Sunday, March 4, 2012

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

     This has got to be one of the most amazing animated movies of all time right up there with Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.  What few people actually know is that unlike those other two movies this one is actually based off of a novel.  Shocked right?  That's what I felt when a friend of mine had told me.  If you go to Amazon you can get a peek inside of the book!  I did it, and I fell in love.  Did you also know that there's a sequel?  And a companion novel?  Well, there are.  They were written several years following the first one though and they aren't quiet as good, but still part of Howl's Moving Castle which is all I need to want to read it.
"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?
Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place."

     Interested?  I hope so.


  1. Absolutely love these! Also discovered them after the movie (which is just amazing, though I must say I like Spirited Away is my favorite of these three) It's just such an interesting world to spend time in. I like how varied your tastes are btw.

  2. Okay, you convinced me.... I need to go find these and read them. My pile of books to read looks like a Jinga tower....