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!DOWNLOAD EPUB ♫ Archer's Goon ♘ The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the goon sitting in the kitchen He said he'd been sent by Archer But who was Archer? It had to do with the , words that Howard's author father had failed to deliverIt soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Erskine, and Venturus, would also go to any lengths to get themAlthough each wizard ruled a section of the town, he or she was a prisoner in it Each suspected that one of them held the secret behind the words, and that secret was the key to their freedom Which one of them was it? The Sykes family become pawns in the wizards' fight to win their freedom, wrest control from one another, and fan out to rule the worldDiana Wynne Jones skillfully guides the reader through a riveting, twisty plot, with satisfying surprises at every amazing turn An exciting science fiction adventure where, happily, nothing is what it first seems to be REREAD July 14, 2016Rereading this aloud was so FUN Doing the voices etc for this crazy cast of characters was fabulous I also loved reading it a second time because this time I actually understood what was going on, after all those mindbending plottwists in the first reading A.k.a IT WAS EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME AND I DIDN'T THINK THAT WAS POSSIBLE.THIS IS THE BEST AND UTTERLY BRILLIANT AND MINDBLOWINGLY UNIQUE AND I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS AND I ADORE IT AND IT'S PERFECT.THAT IS ALL.First read: November 10, 2015:This was fabulous and mindboggling and I adored it It effortlessly blends past, present, future, ordinary contemporary, fantasy, and scifi, of which I have NEVER seen the like Also the characters are in a constant state of changing around in the eyes of the reader: who’s good, who’s bad, who has devious intents, WHO IS UP TO WHAT AND WHAT ON EARTH OR POSSIBLY OFF OF IT IS GOING ON??? OO Basically it broke my brain, mixed impossible things together extraordinarily well, had mindblowing plot twists (SERIOUS PLOT TWISTS WOW *flail*) and was exciting and breathtaking and downright HILARIOUS! Just Gaaah Let me flail All Diana Wynne Jones books are brilliant I just love them so much 3 Writing can take over the world.When even random daydreams are important signifiers you know you are in the grip of a superbly plotted extravaganzer There is so much to admire here, and a huge cast of characters, each of whom is important, is distinctive and memorable, despite only appearing briefly in person The story rolls along at speed without ever feeling forced.As usual with DWJ lots of acutely observed moments, the epic hypocrisy of taking the taxpayers moral high ground when you aren't one, the tantrums that instantly subside, the delight in forgetting old quarrels, the heroic effort put in to avoiding music practise, the dreadful responsibility of looking after the youngest child, the marvellous screams of Awful and the sheer quantity of smooth lying.Though, considering the state of the town, which isn't too bad at all, you can't really say that if the family had taken over the world it would have really been such a terrible thing. Very pleased to finally share one of my favorites with my kids! As a writer, the idea of beating writers' block by turning in two thousand words about anything is pleasing and reassuring to me As a parent, seeing the way the parents deal with their children and the chaos around them is also pleasing and reassuring, and I had forgotten how much sly humor there is about the parents And it holds up well for children, too My kids loved it, though (since we read it aloud over a month's time) I did have to stop occasionally and remind them what had been happening and etc. This was the first of Dianna Wynne Jones' books that I ever read, and I went on from there to read and reread them all, or at least all of the ones on the library shelf.Archer's Goon is without a doubt one of the most genuinely oddball books you will ever read Wickedly witty, is how one real reviewer described it And I'll stick with that, since an actual description of the plot couldn't give you ANY idea of how good it is It's funny, it's suspenseful, it's full of characters likeable and hateable, sometimes both at once, It's surprising It is utterly unpredictable.When I finally got old enough to get a job, and earn money, and when I could afford to buy books (oh those heady days when books were bought one at a time with cash, from a neighborhood bookstore, andwas only a dream), this is one of the ones I bought, I loved it enough to spend $6 out of a weekly salary of about $50, in order to actually OWN it.And maybe that's the most meaningful thing you can say about a book. This is brilliant And to think I was nervous about reading it, after Eight Days of Luke didn't work for me! This is very much in the vein of Eight Days of Luke, actually, but whereas I found that novel derivative, this is original and surprising and densely plotted and it feels new and somehow grounded, because of its amazing familial interactions, even in the ridiculous lengths it eventually goes to Sometimes it's a bit too selfaware, particularly when Quentin is griping: Well, [writer's block is] a terrible condition, Quentin said plaintively You three are lucky not to know what it's like You haven't a thought in your head, or if you have, you can't somehow get it down on paper, or if you do manage to put something down, it goes small and boring and doesn't lead anywhere And you panic because you can't earn any money, and that makes it worse It can go on for years, too Howard was just thinking that he was glad he did not intend to be a writer designing spaceships seemed much easier when Awful interrupted I know, she said It's like when they tell me in school, 'Make a drawing of the ancient Britons,' and I can't because I'm not in a drawing mood.Even when it feels too selfaware, the joke is expanded on, or compounded, in a way that makes it very clear from where Hilary McKay inherited some of her style This is hilarious, and a masterful bit of writing Even when it merges genres Even when it doesn't bother to explain itself. I've liked this book for decades In fact, the edition I have is old enough to still have 'mail to this address with postage enclosed' book order forms in the back.While it was YA before YA was mainstream, the characters are perfectly plausible, there's no love triangle (can it still be YA, in that case???) :) and the atmosphere of 1980s UK is perfectly evoked.What it does contain, which to me has always been one of the key components of YA, is an otherwise unremarkable, imperfect teen protagonist who is shocked, surprised, and rather horrified to find out that he's not ordinary after all Selfdiscovery on the macro scale, if you will.Add a dash of magic, parental embarrassment, and a rogue bagpipe band, and you have a thoroughly entertaining read for any age. Ahhh! Another DWJ book I've owned this one for a while, sort of keeping it around as something extra special to anticipate And all that anticipation was rewarded: This story is delightful Now I want to read it again so I can better appreciate its complexity!Other reviewers have explained its brillianceI won't try to repeat or compete.Justread it and enjoy! A bit tricky to follow on occasion, but I liked the twists. Archer's Goon is a mysterious large man who shows up one day in Howard Sykes's kitchen, refusing to leave until Howard's father Quentin delivers the two thousand words he owes When Quentin won't deliver, the Sykes family finds out that their town is run by seven competing siblings who are wizards and one of them needs those words Jones's plots are always mysterious, and I think Archer's Goon is up there with her most bizarre But she does a wonderful job keeping the mystery intriguing right up through the end of the book, as Howard and his sister Awful try desperately to figure out what's going on before the seven siblings drive them all to distraction or worse.