Fire and Hemlock

by Diana Wynne JOnes | Children's Books |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by davemurray101 of Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on 3/25/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, March 25, 2018
The fire and hemlock photograph above Polly's bed sparks memories in her that don't seem to exist any more. Halloween; nine years ago; she gatecrashed a funeral party at the big house and met Thomas Lynn for the first time. Despite the fact that he's an adult, they struck up an immediate friendship, and began making up stories together - stories in which Tom is a great hero, and Polly is his assistant. The trouble is, these scary adventures have a nasty habit of coming true... But what has happened in the years between? Why has Tom been erased from Polly's mind, and from the rest of the world as well? Gradually Polly uncovers the awful truth and, at Halloween nine years on, realises that Tom's soul is forfeit to demonic powers unless she can save him.

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Journal Entry 3 by wingfuturecatwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, February 03, 2020
One of the advantages of being friends with a librarian is that they always have great reading suggestions. Only having carry-on meant I was limited in how many books I could bring back with me, but I did manage a few :-)

Really enjoyed this one (I finished it on the plane home) - all the usual magic and mystery of Diana Wynne Jones, but a bit more adult.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingdiscoveryloverwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, February 06, 2020
Woops we're out of order now - sorry for taking too long to journal! I've only read Diana Wynne Jones' stuff for kids but I've enjoyed it all, and this was great too! It felt like a Diana Wynne Jones book, but slightly more adult. I recently read a book of fairy stories with female heroes, so had vaguely heard of Tan Coul, but of course the story I read about him was pretty short, so just a nice taster in to this story (on an unrelated note, does anyone else notice they seem to read books close together that have tenuous links to each other that enhances both books? I certainly have, and this is one of them!). On the whole, thoroughly recommended!

Also, worth editing to add, I LOVED Polly's Grandma, what utter shits her parents were!

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