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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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    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

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    Dara 01-04-14
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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 2010
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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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    "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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    Elizabeth Cunningham Roswell, NM USA 08-13-12
    Elizabeth Cunningham Roswell, NM USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Absolutely delightful!"
    If you could sum up House of Many Ways in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting, amusing and imaginative!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a book written for, and appropriate for, young readers but equally to be enjoyed by adults, like the Harry Potter books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Twinkle.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, this book is for lighthearted entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    You should read or listen to the first book in the series, Howl's Moving Castle, and the second, Castle in the Air, before this one. This series is appropriate for preteen readers (except those unfortunate readers whose parents object to witches and wizards).

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    Amy Mason 07-23-12
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    "Simply lovely"
    Would you consider the audio edition of House of Many Ways to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator is perfect for the role, and she just gives the book polish, and fun.


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    Elisa Kingston, NY, USA 12-29-09
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    "A very scary bad guy in a good story."

    Listen, kids, the really bad guy in this story is a Lubbock. And a Lubbock is a rapist. This character left me with a really bad feeling... that it's a rapist in a childrens' novel. It lays eggs in you!! And you give birth to a half-human half-Lubbock creature. It can rape males and females, although males die when the Lubbock "baby" is born, and females give birth to the creature in the traditional way and therefore, don't die, mostly. I was completely taken aback and totally grossed out that this was in a childrens' book.

    I LOVE Howl and Sophie and Calcifer. And now I love Charmain and Peter and Waif, too. But this Lubbock creature, well, I just wish I could erase it from my mind, completely. Am I overreacting here? Were others as horrified as I was?

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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