Audiobooks Eight Days of LukeAuthor Diana Wynne Jones –

There Seemed Nothing Strange About Luke To Begin With, Except Perhaps The Snakes If They Were Snakes David Wasn T Sure He Was Just Grateful For A Companion As Agreeable As Luke, Who Seemed Able To Twist Anyone Round His Finger, Even David S Odious Relatives Just Kindle A Flame And I Ll Be With You, Luke Said, And He Always Was Which Turned Out To Be Awkward Than Useful In The End For Who Were The People Who Seemed To Be Looking For Luke The Man With One Eye The Massive, Malevolent Gardener, MrChew The Offensively Sprightly Frys The Man With Ginger Hair Why Were There Ravens Watching, One In Front And One At The Back Gate And Then Of Course There Was The Fire

10 thoughts on “Eight Days of Luke

  1. says:

    Perhaps my favourite anecdote about this book is that Neil Gaiman said that he had to rewrite American Gods because he got to the end and realised that he d just rewritten this.The real joy here is the slow burning realisation of what is going on The care with which Wynne Jones constructs the plot to ensure that the characters only appear on the appropriate days is only really apparent on a re read, and the book is good enough to survive that without trouble.

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    With unending cleverness, Diana Wynne Jones weaves a wonderful tale of loneliness and friendship, heroics and half wit relatives, dreary dull English life and the full legendary pantheon of Norway, Eight Days of Luke is the slow burn story of an accidental protagonist stumbling upon an earth shaking mystery and adventure Transforming the lives of disheartened David and everyone else around him, Luke tumbles into England and sets off an irreversible course of events destined to make David a new man if he s brave enough Diana Wynne Jones writing is completely brilliant and charming, and it was my joy to share this lovely and inspiring story with the amazing Sveta.

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    2018 Nothing like an old favorite to make you feel all wrapped up in a warm hug This book remains a delight, always.__________2007 I freaking love Norse mythology like you don t even know.This book is perfect.I only wish I d known about it when I was younger as happy as I am to know about it now, little me was also freaking in love with Norse mythology and would have enjoyed this so much.

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    It was either this book or Dogsbody that was my first Diana Wynne Jones novel, many, many years ago now I no longer remember which one, and both have a special place in my heart and my memory.I have been looking forward to rediscovering them both and while both were published in 1975, Ms Wynne Jones offical fan site lists Eight Days of Luke first, so that s the order I m rereading.I went into the book remembering the basics who Luke was and that it was based on Norse mythology but the details were missing and I found I remember less of the aforementioned Norse mythology that I used to do I also wonder if it would have been generally knowing in Britain in the 70 s than now in New Zealand in teh 2010 s, since Astrid figured it all out pretty quickly, while I was still trying to remember what I could By the end, I felt I knew who everyone was except Mr Chew, who I shall look up when I get a moment I think Wynne Jones did a lovely job with Luke as a manifestation of you know who I don t want to have to spoiler lock this as he s appealing and you end up cheering for him, but there s an awareness that he s not exactly reliable either.As for David, he s a delight not perfect Wynne Jones characters never are but a lovely portrayal of a realistic boy caught up in hugely unrealistic events He s a loyal friend to Luke and indeed to Astrid as the story continues , and does his best to do the right thing He s smart without being obnoxiously so and I enjoyed sharing the adventure with him.Diana Wynne Jones was a brilliant author who could write amazing stories for children without ever writing down to them, while making those stories just as great for adults as well It is a great pity her works are not better known and the world is indeed that bit reduced by the fact she won t be giving us any stories.If you haven t read her books, do give them a try If you have, enjoy a reread.

