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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:kindle: children's

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

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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 |
Love it. ( )
  CarmenFerreiro | Mar 28, 2016 |
This story is about a girl named Sophie who gets herself into some trouble with the Witch of the Waste who then cast a spell on her turning her into an older lady. Sophie then meets a wizard named Howl who is the only one who can help turn her to normal again.

This is one of my favorite fantasy books. It has good elements in it like the imagery and metaphors. It is one that really takes you on an adventure with Sophie who tries to brake a curse while untangling Howls heart so the curse can be broken.
  Katie-Langston | Mar 23, 2016 |
One of my favorite books of all time. It's an entertaining, light read with characters who are all highly individual, from the wizard Howl to the fire-demon Calcifer to the good-intentioned but rash heroine, Sophie. There's not a whole lot of action for much of the book, so don't read it for that reason, but there is some. It's very amusing though, and has a lot of different elements that all come together at the end.
It's also much better than the animated film with the same name, in regards to coherency, plot, and character development. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
One of my favorite books of all time. It's an entertaining, light read with characters who are all highly individual, from the wizard Howl to the fire-demon Calcifer to the good-intentioned but rash heroine, Sophie. There's not a whole lot of action for much of the book, so don't read it for that reason, but there is some. It's very amusing though, and has a lot of different elements that all come together at the end.
It's also much better than the animated film with the same name, in regards to coherency, plot, and character development. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sessions, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jos. A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sterlin, JennyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, TimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, DavidIllustratorsecondary 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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