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This entrancing classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. An international bestseller, this much-loved book is the source for the Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.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.In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl’s castle?All fans of classic fantasy books deserve the pleasure of reading those by Diana Wynne Jones, whose acclaim included the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. As Neil Gaiman stated, she was “quite simply the best writer for children of her generation.”The three books in the World of Howl are:Howl’s Moving CastleCastle in the AirHouse of Many WaysOther beloved series from Dianna Wynne Jones include the Chronicles of Chrestomanci and the Dalemark Quartet.

Diana Wynne Jones
April 22, 2008
448 pages

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In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones (1934‒2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards—and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter—her books are filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. howl’s moBy Diana JonesHarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright ©2008Diana JonesAll right reserved.ISBN: 9780061478789Chapter OneIn which Sophie talks to hatsIn the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.Sophie Hatter was the eldest of three sisters. She was not even the child of a poor woodcutter, which might have given her some chance of success. Her parents were well to do and kept a ladies’ hat shop in the prosperous town of Market Chipping. True, her own mother died when Sophie was two years old and her sister Lettie was one year old, and their father married his youngest shop assistant, a pretty blonde girl called Fanny. Fanny shortly gave birth to the third sister, Martha. This ought to have made Sophie and Lettle into Ugly Sisters, but in fact all three girls grew up very pretty indeed, though Lettie was the one everyone said was most beautiful. Fanny treated all three girls with the same kindness and did not favor Martha in the least.Mr. Hatter was proud of his three daughters and sent them all to the best school in town. Sophie was the most studious. She read a great deal, and very soon realized how little chance she had of an interesting future. It was a disappointment to her, but she was still happy enough, looking after her sisters and grooming Martha to seek her fortune when the time came. Since Fanny was always busy in the shop, Sophie was the one who looked after the younger two. There was a certain amount of screaming and hairpulling between those younger two. Lettie was by no means resigned to being the one who, next to Sophie, was bound to be the least successful.”It’s not fair!” Lettie would shout. “Why should Martha have the best of it just because she was born the youngest? I shall marry a prince, so there!”To which Martha always retorted that she would end up disgustingly rich without having to marry anybody.Then Sophie would have to drag them apart and mend their clothes. She was very deft with her needle. As time went on, she made clothes for her sisters too. There was one deep rose outfit she made for Lettie, the May Day before this story really starts, which Fanny said looked as if it had come from the most expensive shop in Kingsbury.About this time everyone began talking of the Witch of the Waste again. It was said the Witch had threatened the life of the King’s daughter and that the King had commanded his personal magician, Wizard Suliman, to go into the Waste and deal with the Witch. And it seemed that Wizard Stillman had not only failed to deal with the Witch: he had got himself killed by her.So when, a few months after that, a tall black castle suddenly appeared on the hills above Market Chipping, blowing clouds of black smoke from its four tall, thin turrets, everybody was fairly sure that the Witch had moved out of the Waste again and was about to terrorize the country the way she used to fifty years ago. People got very scared indeed. Nobody went out alone, particularly at night. What made it all the scarier was that the castle did not stay in the same place. Sometimes it was a tall black smudge on the moors to the northwest, sometimes it reared above the rocks to the east, and sometimes it came right downhill to sit in the heather only just beyond the last farm to the north. You could see it actually moving sometimes, with smoke pouring out from the turrets in dirty gray gusts. For a while everyone was certain that the castle would come right down into the valley before long, and the Mayor talked of sending to the King for help.But the castle stayed roving about the hills, and it was learned that it did not belong to the Witch but toWizard Howl. Wizard Howl was bad enough. Though he did not seem to want to leave the hills, he was known to amuse himself by collecting young girls and sucking the souls from them. Or some people said he ate their hearts. He was an utterly cold-blooded and heartless wizard and no young girl was safe from him if he caught her on her own. Sophie, Lettie, and Martha, along with all the other girls in Market Chipping, were warned never to go out alone, which was a great annoyance to them. They wondered what use Wizard Howl found for all the souls he collected.They had other things on their minds before long, however, for Mr. Hatter died suddenly just as Sophie was old enough to leave school for good. It then appeared that Mr. Hatter had been altogether too proud of his daughters. The school fees he had been paying had left the shop with quite heavy debts. When the funeral was over, Fanny sat down in the parlor in the house next door to the shop and explained the situation.”You’ll all have to leave that school, I’m afraid,” she said. “I’ve been doing sums back and front and sideways, and the only way I can see to keep the business going and take care of the three of you is to see you all settled in a promising apprenticeship somewhere. It isn’t practical to have you all in the shop. I can’t afford it. So this is what I’ve decided. Lettie first — “Continues…Excerpted from howl’s moby Diana Jones Copyright ©2008 by Diana Jones. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site. <div id="

  • If you are familiar with the movie that came out, I must say, this is COMPLETELY different. Yes…its mostly the same in the beginning but other than that, much of the plot is different as well as the ending. I really loved this book and love Howl’s character. Its a “feel good” book that gets you hooked right away.Summary: A young girl gets vexed by an evil witched to lives as a 90 year old woman. She travels out to meet with her sister and stumbles upon Howl’s castle and decides to take refuge from the bitter cold within. She then meets a fire demon who offers to break the spell on her, as long as she can break the spell that is on him.There were a couple things in the movie that I didnt like and that didn’t make sense to me until I read the book….If you don’t like spoilers then dont read below because here is a minor spoiler that explains part of the movie:In the movie, at times when Sophie would be sleeping or felt happyness, you would see her appearance transform into a young girl again. Then she’d suddenly change back to an old woman again. Why is that???? Well in the book, you find out that Sophie has always felt like a 90 year old woman because of her bland clothes and life. Sophie has magical capabilities that she doesn’t realize until the very end. When you see her as a youthful girl, it is because she feels young at heart. She often tells herself that being an old woman suites her and this is what her appearance becomes as a result if her own will. There. Now the animation makes sense.I liked the book more that the movie and will purchase other novels by Diane Wynne Jones.
