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@Download E-pub ⛓ The Time of the Ghost õ There s been an accident Something s wrong She doesn t know who she is, and doesn t know why she s invisibly floating through the buildings and grounds of a half remembered boarding school Then, to her horror, she encounters the ancient evil that four peculiar sisters have unwittingly woken and learns she is their only hope against a deadly danger I first read this one back in high school, if I remember correctly, but I think I was too stupid to understand it properly I picked it up again because I have en endless faith in Diana Wynne Jonesand I mostly just wanted to prove to myself that she can write, after the totally yawn inducing Merlin Conspiracy.I like this a lot better now than I did as a kid I can keep up with the time jumps better and I m less emotionally dependent on the characters, which allows me to keep an eye out for th I first read this one back in high school, if I remember correctly, but I think I was too stupid to understand it properly I picked it up again because I have en endless faith in Diana Wynne Jonesand I mostly just wanted to prove to myself that she can write, after the totally yawn inducing Merlin Conspiracy.I like this a lot better now than I did as a kid I can keep up with the time jumps better and I m less emotionally dependent on the characters, which allows me to keep an eye out for their flaws as well.For starters, I can truly appreciate the concept of having an unreliable narrator This isn t spoilery, she is openly unreliable from the start She is not only confused about who she is and what her purpose is, but she s also confused about whether she s actually there or where she actually wants to go When I was a stupid teenager, I never appreciated the beautiful complexity of post traumatic thinking, but I guess being a ghost really puts life into perspective Sally is pretty easy going I guess, but I never really had an open emotional attachment to her alone I like her other three sisters equally, and ditto the boys except Julian, but we ll get to him Each of the characters is well defined and come complete with their own flaws and strengths, making for very three dimensional and believable characters.Julian Addiman, however, is a downright snot This is unusual, because I tend to have a positive experience with Julians in literature in general I ve known two Julians in my lifetime and they re both been absolute darlings Julian Addiman, however, is a manipulative, self indulgent ratbag without a positive quality to him Again, this isn t a spoiler He is openly manipulative and cruel from the start While Sally s view is unreliable and we may think we can t trust her, Julian is the one person she doesn t doubt her judgement on He perpetually yearns to make everything work out in his favour to the cost of all others and is generally the most dislikeable character in the series That said, it doesn t automatically make him the bad guy.Having finally read into Jones s background a little bit, I finally know how abusive and neglectful her parents were So it s no surprise that neglect is mentioned a lot in this story Abusive relatives appear often in her stories, come to think of it There are parts in this novel where it comes across as nearly autobiographical.At one point, for example, Fenella says that she s going to wear her hair in two knots over her face for as long as it takes her mum to notice, and if it doesn t work she ll try to pretend to be sick even though her mother says all sicknesses are psychological In real life, it was Jones s sister who kept her hair in buns to get attention, and Jones suffered from measles and appendicitis without her mother realizing Once the doctor insisted that she was really ill and she got the appendix out, she kept it in a jar just to spite her mother This is entirely something Fenella would do.What Jones has done is what Stephen King would call writing what you know Adding experience and reality to fiction only makes itbelievable So it s no surprise that these four girls are so realistic, when they ve been modelled after the experience she and her sisters had growing up.Sally s parents are awful people When her sister almost chokes to death when a trapeze act goes wrong, the girls try to alert their parents Their mom and dad get pissed off at being disturbed What Apparently that s based on a real life occurrence too What kind of parents are these Jesus Someone restore my faith in humanity.Her grammar, as always, is flawless It s consistently that way and the book, despite being fantasy fiction, comes with 200 pages less fluff than your modern YA fiction book This, my friends, is what we call good editing All the unnecessaries are cut in favour of allowing the plot and character development to shine The only complaint I have is that the concept seemed a little too deep for a kid s book, so Jones seemed torn between writing for kids the way she always does and writing for adults as this book so wanted Personally, I think this may have been a little better if written with a bitlength and depth and marketed as a book for adults, but I may just be biased because I love this woman and wouldn t mind reading a library of her works Honestly, this story isn t lacking anything that makes for a great read.The ending is well thought out and surprising literally down to the last page, so you ll be left with that good book with a twist gave me whiplash feeling that makes you want to go back and read it all over again just to make sure that you read it right It s surprising and well written and beautifully cohesive More than anything, it s a reminder of why I wanted to join the publishing industry in the first place to make sure that gems like these reach the mass market If I can ever ensure that even one writer like Jones reaches publication, I can die happy.Go pick up this book, but Google her biography first It makes reading this book so, SO much better Is it just coincidence that Diana Wynne Jones s creepiest book is also her 13th published The unnamed, bodiless narrator knows only two things that she is one of four sisters, and that there s been a terrible accident She follows the sisters around, trying to discover which one she is, and findsquestions than answers Where is middle sister Sally What does the Worship of Monigan a funny game Cart, the oldest sister, made up that has sinister undertones have to do with her present cond Is it just coincidence that Diana Wynne Jones s creepiest book is also her 13th published The unnamed, bodiless narrator knows only two things that she is one of four sisters, and that there s been a terrible accident She follows the sisters around, trying to discover which one she is, and findsquestions than answers Where is middle sister Sally What does the Worship of Monigan a funny game Cart, the oldest sister, made up that has sinister undertones have to do with her present condition How is she ever going to get back to her body And how can she warn the girls about the terrible accident that s coming DWJ drew heavily on her own childhood to create the four sisters when someone once objected that the girls terrible living conditions was too extreme, she said that she d had to tone down the truth or no one would have