You can listen to Diane Duane's entire Young Wizard series.
©2002 Diane Duane; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
"Duane's characters and plot will quickly draw [listeners] in." (School Library Journal)
"A fine fantasy." (Booklist)
This book was published in 2002, which is why the way it handled autism is kind of painful to listen to with modern ears. Back when I was a kid, I really loved this book, but the internet, and knowing some autistic people, has made parts of it, especially the ending, kind of not okay for me, which is sad. The book was rewritten recently with this in mind, so I'd recommend giving the Millennium Edition a try. They're currently only out as ebooks, but they'll eventually be published.
Diane Duane is amazing as usual, so the writing is good.
This book is kind of the "mental health" book of the series so far, dealing primarily with depression and autism. The story itself was really interesting, and, as usual, the worldbuilding is wonderful.
I highly recommend it, or the revised ebook.
Okay, it was time that the quality of this series took a hit. Instead of my normal enthusiastic five starts, this one only gets four.
Some of the narrative is confusing, and some of the facts are wrong. Autism, for example, doesn't suddenly strike eight-year-olds.
Still, there's much good in it, and I really liked the way it followed the events of A WIZARD'S DILEMMA. (No spoilers.)
It sort of feels like an in-between book. I expect that some of the details in this book will come up in the next two.
I've said it before, but the reader for this book is really good. Without launching into a full performance, she keeps the voices separate, and you can feel each character in the voice.
Diane Duane's understanding of Autism is good. She presents a story that could be a very plausible explaination for some forms of the syndrome. I think that reading this novel could help some people understand Autism Spectrum from the point of view of some of the individuals who present with it.
There was also alot of humor in this book. The "awakening" of Kit's dog and the various electronic entities had me laughing out loud several times.
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