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Title:Charmed Life (The Chrestomanci)
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:Collins (2000), Taschenbuch, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:kids, young adult, fantasy fiction, magic, wizards, chrestomanci

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Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (1977)

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling (kerravonsen)
    kerravonsen: Children's fantasy, check. Protagonist who doesn't know he's a magician/wizard, check. Schooling in magic, check.
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    Sabriel by Garth Nix (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: The roles of Chrestomanci and Abhorsen are similar- magicians who police the use of magic. Both books feature their protagonists growing into these roles.
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    Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer (foggidawn)
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    Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee (Aquila)
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Good heavens, did I enjoy this. One of THE most aggravating baddies I've ever encountered, a plucky young anti-heroine, and Cat. Who wouldn't feel sorry for Cat? This is, more than anything, the story of how Cat decides to reclaim his power - literally - and be in charge of his own life. It's a grand thing for a young person to be able to do, and Diana Wynne Jones writes it beautifully. This is good YA fantasy that I'm happy to have discovered, and I can't wait to read more. ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Mar 23, 2014 |
Gwendolen is the worst, nastiest child, and Cat is a bit doormatty for my taste. And the real action arrived all bundled up in the last 50 pages. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Orvoksi jääneet Chantin sisarusten Ericin ja Gwendolenin elämä muuttuu, kun he muuttavat asumaan mahtavan Chrestomancin linnaan tässä vuonna 1977 julkaistussa englantilaisessa lasten- ja nuorten fantasiakirjassa. Ericin sisko Gwendolen on oman arvonsa tunteva nuori tyttö, joka saa yksityisopetusta noituudessa niin kuin muut käyvät viulutunneilla. Eric, lempinimeltään "Kissa" jää mielellään mahtavan siskonsa varjoon, mutta viettää normaalia pojan elämää heitä hoitavan rouva Sharpin luona, kunnes sisarukset pääsevät asumaan Chrestomanci -nimisen miehen, sekä tämän perheen että henkilökunnan luokse. Pääsemättä Chrestomancin linnassa puusta pitkälle, eli kenenkään kiinnittämättä häneen mitään erityistä huomiota, Gwendolen alkaa turhautua kun Chrestomanci ei tunnusta hänen etevyyttään noituudessa. Gwendolen alkaa häiritä linnan normaalia elämää monenlaisten temppujen avulla, joista viimeisimmästä hän kuitenkin saa palautetta selkäsaunan avustuksella. Raivostuneena hän pakenee rinnakkaismaailmaan ja hänen tilalleen tupsahtaa toisesta todellisuudesta Gwendolenin näköinen, mutta kuitenkin erilainen tyttö, Janet. Kissa haluaa salata Gwendolenin viimeisimmän tapauksen ja Janet yrittää esittää Gwendolenia, tosin huonolla menestyksellä. Asioiden mennessä muutenkin pieleen nuoret päättävät paeta Chrestomancin puutarhaan ja sieltä toiseen todellisuuteen, mutta puutarha muuttuukin lopulta paikaksi, jossa käydään kamppailu hyvien ja pahojen noitien kesken. Ja jossa Eric saa tietää, että hänen siskonsa onkin käyttänyt hänen omaa taikuuttaan koko ajan hyväksi, ja on jopa valmis uhraamaan veljensä hengen oman etunsa tähden. Eric tajuaa lopultakin Gwendolenin petollisuuden, mutta nyt hänellä on uusi perhe tukenaan. Murhekin vaihtuu iloksi ongelmien selvittyä (ja hyvien tietysti voitettua) hyvässä seurassa ulkoilmalounaalla. Kirjassa kukkii tilannekomiikka, joka keventää romaanin kohtauksia: "Kissa sai ritarillisen ajatuksen. Hän taikoi sinisen samettituolin Gwendolenin huoneesta nurmikolle Janetin viereen. Janet nauroi kyynelten läpi. "Kiitos." Hän aikoi istuutua. "Kuulun Chrestomancin linnaan", tuoli huusi. "Kuulun Chrestomancin li-" Neiti Bessemer katsoi sitä tiukasti ja se hiljeni." ( )
  Sanna-Kaisa | Jan 31, 2014 |
I can't be too harsh. It is a children's book and not the type of children's book that can entertain adult readers as well. I'm thinking of the Harry Potter series and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was an easy listen, interesting enough to keep my brain mostly engaged while doing chores around the house. But the characters seemed flat and mostly unsympathetic. Most of them seemed frustratingly passive and/or stupid as well. Still, it was a fairly clever and complete alternate world, and kept me just interested enough to want to find out what happened next. I won't be reading the rest of the series. ( )
  PortM | Nov 30, 2013 |
An exciting page-turner of the orphans/magic/witch/wizardry/parallel worlds variety. It's a little more cynical than I'm used to in a children's book, and I also expected to like the main characters a little more than I did, but the story is really good. There was a bit too much explainin' at the very end though, which got a little cumbersome. Overall, a solid book with a few weak spots; I might check out #2 in this series.

Before I end this review, the 14 year old boy in me is dying to share this with you:As they all pushed past a witch in a high green hat, the witch said, "That's right, dear. We must all hunt for the pussy." She turned to the crowd with a witch's piercing scream. "Hunt for pussy, everyone!"Sorry, but I couldn't resist (who could?). Of course, they are referring to an innocent little cat here.
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  JimmyChanga | Sep 11, 2013 |
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IonicusCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Makkonen, MarikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cat Chant admired his elder sister Gwendolen. She was a witch. He admired her and he clung to her. Great changes came about in their lives and left him no one else to cling to.
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Orphans, one spiteful,
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magic, then mayhem!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688155464, Mass Market Paperback)

Cat doesn''t mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendoleen, the most promising witch on Coven Stree t. But trouble starts when the two of them are summoned to l ive in Chrestomanci Castle. '

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Gwendolen Chant and her brother Cat find the Chrestomancie Castle family's magic powers difficult to counter with the inferior powers of the Coven Street witches.

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