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    I m afraid that I can t do this review without being mildly spoilery, but it s okay since everyone else is doing the same even though it is, I fear, perhaps not as obvious as I think it is Anyway, you ve had your chance to look away, here s the spoiler this is based, to some extent, on Norse mythology And Luke is Loki That was apparent to me just about straight away, though through the wonders of my new medication I have no idea whether I read about that in the collection of Diana Wynne Jones essays yay side effects Still, I fear with Myth Saga, Introduction to Old Norse and Old Norse Literature behind me, it could never have come as a surprise to me.What did come as a surprise to me was that I was kept guessing a little I don t think knowing it s based on Norse mythology spoils anything what would spoil things is knowing what Loki s done wrong this time, the exact identities of everyone in the background, and so on But with the addition of David to the mix, an ordinary modern ish boy who plays cricket and has a horrible family, and with the fact that he doesn t know what he s doing half the time, that helps keep things interesting I m not promising that you won t work out the whole thing ages before I did I repeat yay side effects But as I said, a side effect of being a glutton for punishment and taking Anglo Saxon and Old Norse is that I m pretty sharp when it comes to Norse myth Certain things, like view spoiler Mr Wednesday Woden hide spoiler

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    YA Fantasy David is a Miserable Orphan forced to live with his neglectful, petty relatives As far as Miserable Orphans go see also Harry Potter, the Baudelaires he doesn t have it that bad, but it could be better Like, when he comes home from boarding school for summer holiday, his guardians are surprised to see him So he decides to curse them, as you do.Somehow, this goes wrong and he releases the god Loki from his underground prison instead Luke, as he introduces himself, seems about David s age and is a splash of color in David s otherwise dull and lonely life, but soon other characters start showing up, looking for Luke, and David s the only one who can protect him.I remember finding this book extremely clever and fun back when I was a kid I loved how Jones took the Norse gods and turned them into regular people Rereading it, it s not as charming as I remember, but just as slashy David has such a crush on Luke call it hero worship or the excitement of having a slightly dangerous new friend but there s a delicious desire present in the attention David pays to Luke.Four stars, with at least one of them for nostalgia It s a quick little book with some improbable Miserable Orphan Shenanigans, but if you liked the idea behind American Gods, you will like the idea behind this See what I did there

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    This is one of the few Diana Wynne Jones books I didn t read as a twelve year old, and I can t say I missed much I didn t like this I think it s very competently written and the family resentment is superb, and that s all I appreciate here I m not one for mythological stories in general, and this feels uninspired The treasure hunt is almost an afterthought the plot in general feels half baked, abrupt and poorly paced And everyone s willingness to go with the flow, to be so accepting of the madness interrupting their lives, isn t very plausible and that creates a dissonance of sorts in the characters, who are great in terms of development in their family dynamics but unrealistic in their responses to all other situations.Oh well.

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    Boy s stay with unpleasant relatives enlivened by invasion of quarreling Norse gods.Friggin brilliant

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    I d be very surprised, and I d think you were pretending at first But when I began to believe it I d get a doctor to make sure you really were dead Eight Days of Luke has a lot of the humour one finds in other of Jones books, especially during the family quarrels But the humour aside, I found this book to be quite average when compared to others of Jones works I didn t care too much about any of the characters and the fantasy element of the story was just laking Or rather, the few parts that were included were just left underexplained By the end of the story, David implies that he now knows all the other characters true identity too bad he doesn t share it with the reader as, I agree, some are obvious, but others not so much The family abuse was quite extreme, as is often the case for Jones books, yet she manages to turn the whole scenario into a comedy The endless lamentations of David s relatives are hilarious, especially when they compete for who feels the most miserable It s only towards the end that it s revealed how horrible they truly are or that is, most of them I really liked Astrid, she turned out to be my favourite character.It s definitely a good and fun book, I just find that it can t keep up with most of Jones other works

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    Original review, with very much needed original update UPDATE Please note Whilst writing this review, I felt, well, rather bonkers.Eight Days of Luke is just the sort of story that makes me feel quite jolly As in, a normal setting, but you know including something not quite as common Which is equivalent to ABSOLUTELY WONDEFUL I feel wearied for reason of not writing a dignified comma inclusive list for a while, therefore what is a better time than now Eight Days of Luke is stuffed full of British relatives which have to make a book good, what , fire nine cheers , view spoiler an accidental jailbreak hide spoiler