#MarchMagics Wrapup 2021

Just a quick wrapup post, revisiting the Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett adventures I got up to this last month for March Magics! (Hosted by WeBeReading)


  • A re-watch of Howl’s Moving Castle (because why not!) — The book is still my favorite, but the film is so cozy and fun and I love it too. It makes me smile, and this time was no exception. It’s also interesting watching it again now that I’ve been watching some other Ghibli films, which was not the case last year!
  • Witch’s Business (a.k.a. Wilkin’s Tooth) by Diana Wynne Jones — I guess this was her earliest children’s book? It kind of shows and was a little different but I enjoyed it, particularly the shenanigans about halfway through when I started getting used to the adventure (as usually happens. XD), and the nods to Puss in Boots which must have been a favorite of hers, since she once wrote a retelling of it and also referenced it for the finale. *grin, grin* Don’t start a revenge business — it won’t go well. XD (Particularly when there’s a mean witch trying to stop you.) Anyway, it has the signature DWJ twistiness and shenanigans and was a bit of a shorter read but I enjoyed it. Reminded me a little of Eight Days of Luke.
  • The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones — This was my last DWJ to read that I’d never read before, so it was a bittersweet moment… Some of it was creepier than I prefer, and knowing some things about her childhood made other parts rather disturbing (as I suspected they would) but the mystery was sooo interesting and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what was going on. There were so many fascinating twists, which I adored discovering. The title, like I vaguely suspected, is slightly misleading. Bwahaha. And I was delighted by certain time-related things! Anyway, certainly darker than many of her books, and I can’t say I particularly recommend it (unless, like me, you’ve read pretty much all her books and are used to the strangeness and want to give it a shot), but I’m glad I finally read it. (PLUS, what was with that barrow bit near the end, which I vaguely feel was a Hexwood or Arthurian reference or something??) Some things reminded me of Fire and Hemlock, too.
  • Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett — Since Guards! Guards! was my very first Discworld novel, it was delightful to come back to this Night Watch subseries. I usually find that in Pratchetts there’s a subplot or character that I just don’t care much about, and this was no exception (plus, there was a death I didn’t see coming and like…I was a little annoyed), BUT aside from a couple of things I disliked and threads I didn’t care about, I did really enjoy this one! Vimes is amazing and Carrot and Vetinari are certainly iiinteresting and there were some fascinating goings-on! There were clever bits and hilarious bits and surprisingly epic bits, and I for some reason wasn’t expecting much so overall I had a blast. Not one to start on, but anyway. I think I missed the Night Watch! Here’s hoping I continue the series. (VIMES, though! All of the Vimes parts were gold.)

I’d say these were two of my less-favorite Diana Wynne Jones books, but I expected that as I’ve been reading the ones that interested me more, so naturally the last two I picked up would be less-favorites. But I always find things to like in a DWJ, even the scarier ones. XD

I’ve finally finished reading all her books, so I feel somewhat accomplished! (Her adult novel Changeover is practically impossible to find, and I may have missed a scattering of little things like short stories. But otherwise, I’ve read all her books now at last.)

And March is always my Pratchett month, and I was happy to get back to the Night Watch, even if it wasn’t my favorite aside from Vimes and Certain Epic Things.

And I’ll take any excuse to re-watch Howl’s Moving Castle — or to re-read the book (though I’m saving that for sometime when I need a comfort read, since I do tend to read it every year).

But look at me, complaining! *smacks self* These were all minor complaints and I did really enjoy getting the chance to read some Jones and Pratchett and overall had a blast! So yes, it was a good March Magics, overall, I’d say!


Other March Magics posts I made this month:


I also posted a shelfie pic of my DWJ collection over on Instagram. My current collection!


I did not find the time, in my busy March, to re-read the Magid duology (Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy), which I’m sliiightly disappointed about.

Nor did I find time to finish reading Wintersmith, which I did, however, manage to at least start.

All the same, it was a lovely March Magics! I enjoyed the adventures I was able to go on. ^_^

Did you read any Diana Wynne Jones or Terry Pratchett in March? Let me know in a comment! Thanks for reading!

11 thoughts on “#MarchMagics Wrapup 2021

  1. Oh my goodness, you finished reading all the DWJ books! YOU. ARE. AMAZING!!! I have LOVED following on your journey and hearing all your thoughts on her many works. I’m sorry these last two of hers weren’t your favorite, but that is still astounding you’ve read them ALL. I can imagine that is both a bittersweet and satisfying feeling.

