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Conrad's Fate Best Download || [Diana Wynne Jones] - Conrad's Fate, Conrad s Fate Someone at Stallery Mansion is changing the world At first only small details but the changes get bigger and bigger It s up to Conrad a twelve year old with terrible karma who s just joined the man

  • Title: Conrad's Fate
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780060747459
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback

Conrad's Fate Best Download || [Diana Wynne Jones], Conrad's Fate, Diana Wynne Jones, Conrad s Fate Someone at Stallery Mansion is changing the world At first only small details but the changes get bigger and bigger It s up to Conrad a twelve year old with terrible karma who s just joined the mansion s staff to find out who is behind it But he s not the only one snooping around His fellow servant in training Christopher Chant is charming confident and from anoSomeone at Sta Conrad's Fate Best Download || [Diana Wynne Jones] - Conrad's Fate, Conrad s Fate Someone at Stallery Mansion is changing the world At first only small details but the changes get bigger and bigger It s up to Conrad a twelve year old with terrible karma who s just joined the man

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  1. Diana Wynne Jones

    Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.

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  1. kids have to beware of a lot of things, sometimes their own families most of all that seems to be an underlying theme to several of the books in Diana Wynne Jones splendid series of standalone fantasy novels for children families are dangerous they will let you down, they will break your heart, they will take advantage of you if it furthers their greedy ambitions, they will neglect you if you don t fit into their schemes such a harsh and heavy theme for books whose main appeal to me is the light [...]


  2. The incredible thing about this book is that there appear to be at least two other novels worth of plot going on behind the scenes of what we see, and Diana Wynne Jones just doesn t give a fuck She throws out plot points and tropes like they re on clearance and whether or not they receive any resolution or explanation is entirely left to capricious whim There are not one but TWO secretly evil manipulative uncles I get it, bro Christopher Chant , two offscreen secret romances, one beautiful schem [...]


  3. Conrad s Fate is the fifth in Diana Wynne Jones s marvelous Chrestomanci series, about a powerful enchanter who controls the magic in a universe a few worlds over from our own Conrad Tesdinic lives with his mother, his sister Anthea, and his uncle Alfred in Stallchester, in the English Alps High in the mountains above Stallchester is Stallery Mansion, where someone is working magic, pulling the possibilities so that the details of life are constantly changing a little one day the mailboxes all t [...]


  4. It s been a while since I read the Chrestomanci series, so when I started out with the first book, I just kept going until I d reread the whole thing My favorite out of the lot, curiously enough, is right in the middle of the series Conrad s Fate is a later book by Diana Wynne Jones, and I don t often hear much about it, but it s just as good as the rest of the series and a perfect example of what makes Diana Wynne Jones great The worldbuilding, little character moments, and just general, well, [...]


  5. Conrad s Fate is the story of Conrad Tesdinic, who is told by his uncle that he has bad karma, because he s neglected to kill someone he should ve killed in a previous life He is sent up to work at Stallery Mansion, where this person he has to kill supposedly lives All he has is the promise that he will know who to kill when he meets this person, and a way to call a Walker who will provide him with what he needs to do the killing But it s not as easy as it sounds, the world is very magical and s [...]


  6. I had forgotten I d read this before, so I read it again This time I m giving it four stars.___________________________This is one DWJ s worse, which is why I m giving it three stars really I d like to give it four, at least Like The Pinhoe Egg, this lacks the perfection of character and form of the real four Chrestomanci books It drags at the start and squashes the conclusion into the last chapter, and relies on an unrealistic omission by Anthea to create the plot.Naturally, though, it is still [...]


  7. 3.5 not as fun as the previous two due to less magic presence also i wanted christopher s pov i thinkending was a little rushed epilogue was a bit cheap imo but it s nicemy hold for the hate u give came thru so idk if i should start the next one or read both concurrently or what hm


  8. This is a new Chrestomanci novel, this time set in a Series Seven world where Christopher Chant has, for various good and sufficient reasons of his own, gone in defiance of his guardian and teacher, Gabriel de Witt.But this is really the story of Conrad Tesdinic, who has grown up in a bookstore with an inattentive mother who spends all her time writing an uncle who generously allows his sister and her family to live with him after her husband sold his share of the bookstore to her brother, gambl [...]


