The Homeward Bounders

The Homeward Bounders You are now a discard We have no further use for you in play You are free to walk the Bounds but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world If you suceed in returning Home then

  • Title: The Homeward Bounders
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • You are now a discard We have no further use for you in play You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world If you suceed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner When Jamie discovers the sinister, dark cloaked Them playing with human lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the world You are now a discard We have no further use for you in play You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world If you suceed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner When Jamie discovers the sinister, dark cloaked Them playing with human lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the worlds Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes an unwilling Random Factor in their deadly, eternal game.Jamie travels alone until he teams up with Helen and Joris, determined to beat Them at Their own game But Their rules don t allow Homeward Bounders to work together

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    1. Haven't read this one in years either, but thinking tonight about how much I love Diana Wynne Jones and remember this being another one of my favorites (not as good as Fire & Hemlock, though). This Diana Wynne Jones woman is a frikkin' GENIUS. IMO these are the greatest kids' books EVER WRITTEN. This one starts out when this kid who lives in some sort of strange time and place that never actually existed stumbles upon a group of Them (Them being hooded, sinister gamers who are possibly among [...]

    2. In her twelfth published novel, Diana Wynne Jones again does something new; The Homeward Bounders has a little bit of Dogsbody, a little bit of Power of Three, but mostly it's just itself. Young Jamie goes poking around where he shouldn't and is found by Them, mysterious cloaked creatures who appear to be playing an enormous strategy game with the world--and they deal with Jamie's intrusion by making him a Homeward Bounder. Now Jamie is forced to travel between worlds, pulled by an insistent dem [...]

    3. Not that I cannot or will not review a young adult fantasy, but more likely I am just not attuned to realizing and articulating what is best with this novel. The author is certainly very talented, the story is well crafted and blends more mature elements into a fine adventure story that many young readers will very probably enjoy, but I just could not get into it, much more of a YA book than what I was expecting.

    4. You all know how much I love Diana Wynne Jones.I discovered this book only a few weeks ago, when I picked it up from an HPB.I did not like this book.Now, don't get me wrong - it was fascinating. I read it in maybe three days. I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what happened next. NEEDED TO.BUT YOU GUYS I CRIED SO HARD BECAUSE OF THIS BOOKD I KNEW I WAS GOING TO CRYL THE WAY THROUGH THE BOOK I COULD SEE IT COMING, STRAIGHT FROM PAGE ONE.BUT IT HAPPENED. AND I DID.I MIGHT BE CRYING AGAIN RIG [...]

    5. I am terrible at remembering exact lines, even for poetry or songs, where you'd think the rhythm or sound would help. I regard all the characters in Tam Lin who can quote poetry-- or even the characters in Buffy who can quote movies -- word-perfect with suspicion and envy. I get the scansion right but one of the words wrong or the sense right but not the phrase and worst of it is, I know it's wrong -- I just can't remember what the right version is.I've always remembered the last line of this ri [...]

    6. This is one of the most complex yet richly rewarding reads that I have come across. It was like reading all of Pullman's Dark Materials in one book (sort of). The subject matter and idea was complex but the plot and characters were so engaging. Unlike Charmed Life, I thought this was a challenging read both in concept and an writing but it was infinitely all the better for it. Based on the idea that all worlds are controlled by gamers who played with our lives, one young boy, Jamie, having disco [...]

    7. Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite writers. I go to her when I need a jolt of something entirely different and unexpected. This has all the usual Jones elements: parallel worlds, girls with magical gifts, mythic beings, and the play on words and logic. As with Fire and Hemlock you may have to read the ending twice to figure out exactly how it all played out. The protagonist, Jamie Hamilton, is a compelling character. He's a twelve-year-old boy from a lower class family. He's not interested [...]

    8. I don't really know what rating to give this book, I guess 3.5 would be about right. It's a very imaginative story, which doesn't quite explain itself. I found myself re-reading paragraphs quite often to try and make sense of what was happening. For a children's book I think it's somewhat complex but on the other hand, maybe a child would just accept the concepts without trying to understand them! It's well written with interesting characters and despite a rather repetitive theme, it manages to [...]

    9. Solid 3.5 stars. This is one of those books that kind of defies expectation. Diana Wynne Jones is a lovely writer, and she understands dialogue and how not to over-explain things. This one started with a sheer sense of wonder. Not because the main character has a sense of wonder. He was very pragmatic and plain. The plain explanations, how obviously the main character doesn't understand the things he sees, ignites a sense of curiosity. It feels real. The middle is kind of up and down. There are [...]

    10. This is, to date, my favorite standalone DWJ. Yes, there were a few dragging parts, but I felt at the end they were necessary for Jamie's story. And any book that makes me cry is a good book. That ending had me in awe. As always DWJ makes a world, or worlds, that are so utterly fantastic you have no choice but to believe they're real. Every bit of it flowed perfectly to the next.

    11. Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I am still making my way through Diana Wynne Jones's backlist. 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) if 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. My interest level rose exponentially and she was kind enough to send me an o [...]

