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Dianne Wynne Jones is the secret master of fantasy books about young people. This book is a rollicking ride filled with puzzles and prophecies and contains the book Howl's Moving Castle, and the book Castle In the Air. Dianne Wynne Jones is the secret master of fantasy books about young people. This book is a rollicking ride filled with puzzles and prophecies and contains the book Howl's Moving Castle, and the book Castle In the Air.


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Dianne Wynne Jones is the secret master of fantasy books about young people. This book is a rollicking ride filled with puzzles and prophecies and contains the book Howl's Moving Castle, and the book Castle In the Air. Dianne Wynne Jones is the secret master of fantasy books about young people. This book is a rollicking ride filled with puzzles and prophecies and contains the book Howl's Moving Castle, and the book Castle In the Air.

30 review for Wizard's Castle

  1. 5 out of 5

    MissAnnThrope

    Wizard's Castle contains Howl's Moving Castle and it's sequel Castle in the Air. Howl's Moving Castle Rating: * * * 1/2 This was a simple, fun read. Initially, the story captivated me and I surely thought this would get four or five stars. I don't quite understand why I didn't like this book more, but somewhere along the way it lost its magic. I liked Sophie well enough but found myself not really caring what happened to her character. In general, I just don't care much for nosy, bossy, bull-headed Wizard's Castle contains Howl's Moving Castle and it's sequel Castle in the Air. Howl's Moving Castle Rating: * * * 1/2 This was a simple, fun read. Initially, the story captivated me and I surely thought this would get four or five stars. I don't quite understand why I didn't like this book more, but somewhere along the way it lost its magic. I liked Sophie well enough but found myself not really caring what happened to her character. In general, I just don't care much for nosy, bossy, bull-headed people so her character didn't endear me. On the other hand, I really loved Howl. He was moody and sarcastic, but through all the melodramatics he was a really stellar guy. His snarky jabs at Sophie were witty and were some of my favorite moments in the book. I enjoyed their love connection not being the typical fairy-tale romance variety. Their teasing of each other made it feel more realistic and fun. The suspense over the impending confrontation with the Witch of the Waste steadily built throughout the story and all of a sudden it was over lickity-split, which was pretty disappointing. Howl's run-in with the Witch of the Waste at the funeral was a lot more exciting than the final battle. I have to admit, I much prefer the movie adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle , but Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most magical storytellers and is untouchable. Castle in the Air Rating: * * While reading the sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, images of Aladdin kept popping up in my mind and I couldn't stop humming A Whole New World . I really wish I had enjoyed this story more, but it wasn't compelling. I actually felt relieved to be done with the book, and it left me not wanting to even pick up the third book in the series. I hope this is a fluke as I know Diana Wynne Jones is a much-loved author and I had hoped to read more of her books. Abdullah was verbose and his flowery language started grating on my nerves so much so that I imagined him with a constant spot of poo on his nose from all the brown nosing. My lack of enjoyment might be biased because I wanted more of Howl, Sophie, and Calcifer instead of this rambling carpet merchant who falls in love with a princess with a silly name, Flower-in-the-Night. If you're reading this in hopes to find your favorite characters from the first book, skip to the last 50 pages or so for a nice little surprise.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    I enjoyed this so much more reading it for the second time! This delightful fairy tale follows Sophie, who has been cursed by a witch to look old even though she's only 18. Sophie ends up in the house of the Wizard Howl, where the front door magically opens into four different places. The world-building is brilliant! The magic system is really imaginative and interesting. The characters have such great dialogue and good development. I just adore this book! My favorite character is Calcifer. He's I enjoyed this so much more reading it for the second time! This delightful fairy tale follows Sophie, who has been cursed by a witch to look old even though she's only 18. Sophie ends