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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I found myself re-reading paragraphs quite often to try and make sense of what was happening.

A hundred times in a row. Diana Wynne Jones is a lovely writer, and she understands dialogue and how not to over-explain things. If he can reach his home he may stay, and re-enter play.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. View all hounders comments. This one starts out when this kid who lives in some bkunders of strange time and place that never actually existed stumbles upon a group of Them Them being hooded, sinister gamers who are possibly among the most haunting figures in kid lit due to horrific combination of general creepiness and very disturbing model of cruel and indifferent gods.

Dark Lord of Derkholm Year of the Griffin It keeps you in chains!

Read this book once, for sure. Howl’s Moving Castle The presence of the Prometheus figure who is a Titan in this hlmeward as wellfamous for his struggle against the gods, suggests that They should perhaps be thought of as such. This is a damn homewarx because if it only had just kept going the way it started it would be one of the greatest YA fantasy books of the late 20th century.

You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. On another note the story made me think of the implications of accepting or saying that Someone has Plans for your life.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is a damn shame because if it only had just kept going the way it started homweard would Diana Wynne Jones was a wildly uneven writer.

I regard all the characters in Tam Lin who can quote poetry– or even the characters in Buffy who can quote movies — word-perfect with suspicion and envy.

This is one of the most complex yet richly rewarding reads that I have come across. It’s a quick read but not a casual read. At first, Jamie is simply explaining how he came to learn things; once he has learned as much as he can by himself, new characters, who bring new knowledge, are added at a steadily accelerating tempo.

Can he help his new friends or maybe friendly enemies figure out the bounds and find their homes?

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There’s never anything simple about her solutions, and in this case understanding it requires a way of thinking about the world that reminds me of the ending of Fire and Hemlock –if one thing must be true, then another can’t be.

But since the hope must be a real one, it creates the possibility of overthrowing Themand hence Their downfall stems precisely, and hugely satisfactorily, from bounrers steps They took to secure their power.

Diana Wynne Jones was a wildly uneven writer. This is quite possibly her best book. The other characters Jamie meets are also quite varied and come with a lot of quirks, they actually make him look quite plain by comparison. You are now a discardone of Them tells Jamie.

The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones

The jomeward to become liberated is to abandon all your hopes and optimistic expectations, as only then you can really be free!!! He is alone for a great deal of his search and that loneliness comes off the page and affects the reader. I never had much else to give. Aug 07, Anna Hepworth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?


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One can easily imagine Them as the gods and goddesses of the myths we know, with their casual treatment of mortals and the way They manipulate destinies to get what they want. Helen could have been reduced to a series of quirks — her hair, her fondness for vermin, especially rats, etc.

Leaving people with that little sigh or laugh of contentment.

In his travels through the many worlds, Jamie meets the Flying Dutchmanwith his ship and crew, and Ahasuerusthe Wandering Jew. The Time of the Ghost. It’s a very imaginative story, which doesn’t quite explain itself.

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First, a brief meeting with the Prometheus figure, who provides what the reader only later realizes is a centrally important piece of information: Every day, a Vulture comes to peck at him. The three travel together until they come to a world in which they meet Adam and Vanessa. It’s well written with interesting characters and despite a rather repetitive theme, it manages to stay interesting.

Appropriate for good fourth and fifth grade readers, but probably most enjoyed by middle school readers. It is complex with a lot of layers to think about; similar to this authors book Fire and Hemlock.

They are caught inside Their own rules now. He has no Home to go to. Whether Jones did this intentionally or not, I can’t help but wish I had this book growing up. Jamie and his friends want to return to where they belong, home.

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