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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
Collections:Kindle
Rating:*****
Tags:children's, kindle: children's

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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)

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Liikkuva Linna on yksi lapsuuteni ikisuosikeista!

Kirjan päähahmona on hattukauppa Hatterin sisaruskolmikon vanhin sisar nimeltään Sophie ja hänelle on langennut klassinen vanhimman lapsen taakka hattukaupan perimisestä ja jatkamisesta. Hänen nuoremmat sisarukset taas saavat valita mitä haluavat elämältä ja se tuntuu Sophiesta epäreilulta, vaikka hän ei annakaan sen näkyä. Eräänä päivänä juuri ennen sulkemisaikaa hattukauppaan astuu outo asiakas, jota Sophien on vielä palveltava. Asiakas osoittautuukin erämään noidaksi, joka langettaa Sophien ylle vahvan kirouksen. Tämä kirous muuttaa Sophien vanhaksi naiseksi ja epätoivon vallatessa Sophie lähtee etsimään kaupungin ulkopuolella kiertelevän velho Howlin linnaa. Velhon rumotaan viettelevän ja syövän nuoria naisia, mutta Sophie ei kirouksen takia ole peloissaan.

Linnan löydettyään Sophie tapaa elävän tulen nimeltä Calcifer ja tekee tuon kanssa sopimuksen kirouksen rikkomisesta. Linnan sisäkön rooli sopii tehtävään passelisti ja etsiessään vastausta kiroukseen, Sophie miettii miten kauan Howl mahtaakaan sietää urkkivaa siivoojaa. Seikkailun jatkuessa Sophie löytää kirouksensa lisäksi kaikkea muutakin, myös totuuden kaikkien pahaksi leimaamasta velhosta.

Jonesin tekstit uppoavat minuun vielä aikuisenakin ja kirjassa käytetty huumori on mahtavaa. Suosittelen kirjaa kaikille, vaikka Miyazakin elokuvaversiokion olisi jo nähty. ( )
  roojien | Nov 24, 2014 |
I never had a huge desire to read this book because the movie made it seem like an odd story, which I have never seen. But I should have known to judge a book by the movie. I was hooked by the description when I was searching the under five dollars ebooks on B&N. This book remains me of the whimsy of p. Wrede's calling on dragons series. This story is set in a land of evil witches and morally gray wizards and other magics that keeps you reading. While there were parts of the story line I found predictable, there were other parts that kept me reading. Jones' ability for storytelling and just enough description to allow your imagination to guide you the rest of the way makes this a book I would recommend. ( )
  shannanwithana | Oct 26, 2014 |
After two sentences I knew I would love it. The characters and story were cute. I loved everything about it. Light and fanciful. Easy to read but a little messy at points. ( )
  CassandraT | Oct 10, 2014 |
A great book if you like fantasy or magic. You can tell it was written over twenty years ago, but it's still very interesting and fun. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
Love, love, love this book. What a wonderful fantasy story. ( )
  lilfries | Sep 16, 2014 |
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Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sessions, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sterlin, JennyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, TimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006441034X, Mass Market Paperback)

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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