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House of Many Ways | [Diana Wynne Jones]

House of Many Ways

A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.
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Publisher's Summary

Recipient of two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honors, beloved fantasy and children's author Diana Wynne Jones presents this exciting sequel to her novel Howl's Moving Castle, which was transformed into an Academy Award®-nominated motion picture.

A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

©2008 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kelly OMAHA, NE, United States 03-17-11
    Kelly OMAHA, NE, United States 03-17-11
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    "Great Companion Book"

    A fun young adult novel. Diane Wynne Jones does a nice job of mixing humor and magic. I also really liked the narrator, I think she did a wonderful job.
    I don't think I agree with another reviewer who was shocked by the Lubbock being a "rapist". It's a big bug that lays eggs in people by stinging people in the back. A villain, to be sure, but I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it a "rapist." If you're especially sensitive to that sort of thing you can skip it, but I think most people will enjoy the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Tremblay Cole 01-16-12 Member Since 2002
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    "An ageless fantasy series."

    I have come very late to discovering Diana Wynne Jones, and I am stunned by the felicities of her imagination. There are not enough of her books in this world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Hutchinson, KS, United States 02-14-11
    Christie Hutchinson, KS, United States 02-14-11
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    "Howl's Moving Castle trilogy Book # 3"

    NOTE: Read "Howl's Moving Castle" first (it's book one). Otherwise, you'll ruin it for yourself:)
    LOVE IT!!!! If you like magic, wizards, and other like things, you will ADORE this audiobook. Coupled with Narrator Jenny Sterlin (who also narrates "The Hollow Kingdon" by Clare B. Dunkle, which is a similar masterpiece), this book will export you. The author is riotously funny in several places which I love. All star rating!!!!!! How can anyone NOT love it???:) -Adoring Fan

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Concord, CA, United States 04-11-09
    Carol Concord, CA, United States 04-11-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding: charming, whimsical, and convincing"

    Leaving her over-protective home in order to look after her great-uncle's house while he's away, Charmain finds herself coping with more than she ever expected, from magic gone wrong through petty acts of malicious mischief to major villany. (Her toughest lesson is probably learning to wash dishes.) She discovers her own aptitude for magic, makes new friends ranging from a small dog to a king, and works with Howl, Sophie, and Calcifer (from Howl's Moving Castle) to save the kingdom.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Jamestown, CA, United States 06-17-12
    Patricia Jamestown, CA, United States 06-17-12
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    "Pure Delight"
    Any additional comments?

    Everything about Howl's Moving Castle was pure delight. The narrator was fine, assuming unique voices for each character and maintaining them consistently throughout the tale. I loved the voice she gave to Howl. One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Sophie were engaged with a talkative witch who was going on and on. Jones captures the moment realistically and humorously, portraying how it goes when one can't extricate oneself from a talkative person. There were moments like this throughout the book that made this fantasy ever so real in terms of human interaction. I spent the whole time driving with a smile on my face as I listened to this book. I was so enamored that I've been unable to listen to a new books since--though I've tried several. So I decided to simply surrender and listen to the sequel, Castle in the Air, which sucked me right back into Diana Wynne Jones' imaginative world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. West Roxbury, MA, USA 09-28-09
    H. West Roxbury, MA, USA 09-28-09
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    "A pleasant read, performed by a great reader"

    House of Many Ways is in some ways a new direction for Diana Wynne Jones, and in many ways reminiscent of her other lighter, funnier works. It's entertaining and has some good bits of character insight/development, and some nice moments of tension, and it is pretty much free from the underlying hatred of adult women which tarnishes so many of Jones's otherwise more engaging works.

    What makes this recording a joy to own and hear, however, is Jenny Sterlin's sterling performance. After years of Gerard Doyle's agonizing struggles to get meaningfully from one end of a sentence to another, it is a dazzling relief to finally have a reader who is brilliantly suited to Diana Wynne Jones's works, with range, flexibility, intelligence, and humor.

    Here's fervently hoping that others of DWJ's best novels will be given the reader they deserve.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, United States 05-10-14
    Deborah SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Diana Wynne Jones is a goddess"
    What did you love best about House of Many Ways?

    I think the best thing about this story is that though it serves as a continuation of Howls Moving Castle, which in its own right is awesome, it also introduces some fun new characters and some awesomely evil new characters as well. Now why this wasn't made into a movie is appaling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of House of Many Ways?

    I think it was when Charmain realizes that she is in a room full of lubbockins


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Here is the thing about Jenny Sterling, though her voices may not vary much, it is the patient and calm way that she reads a story that makes you want to listen again and again and again. I LOVE Jenny Sterlings readings


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Their eyes hold their secrets


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOOKKKKKKK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dara Miami Shores, FL, United States 01-04-14
    Dara Miami Shores, FL, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Imaginative fun"

    This charming book is a happy romp through the unusual imagination of Diana Wynne Jones. From purple bugs to giant dogs, you never know what you'll find next. The narrator was excellent. I highly recommend this book for young and old, who want a bit of lighthearted fun.

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    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 11-02-12
    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Charming and so British"

    One for the anglophiles out there. I really felt i should be drinking tea and eating crumpets the whole time. This is the 3rd in the Howl series and its not as good as the first two but still quite charming on it's own.

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    Amazon Customer 08-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun Characters!"

    I loved Howl's Moving Castle and expected more of the same--and got it. I was somewhat disappointed that Sophie and Howl were not the main characters, but I fell in love with Charmain and Peter too.
    It is fun to see how Ms. Jones twisted cultural assumptions about what is appropriate for girls and the traditional (in fairy tales) differences between royalty, peasants and merchants. I was entertained with the nontraditional roles of Charmain going off to work each day while Peter stays home doing chores.
    I wish for a follow up novel on what becomes of Charmain and Peter as the come into adulthood.
    Overal fun listen and well performed by Ms. Sterlin.

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