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Family Life Of A War Baby eAtchful moment of her grandmother s Hayley slips away and meets her first friendsver Flute and Fiddle Once back home though grandmother becomes so furious that she puts Hayley on the next plane to Ireland to live with her until then unknown numerous cousins But life in Ireland soon becomes a lot interesting than anything Hayley has Quarantine Star Trek Voyager Starfleet Academy 3 ever known as she gets drawn into The Game where she and her cousins visit the Mythosphere worldThe Game defines the words wasted potential I could kick and scream because the concept of the Mythosphere is brilliant yet thexecution is so poorly done I or less forced myself to read this as it ither failed to hold my attention or simply lost me halfway in the underdeveloped and messy plot If my attention or simply lost me halfway in the underdeveloped and messy plot If it reads like a preuel to what should have been a much bigger story a preuel one would only fully grasp if one is already familiar with the main story The Mythosphere sounds like a most intriguing place Essentially "It Seems Some Kind Of Magical Place That Consists Of "seems some kind of magical place that consists of myths stories and legends ver told That includes all the different variations so it is an Pardon Me For Mentioning Unpublished Letters To The Age And The Sydney Morning Herald ever growing world as new stories or variants are told Every story has its own strand which all seem to stretch through the universe passed zodiac constellations stars and planets And as wonderful as it all sounds the problem lies in the seems The Mythosphere was hardlyxplained at all as well as all the characters in it I don t The Dom With The Deviant Kittens Badass Brats 5 even understand who or what Hayley is There is talk of story strands hardening but what that does or how it happens is neverxplained How time flows is never xplained There are several precious items mentioned and collected yet never xplained Fiddle and Flute are never Neck Dissection explained who are they Who is the self proclaimed strongest witch who pops up out of nowhere at thend How do all the characters relate to Hapana each other This book did nothing for me other than bring up and uestions For that same reason I found it hard to care for the characters as I didn t really get who they are supposed to be There s a lot of astrology and Greek and Roman mythology that s great but the story is told with the assumption that you already know all about it But knowing about Greek and Roman mythology won t benough as this book covers all stories ranging from Cinderella to The Lord of the RingsWith so much going on in the Mythosphere it strikes me as a story that reuires a whole series to go anywhere With its less than 200 pages however it doesn t do anything other than give you a very brief glimpse of what could have been an absolutely mesmerising world to read about if given the space and world building it needed I absolutely adore Diana Wynne Jones writing Every story is a great adventure with lots of plot twists and surprises and at the Ang Aso Ang Pulgas Ang Bonsai At Ang Kolorum end things are usually drastically different than they were at the beginning but always in a way that makes a crazy sort of senseHer characters shine brilliantly All of them Even though they all havelements of the fantastic in them they re all so real and believable at the same time And there are always strong female characters with roles that even today would still be relegated to male characters only were it any other author writing the taleYoung Hailey has displeased her strict prim and proper drill sergeant of a grandmother and her nicer but slightly aloof grandfather who live near London so they ve packed her off to Ireland to spend some time with her numerous aunts andven numerous cousins yet strangely no uncles to be seen Bad Marie except for one Uncle Jolyon who Hayley dislikes on principle for his duplicity and his manipulative ways While visiting her aunts she is invited to play The Game with her cousins which involved setting foot in the mythospherea realm of myths and fables and all sorts of other things that will start to seem and familiar to the reader as the story goes alongI love how in Diana Wynne Jones stories along the way the characters band together some of whom may have been at odds at the beginning of the story and head off to solve whatever confrontation is brewing usually with unexpected results and it is always a very wild rideand The Game is noxception to that Even the secondary and minor characters glow with life They could grace the story for a page or two at most and still leave a lasting impression And also true to Diana Wynne Jones form characters who go off on their own at the beginning of the story and as a reader it seems like their part is done and you ll never hear from them again tend to show up at the penultimate moment That too happens in The Game and I was very delighted by itReading this I almost felt as if I was along for the adventure which in my mind is a very good compliment indeed The Game is definitely a book I will re read several times and share with Others It S A It s a roller coaster ride from the beginning sometimes mysterious often hilariously funny few books make me laugh out loud and this one did There were also many references both to classical mythology and folklore as well as some of the fantasy worlds from Diana s other works which were a treat too as I always love making connections to other stories like that. Here” And while she plays the game Hayley learns about her own place in the world than she had Dictionary Of Social Work everxpected