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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 WiSophie 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....

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ISBN : 9780416615906
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Number of Pages : 568 Pages
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Howl's Moving Castle Reviews

  • Cara
    2019-05-15 07:28

    Honestly what made me want to read this book was the movie. *gasp* I know, I know shouldn't do that. The movie was good (I am a fan of Hayo Miyazaki's films) and I wasn't disappointed in the book. As always much of the book wasn't put into the movie, but it was understandable because I imagine it would be hard to piece together a movie with all the components this story has.To really grasp and understand the book I would suggest that it be read twice I think. Since I did watch the movie I wasn't as shocked at things, but I was so impressed about how the author intertwined all the strands of the story together. If you have a chance definitely read the book first. The author did an impeccable job of piecing things together to get a wham-bam of an ending.Ok quick summary: Our main character is Sophie. She is the oldest of three girls and works in a hat shop. Things change when the Witch of the Waste (evil bad women) puts a spell on her that makes her old. She meets the infamous wizard Howl (great character) and it takes off from there. Make sure to pay attention toALL DETAILSto get the ending. (Sorry if the review isn't that great. It's the first time I'm trying something like this, so I'll apologize now for all the confusion I may have caused, and the errors in the review.)

  • Catie
    2019-05-18 04:30

    This book is completely magical and this is how I know:On the fourth of July, we crammed ourselves into our car (my husband, mother in law, two girls, and I) and drove for over an hour to go see some fireworks. There was traffic almost the entire way, and I was jammed in the back in between two booster seats, which let me tell you – was not comfortable. I am a tall person and my knees basically alternated between being squished in between the two front seats, or slanted crazily off to one side. I was good and addicted to this book at that point, and I smuggled it into my tote bag in the tiny hope that might be able to read some along the way. However, what happened was that as soon as I pulled it out, my daughter recognized the title and became very interested. I knew it was a mistake to teach her how to read!(Kidding, kidding.) I casually offered to read some of it aloud in the car. At first it was just the girls and me as I read about Sophie toiling away day and night in her hat shop, losing her father and cursed to a bad fortune. Then the conversation between my mother in law and my husband slowly died down as we got to the magical switcheroo that Sophie’s sisters had pulled behind everyone’s backs. The radio went off right about when The Witch of The Waste made her grand entrance, and by the time we got to our destination (much more quickly than the clock would suggest) my husband was chuckling as Sophie told a solicitous stranger, “I’m not your mother, young man” like a badass. As soon as we got into the car and promptly got stuck in the mad rush to head home, my narration services were again requested. We all know the basic plot, thanks to watching the Studio Ghibli film approximately 134 times last fall, and my oldest daughter was giddy with anticipation for Howl’s tantrum. (Truly, one of the best scenes in both the book and the movie.)This book is magical, because it managed to distract a four year old, a six year old, two adults in their thirties, a sixty five year old, not to mention my knees, for several hours in a tiny car on one of the hottest days of the year. I love almost everything about this book. I love that Diana Wynne Jones thought that a romance between a spoiled, shallow drama-queen pretty boy and a feisty ninety year old woman was a great idea and that she completely made it work. I loved seeing a nineteen year old Sophie, frightened and secluded, throw off all of her fears and embrace being a ninety year old woman, ready to take on anything that got in her way. The writing is simplistic, but the dialogue and mystery are downright elegant. Maybe this book isn’t perfect – some of the later conflicts seemed a bit manufactured – but I don’t really care. This book is going on my favorites shelf forever and ever. Dare I say this? I liked it more than the movie.Stop by The Readventurer today, where I compare this book to the Studio Ghibli adaptation!

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-04-29 01:42

    I read this to my daughter, Celyn (10), who is too disabled to read books by herself.I had seen some of the anime film version years ago but remembered basically nothing of it.I found the whole thing original and refreshing. The point of view character (Sophie) is engaging and no-nonsense with a very capable can-do attitude. The story moves along at a good pace and the whole moving castle / multiple doors thing is a great idea and used well.The Welsh connection is well-played, and the continuing reveals keep everything interesting.My only complaint is that the end seemed rather tortured with so many story-lines converging in ways that felt rather unsatisfying / hard to believe. The (view spoiler)[ Miss Angorian(hide spoiler)] part, for example, seemed to come out of left-field and made very little sense to me.If I were a touch harsher then that ending would pull this down to a 4*. But Celyn loved it. I enjoyed reading it. And I'm in a good mood. So 5*.I can see why it's a classic, and if you have a 10 year old, point them at it! We may well pursue the author's other works.Edit: We've now finished the trilogy!Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes..

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-04-30 08:29

    For some reason I've been reading a lot of really great books lately. I feel that itch to find something I can tear apart and relish in the destruction. However, Howl's Moving Castle didn't provide me with that opportunity.It is an amazing and fantastic book. The characters are so very different, funny, quirky and lovable that I was sucked in right away. The storyline was intriguing and fun to read. The writing was quite good and the world was utterly fascinating.If you've watched the movie then you needn't worry about being spoiled of the book or ending. They are actually nothing alike. The movie, whilst I really enjoyed it, to the original premise and basic character traits and made its own story from there.Sophie is hilarious. She almost makes me want to be an old lady, just so I can be cantankerous and boss people around. Howl is funny and sweet as the brilliant yet vain, thoughtless, mysterious wizard. The whole story is great and I highly, highly recommend it.

