Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Synopsis: Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in a Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did - especially when the With of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often. As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father's hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery. Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Water head-on. Which is more than Sophie bargained for....

Review: I saw the movie and had to read the book. The book is better, although I adored the movie. The book is almost a different story, different in there are more characters, a different ending, sub-plots, and even a different villain. However, being that I prefer books, I wasn't unhappy (although if I'd read the book then seen the movie, I would have been) with the book, merely enjoyed it for the delightful story that it was. I highly recommend. This would be an excellent book to read aloud to kids, or for anyone who enjoys a good mystery-romance-fantasy.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 9-18-2012
Pages: 329

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