This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny fast paced and surprising until its very nd like all of this acclaimed author’s wor. I started to get into Diana Wynne Jones books after njoying Hayao Miyazaki films then finding out that a few were based on her books Both storytellers are very similar in their imagination of fantasy worldsI think The Game is a good book to introduce the reader to Jones work It gently lifts you from the real world to the mythical while overall flowing as a fast read It is rooted in our world but the gates open to folklore and fairy tales of old One comes to realize that the main characters of the book are all picked out of old legends Nevertheless they The Runaway Jury each have their own real world nicknames so it s not asasy to guess who might be who ven as "you discover the linkThe level of reading is suitable to a young adult do to the "discover the linkThe level of reading is suitable to a young adult do to the characters and relative lack of violence or foul language It it also teases mature readers who try to solve the mysteries of the myths hidden within Like I mentioned before it is also a uick read and therefore a good introduction to this author s workI stopped short of five stars due to a little confusion about some vents in the book yet would gladly recommend it When Hayley is packed off to her aunt s house in disgrace she Chucky Volume I V 1 encounters a huge rolicking family she never knew anything about All of the children play a game a scavenger hunt in the Mythosphere that weaves through stories and blends reality with make believe When Hayley begins to play the game changesverything Hayley believes about who and what she is and the fate of her long dead parents This is not one of Diana Wynne Jones s stronger works The plot feels forced and rushed While the story is filled with her usual vibrant characters and great description there is just too much coincidence and the revelations feel anything but natural I was dissatisfied with the mystery resolution and the overall plot This is a short book but it s packed with references to mythology mostly GreekRoman with Baba Yaga thrown in from Russian folklore and some fairy tales and other things So there s a lot to take in within this slender story as if Historical Lovecraft everything from the mythosphere where all myths and fairyfolk tales are forever ongoing in cloudy strands wrapped around thearth of the story was ndlessly unfolding into your head and bringing and references to other characters and stories ach time you thought about it I don t know if that completely makes sense but it s a clever little story and I m sure I ll keep trying to work out all the references in it for a while Raised by her grandparents since she was a baby when her parents mysteriously went missing Hayley is homeschooled and kept away from other children When she does something to upset her grandmother she is sent to her aunts in Ireland where she discovers to her surprise that she has a very large xtended family she knew nothing about As she gets involved in she has a very large xtended family she knew nothing about As she gets involved in game played by her cousins a game involving the magical mythosphere she makes further startling discoveries about the nature of this family to which she belongsAlthough I have read and The Murders In The Rue Morgue enjoyed uite a few of Diana Wynne Jones fantasy novels for young people over the years I have particularly fond memories of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci as well as Howl s Moving Castle I never happened to pick up The Game until it was assigned as a text in the course I took on the history of children s literature while getting my masters a few years back It utilizes Greek mythology and to a lesserxtent Russian folklore in ways that are uite interesting and uniue and it kept me ntertained as I was reading That said it was not particularly memorable and if I did not have the detailed notes I kept for all my class readings I would struggle to recall anything beyond the vague outline Certainly none of the characters made a great impression upon me Perhaps I will reread this at some point and change my mind but overall I would not describe this as one of the author s better works Recommended primarily to strong Diana Wynne Jones fans and to readers who njoy mythology adjacent fantasy fiction I wasn t planning on writing a review of The Game but after finishing the book I feel I need to The book has a great idea a girl who lives with her strict grandma and traveling grandpa is sent to live with her cousins where they take her to a place called the mythosphere No spoilers here you can read that in the book description Well while the idea is great and the mythosphere sounds like an amazing place the Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics entire things falls short For one thing there wasn tnough description I felt like I never got The Chronicle Of William Of Puylaurens enough of a description of the mythosphere for it to make sense I wanted a clear picture of it in my mind but I was forced to make up in my own imagination aside from a tree here and a lake there descriptions of what I thought the mythosphere would be like I wished there had been world building involved so I could really get a good feel for the mythosphereThere was also a clear lack of descriptive character actions and it was hard to tellspecially in the mythosphere what was happening The author describes what the character is seeing but not what the character is doing until it is already done and you don t know how it happened Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby Since then she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age When Hayley does some. .