  • Riley
    2019-04-22 04:25

    This was such an enchanting story!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-05-07 06:40

    Howl's Moving Castle, for whatever reason, failed to engage me the first time I read it several years ago, but it worked much better the second time around. I really felt for Sophie, the main character, who feels so timid, trapped and hopeless that when she's (unfairly) hit with a curse that turns her from a young woman into an old crone, it actually frees her in more ways than one. She leaves her dead-end job in the village and, for lack of a better option, moves herself (without bothering to ask for permission) into the oddly mobile castle of the Wizard Howl, where magic and cobwebs fill the air. Obviously the young wizard needs a housekeeper, after all. The fire demon in the castle's fireplace mysteriously challenges Sophie to break "the contract" between himself and Howl, and she hopes that maybe Howl and the demon can help break the curse on her as well.The nature and use of magic in this story were quite creative. As a former English major, I really enjoyed how John Donne's poem "Song" ("Go and catch a falling star") was worked into the story.The plot was occasionally confusing, and I wished some things had been explained a little better. I also thought that the wrap-up at the end was a bit too hasty. But overall it was a charming and fun read, and it gets bonus points for an unusually high degree of originality.Upping my rating from 3 stars to an enthusiastic 4. Original review: On paper I should love this book, but it just didn't grab me when I tried to read it about 10 years ago,* and I ended up skimming half of it. I picked it up again at the library the other day and I'm going to give it one more shot.*Obviously I was being kind-hearted when I gave it 3 stars, or was overly swayed by the book's reputation. I would be meaner if I were rating it now, but I'll wait to do that until I've re-read it.

  • Emma
    2019-04-22 06:34

    Before Hayao Miyazaki made "Howl's Moving Castle" into a feature length animated film in 2006 (2004 if you saw it in Japan), it was a book written by Diana Wynne Jones in 1986. Due to the inherent difficulties of creating an animated film, Miyazaki greatly abridged and adjusted the plot of the novel for his movie. I happened to enjoy both film and novel but after reading the book I realized that the plot is extremely different in the novel--enough that the book and movie become completely different viewing experiences.Anyway, that's all I'm going to say about the movie. On to the discussion of the book:Sophie lives "in the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility exist." In other words, all of the traditional fairy tale stories are real. Not so bad, except that Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three sisters, which everyone knows means Sophie is doomed to failure should she ever set out to seek her fortunes. Sophie is resigned to her fate--living obscurely, and less than successfully, working in the family hat shop. Except that this is not a traditional fairy tale and events soon intervene to set Sophie on a very unexpected course indeed for an eldest daughter.It all starts in the hat shop after some interesting things begin to happen when Sophie talks to the hats she trims. Interesting enough to attract the attention of the dangerous Witch of the Waste. When her encounter with the Witch of the Waste leaves Sophie cursed in the body of an old woman, she has no choice but to go out and seek her fortune in hopes of breaking the curse (even if she is an eldest daughter). Along the way, Sophie comes upon a mysterious moving castle that has taken up in the hill's of Ingary. The castle belongs to Wizard Howl "who was known to amuse himselv by collection young girls and sucking the souls from them. Or some people said he ate their hearts." Either way, he was not anyone Sophie expected to ever meet let alone move in with. Until she does. Adventure ensues as Sophie tries to break the curse and help Howl with his own uniquely magical problems.In terms of fantasy novels, "Howl's Moving Castle" is one of my favorites. The world Jones creates is fully realized without ever getting boring or limiting the reader's imagination. The tone of her narrative is also spot on. Readers of Jane Austen's novels or the "Sorcery and Cecelia" series will notice a similar narrative voice. Although this novel is largely timeless, the prose has a charmingly Victorian tone--taking its time to arrive at the action, the better to familiarize readers with the characters involved and show the readers just how fantastic they (and the story) really are.I also adore this story because it is romantic, thrilling, and completely absorbing. Even at 329 pages, the novel is far too short. Happily, Diana Wynne Jones follows up "Howl's Moving Castle" with "Castle in the Air" (1990) and a brand new book featuring Sophie and Howl ("House of Many Ways") is due out in May of 2008.

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    2019-04-26 05:38

    I am so pleased to say I loved this book!This was exactly what I needed to read right now. My year thus far has been full of more serious books with heavy content, but this was a perfect balance of fantastical and lighthearted.Sophie and her two sisters work in a hat shop with only their stepmother for company since the unfortunate death of their father. Being the eldest of three, she has accepted that she is destined for a life of utter mediocrity. When the infamous Witch of the Waste curses Sophie into the body of an elderly woman, she accidentally finds herself in the middle of an adventure that is anything but mediocre. I just want to say that I do not usually enjoy Middle Grade Fantasy.There is normally an odd quality to the writing style of Middle Grade. It's crammed full of ridiculous scenarios that end up feeling like it's just a competition of who can be the weirdest.I can see why others enjoy this, but it's generally not my style. Especially The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. I just couldn't get into that book to save my life, so I generally stay away from this genre except on recommendation. BUT THIS!Cutest. Book. Ever.Sophie is such a delightful character. I loved watching her deal with the craziness in this book! She's clever with a kind heart, and a wonderful role model for children.I also really enjoyed all of the secondary characters in this book, it was totally a cast of kooks. Calcifer and Howl had me laughing out loud, and even little Michael gave me a cackle now and again!In this case, the strange writing really played to the story's advantage. It was just odd enough give me that whimsical, spellbound feeling.I would recommend this for people of all ages! It absolutely meets the goal it sets out to achieve. I am very excited to watch Miyazaki's movie adaption now that I've read the novel.Buddy read this with my girl Celeste!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-04-20 07:30

    HOW IS THIS SO DIFFERENT FROM THE MOVIE?!!? I picked this up on a whim because I adore the Miyazaki film, but this is like a totally different story. And I can't believe I'm saying this about one of my favorite movies, but I like this book waaaaay more.

