Saturday, August 16, 2008

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Name: Howl's Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: Teen Fantasy/Sci-fi
Reviewer: Karen Pellett
Rating: Fabulous
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise (be brief): - Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. (King County Library)
Opinions: I admit that I read this book several years ago, but I remember completely that it was amazing. It had mixed reviews at the book club that I attended as many thought it was just an enjoyable read than something profound, but this is an amazingly fantastical book. It takes place in a magical realm, but there is a special door that lets the wizard Howl visit someone in our world. I loved the freedom that Sophie found in becoming an old women allowing her to slough off her hesitant personality of youth. I found this book full of profound insight if you choose to look for it, but it is still filled with such fun, fantastical characters and events that keep you wanting to read until the end. This book was SO good that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading it again, this time out loud to my nephews. There was a movie made of this movie, but in my opinion the book outshines it 100%.

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