March Magics 2018: Wrapup

I know this is a bit late, but bear with me as I wrap up my reading etc. for March Magics!

(via webereading.com)

Books Read

For March Magics 2018 (all new reads this year for me) I managed to read:

  • The Game – Diana Wynne Jones — This was a quite short novella, so I wish there’d been more, but what there was I LOVED. The idea of the Mythosphere was AWESOME, I loved Flute and Fiddle and Troy, and there were some great references (like the one about The Lord of the Rings and the One Ring. XD). Loved it! 5 stars
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle – Terry Pratchett — This was a collection of shorter stories by young Terry Pratchett, which were published in a paper when he was in his teens. I loved them! XD The illustrations were actually kind of distracting/annoying to me (and definitely made the book seem like for a younger audience than it needed to be), but most of the stories themselves were downright hilarious, and simply sheer fun! In a way, I enjoyed it even better than some of his fiction for older readers, because sometimes you just want to enjoy yourself. πŸ˜› 5 stars
  • The Homeward Bounders – Diana Wynne Jones — Um. OKAY THEN. O_O This one was fascinating and very different. It’s in first-person (I ended up really loving Jamie, the narrator boy) and… well… let’s just say that DWJ wasn’t all that into happy endings apparently at this time? *cough* It was kinda bittersweet, though at the same time I don’t know how else it COULD have ended. It was like Dogsbody in that way. ‘Twas scary too! But really addicting. And the world-hopping was fascinating. There were also a couple of characters I loved. XD I felt like it was a lot more serious at first and didn’t get really funny and DWJ-ish until the second half, but I really started to enjoy it then. OH. BUT ANCHORS. O_O So, since I was reading this for the first time, and I also had A Blink of the Screen by Pratchett out from the library, I was NOT okay with the Doubleday anchor on the side of that book (see picture above). NOT OKAY, I TELL YOU. (If you’ve read The Homeward Bounders, you will know why. O_O) Anyway, I read it finally and liked a lot of it. 5 stars because I couldn’t not.
  • Yes Dear – Diana Wynne Jones (picture book; not in the above photo) — This was a cute little picture book I read quickly while visiting a library during the month. Not a lot to it, but it was fun. πŸ™‚ 4 stars
  • A Blink of the Screen – Terry PratchettShort story anthologies are always a huge hit-or-miss with me. A lot of these I just didn’t “get,” connect to, or care for, particularly some of the stranger or more sci-fi ones. But I did enjoy some of them! Particularly the one about English queues, the one about Father Christmas, and a couple others I don’t recall just now because I don’t have the book handy at the moment. So some of those are 5 stars and I loved them. XD It’s funny to me that I loved his short fiction from when he was younger (i.e. the Dragons at Crumbling Castle book) better than the ones when he was older and “a better writer.” XD I think I may go back to Pratchett’s longer fiction, and Discworld in particular. πŸ˜› 2.5 stars overall; ratings varied
  • A Sudden Wild Magic – Diana Wynne JonesNot my favorite DWJ book — it’s an Adult book (very, very specifically) and this is why I feel like she should have stuck with children’s books. XD I don’t recommend it for younger readers, and feel like a lot of my friends simply wouldn’t care for this due to some of the content. (Definitely don’t start out with DWJ with this one — start with Howl’s Moving Castle, because it’s the best. :D) This was an interesting read, and while I didn’t care for some of it, it was gripping and fascinating as always — I’m pretty sure DWJ can’t write a terrible book; just not her best. And the car stuff was pretty funny. XD And I liked some of the characters at times (just… less than usual…) and some of it was fun. And centaurs. πŸ˜€ Anyway, not a must-read, but I’m glad I got around to reading it in my continuing journey to read all of DWJ’s books. 3.5 stars

Other March Magics Ishness

This month I also picked up a copy of Pratchett’s The Carpet People when I was visiting a book shop for my birthday… so I’ll get to read that one at some point too.

I will definitely have to still get around to reading DWJ’s Unexpected Magic anthology, which I intended to try but it was out at my library, so I did not get the chance to read it this month, sadly… But sometime!

Posts

As far as posts, I shared these reviews (click covers to visit their posts):

And, on my other blog, I shared a post about some of my favorite Diana Wynne Jones quotes and talked a little bit about them:

Diana Wynne Jones: 6 Quotes to Live By

(the rest are in that post)

Anyway, those were the festivities for this March Magics, for me.

I had fun and I’m looking forward to next year, as always. πŸ™‚

Thanks to Kristin for hosting!

Did you read any Diana Wynne Jones or Terry Pratchett books this March? And have you read any of the ones I mentioned? Let me know your thoughts!

(P.S. What do you think of my new blog header??)

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer / Deborah O’Carroll

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14 thoughts on “March Magics 2018: Wrapup

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  2. First of all, I LOVE THE BLOG HEADER SO MUCH!!! And I know this is like my third time telling you but IT’S JUST SO PRETTY!!!!

    WOW. You read so much DWJ and Terry Pratchett for this March Magics! :O YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

    All of these sound so intriguing. Both of these authors write the most interesting types of stories! Lol. That’s so fun there’s a collection of stories from Teen Terry Pratchett! That sounds absolutely delightful and now I really want to read it!

    It looks like all of these reads were a mix of good and…interesting. xD BUT STILL. Very intriguing reads and I REALLY must read more DWJ and actually read ANY Terry Pratchett. This is just getting shameful. *shakes head*

    Thank you sooo much for sharing with us! I always love hearing about your thoughts on DWJ books, so I get excited about March Magics just for all the fun Celti posts!

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    • EEE, thanks! πŸ˜€ It’s always fun updating headers. XD

      Thank you! I don’t feel like I got to as much as I’d have liked, but I’m always that way, so. πŸ˜›

      Teen Terry is so much fun. XD

      Yep, definitely… interesting. πŸ˜€ Heehee. I feel like I’ve already read most of DWJ’s best books, and still getting a feel for Pratchett, so some of these weren’t as amazing as I hoped, but still interesting!

      YES, you must read more DWJ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And I still think you’d love Guards! Guards! XD

      Aww, you’re welcome! And that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you! ^_^ ❀

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  3. Your new blog header is quite lovely!

    I kept seeing the Homeward Bounders for a long time . . . never got around to reading it, though. Hopefully I will sooner or later. And I’ll have to pick up some of these others that you mentioned too.

    Also, what type of Content are you referring to with A Sudden Wild Magic?

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  4. These all sound fantastic! I’m reading Pratchett’s “Soul Music” at the moment–haven’t finished it yet, but I’m loving it so far. Mainly because of Susan Sto Helit, who may be my favorite Discworld character. And Howl’s Moving Castle is still on my shelf, but I’m planning to finally read it very soon.

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    • I didn’t love most of Soul Music due to just not “getting” a lot of it, BUT I absolutely love Susan, and her parts and the Death of Rats and a certain really cool scene near the end are my favorites. XD Glad you’re enjoying it!

      HMC is the literal BEST! I hope you like it! (I mean, it’s really funny and messes with fairytale tropes, so I suspect you will. XD)

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      • The Susan parts are my favorite. The rest isn’t quite as gripping as other Discworld books I’ve read, but there are some great lines sprinkled in. “I thought you said this was a one-horse town?” “The horse must have died.” XD I’m working my way through all the Susan books, so Hogfather is next on my list. I’ve already read Thief of Time; that’s on my list of all-time favorite Pratchett books.

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