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A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

A Tale of Time City (original 1987; edition 2012)

by Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction)

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Title:A Tale of Time City
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Other authors:Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction)
Info:Firebird (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones (1987)



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It was fantastic!


(A Tale of Time City has an introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin. A bunch of Diana Wynne Jones' books are being republished, including A Tale of Time City and, Dogsbody which I read last year in a different edition, and Fire and Hemlock = I love the style and look of the covers for the different books...) ( )
  classicmaiden | Jul 8, 2013 |
As usual, Diana Wynne Jones' imagination runs rampant, giving us a fun adventure with lots of amazing ideas packed in. I want to know what a butter pie tastes like, more than anything, but all of it was interesting and had me trying to puzzle it all out.

It wasn't surprising in any way, to me anyway, because it somehow seemed very typical of Diana Wynne Jones. But it was fun, and hooked me in well.

Not my favourite of her books so far, but that would be difficult to decide anyway... ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Slight but entertaining time-travel tale from one of my favorite fantasy authors. The idea of sending Observers into the past and the worry about not changing things reminded me a little of Connie Willis, but the plot twists are all Diana Wynne Jones -- as is the invention of the butter-pie, something I wish existed in our universe! ( )
  bostonian71 | Mar 30, 2013 |
In 1939, Vivian Smith gets off her evacuee train to go meet and stay with her cousin Marty when she is kidnapped. Vivian finds that her kidnappers are two young boys, one is sweet and intelligent, the other with an unusual craving for "Butter-Pies", and both with a thirst for adventure. Also, they're not from her time... they're from Time City. This fantasy fiction, A Tale of Time City by Dianna Wynne Jones expresses how even the littlest of explorers can make a big change in history and end up saving something spectacular.
A Tale of Time City takes place in a place outside of history, Time City. Time city knows all of history and makes sure that everything goes according to plan. With the creator, Faber John, supposedly sleeping, there is a threat that his wife plans to take over Time City. Her name is also Vivian Smith. Jonathan and Sam are two young boys who are bored and want an adventure. They seek out Vivian Smith to try to stop her and by accident, grab an innocent girl with the same name. A girl who was just looking for her cousin Marty, and was instead kidnapped my Jonathan and Sam and brought to Time City.
Time City is said to break down once the end of history meets the beginning. Vivian, Jonathan, and Sam spend their days not only enjoying countless numbers of "Butter-Pies" to fill Sam's craving, but also seek caskets that will stop those who wish to take over Time City and help restore it before the end meets the beginning. They make many friends and encounter many problems and danger throughout their journey to save Time City. Will those in Time City realize that Jonathan and Sam brought back a girl from the twentieth century and punish them? Will they realize Vivian is not really Sam's cousin, Vivian Lee, but Vivian Smith? Most importantly, will they be able to save Time city?
A Tale of Time City isn't the best of Dianna Wynne Jones, but it certainly isn't the worst. A Tale of Time City is an excellent fiction book that portrays the idea that even the smallest can make a big impact. It shows courage, trust, bravery, and encourages one to take a stand and fight. Dianna Wynne Jones always includes miracles and the unimaginable in her writing and this shows it.
A Tale of Time City is a fantasy fiction by Dianna Wynne Jones. It has adventure, suspense, mystery, and a bit of humor. It's story plot is original, but not in the sense of time travel. It's quite detailed and very much summed up in the end. It's a must read for young adults. It's the type of book that takes you in and swallows you whole. You can't put it down for you're lost in it's advanced and beautiful world and inspiring story of how a girl and two boys save Time City. ( )
1 vote Pbarto | Jan 13, 2013 |
A Tale of Time City follows Vivian Smith, an evacuee from London who is pulled from her train to a place called Time City which is out of time by two boys having an adventure. The book moves quickly as things are going wrong in Time City and Jonathan and Sam are trying to figure out how to fix it and they think Vivian can help. I found this book a satisfying read and many of the things that Diana Wynne Jones does best in her books appear such as kids who sounds like kids, complicated plots, humor and deep world building. In terms of age, I would recommend this book to ages twelve and up as it deals in passing with some difficult issues concerning war and changing history. ( )
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Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by "time ghosts," but it is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction.

In September 1939, Vivian Smith is on a train, being evacuated from London, when she is kidnapped by two boys from Time City, Jonathan and Sam. They mistakenly think she is the mysterious Time Lady disguised as a child. Only the Time Lady can wake the founder of the city, Faber John, from his age-long sleep, and only he can save the city.

Vivian wants to get home; Jonathan and Sam want her to help them in their quest through the ages of history to save Time City. Meanwhile, someone seems to be tampering with history, changing it over and over, complicating everything. When Faber John is at last aroused, Time City's and Vivian's dilemmas are resolved in ways that are as satisfying as they are unexpected.

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In 1939 an eleven-year-old London girl is kidnapped to Time City, a place existing outside the stream of time and manipulating the history of humanity, where she finds the inhabitants facing their worst hour of crisis.

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