  • While reading Diana Wynne Jones’s Howls’ Moving Castle, I spent a lot of time trying to image its intended audience. It is YA but how well it serves that audience is another question. It is of course family friendly with hardly any of that kissing stuff and not much in the way of romance. There are several aspects about it that left me wondering about messaging and it is not tightly written. By the end I was enchanted just enough to consider reading more of Ms. Jones’ work. The term “I can hardly wait” does not apply.Like so many others I came to the book via the wonderful and beautiful Miyazaki version. The two story lines over-lap but the movie could not possibly follow all of the clutter in the book. Instead the movie injected a plot line nowhere in the book and between us created some problems in the movie.The world of Howl’s Castle is England but with magic so common place as to be part of every day thinking. Witches and wizards are not ubiquitous but neither do they have to hide.This brings me to a problems. Magic users feel little of no compunction about using magic to sell products, promote romances or engage in personal vendettas. Ultimately curses and hexes and such are flung around with more alacrity than the non-magical world flings around curse words. Everyone under a curse, meaning about anybody who is any body also seems to be forbidden to tell anyone about theirs. Given their commonality, you would think that any odd behavior would be assumed to be the result of a curse. In terms of messaging should we be promoting the idea that painful or embarrassing secrets should not be talked about? A lot of pages are spent trying to excuse or judge behavior when a short chat over a nice cuppa would end gossip, speculation and help the sufferer.Our main character is Sophie; a dutiful and hardworking eldest sister and step sister. There will be several references to the well-known fact that elder and especially the eldest siblings are never winners in fairy tales and this is a fairy tale world. Older brothers never amount to much and always fail on their quests, and of course the daughters are only seeking marriage and the first born will not get the prince and if step-sister they will not be nice. A lot could have been done about challenging this old story book cliché’. At least we get to like and admire Sophie and she has no particular romantic requirements.The entire subject of romance will take repeated bashings. We will see, second hand how bothersome it is to the women and how fickle and unreliable are the me. Maybe a good message for young adult readers, but too incidentally managed to be properly discussed. For example, the men get a pass because being fickle as it may not be their fault. On the other hand, character assignation based on rumor and supposition is not questioned.Sophie begins our tale as an over-worked daughter exploited by her mother. Perhaps another messaging issue but mom is never going to be a presence. Sophie, while covering for her mother will be cursed by the Witch of the Waste for a slight not of Sophie’s doing. Inside she will remain her young self while living out the book looking and feeling like a ninety-year-old woman. Surprise, she is not allowed to tell anyone. This she decides is a good reason to finally run away from home.Having been told that the Moving Castle is the home to a rumored to be evil wizard, Howl, Sophie barges her tired way into the castle and makes herself indispensable to this same wizard. Howl will spend the book rushing into and out of the castle variously courting women, avoiding the Witch of the Waste being a fool or foolish grump, but still managing to do just enough in the way of kindnesses to be likable. A very slight change and he could be the model for an abuser. The warning signs are there.From here on the author will patch in plot lines, characters and magical thingies without displaying much in the way of control or purpose. We are asked to accept some illogical things, but hey, magic right? Most of this clutter may be meant as plot twists, but too many times it is just extra things.The climax is dramatic and certainly satisfies the various lose ends but has a character not in keeping with the tone of the rest f the book. Rather like taking a 2-hour pleasure cruise and suddenly being in the teeth of a life-threatening storm.This is not bad writing. There is much to the credit of the author. Even so I spent a lot of time wondering if she would ” get on with it” and upon reflection, the previously mentioned aspects of the book bothered me. My 3 stars means the good in Howls’ Moving Castle outweighs the bad.
