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ejecoms Mon 03-Aug-15 20:42:13

So I'm going through a bit of a DWJ phase and have just finished the Howl trilogy and all the Chrestomanci books. Does anyone have any recommendations for which to read next? Thanks!

TurboTheChicken Mon 03-Aug-15 20:47:17

The Time of The Ghost is my favourite.

UniS Mon 03-Aug-15 20:49:29

Fire and hemlock
Enchanted Glass

motherinferior Mon 03-Aug-15 20:50:52

Deep Secret. One of her adult ones and excellent.

ejecoms Mon 03-Aug-15 20:53:09

Thanks!

Is 'The Time of the Ghost' scary? I don't like scary books!

eeyore2 Mon 03-Aug-15 20:55:17

A tale of time city
Archers Goon

atticusclaw Mon 03-Aug-15 20:58:11

The Time of the Ghost is an amazing book.

Takver Mon 03-Aug-15 21:53:04

I'd go for Homeward Bounders or The Power of Three (both standalone)

UniS Mon 03-Aug-15 22:10:37

Oh yes, "Deep Secret". Its one of the best, links to the "Merlin Conspiracy".

"The Game" is short, but rather good.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 03-Aug-15 22:12:48

I love Deep Secret, too.

nooka Mon 03-Aug-15 22:32:37

I think in general her earlier books are better than the later ones, and the children's ones much better than the adult ones (which are all later).

Having said that I love DWJ and have all of her books, and have reread most of them many many times smile

The Time of the Ghost isn't scary, it's more of a who done it really, and really good. I love Power of Three, Archers Goon, The Ogre Downstairs, Homeward Bounders, Dogsbody and Fire and Hemlock best of the stand alone books. I think the series mostly start with a really good book and then the later ones aren't so good, except for the Dalemark series all of which are among my favourites.

Of the adult ones my favourite is a Sudden Wild Magic. Deep Secrets is quite good and but I was disappointed with the Merlin Conspiracy.

The Tough Guide is funny and all too accurate!

TabbyM Tue 04-Aug-15 12:33:09

Deep Secret is very good but Archer's Goon is an old favourite. The Dalemark books are good too.

MiscellaneousAssortment Wed 05-Aug-15 20:22:51

The ones I go back to time and again are the ones where she interweaves myths with her storylines. She's just so amazing at doing that. So the dalemark quartet and fire and hemlock are the ones that resonate on a really deep level and leave something behind after you've read the last page.

They're so bloody brilliant!!!

nooka Thu 06-Aug-15 01:15:14

Yes, I think the ones with the slightly deeper messages are interesting, like Homeward Bounders which has interesting ideas about home and what it means to be a slave (and the ending always makes me cry), and she touches on what it really means to be a god (or have godlike powers anyway) a few times too. I think her later books have more adventure and less thinking in general. Fun, but less resonant. I still wish she was still writing though, so sad to hear that she died a few years ago.

pointythings Fri 07-Aug-15 19:05:55

No-one's mentioned Hexwood! You must read Hexwood!

And 8 Days of Luke, also an older one (Norse mythology) and Wilkins' Tooth if you can get it. And Black Maria.

<have only read everything she has ever written, many times over>

The Homeward Bounders, Time of the Ghost and Fire and Hemlock huge favourites of mine too.

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