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Howl's Moving Castle

Jones, Diana Wynne (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Howl's Moving Castle
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Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Authors: Jones, Diana Wynne
Title: Howl's moving castle
Publisher: New York, NY : Eos, 2008
Edition: 1st Eos ed
Characteristics: 429, 8 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Diana Wynne Jones
Notes: "A Greenwillow book."
Reprint with "Extras" section. Previously published: New York : Greenwillow Books, 1986
Includes an interview with the author
Summary: Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
ISBN: 9780061478789
0061478784
Branch Call Number: j JONES 2008
Subject Headings: Wizards Juvenile fiction Castles Juvenile fiction Sisters Juvenile fiction Witches Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Wizards
Castles
Sisters
Witches
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Howl's other car is his castle.

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

As in classic fairy tales, three siblings must find their way in the world. The trouble begins when the eldest sister angers the wrong customer and is changed into an old woman. She then finds herself in the castle of the feared wizard Howl. Also available as an audiobook on CD.


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Aug 29, 2014
  • rachelthegar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This has remained a favorite book for many years and through many re-readings. And every time, the ending makes me want to jump up and down and squeal with happiness. While I love and recommend all of Diana Wynne Jones' books, this is my absolute favorite.

Jun 20, 2014
  • XXx_PandaCupcake_xXx rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was one of the best magic related read that I've had in a while. Of course the original is still better than the movie but both were entertaining.

Jun 06, 2014
  • blue_crane_43 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Its was a very enjoyable book and I love studio ghibli"s move :D

May 07, 2014
  • LorientFaradayMaurice rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Utterly magnificent. Diana Wynne Jones is a well-acknowledged writer as fantasy goes, although I had never read anything else (Beside starting "The Merlin Conspiracy") by her, this had too many good reviews NOT to read it. And. It ended up right beside Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel as quite possibly the best book (Or favorite, if that is the more appropriate word) I've ever read.
I wasn't altogether enthused about the presence of Earth in it, it was just a little and it provoked thought about the setting... However, the characters were delightful, and amusing, and charming, (and hilarious) and lovely. The Witch of the Waste could be somewhat elaborated upon I think though...
-Lorient.

Dec 15, 2013
  • taryndorn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books of all time. I re-read it when I'm feeling disillusioned with life and it never ceases to make things a bit better. It's full of wonderful characters and an interesting plot. I did like the Miyazaki interpretation of it but not as much as I love the book.

Aug 21, 2013
  • Debvdwerf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my happy book. I never ceases to make me happy. It is such an intricate tale, full of humour, magic, and love. I can read this book over and over again without getting tired of it, and it still feels like a new story, even though I know how it goes. If you pick up this book, you will not be sorry. It is wondrous.

Aug 17, 2013
  • RockHeron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely LOVE this book! Classic Diana Wynne Jones humor, very clever, with appealing lovable characters. I have known about this book for a while, but I never paid it much attention because (1) why would I want to read a book where the main character turns into an old lady and (2) I confused it with some other book and assumed that Wizard Howl was some sort of ogre (which he is not, but I will not spoil the story by saying more.) PLEASE do not make the same mistakes that I did! By the way, who else has noticed that plenty of Diana Wynne Jones books/stories have a character with an ridiculously exceedingly large appetite?

sometimes the book is vague or maybe it is because it moving to fast and is a slight bit confusing but in the end it is a satisfying read.

Aug 10, 2013
  • Constantinethegreat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wow super good book there are others in the series 1) howls moving castle 2) castle in the air 3) house of many ways all very good

Jun 20, 2013
  • litoxpinky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The movie and the book aren't very different; the movie just focuses on certain scenes played out in the book without explaining them too much or going in depth of the characters and their emotions and then makes some of its own and half along the way you don't know what's going on... BUT the book doesn't do that and it's WONDERFUL. I miss myself catching the little details and going back to read them; really well written and really cute!!

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Sep 15, 2014
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Feb 13, 2013
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 15, 2012
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Aug 19, 2012
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Jun 21, 2012
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Oct 21, 2011
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Oct 25, 2010
  • Turandot rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 23, 2010
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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Jun 06, 2014
  • green_tiger_1186 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sophie, the eldest daughter of a hatter lives in Market Chipping. One day, a mysterious costumer enters the shop. She doesn't like what she sees and turns Sophie into an old women of ninety. Sophie, whose father had recently passed away, wanted to go out and seek her fortune (and get this dreadful spell removed). So she set off on a gran old adventure full of magic, wizards, witches, demons, spells. Read Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones to find out just how active a ninety year old can be when they set their mind to it.

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Mar 22, 2013
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Howl ejaculates "Hell's Teeth!", "Great Gods Above!", and "Damnation!" once each. Michael is mentioned swearing and Sophie angrily saying a bad word, but the words are not put in print. Calcifer says "Curses!"

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Jan 27, 2014
  • KathleenZ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Despair!" he yelled. "Anguish! Horror!" ~ Howl on his hair, pg 116

Jan 27, 2014
  • KathleenZ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"It's just a tantrum," Sophie said. Martha and Lettie were good at having tantrums too. She knew how to deal with those. On the other hand, it is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair. ~ pg 122

Aug 19, 2013
  • RockHeron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We've had lawsuits, and suitors with swords, and mothers with rolling pins, and fathers and uncles with cudgels. And aunts. Aunts are terrible. They go for you with hat pins."

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