    And I’m sorry you weren’t able to do all the March Magics things you had hoped to, and the stories weren’t the best. At least there is always HMC to return to! *grins* Occasional HMC re-watches are ALWAYS a good idea. Actually…I think I’ve only ever seen the movie twice??? Clearly I need a re-watch myself! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank you for sharing your March Magics journey with us! I ALWAYS enjoy these posts. โค

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    • Aww, thanks!! I mean, it took me nine years, since I read my first (Howl’s Moving Castle) in March of 2012, but yes! It’s been fun reading through them all! Bittersweet but satisfying, YES! And I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying hearing about them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I always set higher reading goals than I can manage. XD And they were still good! I can’t expect them all to be favorites, I guess. Still so much fun. I haven’t read “for fun” in so long that even the fact that they weren’t for work/review was still just sooo relaxing! ๐Ÿ˜€ YES, you should re-watch it! I always notice things that I never did before, and it’s fascinating how parts are so like the book and other parts are entiiirely different…and then the odd mix in between. But it’s just so cozy.

      Thank you so much!!

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  2. Love the picture of your shelf, with all the decorations! A suitable tribute to a magical author. I don’t know whether to congratulate you or condole you on having read through all the DWJ novels. But rereading them is almost as good, as far as I’m concerned, so you have some more pleasure in store.

    I only managed to reread and post about The Magicians of Caprona this month, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I’m delighted that my son has gotten hooked on Discworld. He’s snickering his way through Hogfather right now.

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    • Thank you! And agreed, rereads are nearly as good, and at times better. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ah, Magicians of Caprona! That’s a lovely one. Chrestomanci always brings a flair! How wonderful your son is enjoying Discworld! Hogfather is so much fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Despite my best-laid plans, I only ended up reading about 35 pages of Snuff. Which is to say, that I probably read those 35 pages at least 2-3 times. (My person (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) to whom I am reading these books keeps quietly falling asleep while I’m reading and then we have to back-track several pages the next night… this is making the book take FAR longer to get through… but personally, I find that reading Pratchett this way is highly entertaining for ME, as I am getting a lot more out of it and noticing ALL THE THINGS). Derek, however, I think is probably pretty lost as to what is even happening. Pratchett can be a little convoluted.


    But yes. VIMES!!! Vimes is pretty much my favorite of ever ever ever and I can’t wait until you get to Night Watch and THUD! (Thud contains what is perhaps my ABSOLUTE ALL TIME FAVORITE SCENE OF EVER and I couldn’t even read it out loud I was laughing so hysterically… and it was SO funny, that even though I could barely get through it with all my guffawing, Derek was also laughing right along with me (and possibly AT me…)).

    But yes. That is all I managed for March Magics. I was going to read Charmed Life, but I got started on Heidi’s Supervillain Rehabilitation Project series and it has sucked me in and won’t let me go. I’m on the last book now and I’m TERRIFIED for all of the characters that BAD THINGS are going to happen to them… but I can’t stop.

    I am SO IMPRESSED that you have now managed to read EVERY DWJ book! I am… not even close. It’s SO HARD to find her books!!!!!

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    • Well, that’s 35 pages more of Snuff than I read! ๐Ÿ˜€ So hurrah! Ahahaha, that’s hilarious! But so fun that you’re reading them aloud together!

      VIIIIIIIMES FOREVAAAAHH! I’ve started kind of associating you with him now. XD (Okay, I must get to Thud, then! That sounds awesome!)

      Ack, now I want to re-read Charmed Life! I still need to read the superhero books — my brother enjoyed the first one and I keep hearing good things! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! (I mean, other than the terror for beloved characters, ehehe…)

      Thank you so much! It’s been an ongoing journey for like a decade, so. XD And yes, they are hard to find! I was fortunate to find several at library sales through the years. My favorite place to get them now is Thriftbooks.com! I mayyy have added a few to my collection from there this week. XD


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  5. I don’t know how I missed your contributions to Witch Week but I found my way here because I’m currently rereading Hexwood and wondering if others are spotting the same things as me.

    But to respond to this post: I’m glad you enjoyed The Time of the Ghost, and I agree that time-hopping is a recurring theme in her novels. It’s certainly in the Hexwood story and of course A Tale of Time City which I also reread for March Magics. The ghost in the barrow is, as I suggest in my review https://wp.me/s2oNj1-ghost, very possibly Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (who, as Cunobelinus, had connections with Essex where Diana grew up).

    As for Witch’s Business (Wilkins’ Tooth in the UK) I don’t remember the Puss in Boots reference, so I shall have to read it again! I saw more that the witch was a mix of the one in the Handsel and Gretel tale and with Baba Yaga from Russian tradition (https://wp.me/s2oNj1-wilkin's).

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    • Hurray for rereading Hexwood! Such a good one!

      I love the time-hopping themes and youโ€™re totally right. Oooh, thanks for the tip about the barrow!! Thatโ€™s so cool! Iโ€™ll have to check out your review. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hansel and Gretel and Baba Yaga are also great parallels, good point! I hadnโ€™t thought about that. I love how we can all get different things out of DWJโ€™s works and enrich each otherโ€™s experience! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! *goes to check out links*

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