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Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle #2)

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In which a humble young carpet merchant wins, then loses, the princess of his dreams

Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a
Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1990)
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Jan 24, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
"Castle in the Air" is Diana Wynne Jones' sequel to her amazingly awesome novel "Howl's Moving Castle." It was originally published in 1990 (four years after "Howl's Moving Castle"). At first glance, this novel doesn't sound like a sequel--it sounds more like a companion book at best--but I promise it does explain more about Howl and Sophie, just not right away and not, perhaps, in the most obvious way.

That said, this story is set in the Sultanates of Rashpuht a land far to the south of Ingary (
Mark Lawrence
Sep 13, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it
Another very readable book from DWJ, and one I've just finished reading to my daughter, Celyn. Refreshingly independent princesses being semi-saved by our devoted hero, a carpet salesman from the desert city of Zanzib. He's not hero material, and never resorts to violence, but he's a good fellow and carries the story well.

We get all the standard Aladdin-esque trappings, a magic carpet, a genie in a bottle, evil djinns, bandits, sultans, camels... and for a while you think you know roughly where
Jul 10, 2015 Kristijan rated it really liked it
Zamak u oblacima donosi u istoj meri ono što nam je doneo i njegov prethodnik - pregršt šarenila i avantura. Zbog tematike na momente sam morao da se podsećam da ovo nije Salman Ruždi, već neko drugi...
Stil pripovedanja, ali i pisanja, je otprilike isti kao u prvom delu, i može se naslutiti kako će se roman završiti, kao i "prošlost" određenih magijskih predmeta ili likova. Jednostavno čitalac može da "nanjuši" sumnjivog lika ili sumnjiv predmet i da pretpostavi šta se u njemu krije.
Victor Almeida
Jun 01, 2016 Victor Almeida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Terminar uma leitura sorrindo não tem preço. Não tinha dúvidas de que esse livro seria fantástico, assim como O Castelo Animado.

A escrita da Diana é fora do comum. Ela sabe fazer com que a história brilhe e transborde magia. A forma como é escrito, parecendo quase uma fábula antiga, te imerge em um universo magnífico e deslumbrante, com personagens maravilhosos e completamente diferentes. Eu me apaixonei tudo de novo. Fiquei surpreso em me deparar com algumas coisas de O Castelo Animado — não ac
Aug 28, 2009 Krystle rated it it was amazing
Castle in the Air is the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. That being said I picked this up with trepidation because I was rather disappointed the book wasn’t going to be from the main characters in the first, nor would it have a direct focus on it. But they do occur later on.

That being said, I loved this book! I loved how she managed to turn this into another one of her witty, light-hearted, but not lacking in depth, fantasy tales. It was unique, original, and if I hadn’t read spoilers beforehand
Feb 05, 2016 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 / 5

Una descripción hermosa de los escenarios. Incluso poética. Un excelente y original libro de fantasía.

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The Wizard Howl gets mixed up with djinni, genies (in this story they're two different species) and some Arabian Nights-type characters (from the sanitized version I read as a child) in this sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Abdullah, a humble young carpet merchant with big (day)dreams, is sold a magic carpet by a suspicious-looking stranger, which leads him to a beautiful princess named Flower-in-the-Night, a genie in a bottle, and other adventures. Abdullah is forced to leave behind his daydream ...more
If you read and enjoyed Howl's Moving Castle and have yet to read this, what are you waiting for? Come on now, go read it. At once.

I liked Castle in the Air better than its predecessor, surprisingly. There are several reasons for this:

1. The plot makes more sense on a first read-- there's a clear mission from the get-go, and the reveals at the end aren't at all confusing.

