Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle #1)
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 w...more
To really grasp and understand the book it should be read twice I think. Since I did watch the movie I wasn't as shocked at...more
I've never read Diana Wynne Jones before. I know!
Another ride to the cabin, another audiobook. I've discovered the young adult section, which is better suited to listening while driving. The length coincides with the time it takes to drive up and back, and it's just lighter thematically so I won't concentrate too hard and drive off the road. The reader for the audiobook had an accent that bugged me at first, but I eventually got over it because I liked how she said the...more
It is an amazing and fantastic book. The characters are so very different, funny, quirky and lovable that I was sucked in right away. The storyline was intriguing and fun to read. The writing was quite good and the world was utterly fascinating.
If you've watched the movie then...more
Howl's Moving Castle is one of those books that I wish I'd not read so I could read it again. That's a cliche, it's true, but it is true. A lot has been written about Howl's on goodreads so I'll try and say something beyond all of the t...more
On the fourth of July, we crammed ourselves into our car (my husband, mother in law, two girls, and I) and drove for over an hour to go see some fireworks. There was traffic almost the entire way, and I was jammed in the back in between two booster seats, which let me tell you – was not comfortable. I am a tall person and my knees basically alternated between being squished in between the two front seats, or slanted crazily off to one side....more
The supporting case was also good. I particularly liked Calcifier and his interactions with Sophie. As to Howl himself, there was no doubt in my mind his "true self" and I knew from the start where the tal...more
Sophie is turned into an old woman by the witch of the waste. This sets Sophie on her journey and finds herself being the...more
I really enjoyed Sophie, and feel like she is very human -- prone to snap judgments and bad decisions and she tends to underestimate herself. Howl is a very fun character, a bit of a "player" until his heart is stolen (literally).
I would like to check out the other books in the series, but this one does stand alone quite nicely. :)
While I appreciated some aspects of Wynne Jones fantasy building (the castle and it's doorway portals in particular), I don't see where she executed these ideas in any kind of sustained imaginative way. Apart from Howl (w...more
In this case, the book was just...more
This was quite a while ago, and it wasn't until just recently that I started reading reviews of the book by Diana Wynne Jones, so I ordered it right away. And, because my "to read" pile is enormous, it sat on my shelf f...more
I'm not sure why I didn't get more "into" this book. Perhaps it was that we read it over the holidays so chapters were squeezed in between busy days and tired nights. This is my first Wynne Jones book and I thought her style was fine, if nothing especially striking--but I was just not that captivated by the plot. I kept waiting for things to "pick up"--where was the excitement? Interest? But, no... it tended to plod, IMO. Even so, Howl was a rich and interesting character. Still, I actu...more
Floating castles, talking fires, bouncing scarecrows? They could only be the wonderful creations of DWJ.
I think what the author does best is create very real and very identifiable characters that somehow - you always feel you have always known. It's sort of magical how she does it, because many books may spend a few chapters establishing characters. With DWJ they just pop out at you straight...more
Howl: Hello, old lady.
Sophie: Hello, famous wizard.
*accusingly* You like young ladies, do you not?
Howl: Why yes, they are quite nice. You, however, are quite old. Clean my magical moving castle for me?
Sophie: Why not.
Howl's Moving Castle is...more
Yup, this picture pretty much sums it up: a colourful quirky little fantasy tale that brings back memories of bedtime stories.
I too watched the movie first, got curious and picked up the book. And however the Japanese did a splendid job at bringing Howl with his dangling earring and dazzling androgynous looks - and the castle, which is masterly designed - to life, I'm glad that the book has a much richer plotline. I love all the cute and imaginative elements. Compared to the book, the movie is...more
I was interested in the introduction of Sophie and her sisters, but then the Witch of the Waste turns Sophie into a 90-year old lady and it just becomes boring. She joins Howl's Moving Castle and become a "cleaner" there after making a contract with the fire demon that powe...more
I loved the fantasy setting Jones created. Sophie is the main character, the eldest of three children. So of course she knows that seeking her fortune would be pointless, because the oldest child always fa...more
I fell into a google hole this weekend while Ceridwen was away booknerding on the West Coast (Midwest, REPRESENT!, what?) and learned all about Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard was a literary genius--not content with simply writing mediocre science fiction, the man actually got people to believe it was all real. See, the entire space opera subgenre of sci-fi isn't simply stories, it's channeling actual events from our galacti...more
I originally read this book back in the fall of 2009. I liked it, thought it was pretty cute, but it wasn't my favorite read of the year or anything. Flash-forward to this year: quite by accident I happened across Hayao Miyazaki's Academy-Awa...more
The complexity of Jones’s writing is on...more
Howl is young and incredibly vain - he spends two hours in the bathroom befo...more
At any rate. To actual points regarding the book. A young woman named Sophie is afraid to live life because she knows that, as the eldest of three daughters, she is condemned by tradition to fail and be ordinary. When he...more
Mostly, though, I love it because I love the way Diana Wynne Jones writes...more
The main difference is that the movie has a huge plot addition, namely, the big war that takes place between the nations and that Howl gets caught up in. The book keeps things simple (well, simpleR). This is just another instance of wonderful writing on the part of D...more
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