  • Apatt
    2019-05-11 07:40

    After finishing Howl's Moving Castle I immediately Googled “Diana Wynne Jones” to see how many more books in this series I can look forward to. The first thing I noticed was “Died: March 26, 2011”. My reaction was “WTF? And we are just getting acquainted!” The book starts off charmingly with:“In 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.” This misfortune falls on 18-year-old Sophie Hatter, who is introduced while helping her mother to make hats for selling in their hat shop*. She is feeling lonely while making these hats and talks to them like Tom Hanks talks to his volleyball, Wilson**, in the movie Castaway. Soon a witch visits her shop and promptly turns her into a very old woman (a “terrible old biddy” even) for no apparent reason. Initially accepting this ghastly state of affairs with strange equanimity (due to shock) she soon leaves her mother’s shop to find some way of lifting the curse. She ends up practically forcing Howl the wizard to take her on as his housekeeper for his “moving castle”, so-called because it is constantly roaming the country.“It was odd. As a girl, Sophie would have shriveled with embarrassment at the way she was behaving. As an old woman, she did not mind what she did or said. She found that a great relief.”They keyword for the appeal of Howl's Moving Castle is charm. I am usually reluctant to read YA books because the “Y” part of it is a (un)fairly distant memory for me, and I have had enough of books about sexy teens fighting Dystopian governments. However, I was intrigued by Studio Ghibli’s 2004 animated film adaptation. The director Hayao Miyazaki is a legend among anime fans and a spectacularly gifted artist, whose works are always brimming with unique and astounding visuals. So if he deems a book by an English author I know nothing about worth adapting then it must be something special. Howl's Moving Castle is whimsical and charming in the way that reminds me ofJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. However, Howl’s Moving Castle is aimed at somewhat younger readership, the prose is less Austen-tatious (to coin a word) and is much shorter. It has weird, wonderful and wacky characters with amusing idiosyncrasies that stop short of being cartoonish. Beside the two central characters Sophie and Howl, I absolutely love the character “Calcifer” who is a literally fiery demon who functions in the castle as a fireplace and a cooking stove. Of course, he is already interesting by nature, but he also has wonderfully quirky personality. The castle itself is a fascinating invention, its ability to move is not even its most remarkable feature. The front door opens to different locations, depending on the position of the colour-coded doorknob. Even that is not the weirdest thing, the interior of the castle is located in a different part of the country while simultaneously being the inside of a moving castle. The mind boggles.I have to admit that initially while reading this book I missed read something more “edgy”, adult, dark, brooding and bloody; something to satisfy my mean streak. Ah, but Diana Wynne Jones charmed me into submission, I was half in love with her by page 70. This book often brought a smile to my face and if you are looking for some way to turn that frown upside down this is just the thing._________________________* Unfortunately the word for a hat shop is not “hattery” as I had hoped but “millinery”.** Tennis ball volleyball, thanks Skip!A Word about the AnimeThe anime film adaptation is a beautiful work of art, intricately hand drawn and fluidly animated. In this age of computer animation like Toy Story and Shrek, Studio Ghibli’s beautiful, meticulous artwork is something to be treasured. As an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ book, it is—in my estimation—about 60% faithful to the source material. Ms. Wynne Jones was well aware of this and heartily approved, as mentioned in an interview at the end of Howl's Moving Castle. She understood that movie is a different media and some alterations must be made. Certainly it is a very good anime, but it is substantially different from the book. There is a steampunk styling to the eponymous castle that is not in the book, and the main characters behave somewhat differently from their book counterparts, especially the antagonist “The Witch of The Waste”.Also, Miyazaki's Howl is much less flamboyant than Ms. Wynne Jones', and has a tendency to brood. The anime is much more romantic and sentimental, yet it is also darker in some instances and less comical. I don’t think the changes improve on the book, but they don’t need to. I think that you should read the book first to appreciate all the nuances. In any case, both the book and the anime are wonderful in their own ways and I am happy to own a copy of each._________________________More quotes:“Tidying up is what I’m here for!” she shouted at Howl. “Then you must think of a new meaning for your life,” Howl said.“Sophie was suddenly overwhelmed by the fact that she was standing talking to the King. It was, she thought dizzily, as if the man sitting there and the huge, important thing which was kingship were two separate things that just happened to occupy the same chair.”

  • Celeste
    2019-05-01 01:40

    I adore middle grade fantasy fiction. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first book that ever made me cry, and I still get emotional when I reread it. The Phantom Tollbooth remains one of the funniest, cleverest books I’ve ever read, though I didn’t read it until I was in my twenties. A Wrinkle in Time changed my view of the world and helped me embrace myself for who I was and still am. The Little Prince gave me a lot of deep, philosophical fodder for discussion with my family. And Harry Potter remains my favorite series, and shall forever be. Always.Now I have a new book to add to my long list of middle grade favorites. Howl’s Moving Castle has been one of my top five favorite movies for years, and I put off reading the book out of fear that it wouldn’t hold up. Thankfully, my friend Mary suggested buddy reading it, or I might have missed out on the absolute treasure that is Diana Wynne Jones. Now I have to track down everything else she ever wrote. I should have listened to Neil Gaiman sooner, as he loves her and has recommended her multiple times in essays and articles. Sophie Hatter is the oldest of three sisters, which means that she’s not going to amount to much. Striving to be content with her lot in life, Sophie encourages her sisters to find their fortunes and sets out to be the best hatter she can be. But when her hats become too popular, the Witch of the Waste barges into her store and turns poor Sophie’s life completely upside down. But, by the end of the story, Sophie wouldn’t have traded her altered life for anything.The characters in this tiny book are so well developed that they now feel like old friends. Calcifer is the cutest demon in the history of ever, and I couldn’t help but hear Billy Crystal’s voice whenever he spoke. He was grouchy and sarcastic and a much bigger softie than he let on. Michael, the Wizard Howl’s assistant, is a scatterbrained sweetheart. Howl himself is vain and lazy and self-absorbed and more honorable than he wants to be. He is also one of the biggest drama queens I’ve ever come across in any fictional setting. And then there’s Sophie. Sophie, who was dealt a bad hand and managed to win the game anyway. It wasn’t until she was cursed that Sophie grew into the person she always wanted to be, and proved herself to be invaluable to everyone in her life.I just want to say, middle grade books do a much better job with love stories than YA books, in my opinion. The love story here was a slow burn, and both involved parties fought their feelings tooth and nail. But when those feelings were finally admitted and embraced, I melted. Seriously, the feels are real. I will go down with this ship. *end fangirling*The book and movie differed on multiple plot points, which surprised me. However, I now love the book just as much as I love the Miyazaki movie. If you love the book and have never seen the movie, I highly recommend it. If you love the movie, you should read the book. You’ll be in for a treat if you do.(Side note: Admire the weirdness that is the cover of my copy. Do you see why I waited so long to read it?)Buddy read of the book that inspired my favorite (non-Disney) animated movie with the lovely Mary.