2. It's not exactly a retelling... but there are clear, surely intended parallels to the story of Aladdin. I really liked the
Ahmad Sharabiani
Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2), Diana Wynne Jones (1934)
عنوان: قلعه ای در آسمان: جلد 2 از قلعه متحرک هاول؛ نوشته: دایاناواین جونز؛ مترجم: بهاره افشارنژاد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، بهاره افشارنژاد، 1384، در 248 ص، شابک: 9640670359؛ یادداشت: ادامه کتاب قلعه متحرک نوشته دایانا وین جونز، با ترجمه شراره صدیق، کتابسرای تندیس در سال 1381 است، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م
Jul 25, 2016 Azumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al principio del libro la historia me estaba gustando pero no me acababa de convencer, me hacía gracia la alfombra, el genio me caía super bien, los gatitos, pero no conseguía conectar con Abdullah ni el soldado. Toda la historia de Flor-en-la-noche me estaba pareciendo un poquitín empalagosilla y deseaba que pasasen más cosas.

Pero cual fue mi sorpresa cuando se va descubriendo poco a poco (view spoiler)
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this book was really good! it was funny and had all of hte great characters from Howl's Moving Castle along with a few new and very entertaining characters. there were some plot twists along with curses and disguises. it had a great ending with many surprises. so all in all, the perfect book.
Jul 14, 2015 Cat rated it liked it
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Jul 19, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the marks of my favorite authors is their ability to keep me guessing–the knowledge that when I crack open one of their books, I should expect the unexpected. This is only my second Diana Wynne Jones read, but I can already see her name rising in the ranks of the authors who do just that. Like Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air is an incredibly smart, adventurous, twisting read that is a credit to readers of all ages. At no point did I know where the story was going, and in the end I ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Myles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
DWJ Book Toast, #7

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.

I r h
Jun 09, 2012 I r h rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El argumento, si nos fijamos bien, tiene un cierto toque de Las mil y una noches que le diferencia claramente de EL CASTILLO AMBULANTE. Y es que, si lo que esperas es encontrarte una continuación, aquí no la encontrarás. Casi podríamos decir que es un libro aparte.

Así, nos encontramos siendo testigos de las aventuras (¿o quizá desventuras?) de Abdullah por encontrar a su amadísima y bellísima Flor-en-la-noche. Tengo que decir que ambos me han encantado. Uno por su fuerza y sus ganas de conseguir
Mar 28, 2016 Alycia rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what I wanted to read next and so I perused my library's overdrive where I found this book to be available for download. I love when a random selection becomes a book you fall in love with! Flying carpets, djinns, loveable characters, compelling had all this and more! Definitely will pick up more by Diana Wynne Jones in the future. :)
Nur Ötken
Aug 21, 2016 Nur Ötken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yürüyen Şato serisinin ikinci kitabı bitti. :) Uçan Şato'da macera sırası Abdullah'ta. Abdullah sihirli halısı ile aşık olduğu prenses Gece Çiçeği'nin peşinden maceralara atılıyor ve tabi ki yolu Sophie ve Howl ile kesişiyor. İlk kitapta daha zekice ve fantastik olan kurgu bu kitapta biraz daha masalsı bir hal aldı. O yüzden ilk kitap kadar sevmesem de Howl ve Sophie'nin hikayeye beklenmedik şekilde dâhil olmasıyla daha ilgi çekici bir hal aldı olaylar. Genel olarak biraz basit gibi geldi ama eğ ...more
Sara Saif
Oh wow! This was absolutely WONDERFUL! I LOVE this series so much.

It all began when I, out of sheer boredom, decided to watch this animated film whose name I had seen multiple times while I scoured through Christian Bale’s filmography. I watched it and HUZZAH! Say hello to Howl’s Moving Castle #5 on my list of THE best animated movies of all time. Studio Ghibli films are filled with such unique visual and artistic genius it’s impossible not to love them. When I had my fill of the movie I decided
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
So I’ve had this book on my to-read for forever. It’s gotten pushed up and down on the list because I wasn’t entirely sure how you could follow a book as amazing as “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Still, I got the urge to re-read it and realized ‘hey, I never actually read the second one. Maybe I should do that instead!’ To me, this isn’t really a sequel though. I wanted to read more about Howl and Sophie rather than start off with new characters. Unfortunately, that was kind of a letdown. The magic was ...more
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Apr 27, 2012 Sesana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Castle in the Air is indeed a companion to Howl's Moving Castle, but the first thing to accept is that you won't be seeing much of Howl and Sophie. Once I did that, I was able to relax and enjoy this entirely different book.