  9. I finished my third Chrestomanci book, Conrad s Fate, and while I still quite enjoyed it, I think the previous two I ve read, Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant, were a bit better This one was fun, we followed young Christopher Chant in his years before taking over the role of Chrestomanci this time he was posing as a domestic in the grand estate of Stallchester in the dimension of Series 7 while searching for his enchantress friend, Mille in the ever shifting worlds surrounding the [...]


  10. Possibly my favourite of the Chrestomanci novels, this is about a boy who is sent to work at the local castle by his uncle in order to kill someone, because it is his fate to do so It s a wonderful mix of magic and reality, like so many of Diana Wynne Jones s books the magic coming from the castle interferes with TV reception in the town below, and Conrad s mum isn t much help to anyone because she s deep in writing a book which always makes me feel bad The tale of Conrad s fate, and how Conrad [...]


  11. Review from A Journey Through PagesAlthough for the other two volumes of Chrestomanci I reviewed the stories together, this time around there s a lot to both stories and they have improved in quality so I m splitting my post up to cover each one.First of all, I love Christopher aka Cat s Chrestomanci in this book It shows how his personality developed from The Lives of Christopher Chant to the character of Chrestomanci in all the other books He s begun to take on that dramatic well dressed air [...]


  12. Natasha asked me about what I was reading and I tried to explain That it s alternate universes, some with magic, some with technology, some with both, and the magician in charge of keeping thins in line, and magicians with nine lives, and kinds in boarding schools, and feuding families in Italy, andwell, all of that isn t in this one, but the series is kind of all over the place, wherever an interesting story occurred to her And there s no big overarching storyline, as there is in Harry Potter B [...]


  13. Fun book, though the pacing is a little odd, I think It suddenly gets frantic at the end, so many events cramped into the space that would ve gone to describe less than a day earlier in the book That didn t quite work for me sedate to breakneck in five seconds flat But then, that happens a lot in Diana Wynne Jones work, to a greater or lesser extent, for me.Besides, it s another one of those where the answers are right in front of the main character the whole time and he just doesn t get it.Stil [...]


  14. Charming as always, Jones here gives us not only what I would call an early Chrestomanci story, when Christopher Chant is still a boy, but it s a murder mystery as well Conrad lives in Series Seven, where he is taken very much for granted by his uncle and mother Conrad doesn t realize this, however, nor does he realize the web of deceit that surrounds him when his uncle tells him that he needs to work off a debt from a past life by killing someone in this one Millie is given page time here, an [...]


  15. Not quite as good as MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA or LIVES OF CHRISTOPHER CHANT, but all Christopher is good I could wish that the final resolution was clearer I am still trying to sort out who is who If Amos is actually Conrad s uncle the brother of his father then who is Uncle Alfred I kind of think Alfred is the brother of Conrad s mother , but then how can he pretend to the lordship of the castle after eliminating other family members Wouldn t Conrad himself be a likely heir And there s a wobblines [...]


  16. Any time you want a strong dose of the fantastical, Diana Wynne Jones is there for you This book tells the story of a kid with a terrible uncle who makes him drop out of school and lands him a job at a house sitting on a dimensional rift with the people who live there actively and accidentally trying to make it worse Unfortunately, it s a little difficult to solve interdimensional magical problems when you re also trying to learn how to do your very first job This book is delightful and wonderfu [...]


  17. A most beguiling fantasy tale, set in a world or worlds just sideways of our own I felt the resolution was a bit too neat, but the stakes along the way are very high and there s some excellent depictions of high weirdness, as well as the domestic hurly burly of a large household and great characters.


  18. Elegant line drawings heading 20 chapters underscore humor Sunnyside up eggs and sliding slices of bacon decorate like shoe buckles below striped silk stockings p 160, when probabilities shift where Conrad 12 and his fellow page, incognito Christopher Chant 15, learn to cook an alternate breakfast menu choice at Stallery manor Most transformations are minor or ignored, half Stallchester thinks postboxes were always blue not red p 19 Like Jones previous Lives of Christopher Chant , na ve boy narr [...]



  19. In the Related Worlds, there is infinite possibility Someone at Stallery mansion in Conrad s world has figured out how to pull the possibilities for personal gain It causes the televisions to act weird and the mailboxes to change color Also it s given Conrad s a black fate he can t escape unless he finds who is responsible and kills them The best method is to become a servant at Stallery The catch is that Christopher Chant needs the job too And with Christopher, the next Chrestomanci, involved, [...]


