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The Game (2007)

von Diana Wynne Jones

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Sent to a boisterous family gathering in Ireland by her overly strict grandmother, orphaned Hayley feels out of place until her unruly cousins include her in a special game involving travel through the mythosphere, the place where all the world's stories can be found, and where some secrets of her past are revealed.… (mehr)
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Consider this Jones' version of a Strindberg dream play. It begins like many YA novels with a young orphaned girl, Hayley, who has been living with a mean aunt. The story begins when she is sent away to live with another set of aunts. The new house is full of precocious children, and bits of magic enter the scene. So far, typical. Then Hayley plays the Game and the mode of the story changes completely. Where the Game takes people, who the aunts are, and who Hayley is, is gradually revealed but I won't say more. I do wonder what the target audience made of this though.

It's Diana Wynne Jones. Of course it's recommended. ( )
1 abstimmen ChrisRiesbeck | Mar 25, 2021 |
This delightful little novel takes the reader on a rompt through Greek mythology in the form of a ridiculous family feud. Jones draws on constellations and planets to give life to an exuberant family who live under the thumb of Uncle Jolyon (Jupter's human-esque form) until a little upstart, Hayley )yes, the comet) rebels and put the old man back into his celestial place.

The myths that Jones draws on are some of the lesser known Greek myths, but reader don't need to have an in depth knowledge to enjoy little Hayley's antics and her uncle's mad dash to keep his power. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Raised by her grandparents since she was a baby, when her parents mysteriously went missing, Hayley is homeschooled, and kept away from other children. When she does something to upset her grandmother she is sent to her aunts in Ireland, where she discovers to her surprise that she has a very large extended family she knew nothing about. As she gets involved in "the game" played by her cousins, a game involving the magical mythosphere, she makes further startling discoveries about the nature of this family to which she belongs...

Although I have read and enjoyed quite a few of Diana Wynne Jones' fantasy novels for young people over the years - I have particularly fond memories of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci, as well as Howl's Moving Castle - I never happened to pick up The Game until it was assigned as a text in the course I took on the history of children's literature, while getting my masters a few years back. It utilizes Greek mythology, and to a lesser extent Russian folklore, in ways that are quite interesting and unique, and it kept me entertained, as I was reading. That said, it was not particularly memorable, and if I did not have the detailed notes I kept for all my class readings, I would struggle to recall anything beyond the vague outline. Certainly, none of the characters made a great impression upon me. Perhaps I will reread this, at some point, and change my mind, but overall I would not describe this as one of the author's better works. Recommended primarily to strong Diana Wynne Jones fans, and to readers who enjoy mythology-adjacent fantasy fiction. ( )
1 abstimmen AbigailAdams26 | Jun 8, 2020 |
I picked this book up at the library when I was there looking for something else completely. I've been wanting to read one of Jones's books and the description on the cover about magic and mythology really sucked me in. I love a good fantasy novel.

At first glance, the idea seems a genuinely good one: what would happen if the constellations came to life as real people? I imagine this book is meant to appeal to the Percy Jackson set (I still haven't read those books). But in practice, the book was difficult to follow and slightly..well...boring (is there a nicer way of saying this?).

Diana Wynne Jones is obviously a masterful writer. One sentence is still memorable to me after closing the book: "Martya was a big strong girl with hair like the white silk fringes on Grandma's parlour furniture--soft, straight hair that was always swirling across her round pink face." Lovely. But memorable images and interesting characters are not enough for a good book--what is missing for me is a solid plot.

I've summed up the premise in the story in one sentence, but it actually takes quite a while of reading to get there. She starts out introducing an incredibly cute main character and her rambunctious, colorful family, but then when the actual driving conflict is introduced...it all becomes a winding mess. "The game" itself is strange and a little too ethereal to really get a good sense of what is going on. It almost reads as a giant inside joke that is hard to follow for everyone else.

I have heard lots of good things about Jones's other books (including Howl's Moving Castle, the movie of which I liked a lot), so I am hardly going to stop reading her writing, but I think perhaps this novel would appeal more to her fans rather than someone reading her books for the first time. ( )
  akbooks | Sep 12, 2019 |
This entire novella felt like a wink to the reader, as if Jones expected readers to pick up on the mythological and astronomical references--which I struggled to do. The story also inundates the reader with characters, throwing an entire, large cast into the mix near the beginning. I struggled to keep the relationships between the characters straight.

There was tension throughout, motivations were clear enough to sustain the shifts in relationships, and I was interested in the powerful twins, who were an original creation for this story. This was not a slog of a read. This story simply wasn't for me. ( )
  aspirit | Mar 15, 2019 |
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Sent to a boisterous family gathering in Ireland by her overly strict grandmother, orphaned Hayley feels out of place until her unruly cousins include her in a special game involving travel through the mythosphere, the place where all the world's stories can be found, and where some secrets of her past are revealed.

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