Apparently YA fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones died yesterday at 77 after a year long battle with cancer. http://www.sfsite.com/news/2011/03/26/obituary-diana-wynne-jones/
I had read she was diagnosed and decided to stop treatment a few months ago so I knew it was only a matter of time but I was still saddened when I read about it this morning.
I wish she was an author I had grown up reading but I only happened to pick up a book of hers when I was 18 or so, I think because Neil Gaiman was a friend of hers. I love how fresh and often amusing her writing was especially in a genre like YA fantasy. My favorites were the Lives of Christopher Chant and Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as Dogsbody and Deep Secret. I’ve read several of her other books and I have to admit some of them I don’t get but she still had some interesting ideas. Her books are perfect comfort reading for me, sometimes I find myself grabbing one because I have a few minutes to kill and I end up rereading the whole thing!