House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
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House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  11,376 ratings  ·  931 reviews
A chaotically magical sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William's tiny cottage while he's ill should have been easy, but Great Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland an his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places - the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Greenwillow Books
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Nic
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Erin
Dec 06, 2011 Erin rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: completists
Well, I feel a lot of guilt for giving the final chapter of the Castle series a measley 2 stars, but it is what it is.

The magic was pretty boring, consisting of water pipes heating up/cooling down, food appearing when you say "Breakfast, please!", and doorways that lead to many places depending on which direction you turn. Whoop-dee-doo.

The plot was so, so slow-moving. And predictable. Maybe if it had just been one or the other I would have been more satisfied, but slow-moving and predictable?...more
Becky
I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing was excellent, and it was certainly almost a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, although calling it the sequel is perhaps unfair to Castle in the Sky.

Vague spoilers follow:

It did rather fail as a traditional novel for two reasons. First, there was nothing much holding it together thematically. Charmain's character development was interesting and coherent, but it had no real bearing on the endgame of the plot, beyond the fact that it allowed her to be...more
Emma (Miss Print)
“House of Many Ways” is Jones’ third novel featuring Howl and Sophie, following “Howl’s Moving Castle” from 1986 (also a movie adaptation made by Hayao Miyazaki in 2004) and “Castle in the Air” from 1990. Although all of these novels stand alone very nicely, certain nuances of the story will make more sense if you read the novels in sequence. Certain characters’ cameo appearances will also be more satisfying with the background afforded by reading all three novels.

This particular story starts in...more
Genevieve
To me this reads rather like Diana Wynne Jones trying to write a book that would translate perfectly into a Hayao Miyazaki movie. This sets it apart from Howl's Moving Castle , which was mutlilated in the process of being turned into a Miyazaki film. The hyperkinetic, overstuffed and underexplained action of the latter third or so; the surreal, dreamlike beauty of certain scenes; some bizarrely cute flourishes (like Waif); the frilly Anglo touches (Afternoon Tea, crumpets); the out-of-the-blue a...more
Myles
DWJ Book Toast, #8

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.

A...more
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Charmain ha vivido toda la vida rodeada de algodones. Nunca ha tenido que limpiar, ordenar o cocinar, ya que a sus padres no les parecía conveniente que ella hiciese algo así., ya que no es "respetable". Siempre ha vivido con la nariz metida en los libros, sin preocuparse de nada más. No tiene independencia, ni posibilidad alguna de demostrar su valía. Por eso, cuando su tía Sempronia (la cual, según dicen, es un poco bruja) le dice que tiene que cuidar de la casa de un tal tío William, que es m...more
Sesana
My least favorite of the Castle books, which still means that it's quite a good book. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are here, of course, and for much more of the book than they had been in Castle in the Air. They steal every scene they're in from Charmain, the newly introduced lead character.

Charmain is almost the entire reason why I felt like House of Many Ways didn't live up to the other Castle books. As a protagonist, she's a hard sell. She's cross and somewhat lazy, to the point that it took me...more
Margaret
This follows Castle in the Air as a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Charmain Baker is pleased when her family sends her to look after Great-Uncle William's little cottage while he's ill; after all, she longs to have some time to herself and the freedom to read and do whatever she wants. But Great-Uncle William is the Royal Wizard of High Norland, and his house is...a little unusual. Soon Charmain is drawn into intrigue at the royal palace, where the king has called in magical help from another k...more
Sean DeLauder
Boy, I really wanted to enjoy this. Those four stars are derived primarily from the fact that Mrs. Jones' storytelling ability held my attention for a full 400 pages despite reveling in every moment where the snooty main character was put in her place. There's also the pleasure that comes from seeing Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer reappear for an extended period.