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His The Fall Of The Romanovs extended to the mythology characters as well While I wasxcited to read another book having to do with mythology I really wish there had been Instrumentation Handbook For Water And Wastewater Treatment Plants explanation of the significance of important characters or how they related to the story through mythology It seemed the author relied heavily on the hope that the reader would have previous knowledge of such things and there was noxplanation for readers who may not have this knowledgeFor one reason or another I did find myself lost at times which is so frustrating and chose to just forge on through skipping ahead until I understood what was happening I finished the book but it wasn t much worth finishing The Bones In Their Wings end happens all too uickly and you don t know it s thend until there s no story to read I kept hoping that pages would magically appear so that the weak sauce Basics Of Life ending I had just read wouldn t be it As much as I didn t like the way the book was written it did deserve a strongernding All in all the whole idea of the book was great The actual book could have been greatwith some work It just felt like I was reading a first draft and that there should have been to the story So two stars for an awesome idea and no for not pulling it offEdit Another reviewer Amitha said I think perhaps this novel would appeal to her fans rather than someone reading her books for the first timeI completely agree Hayley is a child who has been sent away to an aunt s in Ireland in disgrace by her very strict grandmother and tolerant but busy grandfather although she is not really clear why The reason gradually becomes clear but meanwhile Hayley is immersed in a to her bewildering new What Happens After Dark Deknight 2 existence as a lot of the family have come to stay with her aunt for an annual reunion And as part of that they play a strange Game which is a scavenger hunt with a differenceach child is set the task of retrieving a mythologicalfairy talefolk talefictional object by travelling through a network referred to as the mythosphere Hayley has learned from her grandfather about this Little Eyolf energy fieldnetwork generated by all the stories on Earth and continually changing as new storiesmerge and old ones fall into disuse In the course of her stay at her aunt s house and her participation in the Game she learns surprising things about her family and the parents whom she thought were deadThis is a short book my Energy Mating Bundle 2 Wolf Devil And Twin Treatment edition had large print with gaps between the lines and the last 20 or so pages were taken up with an author s note on the characters and some character notes a lot of the characters are based on divinesemi divine beings in GreekRoman mythology a uiz and a few other things so the booknded sooner than anticipated It is a very uick read a romp that goes from one bit of action to another with lots of characters being name checked I didn t find any of them well realised including Hayley who mainly does things under the guidance of others although she is ventually instrumental in the slightly too convenient finaleAlthough the story comes across as meant for younger children there is some content which is older than that at one point Hayley
*meets the Maeneds who true to mythology have torn a man to bits and are parading his head around while *the Maeneds who true to mythology have torn a man to bits and are parading his head around while cavort in a drunken state covered in blood So the book does rather fall between stools as far as "its age group is concerned anyway because i "age group is concerned Anyway because I t love it as much as other DWJ stories I rate it at 3 stars This is one of those books that had amazing ideas and potentialand then falls uite miserably on its face Well not uite on its faceThe story centers around a young girl who is an orphan living with her Grandma Her name is Hailey adn often times she will think her way into a strange world where nothing is what it should be While #In This World She Meets #this world she meets friends one of which is a boy in charge of several large hounds Pan from Greek Mythology who accidentaly gets pulled back into the real world with her When her Grandma sees him she is furious and sends the girl to her relatives in Greece I think where she is introduced to the game by her older cousins The Game seems to take place in Haley s imaginary world and involves finding a specified object for instance one of the golden apples from Greek myth Altoghether it is a fast read but the Heroine has no real power in herself all she does is be protected by others and does what others say Her older cousin the inventor of the game turns out to have much power and ingenuity than anyone lse in the book and is the person you really want to read about The only reason the bad guy gets defeated in the Quick Change end is because some random guy told Haley to get a star and she accidentaly does the right thing with it This was delightful and not uitexpected I loved the particular twist on mythology that DWJ took here it s thoroughly delightful and clever I will say that it s very short just barely a novella But it s still a good read Hayley discovered that being a comet was fun than she had ver had in her life Hayley lives with her grandparents and has never met her mother or father Life with her grandparents is dull grandmother is severely strict and never lets Hayley leave the house on her own But during an unw. Thing wrong she is not uite sure what they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland To Hayley’s shock her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight the children all play what they call “the game” where they visit a place called “the mythosp.