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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (original 1986; edition 2010)

by Diana Wynne Jones (Author)

Series: Howl's Castle (1)

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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.
Title:Howl's Moving Castle
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones (Author)
Info:HarperCollins Children's Books (2010), Edition: New edition, 320 pages
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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)

  1. 221
    Stardust by Neil Gaiman (DeltaQueen50)
  2. 140
    House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Another in the same series featuring Howl and Sophie Pendragon (nee Hatter)
  3. 110
    The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (Anonymous user, rosylibrarian)
  4. 121
    Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Also features Howl and Sophie
  5. 90
    Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (infiniteletters)
  6. 80
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (LCoale1)
  7. 50
    The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Despite a castle being in the titles of both books, each novel is really about the human stories contained within and the characters' interaction with the magic they come in contact with.
  8. 94
    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (ut.tecum.loquerer)
  9. 40
    A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar style of writing - whimsical and magical
  10. 30
    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (bell7)
  11. 30
    Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce (foggidawn)
  12. 10
    The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (mysimas)
  13. 10
    The Changeling Sea by Patricia A. McKillip (cammykitty)
    cammykitty: sweet romance
  14. 10
    Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez (SunnySD)
  15. 22
    Uprooted by Naomi Novik (tralliott)
  16. 00
    Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier (kkisser)
  17. 11
    Jinx by Sage Blackwood (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar in style and tone, both books are filled with magic and wizards, spells and rumors about mysterious and dangerous beings to be avoided.
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    Tellos, Vol.1 by Todd Dezago (FFortuna)
  19. 00
    Ithanalin's Restoration by Lawrence Watt-Evans (DWWilkin)
    DWWilkin: When reading these books it seems that they have a great deal that would be make each compliment the other.
  20. 00
    The Chocolatier's Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Although Howl's Moving Castle is considered YA, this book reminded me of it in the whimsical and quirky way the story is written and the romance and magic involved. Both books are delightful!

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Honestly, this book is amazing. It's so charming. I loved the witty way it was written. ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
Ho letto tutti i libri di Diana Wynne Jones su cui sono riuscita a mettere le mani, da quando incappai, in biblioteca, in Le vite perdute di Christopher Chant. Ha un tocco umoristico, delicato, ma è anche meno edulcorata di molti autori per ragazzi. Lo consiglierei sempre, a prescindere, a partire da tutti i ragazzi dalla 5^ elementare in su.

Sophie è un personaggio meraviglioso, intraprendente, in grado di reagire alle difficoltà con senso pratico e coraggio. Howl è casinista, eccentrico, altro che "figo tenebroso"... è a metà tra il genio e il bambino viziato, e quando si comporta da tale, Sophie gli somministra i giusti coppini verbali.

Se avete visto il film, certe cose, come testa di rapa, sono spiegate meglio nel libro, come d'altronde è normale vista la differente lunghezza e la volontà di Miyazaki di non complicare troppo la trama. ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
Howl, born Jenkins in a small village in Wales, is a wizard and a pretty good one. Only problem is that he's been cursed by the powerful Witch of the Waste who has also disappeared another wizard and the brother of the local king, Prince Justin. Howl has a fire demon who builds him a castle that can move about and thus he eludes the witch. Three girls live in a hat shop in a little market town in England, the eldest believes the tales that say the eldest is always a dud, and ends up being cursed herself into an old woman, a fate she accepts, but she does end up leaving home and starting adventures of her own. Wonderfully written and wonderfully read. What a premise--a 90-year old heroine and what a delight! Howl himself is a hoot, a terrible flirt, kind-hearted but also vain and self-absorbed -- I adore how characters in DWJ's work talk to one another. I've decided to do the Wynne Jones ouevre on audio, so you'll be seeing many more. ****1/2 ( )
1 vote sibylline | Dec 29, 2021 |
Added this for 2017 because I have listened to the audio book approx 20 times over the course of the year. It's comforting and I set it to play for a bit when I'm going to sleep and then sometimes have dreams where I throw weed killer at people. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sessions, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jos. A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sterlin, JennyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, TimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stimpson, TomCover artistsecondary 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.
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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