believed her The squalor and parental indifference the girls live in makes me squirm inside The ghost first observes them making their environment worse just to see if their parents will notice They don t What s , these girls seem so real, so believable, are drawn in such detail that they come close to eclipsing everyone in DWJ s previous novels They certainly overshadow the other characters in the book, though these secondary characters are as solid as anything else DWJ wrote.And it is a profoundly creepy book, not just because the evil is centered in a mildewy, decrepit doll Dolls are really creepy if you have the right soundtrack The Worship of Monigan begins as a game, but provides an outlet for something truly evil to enter the world Monigan herself is cold, menacing, and completely heartless She accepts sacrifices even if they have no meaning to her, and everyone involved loses something important they didn t realize they were giving up Other occult elements, like the ghost s use of a Ouija board to communicate and the use of blood to give the ghost substance to talk, give the whole novel a sinister tone.As with many of DWJ s novels, the ending is complex and satisfying, and the solution to the problem of Monigan s hold over the ghost is brilliant The introduction of the very adult element of abusive relationships may seem out of place in a young adult novel, but I think it adds to its dark and sinister nature Once again, it s the relationship between the sisters that really makes the whole thing work The Time of the Ghost is an excellent novel in which Diana Wynne Jones again proves her mastery of the fantasy genre It s quite strange reading this after reading the Reflections collection, knowing how autobiographical this happens to be And how things that really happened to Diana Wynne Jones had to be toned down to be at all believable in the story Of course, it still has that expansive, slightly breakneck pace of most of Jones work there s something a little, well, mad about it Colourful I don t know how to describe it it s a swirl of colours and impressions A child s imagination.I read this al It s quite strange reading this after reading the Reflections collection, knowing how autobiographical this happens to be And how things that really happened to Diana Wynne Jones had to be toned down to be at all believable in the story Of course, it still has that expansive, slightly breakneck pace of most of Jones work there s something a little, well, mad about it Colourful I don t know how to describe it it s a swirl of colours and impressions A child s imagination.I read this all in one go the biggest hook is the confused narrator, the way you can t quite get things straight The plot itself I don t know, I wasn t so keen on the whole Monigan thing Intentional closeness to Morrigan I suppose that s my adult way of demanding explanations, though as a child I d probably just have accepted that an evil goddess clung to the land and somehow possessed a doll The last bit of this review is a reaction to Diana Wynne Jones thoughts on the differences between writing for children and writing for adults Children, she found, make the connections muchreadily and instinctively than adults She had to doexplanation when she wrote for adults Diana Wynne Jones is one of the best, respected, but vastly unknown fantasy authors out there Despite this trying to find her in a bookshop is like wringing water from a stone She is overshadowed by all the other fad of the month books, which is such a shame as she s a good, quality author.I don t know why Maybe it is because she hasn t really written many big series, apart from Chrestomanci and she can never be trusted to write them in chronological order either Or maybe it s because there Diana Wynne Jones is one of the best, respected, but vastly unknown fantasy authors out there Despite this trying to find her in a bookshop is like wringing water from a stone She is overshadowed by all the other fad of the month books, which is such a shame as she s a good, quality author.I don t know why Maybe it is because she hasn t really written many big series, apart from Chrestomanci and she can never be trusted to write them in chronological order either Or maybe it s because there s no big love interests, or anything that is really big about them The Time of the Ghost is one of her earlier books, written in 1981 for older readers.Something happened, there was an accident is the only thing the ghost knows when she finds herself bodiless and invisible She doesn t know what happened to her, but she has to find out who she is and communicate to one of her sisters what is happening to save one of their lives.Diana Wynne Jones drew a lot of inspiration from her childhood to put in this book If you want to read a short autobiography then follow this link Her parents were basically negligent ignoring their children even for the most basic of things, even food It is a common feature in most of her books to have a distracted or negligent parents, but in this one it is almost autobiographical Diana s parents ran a place for city boys to come during the holidays and in the book the sisters parents ran a boys boarding school The Time of the Ghost is a spooky little story, quite short at under 200 pages but with a brilliant story packed in I loved the characters, they felt like my own sisters by the end It isn t a spooky story despite being a ghost story, I would say it isabout sibling relationships even beyond the chasm of life and death Diana is such a good author, I really did feel as if I was actually there, reading one of her books is like being transported.My one criticism, which is a common one I think for Diana but never shadows my enjoyment is that she does tend to leave the details to the end and sometimes this happens all rather too quickly What I do love about her though is that you can tell that there was a world before the book started and afterwards It doesn t feel like it merely exists between the front cover and the back Her books usually start as if there was something that happened before, and ends at a point when you can still imagine things happening after That way her stories just continue living forever and ever.Diana writes with a natural ease of a born story teller and has a magical ability to appeal to all ages Many people seem to remain loyal fans well past their childhood, most people who I have met that love Diana Wynne Jones being adults themselves.I myself came to her when I was nine years old, when I read Dogsbody It is still my favourite book today, so many many years on in the future Unfortunately, due to the general dearth of her books in the local library and bookshops, it wasn t until much later that I got to read another one and then that one was actually the last in the series Another thing with her books is that for the most part you can read them in any order as she never writes direct sequels So about five years ago when I was able, I went online and collected up all the books I could find I still have some of her shorter books to get now Puss in Boots and others but for now I still have a good supply of unread books I m in no hurry to run out of them either Unfortunately, Diana is is not very well at the moment so I m sending all my best wishes her way