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

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  12,968 ratings  ·  1,010 reviews
When Charmain is sent to look after Great-Uncle William's house while he is away being cured by the elves, she is unprepared for the house itself. But she is prepared for reading--and that makes her indispensable to the Wizard Howl, in this sequel to Howl's Moving Castle.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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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
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
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
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
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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Melissa Proffitt
This book feels far more similar in style and story to Howl's Moving Castle than the first "sequel," Castle in the Air, did. One of the things I love most about Jones's novels is how she makes ordinary things magical--and then explores the implications. Magical meal preparation! Where do the dishes go afterward? Wash dishes by magic! How do you make the soap bubbles stop? Howl's appearance in this book is hilarious, even though you really want to grab him around the collar and shake him until h...more
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
Not quite as strong as the first two in the series.

What Jones did very well with this series is bringing to life enjoyable primary characters that are flawed in ways that are simultaneously amusing and understandable. The young heroine here keeps telling herself she must be nicer to Peter, who is a seriously clueless young man, as well as to others, but she keeps being distracted by how irritating they are. I suspect her target audience is the tween, and from what I vaguely recall of that age, t...more
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.
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.
Okay, to get it out of the way: Charmain is one of the main characters I've ever come across who I did not particularly care for. And, believe you me, I am saddened by that fact.

I thought that she was going to be this young lady who, despite having her head up in the clouds with her books, will display some charming qualities that would make her irreverent and interesting. But -- spoiler alert (?) -- she turned out to be selfish, thoughtless, lazy, irresponsible, rude, and ungrateful.

Sure, the n...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
I was disappointed. After the amazing story of Castle in the Sky I expected more of House of Many Ways.

It was so boring! I have no idea how she managed to write so many pages of this! The magic was boring, the plot was both predictable AND boring, I had to force myself to read and finish it. I fell asleep each time I read it and my mind wandered and I would have to go back and re read. I continued because I kept saying "what if the next page it gets really good?" It never did.

But I enjoyed rea...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer

I'm having such a HUGE crush on Mrs. Diana Wynne Jones! I'm not sure you should trust me when it comes to her books.
Ultimo libro en la saga de Howl... lo cual es una lástima porque uno nunca se cansa de este mago y sus ocurrentes ideas.

La protagonista de este libro es Charmain Baker... alguien totalmente odioso. Una inútil, vaga y consentida niña que no sabe hacer nada y tampoco tiene intención de aprender a hacerlo. Creo que solamente hacia finales del libro logre que me cayera más o menos bien, pero no tanto.
Peter, el joven aprendiz del mago, a pesar de ser torpe siempre esta esforzándose por hacer las cosa...more
I will always have a soft spot for Diana Wynne Jones’s fantasy world(s) and vivid characterization, as well as her way of weaving the story together. Unfortunately, The House of Many Ways isn’t as strong story as most other books I’ve read from her.

There are still lots of things in this book that I love, namely Uncle William’s house, Charmain and her dad, and of course, Calcifer. But when it comes to plot... Well. It doesn’t work as well as I have come to expect from her. I don’t understand it....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.” 77 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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