Abdullah is from Rashpuht, and this is where the story begins. As the names suggest, there's a definite "Arabian Nights" flavor to the narrative. Abdullah finds himself with a magic carpet, that he doesn't know how to control, exactly, and meets with the princess Flowers-in-t
Aug 03, 2009 Zoe rated it did not like it
This book didn't do it for me. I loved all the other books I've read by Diana Wynne Jones, but these characters seemed like cardboard, their trials and tribulations not squeezing any sympathy or interest from me... until, of course, they met up with Sophie and Howl at the very, very end (much to my dismay).

I know Jones likes rewriting fairy tales the way she thinks of them, this obviously being the tale of Alladin. I don't enjoy that story, either.

So I guess, to be fair, it's most likely my pe
The Flooze

Not so much a sequel to Howl's Castle as a related story, Castle in the Air is a fast-paced tale of magic carpets, genies and djinns, with some princesses thrown in for effect. It follows Abdullah, a daydreaming carpet dealer who learns to be cautious of wishes - they never turn out exactly as one hopes.

Appearances by much of the cast of Howl's Castle make this a delightful way of catching up with those characters. The plot isn't as helter-skelter as the previous installment, but does mi
I adore this book! The first book in this trilogy was fantastic and I had high expectations for this one too, and I was not disappointed. I love the old-fashioned fairytale style!
At first, I was wondering, "Where are Sophie and Howl? I want Sophie and Howl." but they came into the story just perfectly later on, and I was so pleased.

This book follows the magical adventures of Abdullah, who is a carpet merchant. When he buys a magic carpet and falls in love with the Sultan's daughter, you think yo
Esta trilogía me viene gustando mucho, aunque este libro se me hizo un poco más pesado que el primero.

Seguimos en esa temática estilo cuento de hadas, aunque esta vez ubicados en un país que recuerda a medio oriente, así que da la sensación de estar en un cuento de las mil y una noches. No sigue mucho los tópicos de la entrega anterior, es muy diferente, pero sí vemos a muchos de los personajes de el castillo vagabundo que tendrán gran importancia en la trama.

Particularmente me disgusto el roman
Lari Don
Jan 05, 2013 Lari Don rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
One of my favourite Diana Wynne Jones books – her Arabian Nights novel. Castle In The Air initially seems to be a story about a poor carpet seller, his love for a beautiful princess, and the problems caused by a nasty Djinn and a genie in a bottle, with all the manners, colours and scents of an exotic eastern story. But it’s ALSO the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, which is set in a very different northern fairytale world. I remember the very first time I read it, years ago, being initially disa ...more
Well, that was brilliant.

Castle In The Air starts out rather far away from good old Ingary - with a new protagonist, in the faraway "Arabian Nights"-esque country of Rashpuht, following a young merchant named Abdullah with a penchant for dreams. Alike its predecessor, the story soon becomes a giant whirlpool of interloping plots, tiny Chekhov's Guns, subversions and plays on expected tropes and action - lots of adventurous action. Again, nothing is ever what it initially seems!

While I might say
Feb 24, 2009 Josie rated it really liked it
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Emma Clifton
Mar 13, 2016 Emma Clifton rated it it was amazing
Delightfully hilarious and full of new, funny characters and old friends. :P I love how ridiculously wacky these books are!
Feb 16, 2016 C.W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This definitely wasn't quite as good as the one before it (Howl's Moving Castle) - it's premise is just a bit too ridiculous, and the plot just didn't capture my attention. The main character is a good guy, and I liked him, but his motivation throughout the story is almost nonexistant. I'd call it insta-love, but it's worse than that. The story just plods along because of that, leaving lackluster moment after lackluster moment trailing behind it. It's an adventure story - a journey story - but I ...more
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