If you haven't heard already...yesterday, the fantasy novel world lost an extremely important and very dear author...
Diana Wynne Jones, you will always be in our hearts. Thank you for giving us the beautiful world of Sophie, Howl, Calcifer, and others. Ingary will live forever on, as will the rest of your worlds. Thank you for creating the world that inspired one of Hayao Miyazaki's loveliest films--it is because of both the film and your book that I've made some very special friendships with people who love your work just as much as I do.
To my readers, I highly recommend Ms Jones's works. Our authors are never given the recognition they deserve, so please honor her life by reading Howl's Moving Castle (I reviewed the book not too long ago), or any of her other books. I promise it'll be worth it. I am only sorry that I did not get to read more of her novels before her death. Howl hit all my sweet spots as far as books go: fantasy, adventure, romance, humor, identity--just lovely.
Rest in peace, and God bless.