Anybody heard of that book? It’s by Diana Wynne Jones. I discovered it when I was in 8th grade. I remember this because it was the same year my brother also discovered it. He was in 6th grade. I’m not sure who found it first in our school library (our jr. high was 6th-9th grades), but we both checked it out several times over the next few years.
I think it took me a couple of readings before I realized it was set in England. In my mind, the protagonist’s house was actually a house I remembered from a neighborhood we lived in for a few years when I was in elementary school, and the museum was the one from my hometown. Funny how that works.
Anyway, it’s a young adult fantasy book. I loved it. Plot twists I could sink my teeth into. I like a book with a nice corkscrew of a plot. Makes me think about it afterward for quite a while. Like “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I actually liked that one before it became a movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet – don’t want to ruin the book.
Speaking of ruining a book, I just discovered that the BBC did a 6-part TV adaptation of the book back in 1992. I just watched a few minutes of the first episode on YouTube and it’s got promise. We’ll have to see.
After I read Archer’s Goon, I moved on to DWJ’s other books: Fire & Hemlock, Howl’s Moving Castle, Dogstar. I know she wrote more and I read more, but these are the ones I remember from the early/mid 80s. They all have some pretty cool plot twists & turns. I would love to be able to do that kind of writing – leaving readers scratching their heads and revisiting plot points to see how all the strands of story diverged (wildly, in some cases), ran off on unexpected tangents, then converged to complete the narrative.
Maybe some day.
What’s your favorite book?