Monday, 16 October 2017

Howl's moving castle - Diana Wynne Jones


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. 

My thoughts:
Well this one was simply delightful. I do not think I can write a review that shows how delightful I thought it was. I went in all meh (after a few dnfs), and then I was charmed. By the simple, funny, cute and humorous tone of the book.

Sophie gets turned into an old woman by a wicked witch. So she leaves her home and sets out in the world. Where she meets the moving castle. And she goes from mouse to whatever, I am old and can do whatever I want. She meets Michael, apprentice to the wizard. She meets a firedemon, oh he was great. And finally the great wizard Howl. I was so amused how she just stepped up and told him she was there to stay. She bullied the demon, Michael was mostly surprised and the wizard did not stand a chance. He was amused by her, and who would not be. The whole situation was funny.

I liked how Sophie changed when she got turned old. She was awesome. I also liked Howl, he was sure not as he seemed, and I already said Calsifer was great ;)

Conclusion:
This one surprised me. It was amusing and cute. It never took itself seriously. It was a joy to read.

Paperback, 429 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1986)
Howl's Moving Castle #1
Fantasy, YA


38 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say anything bad about this book yet I'm not drawn to it for some reason.

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    1. I did not think it would be for me and I ended up really liking it

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  2. I love this book. And for those who saw the movie: there's so much more to the story than shown in the movie.

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  3. This sounds like a lovely story. I like that it has adventure and a character that grows and changes.

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  4. It is cute and I own the Anime DVD of it.

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  5. Hm... I had been thinking about finding this one and watching it again, but I may try to read this one.

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  6. I never heard of this book. It does sound like a cute and amusing read.

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  7. Awwwe :) I'm glad you liked it!

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  8. Oh, a classic that I still have not read. It's been on my list forever!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I am happy I did. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would

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  9. Oh this sounds adorable. Marking it for when Sophia is old enough to enjoy it with me :)

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  10. I love it when a book totally surprises you. This sounds great!

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  11. I've never seen this, and wondered what the deal was. Looks like fun.

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  12. I've never read this one. I'm glad that it was fun. I wasn't sure how the whole old woman thing would go.

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  13. aww this sounds adorable, something you needed after a few that did not work for you

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  14. The joy of a book that captures you back as a reader after a few dnf's. I hear you.

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  15. I've heard of this one over the years. It's on my want list to get one day. It sounds like a nice, fun read. :)

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  16. I've watched it several times, but never read it.

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