As with the previous book in the series, Castle in the Air, there is a prolonged run-up to the climactic scene, followed by an abrupt and a...more
Heidi
Diana Wynne Jones may be my favorite author for those days when life seems altogether mundane. For those days when I need some magic and adventure, but I also need a helping of the charmingly flawed and stubbornly relatable. House of Many Ways, DWJ’s final book in her Howl series does just that. There’s something incredibly gratifying about having a go-to author whose books you can pick up in a time of need and know for certain that she’ll pull through for you. Returning to the world of Ingary,...more
Cassie
Jun 10, 2008 Cassie rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Howl's Moving Castle
In this sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, we once again move to a new continent, but we see the return of old favorites like Howl, Sophie, and Calcifer, as well as a few characters from Castle in the Air, namely Jamal and Princess Hilda.

When this book showed up in my mailbox, I excitedly pulled out all my Howl world books and reread them in anticipation of House of Many Ways. I probably need to reread it before truly judging it, but upon finishing it I didnt’ feel as much of a need to reread as I...more
Punk
YA Fantasy. Charmain Baker has lived her entire life in her parents' house with not a thing expected of her until she's shipped off to look after her great-uncle's house and she realizes just how many things she has no idea how to do! At that point it hardly matters that the house is magic and populated by her great-uncle's spells; she's already way out of her depth. Add to that a King, a small dog, an evil purple bug, and a bumbling apprentice, and Charmain has a lot of learning to do, and fast...more
Meli
No es el mejor de la trilogía, pero me encantó :3
Además me encantó que en la mayor parte del libro el exterior de Howl reflajara su interior jaja
Me gustó el final, me causó mucho Morgan y como se va gritando "Dingle", me causa muchísimo saber que Howl va a tener que lidiar con eso ahora (y que está criando un mini él!)

Ahora a superar la idea de que ya no voy a volver a leer nada nuevo sobre este señorito presumido :/

Veremos cuánto me dura la depresión post-Howl *se va corriendo a llorar a un rin...more
Exina
Oh, my Gosh, what an awful, disappointing story! What antipathetic and helpless characters! I was extremely irritated by Chairmain and Peter. Even Sophie and Howl are annoying. The ‘lubbock’, this purple-hued insect, is ridiculous. Even the last action scene is lousy.

Though I liked Mr. Baker, the kobolds, and Calcifer, it is not enough even for two stars.
Joselyn Star
Unfortunately, I found this book very boring. I also left this book feeling like there were some plotholes that should've been covered. (I'm not going to list them here lest I sound like a fool if they were actually explained.)

Well anyway, I know that DWJ's style is kinda like this... lots and lots of description (sometimes useless), lots of details and nonsense until maybe 3/4 of the book, then BAM! Everything gets solved really quick. The thing is, I don't really like her style, usually becau...more
Chris
Many of the pieces in Reflections, the collection of writings by and about Diana Wynne Jones, address the question authors often get asked: Where do you get your ideas? And of course there is no single simple answer. She does however offer this suggestion, in an item entitled ‘Some Hints on Writing’:

When I start writing a book, I know the beginning and what probably happens in the end, plus a tiny but extremely bright picture of something going on in the middle. Often this tiny picture is so dif...more
Quigui
In the last of the Howl's Castle series of books, we start with Charmain, a bookish 14 year old, who gets volunteered by her great-aunt to take care of her distant great-uncle William's house. Well, magical house. Charmain is a respectable young lady (read: sheltered and spoiled) and, as such, she doesn't know how to do much besides reading a lot, and eating a lot of pasties. That includes washing clothes and dishes, and goes as far as making tea.

