Diana Wynne Jones is dead. Ugh.
The first book I read of hers was “Charmed Life (aka Ma soeur est une sorcière), in its lovely first French translation with cute line drawings. I later turned back to her while living in London as a teenager (and feeling a teensy bit bluesy)–discovering and loving all her books. Lately, I’d started reading the Chrestomancy books again, and finding them just as awesome as they’d been years ago.
As Chaz says “Books are magic, but apparently not magic enough”. I alternate between saddened and wanting to kick something.