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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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Jones, D.W. (2008). Howl's Moving Castle. (First EOS Edition). New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.

This book is a wonderfully imagined story about a group of three sisters fated to follow the paths in many other fairytales where the eldest finds nothing but failure and the youngest finds good fortune and success. Sophie, the eldest, has resigned herself to taking over her stepmother's hat shop, until one day a witch puts a curse on her that turns her into an old woman. Forced to leave her home, she goes off to find answers and ends up living in the mystical castle owned by the feared "heart-eater" Wizard Howl.

This is such a fun, light read. All of the characters are well developed, flawed, and full of heart. Sophie takes to being an old woman surprisingly well since she thinks she's more suited to it than being young. Once she is old she no longer cares what people think of her and is able to grow and strengthen as a person, taking on many fearful characters her younger, timid self would never have dared to. Howl is vain, arrogant, cowardly, silly, but clever and powerful and in need of help just as much as Sophie.

The plot is simple, but has many twists and turns along the way making it a very quick read despite it's 400+ pages. The magical elements are done very well here, not overly explained but just enough to let the reader's imagination fill in the blanks.

The resolution feels complete, if just a little rushed.

This book would be good for middle-grade readers who enjoy fantasy books or other books by Dianne Wynn Jones. Readers that have seen Hayao Miyazaki's adaption will enjoy this very much. ( )
  KellyHedine | Jun 25, 2017 |
Finally read it. "Aww" ending. I understand now why I have some friends fangirling over Howl. Surprised to find the Ghibli production veers off. Will try to watch it anyway. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Fantastic. Utterly fun, entertaining and magical! Such a fun read. I found this book after watching Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece. I had been warned this would be different from the movie but I am glad I went ahead and read it. It was really great! I loved it and I highly recommend it to anyone who saw the movie and wanted to know more about Howl and Sophie. ( )
  lapiccolina | Jun 23, 2017 |
Sophie makes hats with magical properties and ends up bewitched by a wicked witch of the wastes; great adventure and we meet Calcifer, one of the best characterizations of an elemental. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 19, 2017 |
Meh, I can sort of see the appeal but it never quite worked for me, over the top humour trying too hard to be funny (and failing), without enough world building or explanation.

There's a wicked witch about, but most people are more scared of the big black castle that's appeared on the moorlands. Although it never quite seems to be in the same place it hasn't actually done anyone any harm. When you're the oldest of three daughters you know you're in for a life of drudgery and toil, and so susan prepares herself to sell hats to anyone who wants one. However it turns out that this has angered the Witch, who curses Susan to be Old. She takes this opportunity to make a new start and flees town, unsurprisingly ending up in the castle.

The castle is inhabited by a tame demon and the magician Howl and his apprentice, and they're none too keen to tangel with the Witch. The only interesting feature really is the portal doorway which opens on different worlds - set by Howl it can't readily be changed. Howl is a bit of ladies' man and spends more time courting and breaking hearts than he does anything else. Susan get son with the cleaning. Lots of coincidences occur. The end.

There's no explanations, there's no development, there's no interest. Howl apparently comes from Wales, but there's no reason why this should be, or how he ended up in the castle. He goes back to visit occasionally but there's no sign that this is though odd in any way.

I'm sure it was influential in it's time, but it's a sad parody now at best. ( )
  reading_fox | Jun 16, 2017 |
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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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