Book Reviews of House of Many Ways

House of Many Ways
House of Many Ways
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
ISBN-13: 9780061477959
ISBN-10: 0061477958
Publication Date: 6/1/2008
Pages: 416
Reading Level: All Ages
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Greenwillow
Book Type: Hardcover
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A good read but not a great one. A sequel to Howl's Moving Castle [great book, on my keeper shelf] it is a good read - but not a keeper. It had some of the trademark wit and occasional flashes of charm, but not enough. I think the problem is the heroine is very hard to like [the best thing in her favor is she loves books and reading] and brings being self-centered to the level of art. She does suffer [usually literally] spurts of character development. The best part of this book was the reappearance of Calcifer, Howl and Sophie and the introduction of their 'terrible twos' young son, Morgan which only highlights the lack of interesting new characters. Peter, a secondary hero, plays a bumbling sidekick rather well. A few characters slide in from Castle in the Air [another supposed sequel which I didn't find really much of a sequel], namely Jamal and Princess Hilda, but frankly they lack interest and mostly have walk-on parts. The 'House of Many Ways' was the most interesting thing in the book. Consisting of 'folded space' you can find your way through turns and switches to arrive at many different locations.

If you haven't read Howl's Moving Castle - read it. It's frequently found with teen books but appeals to adults as well.

Howl's Castle
1. Howl's Moving Castle (1986)
2. Castle in the Air (1990)
3. House of Many Ways (2008)
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Reviewed by Elly for TeensReadToo.com

When book lover Charmain Baker has to go and take care of Great Uncle William Norland's (a wizard) house while he is away, she is in for a surprise.

Soon after arriving, she discovers that the letter she sent to the King was answered, and he wants her to work with him in the Royal Library. Then Sophie Pendragon, Wizard Howl, and Morgan arrive, making the palace almost a nursery.

The Wizard Howl and Sophie ask Charmain to help them look for the King's disappearing gold by looking for any mention of debts or loans in the records she is reviewing for the King.

With help from new characters Waif and Peter Charmain, the plot gets thrown into a confusing mystery. Diana Wynne Jones's sequel to HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE will keep readers breathless as they follow Charmain through her never-ending surprises and encounters with kobolds, lubbocks and elves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Diana Wynne Jones's writing or wants a fascinating fantasy mystery. Although this book is a sequel, it can be read without any prior knowledge of the first book.
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A charming book, no pun intended. I really, really wanted to see more of Howl and Sophie, though, and not necessarily from Charmain's viewpoint. This I did not get, though the glimpses here are more satisfying than those in the unsatisfactory Castle in the Air. Again,
it's more of a companion book than a sequel in a series. However, Charmain is a likable character, and the titular "House of Many Ways" felt like a wonderfully original concept, in the order of moving castles.

I have a bit of a problem with the 'evil by descent' idea. Other than that it was a fun read. I don't think I'll be adding it to my library though.
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Reviewed by Elly for TeensReadToo.com

When book lover Charmain Baker has to go and take care of Great Uncle William Norland's (a wizard) house while he is away, she is in for a surprise.

Soon after arriving, she discovers that the letter she sent to the King was answered, and he wants her to work with him in the Royal Library. Then Sophie Pendragon, Wizard Howl, and Morgan arrive, making the palace almost a nursery.

The Wizard Howl and Sophie ask Charmain to help them look for the King's disappearing gold by looking for any mention of debts or loans in the records she is reviewing for the King.

With help from new characters Waif and Peter Charmain, the plot gets thrown into a confusing mystery. Diana Wynne Jones's sequel to HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE will keep readers breathless as they follow Charmain through her never-ending surprises and encounters with kobolds, lubbocks and elves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Diana Wynne Jones's writing or wants a fascinating fantasy mystery. Although this book is a sequel, it can be read without any prior knowledge of the first book.
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This was a very cute sequel to Howls Moving Castle. There is the book in between called Castle in the Air but the summary never really interested me for that one. When I picked up this one, it really grabbed me, and although I enjoyed this outside perspective into Howl and Sophies married life, I didnt miss them when they werent part of the narrative...I was perfectly content to follow Charm around on her exploits. I really would recommend this book to others. You dont even have to have read Howls Moving Castle. If you havent, Sophie, Howl, and Calcipher will just be another few interesting characters showing up, but you won't miss any of the plot details.
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Quirky and charming, this is a fitting sequel to Howl's Moving Castle (ie much better than Castle in the Air!).

Charmain Baker is an occasionally annoyingly self-centred heroine, but there is enough going on in the rest of the plot to overlook this. She certainly has plenty to do coping with Wizard Norland's amazing house which exists in several dimensions at once, finding the missing Royal treasure, a kobold rebellion and an enraged lubbock, all of which she does somewhat haphazardly but in true Diana Wynne Jones style.

Although the book is mostly about Charmain, Howl, Sophie and Calcifer are here too, and they are present enough for the book to be satisfying as a sequel.