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House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
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Jan 04, 2012

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Read from January 04 to 27, 2012

Those of us with a Wizard Howl bookcrush will be like Sophie a bit irritated by him spending most of this book as an angelic looking child (although it is important for the denouement that he does) but apart from this minor moan from the fanclub, this was an enjoyable read.

The central character Charmaine grows from being a fairly dull child into a trainee wizard, discovering much about herself along the way including how to escape from parental prejudice against the 'other' and how 'respectability' can be another word for dull conformity and stifled creativity.

The other characters that people the novel are fun and the baddies quite menacing in the best tradition of changelings.

Not a classic like Howl's Moving Castle but still worth a few hours of your reading time.

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