up in the house of the Wizard Howl, where the front door magically opens into four different places. The world-building is brilliant! The magic system is really imaginative and interesting. The characters have such great dialogue and good development. I just adore this book! My favorite character is Calcifer. He's snarky and fun, mysterious and secretive and wild! He's just a wonderful character, and I love his interactions with Sophie and Howl. Howl gets on my nerves a little, because he acts so dramatic all the time, like a child throwing a tantrum. But I also grew to love him as we understand him better through the story. The best part about this book is how mysterious everything is, and we find out about the characters little by little. There are so many secrets in the plot, and everyone is hiding something. It's really a delight to discover all those mysteries as the story progresses.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    He's a woman-eater. Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle is a simple fairytale that is both imaginative and wonderful. Along for the adventure are an array of quirky, interesting characters that take place within the fictional land of Ingary. Diana Wynne Jones crafts a heartwarming story of a lost Prince, a fire demon, a Scarecrow that scares, a man who charms and devours girls, and a door that leads to many places at once. Through the eyes of Sophie Hatter, we begin in the quaint town of Mark He's a woman-eater. Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle is a simple fairytale that is both imaginative and wonderful. Along for the adventure are an array of quirky, interesting characters that take place within the fictional land of Ingary. Diana Wynne Jones crafts a heartwarming story of a lost Prince, a fire demon, a Scarecrow that scares, a man who charms and devours girls, and a door that leads to many places at once. Through the eyes of Sophie Hatter, we begin in the quaint town of Market Chipping. Feeling exploited working for little in her step-mother's hat shop, and recently being cursed big-time, Sophie heads for the hills. There she finds a roaming castle that opens the door to a slew of twists and mysteries to be uncovered. Though angry at first over her plight, Sophie quickly adapts to her condition and finds self-discovery along with an hilariously outspoken nature. Castle in the Air A wonderful adventure that begins in a middle-eastern type setting. Abdullah is a fine carpets merchant in the outskirts of Zanzib's great Bazaar, and one day a dirty traveler haggles away his tattered, magical carpet to the story's protagonist. Harassed more than usual by his family-in-law concerning his recently erratic behavior, the boy subconsciously steers himself to fulfill a prophecy he finds within a box left by his late father. A prophecy he had known was foretold of him since birth, but nobody had ever told him the details of! The Carpet becomes the doorway to a fun and, once again, magical adventure across fresh, fond, and whimsical terrain. I enjoyed the ending, all loose threads tied up nicely and even a few twists here and there made me exclaim "Aha!". The last third of the book did indeed return us to many of the people and things we loved from the first book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Wizard's Castle is a Science Fiction Book Club collection of two of Diana Wynne Jones' stories: Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air. Howl's Moving Castle: 4 stars This is a fun story. I'm a big fan of Sophie after she becomes an old women because of her attitude. I also like how her magic manifests. Howl is also a jerk for most of the time, but I appreciated that much more than how he was portrayed in Miyazaki's film version of this story. Castle in the Air: 3 stars This was also a cute story Wizard's Castle is a Science Fiction Book Club collection of two of Diana Wynne Jones' stories: Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air. Howl's Moving Castle: 4 stars This is a fun story. I'm a big fan of Sophie after she becomes an old women because of her attitude. I also like how her magic manifests. Howl is also a jerk for most of the time, but I appreciated that much more than how he was portrayed in Miyazaki's film version of this story. Castle in the Air: 3 stars This was also a cute story. I didn't like it quite as much because I thought that this wrapped up a little too neatly in the end. (This happened in Howl's as well, but I think I was more forgiving there.) Still, it was entertaining and we see a reappearance of some of the characters we met in the first half of the collection.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Elison