  20. I ve been revising Diana Wynn Jones s rest in peace Chrestomanci series for comfort reading, and it s been just the ticket nostalgic, exciting, sardonic, and fun I read all of these books several times a teenager, and they definitely withstand growing up despite being YA novels originally, like much of Jones work.The plot of the novel is rather Upstairs Downstairs Conrad Tesdinic, a resident of a mountainous European world, is compelled by his uncle to seek employment at the mysterious Stallery [...]


  21. I am a fan of first person narrative stories, but they are very tricky to get right, especially in the sort of intricate plot structures which DWJ enjoys The problem is always that we cannot see anything that does not happen to or with the protagonist, unless the author cheats and info dumps on us Here as with much of her work we are presumed to be smart enough to keep up and although the resolution is as rushed and messy as always, there is a sense that this is because Conrad himself is struggl [...]


  22. I was so looking forward to reading this book teenage Christopher but the first person completely threw me I got used to it by the end of the book, but to begin with I kept trying to translate it to third person in my head all the while wondering WHY, DWJ, WHY FIRST PERSON The pacing was slow to begin with, and then everything seemed to happen at breakneck speed in the last few chapters And I was cross with Anthea when she swans in near the end and is all, Oh, I knew I should have written and to [...]


  23. I think this should be read as 2 in the series, after The Lives of Christopher Chant, although it s labeled 5 The primary character is Conrad Tesdenic, who lives with his mother and uncle His father is deceased, his mother is too distracted writing feminist books to pay any attention to Conrad, while his uncle is yet another evil family member in which Conrad mistakenly places his trust Tired of being treated like a servant which is why his sister Anthea fled to university after securing a schol [...]


  24. Whilst I don t think it is one of the best of Diana Wynne Jones that I have read, and not among my favourites in the Chrestomanci series I still really enjoyed this book so it does pain me to give it only three stars Maybe 3.79 stars would be appropriate, but that is details.Conrad s Fate takes us back to young Christopher Chant as a teenager chronologically following The Lives of Christopher Chant As with many of Diana s books they are rarely published in chronological order and so it is not n [...]


  25. This is part of a longer review originally posted here.I really enjoyed this book mainly because of its snapshot of Christopher as a teenager and his relationships with both Conrad and Millie Since Lives, Christopher has further developed his supercilious and sarcastic personality He has also learned how to focus and use his immense gift of natural charm He and Conrad become friends easily and this lends an interesting perspective on Christopher s character Conrad is in turn annoyed, awed, amuse [...]


  26. The last Chrestomanci book I read Charmed Life rather discouraged me from reading any DWJ for a while This book I had put on suspended hold at the library before then, and it came after I had forgotten all about it So I did check it out and eventually got round to reading it, and I m glad I did It has a light, playful feel and the probability shifts are funny imagine suddenly finding that your uniform had changed style and colors in the time it took you to pick up a plate of meat and potatoes t [...]


  27. I saw a few reviews saying this book didn t have the feel of the older Chrestomanci books, but I don t agree with that I liked it a lot and to me it had a very similar feel to Charmed Life, which I also enjoyed.It was a tad predictable but I feel like that s forgivable in a book for children It still managed to surprise me a few times I really enjoyed seeing a younger Christopher, and Conrad was a really fun character as well The setting was nice too, there was a lot going on It s still a bit st [...]


  28. The fifth in the Chrestomanci series sees Diana Wynne Jones in fine form It s light, but not too light, charming but not saccharin It s witty, but also touches on serious topics.I really despise reviewers who say every single even slightly fantasy related book should be read by fans of Harry Potter, but I have to say that this series really is one that Potter fans would probably like Although it s part of a series, it s also a stand alone story Fans will recognize some of the characters as they [...]


  29. I haven t read any of the Chrestomanci books since I was quite wee I m not sure what made me want to pick this one up now, but it was enjoyable even with a blurred memory of the context of the rest of the series I enjoyed the first half of the book the best, when Conrad has no idea what s going on and Christopher gets to be cocky and mysterious and delightfully obnoxious The end, in comparison, was unfortunately rather muddled too much happening at once, and then that big jump forward in time, w [...]


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