  • seak
    2019-04-27 02:39

    I watched the movie, Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, when I was going through my anime phase, not to mention I'm pretty much always going through a Christian Bale phase. I loved it, of course, it was so odd and just plain weird, exactly why I enjoy anime so much.This was quite a while ago, and it wasn't until just recently that I started reading reviews of the book by Diana Wynne Jones, so I ordered it right away. And, because my "to read" pile is enormous, it sat on my shelf for another couple months. So, to end this terribly interesting story, I somehow got into this "read the book after having already seen the movie because I had no idea there was a book to read" phase (see Stardust) and it was excellent. The moral of this riveting story: don't wait, just read, you won't be disappointed.Sophie is the eldest of three sisters and of course not much is expected of the eldest. She gets on the wrong side of the Witch of the Waste and is cursed to look 90 years old. She doesn't know what to do other than to leave her house without scaring her family and head into town. Not knowing what to do or who to go to, she continues heading outside of town and ends up walking to Howl's moving castle.Howl's known for stealing little girls away, but she figures that's no longer her problem, she's old now...and who better to help her out than a wizard.This really is such an endearing tale, I enjoyed the characters so much and I'm excited to have also found out that there are two more books to follow. I know, it sometimes baffles me how much I can enjoy these middle-grade books.And because it's a middle-grade book, the writing is perfectly simplistic. It's told in third person, but from the perspective of Sophie, an adolescent. Howl's Moving Castle is so hard to put down, Sophie bumbles from problems with her curse to problems with the fickle Howl, who, as Sophie calls him, is a slitherer-outer, one who slithers out of doing anything.On top of that, the magic is different than anything I've seen. It's so odd and quirky, it's so fun to read. For instance, the moving castle is also connected to two different places, Porthaven and Kingsbury. As long as the correct color is lined up on the door, you can connect to the requisite city or place. Then there's all the oddity that is Howl always chasing after different women, Calsifer (the devious fire demon), and Michael (Howl's apprentice).When to Read Howl's Moving Castle?This is perfect for a light reading mood. Howl's Moving Castle is full of magic and humor and great characters that are tons of fun to read about. 4 out of 5 Stars (Loved it)

  • Alex Farrand
    2019-04-20 03:23

    I readHowl's Moving Castle at the most perfect time. I was caught in between a colossal book, and my next intense read. I was in desperate need of a lighter, fun book. In Howl's Moving Castle I found exactly that and much more. Howl's Moving Castleis about a meek, young girl who was enchanted by an aging spell. Her only chance of breaking the enchantment is living with the mysterious wizard, Howl, and bargaining with the fire demon. I really found this story enjoyable. Diana Jones created an adorable, magical fantasy world. I fell in love with her whole world, and Howl's castle. It was witty, hilarious, action packed, and absolutely delightful for anyone reading chapter books. I laughed at the corniest scenes, for instance, green slime and enlarged suit. Psst: I am a child at heart, and cornier the jokes the better. All the jokes people send me on Goodreads, I do laugh, and repeat them to my husband when I can. Thanks to all who send me a joke!Diana Jones wrote a creative, but silly magical attitude for her book that created a extraordinary experience for the imagination. The characters were fun to read about. Sophie throwing weed killer; Howl and his vanity; and sweet Michael loving a man-dog. How couldn't I adore the silliness of our main crew living in enchanted castle? Sometimes I did feel confused reading the novel, but I think 1) we were just as confused as the main character, Sophie, and 2) magic can solve any puzzle. Everything does get summed up, and most of my unanswered questions did get answered. A few I will have to research, but my questions didn't break the story.I didn't remember the movie before leaping into the book. The only thing I could remember was the fire demon, for some reason, but all in all I was going into the book blind. I watched Hayao Miyazaki animated film the day after I finished the book, and I thought this is pretty good. Miyazaki developed a beautiful world, and castle for this beloved book. The film and the book were somewhat similar, but I preferred the novel. I liked Sophie's personality, and qualities in the book, compared to the movie. I just thought everyone was funnier in the novel. Miyazaki made his film a little bit more straight forward, but I prefer to re-read the novel. I do hope to either read this book to my daughter, or for her to read it! I think she would have a great time reading this book when she is older. Howl's Moving Castle is delightful, fun, magical book that should be a must read. I hope you all to have a good time reading her novel, or watching the film. I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Happy reading!