  • I have skirted around reading this one for a while. It isn’t marketed toward adults which made me wonder if I (32F) would enjoy the writing style. It reads better than some of the books I have purchased for myself lately. And I was excited while reading.The other reason is that I love the movie. Really love Howl. And I didn’t want to ruin the movie in any way. That is not what happened. The movie is a wonderful spinning of the lives of these characters.Please read the book!The book shows more of Sophie’s struggles and how she is overcoming them. And she learned that words have power. Tell yourself you are useless or a mess up and you will only be useless and a mess up. Learn to love yourself so you can love others.
  • This is delightful!I bought this because I was actually looking to buy the Studio Ghibli film and it popped up! I didn’t realise that the film was based off of this and there are differences but the plot line is essentially the same!I laughed out loud a number of times reading this, it has some excellent writing and a lovely writing style. The film is one of my favourites but now I am so glad that I read the book because there are so many more details that are pointed out that actually make the film seem more magical! In this edition the authors opinions on the film adaption are included and it was very interesting to see her view!
  • I’m probably going to go up in flames for this lol.I remember reading and loving Howl’s Moving Castle as a child so when I saw it on offer I decided to buy it and see if it still had the magic that made me fall in love as a child.As you can see from my rating it didn’t. I was actually disappointed, I don’t remember the characters being quite so unlikeable as a child. Sophie in particular was horrendous but Howl was such a drama queen over every little thing.The only one I liked was Michael, who put up with all of their shenanigans.I gave it 3 stars because it is really well written, with little clues dotted here and there over what the real story behind everything is, but it just got bogged down in the middle and I found myself flipping pages to get to the good bits.I loved the magic behind everything, there’s a lot of imaginative ideas in this and everything was executed really well. I just didn’t get on with the characters, and the story, to be honest, fell a bit flat for me sometimes.I feel bad for giving this book anything less that 5 stars because I know it’s beloved by many, and maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood to appreciate it, and I’m sure most of its messages went over my head. But my rating is based on my enjoyment, and my enjoyment level was very average reading this when I expected to love it. Maybe I’m just too old to really appreciate the magic now lol.
  • Fell in love with this book when the author rolled out a couple of standard fairy tale tropes in the first few pages and then gave them a darn good kicking.It does lose its way slightly at about two thirds in because new things, like a spellbound dog, are quickly introduced with minimal build up and, for a simple tale it feels like it over complicates itself and gets a bit tangled narrative wise.It sorts itself out and comes to a nice conclusion.The Kindle formatting is poor…needs sorting out.
  • My introduction to both this book and author originally came from the Japanese animated movie of it by the legendary studio Ghibli. I loved it, amazing characters, excellent plot and a well realised world. Over a year later my partner pointed out to me it was based on a book by British author Diana Wynne Jones so naturally I had to give it a try.While very similar they differ greatly and it’s obvious studio Ghibli changed quite a lot of it. The main character is a young woman named Sophie Hatter who lives a rather unfufilling living making hats in a small shop in the land of Ingary. Her life becomes infinitely more interesting when one day the Wicked Witch of the Wastes appears in her shop and transforms the young woman into an old crone. Not wanting her family to see her like this Sophie runs (well, hobbles) off eventually ending up in a place no one would think to look for her, the castle of the evil Wizard Howl that roams the countryside.The ideas in this book felt really original in so many ways and are supported by some surprisingly humorous moments, some of which are pretty subtle. The characters are great, especially Sophie once she becomes a bossy old woman really made me smile. Despite being a book for young adults I found it well suited for people of all ages really and had a good time reading it. I did however I must admit, enjoy the film more, (rare that is the case) if only because I found the pace of the book pretty slow, there are stretches where little really seems to be happening but it all ties together nicely in the end.If you’re a fan of the film or just want a creative story that’s a little bit different then you certainly can’t go wrong with Howl’s moving Castle.+ Very original.+ Great cast of characters.+ Good humour in places.- Pacing is a little slow in a couple of places.
  • honestly such a lovely and heartwarming read. I now prefer this to the film. I feel they didn’t portray the characters to the likeness of them in the book; which kind of yknow…took away big points of their personalities and we didn’t get to see the characters bond and grow as naturally as in the book. I know I shouldnt compare the film! but I am, because it’s how most people learn of the book, lol.Sophie is a lot more aggressive and upfront, Howl’s a lot more of a ladies man and oh so dramatic, Michael is not a little boy in the book if I recall correctly, Calcifer is a little meaner, the Witch of the waste isn’t a nice character at all and doesn’t end up being suddenly nice, either.Such a memorable story and entirely enjoyable, and my god, for a pound?, way too worth it.
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