Tuesday, July 3, 2012

TRILOGY TUESDAY: Castle Trilogy by Diana Wynne Jones

Happy Tuesday love doves!

I'm very happy to be getting an Auggie-Talk tradition back up and running. As I mentioned previously in a few of the posts in June,  July's Trilogy Tuesday feature will be the Castle Trilogy by Diana Wynne Jones.

There are 5 Tuesdays in July, which presents an interesting situation regarding the whole TRILOGY thing. So, what's going to happen is...

The first 3 Tuesdays of July I will give a review for the books in the trilogy being featured.

The fourth Tuesday I'm going to give information about the author, and do a bit of an opinion post about all 3 of the books.

The last Tuesday of July there will be a GIVEAWAY!

Now, with all that having been said, Welcome my lovelies to...

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Howl's Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones
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Title: Howl's Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: August 1, 2001
Pages: 329

Synopsis: In which a witch bewitched the hatter's daughter--and then some...
Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did - especially when the Witch 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 Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for...

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"Howl's Moving Castle" is the first book in the CASTLE trilogy written by Diana Wynne Jones, my favorite author. This book is what turned me on to her books and kept me anxiously waiting to read the next one, then the next one.

"Howl's Moving Castle" was just one of those books. One of those books that changes everything for you, somehow, someway. It alters your heart, your thinking, the way you view your world. Diana Wynne Jones magic was her writing and because she shared it with the world I was able to experience it, first through this book.

For those of you who have heard of the Animated Film by the same name, but not the book, IT'S TRUE. Studio Ghibli took the story up to be made into an Animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, with out a doubt one of the most extremely talented artists and animators of all time.

After watching "Howl's Moving Castle", the Ghibli Film (which is my favorite movie, by the way), I went on a search until I found the source of the story. Ms. Jones' book. I read it in a day.

The book, as usual, is much more full bodied than the film. There are more characters, more circumstances of adventure, and just more detail in general about what's going on in the lives of Howl, Sophie, Calcipher and others.
Diana Wynne Jones had this way of creating worlds that were undeniably real. Your common senses are completely ignored when faced with such literary magic. Even your logical self is saying "Surely this is true." THAT is a book that you keep coming back to, the one that makes you look around and see something more in the world.

There are no characters more sweet and loveable than the ones in Howl's Moving Castle, there is no love story more romantic than the one between Howl and Sophie. There is no friendship more sturdy than the one between the man and the falling star.

It's just... Wow. I'm itching to read this book again just talking about it.

The first book in the Castle series will have you clamoring for more Diana Wynne Jones.  A timeless, beautifully constructed, compelling story. Diana Wynne Jones was the queen of Magic.


Powell's Books: $4.99
Amazon: $7.99

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Auggie-Talk's 2012 Heavenly Challenge

Prizes? YES!
To join the challenge and view the prizes, rules, and book lists click here.

Ends July 4th

Alright love doves! That's all for this TRILOGY TUESDAY.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. I am actually waiting for Howl's Moving Castle to arrive in my mailbox. After reading your review I am even more excited!

  2. I LOVE Howl's Moving Castle. I haven't gotten to the other two though, can't wait to read your reviews in the next couple of weeks. :)