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-15 00:16

    Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle #1), Diana Wynne Jones تاریخ نخستین خوانش: چهاردهم نوامبر سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: قلعه متحرک؛ نویسنده: دیان واین جونز؛ مترجم: شراره صدیق؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1381؛ در 302 ص، شابک: 9789645757357؛ چاپ دوم 1382، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 مداستانی عاشقانه بین دختری هجده ساله به اسم سوفی (سوفی)، نفرین شده توسط جادوگری و دربند شده در بدن یک پیرزن، و یک شعبده باز به نام هارو است. سوفی بخاطر طلسم، به دنبال سرنوشتش میرود، سرنوشتی که او را به قلعه متحرک و عجیب هارو هدایت میکند. در قلعه، سوفی با دیو آتش هارو، کاریشیفا آشنا میشود. کاریشیفا به او قول میدهد تا طلسم را از روی او بردارد و او را به هجده سالگی برگرداند، ولی تنها به شرطی که ....؛ ا. شربیانی

  • Mariel
    2019-05-07 07:12

    I'd started writing this review yesterday. I had to quit because I was busy having one of my anxiety fits about using cliches, not saying what I really mean, unclear sentences, my bad grammar, blah blah. I worry about it so much that it is hard to write anything. Howl's Moving Castle is one of those books that I wish I'd not read so I could read it again. That's a cliche, it's true, but it is true. A lot has been written about Howl's on goodreads so I'll try and say something beyond all of the true things about it that would appeal to fantasy junkies (that is me). I wouldn't be able to come up with a list of all the things that I wanted in a book (if I could I'd write better stuff than I do to amuse myself). I'd just wish for something this good to appear in my hands all on its own. Diana Wynne Jones has a book about how to write fantasy. I haven't read it. I wonder what she has to say about endings, though. If there is one thing I don't like about her it is the endings. (The sequels to Howl's are not special in any way, to me.) How to write a good ending? It's like what John Lennon said. If it's not okay, it's not the end. I loved that there was like this chance for things to be okay. That's an ending. Fantasy is good to me because it is different than any forseeable future. What I can recognize is seperated like Morrissey under a stage spotlight. The best moments, and all of it put into some kind of dramatic context where there's actually a point to any of it. (I suck at explaining stuff!) My favorite part is what felt familiar to me (people stuff). I can't explain it to myself why that is. Reviews all over goodreads constantly mention something called "world-building" (I'm sure I've done it too, in an attempt to be normal or useful. Yeah, right) in reviews of all kinds of fantasy type books (probably more than anything else. I don't understand technical talk). I am going to admit something else besides that I don't understand commas or semi-colons (or did I remove that confession?): I don't understand reality either. I either believe it or I don't. It should be like a movie if it is really good. You don't think about how they did it. You're at home there. Most of the time I'm feeling anxious and not at all at home. That's why I love books so much. I get to be at home, for a change.I recognized Sophie. Sophie lets herself down in so many ways. I can relate to this so much! Being hard on yourself to the point you don't want to do anything at all? Check. She believes everything in her life is predetermined; from being the eldest of her sisters, obligations, the job in the hat shop. I cannot remember exactly what her reasons were for not taking a chance on anything. It was definitely something about a kinda curse/fate on the eldest kids. It resonated with me for all of the reasons I can come up with not to do things. It's hard to push past that kinda shit. For example, how it is drilled into your head that if you don't have everything in life figured out before age eighteen you're screwed. You can go back and do something else if you made the bad choice for yourself. I'm a naysayer, though. Reminding doesn't last long enough. I believe this kinda shit can happen, just like she did.I hated that the Miyazaki anime made the point of the story that Sophie thinks of herself as being beautiful (as an image). It wasn't about that! The curse the Witch of the Waste lays on her is killing (and oh so telling) because it takes away the life she didn't think she deserved to have. Not what the life is, just the right to have one.There was a lot about this book that got to me on those "oooh" levels about plots, the world, atmospherics, villains, right and wrong and the characters. It was pretty much freaking cool (I loved that moving castle before I ever even "saw" it). Cool isn't all that special without something to make it feel like it mattered, or you were "there".The movie isn't bad. It just wastes time on the stuff that isn't special and ignored what was (to me). It was also pointless to waste the jab on John Lassiter. (It IS annoying having to watch him blab on about how great Miyazaki is on all of the dvds. I know I'm in for a treat to watch Spirited Away! I've seen almost everything he's done. I'm a mega-fan. Shut-up, you stupid fucker. I hate that Disney dvds don't let you skip. "Fastplay", my ass.) The whole bit about the turnip head turning into a prince jab at Disney tied-up endings? I can't stand it when successful people are bitter. Terry Gilliam's stupidly pointless intro "explaining" Tideland just 'cause some critics at Cannes panned it (if you have to explain it to the audience beforehand...). Or Christopher Guest's bitter awards show movie. Art School Confidential. Howl's Moving Castle the Movie or China Mieville's Un Lun Dun. Um, I could go on with examples. Don't waste your own story time on making bitter jabs at other people. This is your time and if you have something to say, say it. I mean, they have the chance.Ooops.I hope this didn't suck too bad. This reviewing business is tough.P.s. I'd give my heart to a demon too.

  • Mangrii
    2019-04-30 06:27

    Sophie Hatter, la mayor de tres hermanas, sabe que al ser la mayor de la familia su destino es fracasar. Por ello, tras la muerte de su padre, no se molesta cuando se queda como aprendiza en la tienda de sombreros de la familia, mientras que sus dos hermanas van a diferentes lugares donde sobresalen. Tras llamar la atención de la Bruja del Páramo, Sophie se convierte en una anciana de 90 años, y por culpa de un hechizo, no podrá contárselo a nadie. Toda decidida, coge sus pertenencias y emprende su propio camino en busca de fortuna y una nueva vida, topándose con el Castillo ambulante del peligroso mago Howl.La novela está narrada en tercera persona a través de un narrador omnisciente, presentando un lenguaje sencillo y ligero, donde cada capítulo nos cuenta una escena en la vida de Sophie. Cada capítulo además, tendrá un pequeño subtitulo que nos servirá como resumen de todo lo que va a ocurrir en el mismo. Es una novela muy naif, los hechos se cuentan como si no tuvieran importancia, y no conoceremos los sentimientos o pensamientos de los personajes. Me encanto además la naturalidad con la que se presenta la magia o los hechizos en el mundo de la novela.Lo mejor de la novela son sus personajes, Sophie y el mago Howl se comen las hojas, aunque el carisma de Calcifer o la ternura que desprende Michael también son notables. Se tratan temas como el destino y la juventud, pero para mi lo mejor es como asume la historia de amor, desarrollada de una forma muy sutil y sin verse clara hasta la conclusión. Lo peor del libro para mi fue que ciertas veces lo que narraba estaba inconexo; y que el final de la historia me parece demasiado precipitado, si que cierra toda la historia, pero se desarrolla en apenas 5 páginas, sin clímax final.Una historia repleta de fantasía, aventura, humor y romance de la que recomiendo su lectura a todo el mundo.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-05-08 03:30