Luckily for her, the house is indeed magical, and...more
Lynn
I will read anything by DWJ - she is one of my favorite authors. House of Many Ways features appearances by Sophie, Howl (disguised as a little boy), their toddler Morgan and Calcifer. They are as engaging as always but the central character in this wonderful tale is Charmain, a spoiled teenager who has been raised to be respectable and who spends all the day with her nose in a book. Charmain's aunt whisks her away suddenly to take care of her Great Uncle William's house while he is away being c...more
Joy
The problem with House of Many Ways and the earlier Castle in the Air is that neither can live up to the standard set by Howl's Moving Castle, which just happens to be one of my favorite books of all time. The new protagonists introduced here aren't nearly as entertaining as Howl and Sophie from the original; as a result, I spent most of the book wishing the story would go back to the supporting cast. Overall, this is a very average offering for Diana Wynne Jones; she's definitely capable of doi...more
Jessica
Delightful, though that is only to be expected from Diana Wynne Jones! In this sequel to Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air, respectable young Charmain Baker has been sent to housesit for her great uncle, a wizard. In his strange little cottage she encounters many things: a small stray dog, rooms upon rooms that even the wizard has never seen, multiplying laundry, and a hapless apprentice wizard, amonh other things. She also enounters a mystery or two, and it was fun to see how everythin...more
Elisabeth
I feel bad that I never picked up a Diana Wynne Jones book as a teenager. She's a masterful writer, and each book is unique.
Arminzerella
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Jody Mena
I loved it! I admit, it was not as exciting or imaginative as the first two books, but it was still a very charming and enchanting tale, with lots of twists and turns (literally and figuratively) and a lot of very British humor. Once again, Jones' writing style manages to save the book from being dismissed during the slow parts, she's quite a talented author in my opinion. Where the other two books were more like fairytales, this book was more like a whodunit mystery involving fantasy creatures...more
Jen
After reading Castle in the Air and being, shall we say, less than thrilled with it, I promised my loyal readership that I would take on the third and final tome in the Howl's Moving Castle trilogy. I'm glad I, "took one for the team." This book was everything I'd wished that Castle in the Air had been. It had all the fantastic pizazz of Howl's Moving Castle and, as always, threw some new tricks into the mix.

Though you are hopefully resting in peace, I just wanted to say thank you Diana Wynne Jo...more
Rebecca
House of Many Ways was an interesting read. It started off being really slow and boring at the start but then it got a little bit more exciting. About 3/4's of the way through I started to get interested in what was going on. Unfortunately this excitement didn't last. I was a tad disappointed by the ending too.
As for characters, I was excited to see Howl, Sophie and Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle. But unfortunately they didn't make the book any more exciting. I really disliked most of the ch...more
Bludhaven
The sequel to "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Castle in the Air" follows Charmain Baker. Brought up to be by her overly protective and easily worried mother to be "respectable" she is pretty much the epitome of a child that never had to do anything herself. She loves books and reading more than anything.
Then she is "volunteered" to look after the house of a wizzard in his absence and the adventure starts, because suddenly she finds herself in a house that bends space and time, that reacts to magical...more
Lesley
This book was disappointing. I was excited when I first read the back of the book, so excited that I first read Howl's Moving Castle. (The House of Many Ways is a sequel to it.)

The book starts off promising with a basic premise that could lead in many directions - a bookworm girl who has been insulated from magic in the world sent off to attend her great-uncle's wacky house until he has recovered from an illness.

Unfortunately, all the charm is in the house, and the book soon takes the plot right...more
the never-ending library
Charmain Baker is a bookworm (something I can definitely relate to!); she has her nose in a book all day and aspires to work in the King’s library. So you can imagine how annoyed she is when she has to look after Great Uncle William’s tiny cottage while he’s ill. It seems a simple task until you realise that Great Uncle William is a Royal Wizard and everything in his house is magical: the fireplace, the food, even the stray dog and Charmain hasn’t been trained in magic at all! To make matters wo...more
Leah
Diana Wynne Jones wrote so easily and comfortably, and reading in anticipation of running into old favourites, this book was like slipping into a familiar old jumper and cuddling back up into my teenage years.
Charmain is a classic Wynne Jones female lead, naive but talented, open to learning new things and going on a massive journey of discovery, learning that the world and the people she thought she knew are actually nothing like her perceptions - they're usually wiser and much more affable tha...more
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Diana Wynne Jones was the author of more than thirty critically acclaimed fantasy stories, including the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm.

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“All she heard next of the strange conversation behind the sofa was Mrs. Pendragon saying something about sending Twinkle (or was his name Howl?) to bed without supper and Twinkle daring her to 'jutht TRY it.” 72 likes
“Sophie said a bad word. In the dim light she had stubbed her toe on one of the many dusty bricks piled around the place.
Naughty-naughty" Twinkle said.
Oh shut up!" Sophie said , standing on one leg to hold her toe. "Why don't you grow up?”
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