    12. Diana Wynne Jones was a wildly uneven writer. Even her worst stuff is better than many writers' best stuff. This book is one of her best - for the first 2/3 of it - and then it completely disintegrates. It feels as if she suddenly realized that it was shaping up to be a really long book and she was about to hit a major deadline like, the next day, so she threw in a ton of deus ex machina and bam, finished it. This is a damn shame because if it only had just kept going the way it started it would [...]

    13. [September 2005 review.] The more DWJ I read the more I can pick out what themes she likes to use, similarities between different stories, so at the very beginning this book reminded me of her Hexwood, but it ended up being very different. I really liked this one -- reviews on point out that this is one of her more somber, darker books and I think it's one of her best that I've read so far. The premise is that every world ia game played by Them, and if you discover this you get sentenced to wan [...]

    14. This was a lovely little escape from reality. I hate giving spoilers, so I won't go into details. Just pick it up and have a read. Diana Wynne Jones has a real talent for inventing worlds and telling a story. I do also love how she's basically timed how long it takes a young reader to get bored and will jump in with something intriguing to keep them going. If you're looking to be a writer, you could do worse than to study this master.

    15. oh my god, THIS BOOK IS TOO DEPRESSING. No wonder I haven't read it in ten years and blocked out most of it (although nothing will ever block out "But you wouldn't believe how lonely you get"). brb, SOBBING.

    16. “You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner.”The Homeward Bounders is another DWJ book that felt like a puzzle. And like all DWJ novels, it is inventive and does not hesitate to invite the young reader to think about difficult truths and work out a complicated plot. The premise is that re [...]

    17. A wonderful discovery. Jamie's disrespect for boundaries and nosiness get him to stumble into 'Them' and 'their game', thus being made a Discart and sent on a journey through hundreds of worlds as a 'Homeward Bounder', is only hope of escaping the endless circle being to find his way back home along the way. Jamie is a strong-minded, no-nonsense troublemaker - not the sort of hero we are used from Diana Wynne Jones, but one that makes perfect sense for this story. I loved him and liked the book, [...]

    18. a quick note: this is available on hoopla as an ebook, which is amazing given how generally difficult it is to find a great deal of DWJ's ouvreis is not my favorite DWJ- perhaps because it's kind of a bummer- but the concept is so well-executed and the magical conceit is -the answer to the riddle that hides in the center of the book - is explicable and interesting! it's probably more of a 3.5 star rating from me, but it's just so good at what it doesmetimes I miss reading books in first person w [...]

    19. This is a book that I very much loved as a kid, and rereading as an adult, I still find the plot (and the twists), the shout-outs to mythology, and the twisty nature of reality as presented in this story to be completely gripping. The characters were a little less interesting than I remember, but there is certainly an identifiable amount of diversity, which is somewhat atypical of a kids book of the time. The plot is detailed, the world-building spectacular (as one would expect from Jones), and [...]

    20. No sé porqué no había agregado éste libro si lo he leído varias veces y lo amo. Es de los libros más melancólicos de la tía Diana miamor y cada vez que vuelvo a leerlo, de nuevo me parte el corazón.Lo que de me hace curioso cada vez es cómo la añoranza por el hogar propio aumenta con el tiempo, así como la duda de qué es y dónde se encuentra realmente tu hogar. Ese tipo de cuestionamientos le da un matiz diferente a una historia que de por sí ya invita a pensar en el lugar al que [...]

    21. It's an interesting idea for a story, very much along the lines of the old TV series "Slidders", but it's so badly executed. At no point does the author actually stop and take the time to make any of the worlds feel real, ironic giving the way the story progresses. It's all just too shallow and basically plotted.

    22. I felt like this could have been a small series, or at least one larger book! Lots of interesting worlds and characters. Read it straight through while stuck at home with a cold and definitely wish it had gone on longer!

    23. This book was captivating and sad. Some of the characters got lost, but never the narrator, whom I was cheering for from nearly page one.

    24. I have a very high opinion of Diana Wynne Jones because of her self-evident awesomeness as a writer. Most of the books I have read by her also feature awesome heroines in the role of protagonist and/or narrator. The Homeward Bounders does not. However, in the spirit of promoting well-rounded reading and since Jones is already a perennial CLW favorite, I present my first Chick Lit Wednesday review with a hero instead of a heroine as the main character. "Have you ever heard of the Flying Dutchman? [...]

    25. Jamie Hamilton, the narrator of this book, looks thirteen but isn't really. He should be thirteen. His life is quite ordinary until he's twelve: he lives in a "really big, dirty, slummy city," with parents who own a grocery, and has a usual kind of British-ish life, school and home and football in the back courtyard with his sister and the neighbors. School is dull, and the grocery is dull, but Jamie likes football, and he likes exploring the city, which he describes in a great passage early in [...]

    26. I needed a YA classic for a reading challenge and Diana Wynne Jones always comes to mind for something like that. Honestly I had somehow missed this one over the years and I'm glad to say it still holds up. I was around the protagonist's age in 1981 when this was published and unlike so much of today's YA, this has no romance subplot (I'm not against those per se, but it is disappointing that in so many of today's YA novels the girl's only motivation is to land the hot guy).Jamie is your typical [...]

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