The Homeward Bounders [Diana Wynne Jones] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in. If he finds the right world, Jamie can get Home Jamie stumbled upon the powerful Them playing Their mysterious games, They threw him out to the. Homeward Bounders. In fact, a quick summary of this book might be met with disbelief that this could possibly be a story for children. (I would.

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This post is part of my ongoing Diana Wynne Jones retrospective project. Maybe I was turned off because the title reminded me of that movie with the dogs.

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There are no similarities between the two, as far as I can tell. In fact, a quick summary of this book might be met with disbelief that this could possibly be a story for children. You are now a discardone of Them tells Jamie. We have no further use for you in play. While exploring a distant neighborhood in his city, Jamie discovers an old, mysterious house.


Overcome with curiosity, he climbs the garden wall and sneaks up to the house. He discovers the beings he only refers to as Themplaying some sort of huge-scale game on a table, surrounded by whirring computers — reality shimmers. They, in return, discover Jamie, and reluctantly deal with him. Immobilized, Jamie must listen while They briefly consider the consequences of leaving his corpse on the street.

Jamie finds himself jolted away from his own world and into a new one. He has to attempt to find work and fit in.

The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones

And then he has to do it again. A hundred times in a row.

Jamie visits all sorts of worlds on his travels, from the modern to the barbaric, from the cheerfully drunk to the miserably warring. He meets some familiar characters along the way like the Flying Dutchman and some new ones, like demon-armed Helen and cheerful former slave Joris.

DWJ did boundders nice job of pacing us. I also think narrative benefited from being told in the first person.


Well, what happened was like that. Even time is warped.

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Jones deals with the idea of multiple, coexisting worlds universes, really — hinted at in Charmed Life — with the most depth to date. Fantasy genre Authors Miscellaneous Contact. Is this some sort of sick game, you ask? This is one boundesr large, very sick game.

And thus begins the adventure. Article written by katy.

One Response Peni Griffin June 25, at This is quite possibly her best book. Which is saying quite a lot. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. The Magicians by Lev Grossman Review:

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