    I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, so decided it was about time I just jump straight in. My deepest heart's desire was that I'd find the female-equivalent to Terry Pratchett, but sadly that is not the case.It was written so well and Diana has an amazing imagination that makes Neil Gaiman look normal. But sadly the characters were flat and I felt nothing for any of them, though I think Howl was the most wonderfully developed of the lot. They were all a little bit "I'm only here for this one bit then I'll leave", which is often the case with background characters but not the main, plot-fuelling ones. And the plot: I did enjoy it to some extent but I got lost a few times and wasn't really sure why certain things were happening. I think she tried to cram in so many wonderful things that often happen in to fantasy books in to just this one that it slightly ripped at the seams.The world was a lovely thing to be introduced to, but I can't get over my disappointment in the castle. No spoilers, but I was expecting a lot more than what I felt we were given, particular since the thing is in the title. It was rather clever, but not what I wanted personally. However, the world still felt quite small despite the various places visited. There didn't seem enough given to link all the places together and they invariably ended up becoming just the one place after a while.Despite not quite enjoying this particular book, I do want to read everything else Diana has written, because you can clearly see her amazing imagination and clever storytelling prowess from this book. I think the fact it was a children's book really let it down.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Katerina Kondrenko
    2019-05-02 05:37

    10 out of 10Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)Short-Soundtrack:Scott Thomas feat Jonathan Clay – Heart On FireGenre: high-fantasy, fairytaleStuff: moving castle (duh), magic, curseWOW: characters, humorPOV: 3rd-person, femaleLove-Geometry: seemingQuote-Core: "You have an instinct, Sophie. Nothing is safe from you."Imagine the Beast being beautiful, lazy and fickle and the Beauty being ugly, kind and grumpy. Imagine the Beauty coming to the Beast on her own will and the Beast being terrified of her ways.Imagine the Beast's castle being very mobile. Add a lot of creative details. And voila! You will have Howl's Moving Castle.(c) that_nerdygirlI don't know why I haven't read HMC early. Maybe I was afraid I had found out about it too late? That I'm too old for stories like that? No matter what nonsense I used to delay my meet with Howl's Moving Castle, I know I'd been silly. This tale knows no age-limits or culture-boundaries. It's funny, wise, a little bit creepy and rich. It reminds us about our childhood, but feels mature. You won't find here a passionate romance or gruesome deaths, but this book will mend your grown-up heart and put some believe in wonders, kindness and love in it.Can't say the same about the cartoon which I've seen only today. It has very little to do with its original and feels super illogical. Sorry, the book is a million times better.Okay, let's talk about the story...We have a mysterious mage who, if you believe in rumors, eats the girls' hearts. He lives in a moving castle and is known to be really cruel. We also have a shy girl who decided that she always will be a loser. She works at a hat-shot and longs for something interesting to come. And it comes in a form of a wicked witch who curses our girl. Now the girl is an old woman and can;t say anyone what the witch did. She left her house and ends up in the mage's home. And it's only the start of her future adventures.(c) DraakhThe mage's or rather the wizard's name or rather one of his names is Howl. He's 20 something, charming, careless and has a few secrets. He, also, is a womanizer who likes it dirty (and by 'it' I mean his room)). I thought he would be a brooding type with some evil intentions, but he turned out to be super fun, like a big baby: cute, whiny, demanding. That's unusual trope, 'cause authors always try to make their characters look their best, all their downsides are just the hard life's consequences and all. Here, we have a flawed man who won't change completely. And whose negative features aren't connected with an awful childhood and such.Sophie is 17, I guess? She may be kind, understanding and calm, but she can be angry, nosy and jealous as well. Multilayered, she is and I like it. Oh, and she's obsessed with tidying up))Calcifer is a little fire demon who literally runs Howl's home and warms it too. He's moody, but has a nice heart, literate heart. Yeah. Also he's a local joke-cracker. You'll fall for this creature without a doubt. But beware, he may ask you to make a bargain with him.There are more characters: a young apprentice of Howl named Michael, Sophie's sisters and stepmother, Howl's family, friends and enemies, a creepy scarecrow, an unusual dog and so on. Each has his or her role in the plot and a chance to win your heart.The plot, by the way, isn't that simple as it often is in fairytales. Nope, it's intricate and has unexpected turns. I also liked how the story is told. It doesn't try to sound silly, never force its moral on you and has no favorites to accent them through the events so you would favor them as well. The writing is light, smart and nice. I was laughing not once and not even ten times during this read. Many books make me cry, but not many make me laugh like that.All in all, I highly recommend this book to those whose inner children are still alive and long for fairytales.Howl's Moving Castle (Ходячий замок):— Howl's Moving Castle (Ходячий замок) #1/3— Castle in the Air (Воздушный замок) #2/3— House of Many Ways (Дом с характером) #3/3

  • Daniella
    2019-04-20 01:16

    Delightful a'f, I don't know what more you could want in a whimsical fantasy-This book will appeal to every age group and gender. -It's simple yet extremely well plotted-You can read it in one sitting!-Doesn't rely on tropes at all, it's its own original story-You will feel joy throughout the entire bookI highly recommend this.

