Dec 31, 2010

#231 - "Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones

Title: Howl's Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Series: Howl's Castle, Book 1

In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.
After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.
The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.
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?

My rating: 5 of 5
My thoughts on the book:
I have only one word for it: AMAZING! I loved it & I don't know what I've been waiting for until now. I have to admit that I first saw the animated movie & I loved it, but after reading the book, I'm blown away. Although the basic plot & storyline is the same, there are a lot of differencies between them & the book is 10 times better! It's fun, sweet, hilarious, with interesting, fun & lovable characters and a few twists. I loved everything about it & if someone asks me now who's my favourite wizard, the answer definitely will be Howl. Definitely one of my favorite book, which I'll read again & again. This was the first book by Diana Wynne Jones I've read and I'm looking forward to read more of her! I highly recommend it if you still haven't read it.


  1. I soooooo want to read this one - I have had the book for ages and it keeps getting moved down the TBR - I just watched a cartoon movie version of this book and although I don't love Japanese Anime the storyline was amazing! I have added it to one of my challenge lists hoping to get it read this year! Glad to see you loved it!

  2. i also want to read this book too since I watch the anime but I'm not satisfied because of the short line of anime :)I hope i could find this book in Malaysia but it is not too easy to find this :(