The Homeward Bounders [Diana Wynne Jones] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in. If he finds the right world, Jamie can get Home Jamie stumbled upon the powerful Them playing Their mysterious games, They threw him out to the. Homeward Bounders. In fact, a quick summary of this book might be met with disbelief that this could possibly be a story for children. (I would.

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Everyone is returned to their respective home worlds, except for Jamie.

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This is, to date, my favorite standalone DWJ. It is still a good book which, although not emotionally invested, was good fun to read and will likely end up getting reread at some point. She also accomplishes the enviable feat of producing a book that can homewwrd read by anybody from the age of 10 or 12 on up with equal enjoyment. He likes football and exploring around the city. I probably wouldn’t have read The Homeward Bounders for a long time to come as it’s currently out of print in the the US except as an e-book hounders it weren’t for a conversation on Twitter I had with Sage Blackwood in which she said she heard some consider it to be a metaphor for life as a military kid.

But the truth is that I just did not care all that much. He meets Helen, who has a very peculiar gift. The game they are playing is us and our lives. As with Fire and Hemlock you may have to read the ending twice to figure out exactly how it all played out.

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But it changes the rules for the way that bouders reality works, or suggests that it could. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Since then, he’s been yanked from world to world, doomed to wonder in hope of one day finding his way back to his own city.

Quotes from The Homeward Boun Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard.

You are commenting using your WordPress. I’d give it 5 stars if only aiming my teenagers, 4 stars homsward myself – but I’m a long-time SF reader.

And any book that makes homewward cry is a good book. Still a children’s book but there is a sadness and deep meaning inside I can’t seem to comprehend. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner.

She does seem to love her universes having multiple worlds, often based on or around ours. The Homeward Bounders is not a book everyone is going to like, but it is perfect for me. It is for Jamie to discover the rules which govern the game in which he once was a part of in order to find and fight for his way home and yet to finds more to himself and his choices in his life which make for a far richer and rewarding read.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It was like reading all of Pullman’s Homrward Materials in one book sort of. It’s well written with interesting characters and despite a rather repetitive theme, it manages to stay interesting.

It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies; she recalled in that it had “seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence. The diverse environments, languages, and social structures are realistic as are Jamie’s struggles to adjust to each. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite writers.

Helen could have been reduced to a series of quirks — her hair, her fondness for vermin, especially rats, etc. Helen and Adam are particularly fun to watch him with. I don’t really know what rating to give this book, I guess 3.


He is thrown out into the worlds to travel from one to the other. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. He was very pragmatic and plain.

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And in the end it really is a beautiful story that is brilliantly crafted. I think what actually helps homedard wisdom on how to live well, not definite Plans on what you should do with your life. It doesn’t have the charm and quirk of Chrestomanci, Howl, or Derkholm, but it still has a sly homeware ironic humor that keeps it from being too tragic. There are some great cameos from various mythological characters, including The Flying Dutchman and The Wandering Jew, and the narrator is nicely charismatic.

I also think narrative benefited from being told in the first person.

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Jamie learns to be resourceful and adaptable as he tries to blend with the way of life of every world he visits. Please try again later. I am terrible at remembering exact lines, even for poetry or hkmeward, where you’d think the rhythm or sound would help. I read it in maybe three days. As Jamie meets legendary wanderers like The Flying Dutchman, he becomes jaded, traveling the bounds, cycling around the worlds, always trying to find his way back to his family.

When Jamie stumbled upon the powerful Them playing Their mysterious games, They threw him out to the Boundaries of the worlds. Set up a giveaway.

Jamie is thrust out of his world after discovering the game. Helen Haras-uquara has her own issues, and Joris the demon hunter can’t seem to stop talking about his “owner,” the great demon hunter Konstam.