  • Luke Taylor
    2019-05-09 04:30

    So what is Howl's Moving Castle?Pull up a stool by the fire and I'll tell you.Deceptively complex and yet magically simple, Diana Wynne Jones' inimitable classic throws everything but the kitchen sink (well, probably that too) and gobs of green goo upon the concept of the fairy tale and dusts it with a generous helping of humor, horror, and heart. From making Sophie into an old woman, to making glowing faces in the fireplace, to Wales being a home as deep and dynamic as DiCaprio's own final destination was in Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception, Howl has it all. From fights (of the witchcraft variety) to food (of the breakfast variety) and fun (of every variety), Howl is impossible to dislike as a character and a book. In fact, the only flaw I see is that it has taken me 29 years to read it. And I profoundly thank Sveta for sharing with me one of her favorite books, as it is now one of my favorites, too.Even "happy ever after" carries the truest ring of reality, in that we are all flawed specimens. Fantastically flawed and incredibly interesting, Howl speaks to that spark of genuine youness in that whoever you are, however you are, why ever you are, you are special, you are cherishable, you are magical. You are worthy to be loved just for who you are. Even if it's not what other people think, or what they see, or what has been said, it's what you know in your heart to be true. That there is someone out there who has stolen your heart as you have stolen theirs and it might be a wild and crazy adventure just to be together, but hey, who wants life to be boring, anyway?Recommended for everyone, especially lovers of fairytales.Now I must see the film!Buddy read with the wonderful Sveta. :D

  • Gail Carriger
    2019-04-29 05:18

    Howl's lingers with me because of the humor, because of the perfectly executed twisting plot, because of the snapping dialog. Diana is possibly the best writer of her generation but because she wrote mainly YA in a time before HP she was disregarded. You want to know what I think a book should be like? Read this one.

  • Gypsy
    2019-04-30 01:19

    وای وای وای.. من از قبل این‌که برم سراغش هم می‌دونستم خیلی خوبه. ولی نه دیگه درین حد! :O-oروایت بی‌نهایت ساده، روراست و واضحه. این‌قد که تا وسطای داستان، فک نمی‌کنی این‌روایت سهل و ساده بخواد به‌یه‌شاهکار ختم بشه. ولی در نهایت، می‌بینی تمام چیزهای کوچیک و ساده، بذرهای نهال بزرگی بودن که آخر داستان بهش می‌رسی. بعد هم شخصیت‌پردازی معرکه‌ی نویسنده که جداً اگه کسی می‌خواد شخصیت‌پردازی یاد بگیره، این‌کتاب یکی از بهترین نمونه‌هاشه. به‌قدری شخصیت‌ها واقعی و باورپذیر و دوست‌داشتنی‌ن که نمی‌تونی تصور کنی همه اینا یه‌داستانه! فقط یه‌داستانه!و بعد هم دیالوگ‌ها. من چقد تحت تأثیر دیالوگ‌نویسی نویسنده قرار گرفتم ینی؛ بارها و بارها بعضی دیالوگ‌ها رو می‌خوندم یا حتی بر می‌گشتم عقب که فلان‌دیالوگـو یه‌بار دیگه هم بخونم. این‌کار ِ نویسنده به‌هیچ‌اثری شبیه نبود. اصلاً انگار نویسنده تو یه‌دنیای دیگه زندگی می‌کنه که همه این‌اتفاقا می‌افتن و این‌قد قشنگ تونسته درشون بیاره. نکنه همچین دنیا- بهتر بگم، دنیاها!- یی هس؟ برام الهام‌بخش بود. کاش ازین‌دست آثار بیشتر نوشته بشن و منم بیشتر بخونم. دنیا به‌چنین دنیاهایی احتیاج داره!

  • Maria Clara
    2019-05-17 01:17

    Sencillamente mágico!

  • Hannah
    2019-05-15 06:22

    Quite different from the movie but no less fantastic.Needless to say, I loved it.

  • Kristijan
    2019-05-10 07:12

    Haulov pokretni zamak je izuzetno kreativna i šarena bajka koja čitaoce ne ostavlja ravnodušnim. Glavni likovi su izuzetno maštoviti i trodimenzionalni, a pejzaži kojima lutamo zajedno sa njima poprilično živopisni.Čitaoci na momente mogu predvideti neke stvari, ali to ni u kom slučaju ne može da naruži lepotu ovog romana. Dajem čistu peticu Haulovom pokretnom zamku, a na listu stavljam nastavak.Šteta je što roman nije nešto naročito promovisan i popularizovan u Srbiji i što je tek nekih dvadeset godina nakon nastanka dobio svoj prevod.

  • Ana M. Román
    2019-05-17 07:26

    Un libro catalogado como infantil o juvenil pero que gustará sin importar la edad del lector.El castillo que crea la autora es increíble, con sus puertas que dan a lugares diferentes a tiempos diferentes e incluso a dimensiones diferentes. Así mismo, la maldición de Sophie es mucho más que una maldición. Es la forma que tiene la autora de mostrarnos cómo cambia la perspectiva de las cosas con la edad y cómo nos vamos volviendo más insensibles al qué dirán o a los juicios de las personas. Con cada año que cumplimos más nos resbalan comentarios sin sentido y más somos nosotros mismos.La maldición le sirvió a Sophie como excusa para ser ella misma, para arriesgarse y aprender a vivir. Cuando vio drásticamente reducidos sus días fue cuando consiguió salir de su caparazón, cuando comenzó a vivir y a no dejar pasar los días. Siempre pensamos que tenemos mucho tiempo, que podremos hacer lo que verdaderamente nos gusta en algún momento en el futuro, dando por hecho que vamos a disponer de ese futuro cuando, lamentablemente, esto no siempre es así. Lo que podemos asegurar es que tenemos un presente y no vivirlo por vivir en el futuro hace que nunca vivamos realmente.Ya en su momento me gustó mucho la película. De hecho, creo que es mi película de animación favorita. Y ese es exactamente el problema. ¡No sé si después de leer el libro me va a gustar igual! Siempre, o el 99% de las veces, el libro es mucho mejor que la película y en este caso es así. El libro tiene una profundidad que la película, que tiene que cuidar su extensión, no tiene.Sabemos mucho más de la familia de Sophie y de Howl. En realidad, sabemos mucho más de todo y eso se nota. Además, el final del libro también me ha gustado más.Me despido de Howl y su castillo, por ahora, porque es una lectura que sé que volveré a repetir en el futuro.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-30 08:27

    One of the best fantasies, and a clever mystery besides. Read it, for probably the 10th time, but this time I read it aloud to my 7yo. He loved it, though I did have to explain a few things. I would love a Calcifer of my own.

