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Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle) (original 1986; edition 2012)

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Title:Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle)
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:Greenwillow Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 448 pages
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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)

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I know a movie has been made of this but I haven't seen it and am glad I haven't.

Sophie is the oldest of three sisters who live in the Market Chipping in Ingary, a magical land. When her father passes away the two younger sisters are sent off to seek their fortunes, but Sophie stays at her father's hat shop. She makes the hats and pretty much runs the business while her step-mother is busy elsewhere.

When the Witch of the Waste comes in to buy a hat, Sophie can not seem to please her and winds up being turned into an old woman by the wicked witch. Sophie feels that it is now time for her to seek her own fortune and due to the magic spell she is under, the only solution is to seek a bargain with the Wizard Howl who lives in a moving castle.

Howl has a bad reputation of being lecherous, eating young girls up after breaking their hearts. He is elusive and evil. Sophie is determined and manages to enter his constantly moving castle in an effort to get help from Howl. What she finds there is a fire-demon, Howl's assistant and a place in need of a good cleaning and organizing. She takes on dealing with all this while trying to figure out what she is going to do.

One hinderance is that being the oldest she is destined to make bad decisions. With this in mind she feels that when she makes a decision that will always be wrong. Along the way she finds different and that she also has magic of her own.

The characters are delightful and the story has plenty of action, humour and moves at a good clip. Goodread for children and adults.
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Much more witty than the movie--but a little less romantic.

The story is more indepth, includes more flourishes and interesting -ism's that are typical of Jones' wonderful style. No faults here. Just a very little bit sad where it relates to our own lives... So while lacking Miyazaki, this book is much more poignant.

... WEIRD. Love story, Magical, a movie was made out of it, that was considerably more romantic. She's cursed by this witch because … I dunno, she made her an ugly hat, or has magic, or something, and the wizard howl who hops through different dimensions, and the witch is evil, and the fire talks (was voiced by Billy Crystal in the American version of the movie) and... there WAS a happy ending for the couple. Pretty dark. ( )
  knotbox | Jun 9, 2016 |
I love the movie, and came across this book in the library ... serendipity! I didn't even know there was a book.

A delightful read, now I need to rewatch the movie (good thing I have the DVD), just to see where the book and movie differ. I know there are several differences, and I love both versions.

I LOVE such children's books, and now must absolutely look up the rest of Wynne Jones' books.

Here's the list of her books (from the inside cover of this one):
Archer's Goon
Aunt Maria
Believing is Seeing: Seven Stories
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Eight Days of Luke
Fire and Hemlock
Hidden Turnings: A Collection of Stories through Time and Space
The Homewad Bounders
Howl's Moving Castle
The Orge Downstairs
Power of Three
Stopping for a Spell
A Tale of Time City
The Time of the Ghost
Warlock at the wheel and other stories
Year of the Griffin

Book 1: Charmed Life
Book 2: The Lives of Christopher Chant
Book 3: The Magicians of Caprona
Book 4: Witch Week
Mixed Magic (Stories)
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 1 - contains books 1 & 2
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol 2 - contains books 3 & 4

Book 1: Catt and cwidder
Book 2: Drowned Ammet
Book 3: The Spellcoats
Book 4: The Crown of Dalemark
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  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
My girlfriend and I read Howl’s Moving Castle out loud to each other, which I believe made it a lot more enjoyable than it would’ve been if I’d read it in my head. It was a fun, young adult fantasy story about a young girl, Sophie, who gets turned into an old woman. She makes her way to Wizard Howl’s castle, where she makes a deal with a fire demon named Calcifer, who promises to reverse her curse if she can figure out how to release him from his prison of Howl’s fireplace.

To be honest, I didn’t much like the plot of this book. I found it a bit uninteresting—in fact, I couldn’t even tell you the details of it, even though I only finished it a week or two ago. I thought that at times things happened too fast, so if I missed a quick mention of something, then too bad; I was behind. I kept going back a few pages to refresh my memory, which is really annoying. But maybe my inattentiveness can be attributed to my general disinterest in the plot.

howlI did like trying to guess what was going to happen throughout the book. This is one of my girlfriend’s greatest skills: guessing what’s about to happen. (I swear she ruins every movie by guessing the ending in—literally—the first five minutes.) But we both had some trouble predicting the ending, and I like being surprised by the direction a book takes. I also liked the small details: the way the castle could open its door on four different locations at once; the way Sophie talked magic into objects; the way Howl spent so much time perfecting his appearance it was comical.

After finishing the book, we watched the film adaptation, which was very different. There were many places where the plot and characters deviated from the book. It was entertaining, though. ( )
  blackrabbit89 | May 6, 2016 |
This is an amazing book, my only regret is that i never read it as a child so i could amplify the feeling. It is beautifully written, and exploits the concept of beauty in every scale. How we in our youth are too caught up with our looks to sometimes realize whats in front of us.
This story explores that same theme with Sophie a young girl who, due to an evil spell cast by the witch of the waste, was turned into an old woman. In her journey to turn back young she was able to develop from a scared mouse to a woman able to face any kind of hardship. She became wise enough to know how to handle a man to whom beauty meant everything.
With that she taught him love lies behind many faces, even those withered and old. ( )
  LadyJoana | Apr 9, 2016 |
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This one is for Stephen
The idea for this book was suggested by a boy
in a school I was visiting, who asked me to
write a book called The Moving Castle.
I wrote down his name, and put it in such a safe
place, that I have been unable to find it ever since.
I would like to thank him very much.
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In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worse, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.
She was not even the child of a poor woodcutter, which might have given her some chance of success! Her parents were well to do and kept a ladies' hat shop in the prosperous town of Market Chipping. -- Chapter 1 (p.1)
It was odd. As a girl, Sophie would have shriveled with embarrassment at the way she was behaving. As an old woman, she did not mind what she did or said. She found that a great relief.  -- Chapter 5 (p.83)
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In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.

After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.

The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.

In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?

Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.

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Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

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