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Archer's Goon (1984)

de Diana Wynne Jones

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After the Goon moves into Sykes' house and refuses to budge, thirteen-year-old Howard learns some startling information about his family, including the fact that he is adopted and that his father is connected with seven wizards who run their town.
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a town is "farmed" by 7 para normal beings but who is keeping them prisoners in it?
  ritaer | Apr 4, 2020 |
When Quentin Sykes takes a suggestion to cure his writer's block by starting to write 2,000 words and send them to the nice man he met playing golf, it sounded like a good idea, and it worked. Unfortunately, when one of his essays goes missing he finds out that his words may have more power than he thought, in fact they may be the only thing stopping seven seven wizard siblings from taking over the world. I found this book very entertaining. The world that was fun,different, and full of surprises. I liked how the Sykes family dealt with the craziness of their situation and I found the characters quite likable. The mystery was fun to figure out. Although I did guess it before the big reveal, it was not obvious from the start. Diana Wynne Jones definitely always has a fresh perspective on the fantasy genre and I look forward to reading more of her books. ( )
  Cora-R | Jul 31, 2019 |
I remember reading this book in middle school, long ago, and loving it for its sheer unpredictability and inventiveness. It holds up even better than I had hoped it would. ( )
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
A pleasant surprise. Until now, I hadn't paid much attention to this book, though I love all Diana Wynne Jones' books. What little I'd read about it was vague and didn't tell me much. I'm glad to say that just like most of the other books by DWJ this one's funny and fascinating, and unpredictable. ( )
  Ilirwen | Jun 7, 2016 |
Howard Sykes comes home from school one afternoon and finds a Goon firmly ensconced in his family’s kitchen. The Goon tells them that he comes from Archer, and that Archer wants his two thousand. This, it turns out is words – Quentin Sykes is an author – not money, and Quentin indignantly claims that he’s already sent them, but he’s persuaded to turn out another two thousand and the Goon leaves. But the next day, the Goon is back: those words won’t do. Quentin goes on strike and, one after another, the seven otherworldly siblings who secretly run the town make their own bids to get hold of his words. Howard has to take a break from designing spaceships in his head and, with the help of his sister, generally known as ‘Awful’, because she is (but her name is Anthea Mildred Dolores, so it’s hardly surprising), and some unlikely allies, step in to save his family, the town, and, in fact, the world – because what most of the seven siblings wants is to run the entire world, not just the town to which they are currently confined.

This is many people’s favourite DWJ, and it’s pretty high on my own list as well. It’s funny, witty, charming and imaginative – and totally original, as only DWJ could be.

"As seen on TV" claims the cover. Not by me, it wasn't. ( )
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