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    2019-05-15 06:15

    This is the first book that I read to my daughter. She may not be a captive audience...actually, scrap that. She's still brewing. Still in the womb. She was captive! Captivated, well that's harder to say. The general feedback was wiggles. Her mother reported that she wiggled as I read to her, a chapter a night for the last few weeks. It was either "Hey I like this sound" or "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? STOP TORTURING ME!" I'm assuming it was the former.This book was chosen because it is one of my wife's favourites. And what better book to read to your child than my wife's favourite. I've been meaning to read it for years, egged on by equal parts nagging and curiosity. And my wife enjoyed my reading "to the baby". And I enjoyed reading "to the baby" too.The story is a fantasy, not a simple fantasy, but many familiar fantasy tropes turned around, viewed from a skewed angle and reinvented. Howl is an evil wizard who steals young girls souls. Sophie is a cinderella-lite stuck working in a hat shop. Their worlds collide and you meet many wonderful characters and there are many twists and turns. The book is enjoyable and it has a strong female lead. This is a book you'd want to read to your daughter. The daughters who are not princesses and don't put up with that kind of bullshit.So this book is wonderful, but it will hold many wonderful memories. It will be reread often I feel. Until nest time. When she is in my arms.

  • Majo
    2019-05-18 02:15

    Primera lectura: Junio 2014Segunda lectura: Febrero 2016 Tercera lectura: Enero 2018Tenía muchísimas ganas de leer este libro desde que vi la maravillosa película de estudios Ghibli. Sabía, por esa regla no escrita, que el libro tenía que ser mejor y la verdad no me decepcionó... ¡Lo adore!La película es bastante fiel hasta cierto punto, luego de que Sophie va al castillo, la trama se separa completamente. Pero me parece que el libro sigue fiel a su estilo y en los últimos capítulos nos depara muchas sorpresas.Cada página destila magia, alegría y un toque de cuento de hadas que me sorprendió. Está plagada de variopintos personajes extraños y divertidos cada uno con una sorpresa nueva que le dará un giro a la trama.La forma de escritura de la autora prescinde de las descripciones de los sentimientos de los personajes y, hay momentos en que ni siquiera estamos seguros de que piensa Sophie, pero eso solo hace que la lectura sea más ágil y rápida. La autora se mueve en un juego de sombras y escondidas y solo hasta el final entendemos que está pasando finalmente. (view spoiler)[Cómo el hecho de que Howl sepa casi desde el principio que Sophie tiene un encantamiento y este intentando ayudarla. O que la señorita Angorian sea el demonio de fuego que tanto los persigue. O que Sophie sea una bruja también y qué termine salvado a Calcifer, a Howl y a ella misma. (hide spoiler)]Una de las partes que más me hizo sonreír fue ver como Howl se preocupa genuinamente por Sophie y cómo ha avanzado su relación. (view spoiler)[Cómo cuando aparece para salvar todo desalineado. O cuando dice "Eres demasiado buena y yo confiaba en que estuvieras tan celosa...". O cuando despierta luego de que le regresen el corazón, su único y primer pensamiento es rescatar a Sophie (hide spoiler)] Es imposible no enamorarse de Howl... ¡sencillamente imposible!¡Amé este libro! Desearía haberlo leído antes, pero ahora voy continuar con esta saga y espero reencontrarme con Sophie y Howl y su felices para siempre.(view spoiler)[Y el de los demás también, como la adorablemente tierna historia entre Michael y Martha. O la confusa relación entre Lettie, el mago Sulliman y el príncipe Justin. Y, por supuesto, ver más a Calcifer… uno nunca puede tener suficiente de Calcifer.(hide spoiler)]¡Nos vemos en el Castillo en el aire!

  • Angus
    2019-04-29 06:40

    An annoying 3 StarsWhile I had no recollection of the plot, I remember absolutely loving the Howl's Moving Castle Studio Ghibli film as a kid, so I went into this expecting to escape into a world of feel-good nostalgia. And I was for the first 100 pages, but then everything changed with the reading slump attacked... It took me over 2 weeks to get through the next 200 pages, but it wasn't even the book's fault, just me being a big dumb dumb D:As to the book itself, I really like how imaginative this world is and how ridiculous everything was! Just the idea of having a moving castle itself is super fun to me... I mean, what more could you want in life?! Well a dragon would be pretty cool but anyway... I also really liked how the story was introduced. The first few chapters were definitely my favorites, as it was entertaining to learn about everyone's wacky personalities and the randomness of the magic. Seriously, the magic is just completely crazy, but that's what I loved about it! Sometimes it's nice not to have a really in depth and detailed, scientific magic system... Sometimes I just want a living scarecrow and a cursed fireplace... is that so wrong?I know for a fact that I would have continued to love this book after the first 100 pages, if I had read it at a different time, which is why is why it's an annoying 3 stars... It deserves so much more but I simply didn't enjoy reading it and it became a chore :( There was nothing I didn't like about it, but I just kept losing concentration and then losing track on the plot and eventually I just had no idea what was going on because I kept zoning out. Like I said though, this wasn't even the book's fault, just me and the pesky little reading slump! *Shakes fist to the sky*I'm really hoping to get out of it soon though and get back into reading again! :D Via: