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

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  20,612 Ratings  ·  1,496 Reviews
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, and his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places—the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, and the Royal Mansion, to name ju ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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Rachael There are some connections between this book, and Castle in the air. It will definitely enhance the story to not skip it.

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Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Mark Lawrence
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've now read the trilogy to Celyn and all three books are very good. Books 2 and 3 don't quite reach the highs of Howl's Moving Castle for me, but they're great stories to read to an 11 year old (I should note here that Celyn is severely disabled and can't read for herself).

The book was written 18 years after book 2, 22 years after book 1, and 3 years before the author's death. Despite that the feel of the thing is quite in keeping with the earlier instalments.

Once again we start with a new per
Katerina Kondrenko
9.8 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Second Suspense – Wonders of Life

Genre: fairytale, fantasy
Stuff: magic house, royal mystery, young wizards
WOW: characters, plot, humor
POV: 3rd person, female
Love-Geometry: none

“You don't need to be nasty to make a mess.”

This series is the best ageless mas
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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?
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
“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
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-favorites
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
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again, we follow a different set of main characters than the ones in the first book, but the story is set in the same amazing, whimsical, world of ingary. this would translate wonderfully into a hayao miyazaki movie~
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya-childrens, sff
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 ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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’m beginning to think I’ve led a much too sheltered life.”

Charmain Baker wants nothing more than to read her books in peace. Peace, however, is soon gone when her aunt decides she should look after Great-Uncle William’s magical house. The wizard has fallen ill and Charmain finds herself alone in the house with a stray dog, a huge mess and no means to clean up with. Things only get worse when Peter, a supposed apprentice shows up. Inexperienced with magic, both seem to inflict more damage on
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.

Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Much better than the second one! I really liked the characters, despite finding both Charmain and Peter annoying at times. She’s a bit of a lazy brat, and he’s a bit of screw up and a jerk, but it works. I quite enjoyed the story and the whimsical nature of everything as a whole. It’s fun, funny, fantastical, and brings the series to a very nice close.
Miss Abernathy
Una historia que se asemeja un poco a la primera, pero con su propio encanto. Me ha gustado mucho aunque veces Charmain y Peter me ponían de los nervios. El libro se me hizo algo tedioso hasta que aparecieron Sophie, Howl, Calcifer y Morgan que consiguen darle chispa al libro.

Estoy un poco decepcionada, porque aunque te va contando que pasó con algunos personajes de los anteriores libros no mencionan en ninguno momento a Michael y Martha. De verdad que me hubiese encantado saber qué fue de ello
I r h
LA CASA DE LOS MIL ESPEJOS continúa en el mismo mundo que EL CASTILLO AMBULANTE y EL CASTILLO EN EL AIRE, e incluso recupera a algunos de sus personajes (view spoiler), pero no llega a la altura de los demás. Si bien nos encontramos con una buena historia, tan imaginativa como las anteriores, se hace algo pesada hasta la llegada de Sophie y los demás.

Los personajes no me han calado tanto como los anteriores. En EL CASTILLO AMBULANTE adoré a Sop
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
Once again, not really a sequel to me since Howl and Sophie are more of supporting characters rather than main characters. The magic in this book was a lot quirkier and lot more reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle, but it’s always the characters that get me. This book revolves around Charmain, a mostly ordinary girl who is sent to care for the home of her wizard relation. I could have gotten more on board with this book as it had more of Howl and Sophie than the previous book and more of the set ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con este libro finaliza la trilogía de Howl y el castillo ambulante y a pesar de que para mí es el más flojo de los tres, me ha parecido una historia mágica, entretenida y muy simpática.

Charmain, la protagonista, me ha puesto muchas veces de los nervios, pero ha sido todo un placer reencontrarse con Howl y compañía y con nuevos personajes como Peter, Waif y la casa del tío abuelo William con sus mil pasillos :-)
Ahmad Sharabiani
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3), Diana Wynne Jones (1934)
عنوان: خانه ی هزار تو: جلد 3 از قلعه متحرک هاول؛ نوشته: دایاناواین جونز؛ مترجم: شراره صدیق؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کتابسرای تندیس، 1390، در 248 ص، شابک: 9786001820328؛
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.
Valéria Alves
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é o último da trilogia do Castelo Animado. Não é necessária a leitura dos dois anteriores (as histórias são fechadas apesar de apresentarem personagens recorrentes como a Sophie, o Howl e o Cálcifer), mas seria legal se eles fossem lidos para melhor compreensão da história, assim ninguém se perde no enredo do livro. E não se preocupem que a resenha não tem spoilers das outras obras, viu?

Normalmente, continuações (principalmente continuação de continuação) costumam perder um pouco a gr
May 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Carol Rodríguez
Gran desilusión este libro. La idea me parece genial, pero creo que tiene muchos fallos y muchos conceptos mal llevados. Acaba siendo un libro demasiado lento y largo en exceso, creo que le sobran algunas páginas. También me ha parecido que tiene ideas desaprovechadas: se sugieren viajes en el tiempo pero no se explotan, con el juego que habrían dado; el laberinto de pasillos siento que tampoco se explora demasiado. No sé, le falta mucha chicha.

Y si hablamos de los personajes, apaga y vámonos. P
Melissa McShane
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, young-adult
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 ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
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
Kim 'BookAddict'
I didn't enjoyed this book as much as the previous two. Not a lot happened in this book. And I wanted more of the characters from previous books than there was. It was okay, though. I really enoyed some parts.
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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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.” 102 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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