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Year of the Griffin  - Diana Wynne Jones Jones had a great time going to college, if this book is anything to judge by. (Of course, she got to hear lectures by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, so I can't help thinking it must have been heaven). So, this is a book about a group of undergraduates who meet and form friendships and romance right off the bat. And although things at college aren't ideal, and most of them have very challenging problems with their families, they do work together and learn and make decisions and affect their futures in a way very like [b:Circle of Friends|41977|Circle of Friends|Maeve Binchy|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1342486126s/41977.jpg|3152550].I have previously expressed a desire to live inside [b:House of Many Ways|2173611|House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)|Diana Wynne Jones|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1293848674s/2173611.jpg|2179265] because of never having to cook and the library, but no one who loves the idea of Hogwarts can be other than smitten with this particular wizarding college. Unlike [a:Terry Pratchett|1654|Terry Pratchett|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1235562205p2/1654.jpg]'s Unseen University it is fully integrated both by sex and species: there's a griffin, a dwarf, several heirs to different thrones. There's also some eccentric but good professors and some eccentric and awful ones, assassins, pirates, Legionaries, and a Disneyesque coatrack in thrall. There's lots of coffee being drunk, and some booze, and actual studying, as well as everyone ending up happily ever after.So, now, this Derkholm is the world I most want to live in, even if the food isn't that tasty, because unlike Harry Potter's world, the murderous thugs here are easily thwarted by clever people.Library copy.