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Howl's Moving Castle Paperback – 13 May 2009
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- Publisher : HarperCollins GB; New edition (13 May 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007299265
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007299263
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.03 x 19.71 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country ” Evening Standard
“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” SFX
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First book for 2016 and it will definitely be going on my list of favourites!
This one has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time and I have always been a little hesitant to read it. I have seen the movie (LOTS of times, actually) and it is my very favourite one. So, I didn't know if the book would live up to my expectations (which were very high). Well, it did.
The book was quite unlike the movie but that did not seem to detract in any way. It was different but it was still wonderfully good.
I love/d Howl- he's so beautiful and vain and yet likeable! and I LOVE Sophie. She is such a great character. Funny, intelligent and unpretentious. So the opposite of Howl that she is perfect.
Fantastic story. Loved it. Hesitant to read any of Wynne Jones' other works in case they don't live up to my expectations. Ha!
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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 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.
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.
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.
A leitura foi muito agradável, apesar de requerer um nível de conhecimento de inglês maior do que tenho. Como se trata de uma realidade fantástica, os termos utilizados não são utilizados o dia-a-dia. Algumas partes entendi porque tinha visto o filme, como o seletor da porta que para cada cor leva a um local diferente. Enfim, sugiro que leiam o trecho de amostra para sentir se estão confortáveis quanto ao entendimento.
Eu amei o livro, superou minhas expectativas! E aqui meu apelo às editoras para que alguma traga essa linda série para nós leitores brasileiros. Minha mãe é uma leitora que aguarda esses livros em português!