Castle in the Air
Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long-lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothe...more
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 ...more
That said, this story is set in the Sultanates of Rashpuht a land far to the south of Ingary ( ...more
I love Howl's moving castle, as it was beautiful, exciting, and the characters were different. In this installment, the main character was irritating as hell. He just wasn't likeable, and in my opinion, this was entirely due to the writin ...more
Castle in the Air is a young adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones, and first published in 1990. The novel is a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle and is set in the same fantasy world, though it follows the adventures of Abdullah rather than Sophie Hatter. The plot is based on stories from the Arabian Nights. The book features many of the characters from Howl's Moving Castle, often under some sort of disguise.
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In this story full of magic, wishes and One Thousand and One Nights reminiscence (it is very similar to Aladdin's tale), we follow characters who look absolutely different from the first book... It almost seems that this story is not about Howl and Sophie at all... Or is it? 😏
I enjoyed this book quite a lot and, I must admit, maybe even more than Howl's Moving Castle. I found it more cohesive, and the story, although very different from the fi ...more
No, to matter at hand, my review: Castle in the Air is a companion book to Howl’s Moving Castle. It's the story of Abdullah, a young merchant from Zanzib. One day, a mysterious man sell ...more
8.5 out of 10
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Genre: fairytale, fantasy
Stuff: jinn, flying carpet and castle, magic
Fail: funny, but not charismatic MC
WOW: old characters, the plot, humor
POV: 3rd person, male
“Fate doesn't care most of the t...more
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 ...more
O.K I was super disappointed by this one. Howl's Moving Castle is one of my all time favorite books. I wasn't expecting this to be my next favorite, but I was hoping for the same whimsy and charm. Instead I got this story that mad me mad, because I hated the main character. I hated him because of the writing, which seems to be a product of it's time. But I will list some of my most hated passages that describe our MC's thoughts.
"She (the Flower in the Night/ Love interest) was intelligen...more
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 ...more
This isn't a typical series in that the main characters from the first book don't appear in the second book until about 2/3 of the way through. But the humor and the whimsical magic and great characters are still very much here. I also enjoy the way animals play a significant role in her stories. They make the most interesting characters!
I'm thoroughly enjoying becoming reacquainted with DWJ. She has written so many books, ...more
So with ...more
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 ...more
I think most problematic for me, however, is the plain princess who is so complimented to be chosen over more beautiful princesses that she's _grateful_ to be blackmailed into marriage.
Many years ago I went to an outdoor cinema that happened to be playing Howl's Moving Castle. I had no idea what to expect, no idea that it was based on a book, and I fell in love with it. Which led me to eventua ...more
I feel bad for Castle in the Air because I love Howl's Moving Castle and I waited so long to get to it. I think this mostly seems lesser in comparison. And when it does start to really pick up, it's because the elements of book 1 show back up. It has that charm of a classic fairytale, for sure, but I just cared less about Abdullah and Flower in the Night. Flower improves by leaps and bounds when we spend a wee bit of time with her, but it wasn't nearly enough. There was so fat hate slip ...more
Abdullah is a rug ...more
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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 ...more
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