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Fire and Hemlock
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
24 posts | 29 read | 11 to read
A fantastic tale by the legendary Diana Wynne Joneswith an introduction by Garth Nix.Polly Whittacker has two sets of memories. In the first, things are boringly normal; in the second, her life is entangled with the mysterious, complicated cellist Thomas Lynn. One day, the second set of memories overpowers the first, and Polly knows something is very wrong. Someone has been trying to make her forget Tom - whose life, she realizes, is at supernatural risk. Fire and Hemlock is a fantasy filled with sorcery and intrigue, magic and mystery - and a most unusual and satisfying love story. Widely considered to be one of Diana Wynne Jones's best novels, the Firebird edition of Fire and Hemlock features an introduction by the acclaimed Garth Nix - and an essay about the writing of the book by Jones herself.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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emtobiasz
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Mehso-so

Discovering this book in my 30s was both to this book‘s benefit and its detriment. I was able to appreciate the allusions to other books and folk tales in a way teen me would have missed. I can really admire the book‘s careful construction. Unfortunately, as an adult the central relationship in this book will never not feel gross. As a result, though I admire the book, I can‘t fall in love with it the way so many readers have.

emtobiasz I have read so many reviews and listened to so many podcasts to suss out my feelings on this one. I‘d love to hear from readers who love it, particularly those who have revisited it from youth. I‘m beginning to think that DWJ is an author I‘ll never totally connect with, despite my deep love for Howl‘s Moving Castle. 3mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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I bought this hardback on eBay and while it is closest to the cover I first remember reading... it‘s a little battered and previously lived in a smokers house... but it‘s also signed... in maybe German?!

LapReader Cute shoes. 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LapReader, I keep waiting for them to be released in red!!!! 5mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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My second copy of Fire and Hemlock! This cover is certainly a MOOD!!
I feel that DWJ has had some fairly awful covers over the years - and this one is right on the cusp of being one of them... what do you think?

LibrarianRyan I agree. Screams 80 fantasy 5mo
Victoriahoperose I love your shoes!! 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Victoriahoperose, I can‘t resist sparkly shoes! Butterfly Twists is the brand - I‘ve found them to be most comfortable! 5mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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I adore this book!! And while I‘m generally not in to collecting multiple copies... there are always exceptions! This is my first copy of Fire and Hemlock - I snapped it up the moment it came back into print! I wasn‘t sure I‘d ever get my own copy as I discovered it at the library (this was also before PayPal and online shopping was no big deal)

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brandymuses
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Day 8: Forget-me-not
I couldn‘t resist. 😏
#literarylove

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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📖 it‘s the one I most often claim as my favourite ❤️
👓 Katie Fforde (her author bio always cracks me up) and Jasper Fforde (although he is also on my list of ‘authors taking entirely too long to finish writing books in a series‘)

#manicmonday #letterf

🍿 A Fantastic Fear of Everything (a very underrated Simon Pegg movie)
🍉 fried rice, fettuccine, freddo frogs...

JoScho 💖💖💖 1y
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bunny
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Oh, I‘m so glad Litsy is back! I missed being able to check in.

While the app was down, I had plenty of time to decide on my #favoriteauthor — Diana Wynne Jones. I‘ve read (and loved) almost all of her books, and just talking about her makes me want to revisit all my favorites. #readingresolutions

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xicanti
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Some favourites in various shades of blue. I totally need a new copy of FIRE AND HEMLOCK, though, because this one's got a hell of an ugly cover. #30daysofreadathon

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earlgreyediting
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Conflux, Canberra's speculative fiction convention, kicks off today. The theme this year is Grimm Tales, so I thought I'd share with you five of my favourite fairytale retellings.