    This book was so much fun! I loved the way the girl finds herself because she's too old to care what anyone thinks of her. Howl is a stud! This book was so much fun! I loved the way the girl finds herself because she's too old to care what anyone thinks of her. Howl is a stud!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chronographia

    **NB: Read solely for Castle In The Air. There is a moment after you've just read The Horse and His Boy when some well-intentioned soul feels the need to explain the allegory to you and ruins the whole business. Diana Wynne Jones neatly avoids the downsides of C. S. Lewis by building a similar story that eventually ties in with already familiar characters and places, but as seen from the perspective of a neighboring land and excluding all allegory in the process. (Also she doesn't sucker you in w **NB: Read solely for Castle In The Air. There is a moment after you've just read The Horse and His Boy when some well-intentioned soul feels the need to explain the allegory to you and ruins the whole business. Diana Wynne Jones neatly avoids the downsides of C. S. Lewis by building a similar story that eventually ties in with already familiar characters and places, but as seen from the perspective of a neighboring land and excluding all allegory in the process. (Also she doesn't sucker you in with magical talking horses, which is a relief.) I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the arabesque tropes she plays with, as they have been so hashed over and trampled by European storytellers for centuries that it's hard to tell where she stops just being another European storyteller using other people's folklore and starts being a subversive author deliberately playing against type. By the end of the book, she has hit her stride. She takes a long, scenic route to get there, and gets lost a few times along the way, though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I reviewed the first book under Howl's Moving Castle, so this about Castle in the Air. At the start I was mystified and disappointed, I fully expected to read the continuing adventure of Howl and Sophie. Instead I'm reading tales from Arabian Nights, Abdullah and his flying carpet. However I got over it and found the story is still a page turner and very well crafted. It actually helped when I perused reviews and found Sophie would turn up near the end. I couldn't put it down til I'd finished (af I reviewed the first book under Howl's Moving Castle, so this about Castle in the Air. At the start I was mystified and disappointed, I fully expected to read the continuing adventure of Howl and Sophie. Instead I'm reading tales from Arabian Nights, Abdullah and his flying carpet. However I got over it and found the story is still a page turner and very well crafted. It actually helped when I perused reviews and found Sophie would turn up near the end. I couldn't put it down til I'd finished (after sunrise!). I love the way the ending brings all threads together, almost for both books (this is an omnibus) and brings a new outlook on the story. Also this my first book/s read on my new eReader!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saeed

    I remember reading this years and years ago, stumbling upon it in the book shop without knowing whether it's a good one or not, it was as fantastic as my heart could have wished it, and when I read it last year, it hadn't lost any of its charm, if you love fantasy, with proper characters and an enticing story line, the way I do, this is the book for you I remember reading this years and years ago, stumbling upon it in the book shop without knowing whether it's a good one or not, it was as fantastic as my heart could have wished it, and when I read it last year, it hadn't lost any of its charm, if you love fantasy, with proper characters and an enticing story line, the way I do, this is the book for you

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paridhi Rankavat

    the book is beautiful and a really good story to read in a warm blanket with a warm cup of cocoa in the winter. The movie they made based on this book did change the story but nevertheless was spectacular. the book is great for people who like magic/comedy/romance/action books like myself but to a few people, including me, this book may be confusing by keeping track of all the names and story

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Sparks

    this book contains Howl's Moving Castle, the story the Miyazaki animated film is based on, and Castle in the Air. Castle in the Air is pretty silly but I loved Howl's moving castle. I was impressed by how true to the story the movie is. Howl's Moving Castle reminds me of the fairy tales I loved so much when I was a kid. this book contains Howl's Moving Castle, the story the Miyazaki animated film is based on, and Castle in the Air. Castle in the Air is pretty silly but I loved Howl's moving castle. I was impressed by how true to the story the movie is. Howl's Moving Castle reminds me of the fairy tales I loved so much when I was a kid.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brinlie Jill

    It was really cute I had a feeling that she would fall in love with Howl. I didn't quite get how she talked life into things. It was really cute, though it was written in a mix of Old english and modern English. At least a tiny bit. It was really cute I had a feeling that she would fall in love with Howl. I didn't quite get how she talked life into things. It was really cute, though it was written in a mix of Old english and modern English. At least a tiny bit.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Psychogroupie

    Took me quite a while to finish this book, I think I started mid-2013 and finish it just This year.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    My book just had Howl's Moving Castle. Listening to Castle in the Air next My book just had Howl's Moving Castle. Listening to Castle in the Air next

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    It is a little different. It is by far better than the movie.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I read Howl's Moving Castle after watching Studio Ghibli's take on the story. Overall, I liked the movie better, but I liked the book well enough to pick up the sequel. I read Howl's Moving Castle after watching Studio Ghibli's take on the story. Overall, I liked the movie better, but I liked the book well enough to pick up the sequel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    It's really weird. Girls being turned into old wemen. princese's stolen by denjins into a castle in the air. a moving castle. a fire demen. It's really weird. Girls being turned into old wemen. princese's stolen by denjins into a castle in the air. a moving castle. a fire demen.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gail Morris

    better than the movie.

  18. 4 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    SM

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel 🐝🍋

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jae

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ambitus

  24. 5 out of 5

    Augusta

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arwen Telian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maryclare Fawver

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vera Morris

  30. 4 out of 5

    Esti Fany

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