, a solid introduction to fantasy literature for younger readers with short attention spans.

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