You can find the list at http://earlgreyediting.com.au/2017/09/29/five-favourite-fairytale-retellings/

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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30. Favourite Book : Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones ✨ first discovered by smol me in a public library but got my own copy when it came back into print in 2012. #readathon #30daysofreadathon

merelybookish This was my first Wynne-Jones. Loved it! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @merelybookish, excellent excellent! She's probably my favourite author - so always pleased to hear that people are still or have been reading her books ✨✨✨ 2y
batsy This book! Many feelings 🙌 Love it! 2y
rachelm Adore this book!! 2y
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booksandsympathy
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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#Cantstopwontstop adding books to my tbr list. This is all your fault, littens. Lol. You keep posting about all these books that look amazing. The book tagged is the last book I added. #blameitonlitsy #anditsaugust

RealLifeReading 🙌🙌🙌more more! 2y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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My faves ❤️

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TirzahPrice
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Started this yesterday. almost done today. Super mad that I have to put it down and go to a family barbecue because I am HOOKED.

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Karen_V
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Thank you for the two awesome books and Valentines goodies, @rubyslippersreads !!! I've never seen sparkly jelly beans before, and I am in ❤ with this magnet about literature. You also picked a Diana Wynne Jones book I've never read! #cupidgoespostal @BookishMarginalia

Karen_V Also, check out that pink camo tissue paper, y'all! 3y
rubyslippersreads So glad you liked everything! I had fun picking it out. 😊📚 3y
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Booksbymybed
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Re-read after 4+ years

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meichner87
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Pickpick

Reread this one finally! I love it in different ways than I used to, but it's still a favorite.#dianawynnejones #fantasy

Chachic I've had this in my TBR pile for ages. I remember starting it once but I wasn't really in the mood for it. 3y
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nrheckel
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Panpan

Maybe it's because I'm not familiar with the story of Tan Coul, but I really didn't enjoy this book.
It took me WEEKS to read this, I read like 20 pages and fell asleep most of the time 😕
I couldn't get on board with the deliberate misspellings in their letters to each other, and I ESPECIALLY couldn't get on board with a romantic relationship between a child and an adult??? The story was really confusing, but I think I wasn't paying attention😕

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Sneakybea
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones

"She found she knew exactly what Tom meant. She writhed. Oddly enough, it was all the bits she had been most pleased with that now made her writhe hardest. She would have torn it up--except that it had taken such months to write."
Polly, I know how you feel. #nanowrimo

thegirlwiththelibrarybag My favourite DWJ ❤️ 3y
Sneakybea Mine too! And she's one of my favorites! 3y
rachelm I loved this one. Must have read it a dozen times. 3y
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Sneakybea
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Comfort read of my favorite book. For the 15th or 16th time? Bonus because my best friend gave me the hardcover since the paper back was wearing out.

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meichner87
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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That thing where Diana Wynne Jones says in a few sentences what entire movies have tried to grapple with.

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meichner87
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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No, no, it's fine. I didn't need my heart anyway. #fantasy

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meichner87
Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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If you love Tam Lin retellings (me!!), now's the time to reread them all. I'm starting with Fire & Hemlock.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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"Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, which you can find if you look."
#bookquote #greatquotes

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I love this book! Bit jealous of a hard cover edition! 💜 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I will leave it to you in my will 😉. I get nutty over DWJ and try to find hardcovers and alternate covers for fun 📚📚❤️ 3y
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BkClubCare
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Esitin? Help! Quote: "they hav aventeres in caves, Tan Coul must do that it is esitin." What the heck is she misspelling? Oh how I hate it when they do this in books. I only read true spellings. I am pretty sure I was born within a dictionary.

BibliophileBytheSea I wouldn't have the patience for this one 🤑 4y
Lakesidemusing No patience for this, I'm afraid... 4y
inspringthedawn Exciting? 4y
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BkClubCare Not really @inspringthedawn - I am having a hard time reading this. Makes me sad. 4y
amyrabbitt I think she meant the word might be "exciting..."? 4y
inspringthedawn Yes, I thought the 'esitin' might be 'exciting'... I should have explained more clearly. Thanks @amyrabbitt! :) 4y
BkClubCare LOL! See how hard this is? 4y
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