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House of Many Ways

(Howl's Moving Castle #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  27,503 ratings  ·  2,098 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, 404 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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Shannon You don't necessarily need to read Castle in the Air to read this one, but I think it enhances some details/characters in the book if you do.

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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
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Nic
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Ahmad Sharabiani
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3), Diana Wynne Jones
House of Many Ways is a young adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones. The story is set in the same world as Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air. Charmain Baker has led a respectable, and relaxing sheltered life. She has spent her days with her nose in a book, never learning how to do even the smallest household chores. When she suddenly ends up looking after the tiny cottage of her ill Great-Uncle William she seems
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This series had its issues from the beginning, but I was intrigued enough by the second book (by far my favourite of the three) to try and read the third volume. It didn't work for me. In my opinion, these books, and especially this last one, have two major issues: a certain lack of cohesiveness in the plot and, mostly annoyingly, extremely unlikable characters.

I remember even when I watched the anime Howl's moving castle that even though I am the
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Katerina Kondrenko
9.8 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
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Short-Soundtrack:
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

Quote-Core:
“You don't need to be nasty to make a mess.”

This series is the best ageless
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Erin
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?
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Toni
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, children
I loved this series! The first one was so different from anything I had expected. I loved the characters: Sophie with her no-nonsense attitude to cleaning and motherly patience in putting together Howl's suit, Calcifer, Howl, the castle itself. Who can forget Sophie's enchanting hats and chasing a star for a spell. I loved the second book with its 1000 nights Arabian atmosphere. The third one had its own delights- aren't we all a bit like Charmain who NEEDS to read a book whenever she is happy o ...more
Emma
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
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Rebecca McNutt
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
While not as sentimental and charming as Howl's Moving Castle, House of Many Ways (unfortunately I haven't yet read the 2nd book in the series) is a great follow-up to Sophie's adventures, but this time she's not at the foreground of the adventure, and this book is not a direct sequel, either. Instead, this book follows Charmain, who has come to look after her uncle's house, a house every bit as strange and wonderful as the castle of Howl, but there's a wide variety of new characters to meet, in ...more
Becky
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
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Mari
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I loved this! After I was a little let down by Castle in the Air, I dragged me feet a bit on starting this one, but it was worlds better. I think the first might always be my favorite (predictable), but this one is truly just as good. It captures the same energy and in Charmain, we have a similar character and set-up to Sophie in the first book, but not so similar that it feels like a copy/paste. Charmain certainly is her own bit of grouchy, but honestly, who among us haven't been annoyed becaus
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Timothy Urges
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Diana Wynne Jones provides a sense of wonder that sets me on a path to a good mood.

House of Many Ways is a great end to the series. Charmain is tasked with watching her great-uncle’s house while he is away. Turns out he is a wizard whose house is not what it appears to be. Whimsy and adventures abound.
Genevieve
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-blu ...more
Laura
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hilary and Lisa and others who love gentle, magical reads
Recommended to Laura by: Fiona
4.5 stars. This is my favorite of the Howl's Moving Castle series. It was written well after the first two books, and I feel sure she meant to continue this, with so many interesting new characters introduced. Unfortunately she's passed away, but she left us with so many great books. I'm so glad she was so prolific.

This is the story of a girl, Charmain, who is sent to look after her great-uncle, who happens to be a wizard. While there, she meets a dog and a young man, not to mention the wizard'
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Kaethe Douglas
I checked out the wrong book. I really wish books in a series would be clearly labeled. I only want to read them in order. I'm chronological like that.

***

2011 December 21

My favorite of the Castle series. Charmain is a young woman I can strongly identify with, her desire to read and her ignorance of useful domestic skills. Of course she wants to work in a library. I liked the introduction of a male foil who didn't instantly become a romantic contender. I even loved Waif and I'm a fairly indiffere
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Exina
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.
Robin Stevens
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another slightly odd book - there's a whole chapter where the characters just do the washing! - but again, even a middling DWJ story is still delightful. 8+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Heidi
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
Devann
actual rating: 3.5

I liked this book more than Castle in the Air but still not as much as Howl's Moving Castle. I think that overall Wynne-Jones has interesting world building regarding magic, but that the plots are a bit simplistic for my tastes and I kind of hate how the last chapter of every book is just spent going 'and actually this person was this person the whole time! what a twist!'. There are still fun bits in here, but ultimately I don't think it's necessary to read on after the first b
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Roma
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Personal Raiting: 7-/10
General Raiting: 6/10

I've read many reviews were most of it's authors talked about how dissapointed they were with this book. Unfortunatley, I feel the same way. That's the word that comes to my head when I think about House of Many Ways, dissapointment.

WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO FIND IN THIS book:

· Few romance between Sophie and Howl, but there is a lot of genuine love and friendship.

· Calcifer being a cinnamon roll with Sophie.

· Howl is a child until the very last chapter
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ضحى الحداد
and with that I finished the series .. it was a really enchanting world that Miss Diana created, I have to give her a big applause for this series as it is very creative
so in this book we follow Charmaine she is a bookworm and living a good life until the day her mother decides that she goes to her uncle to take care of his house until he gets better .. but the house isn't that simple as it's full of mystery and you can easily get lost there .. so what will happen ?
I liked the idea behind it .
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Lara Mi


“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
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Sesana
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
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C.W.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-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.
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.
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Nadja
After not liking Castle in the Air I was a bit worried about House of Many Ways but I needn't to because reading it made me so happy! I adored Charmain and Peter and of course Waif and all the others (Howl as lisping child was hilarious). The story was maybe more cosy than action-packed but I loved it nonetheless. ...more
Lisa
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the best things about a Diana Wynne Jones story is her characters, and House of Many Ways is no exception. I love Charmain, even when she’s completely exasperating. As someone who really just wants to be left alone with a good book, she’s a girl after my own heart. But, through her interactions with Peter, her uncle’s supposed wizardly apprentice, you learn that Charmain has never really had to do very much for herself and she’s ignorant in how to fend for herself and incredibly lazy abou ...more
Margaret
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
Punk
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
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
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