11/23/2003 Entry: "HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE -- Laurie finally reads it"
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HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was a charming little book. I purposely didn't read the back cover blurb, and as such wasn't sure what to expect when I began the story. (I just had some vague recollection of all positive comments on the site.) So I was continually surprised by the plot twists and turns in the story. It's been far too long since I've read something that was pleasant through and through. I enjoyed Sophie's go with the flow attitude (can't say as I'd be nearly as accepting and pleasant as she initially was with her transformation!) and her sense of humor. Howl, the cad, was a great character. Very selfish and self-centered and almost childishly funny at times, he managed to worm his way into my good graces by giving Michael and Sophie a home without conditions or questions. As I was reading, a few things didn't seem to make a lot of sense to me, but eveyrthiing was skillfully tied together in the end. A very fun read. Are her other books this good?--Laurie
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The second book, Castle in the Air is not as good as the first, but still charming, especially when the characters from Howl's Moving Castle appear. Out of her other books, the ones that I love the most are Dark Lord of Derkholm and the Chronicles of Chrestomanci (Vol. 1 and 2). I've heard that Tough Guide to Fantasyland is very good too, but I haven't read it yet, since it's out of print and harder to find.
Posted by mdbl @ 12/25/2003 12:09 PM ET