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House of Many Ways [Paperback]

Diana Wynne Jones
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5 Mar 2009 0007275684 978-0007275687

A chaotically magical sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle.

Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William's tiny cottage while he's ill should have been easy, but Great Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland an his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places - the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, to name but a few.

By opening that door, Charmain is now also looking after an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard and a box of the king's most treasured documents, as well as irritating a clan of small blue creatures.

Caught up in an intense royal search, she encounters an intimidating sorceress named Sophie. And where Sophie is, can the Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer be far behind?


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007275684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007275687
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country” Evening Standard

“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” SFX

“Diana Wynne Jones is, quite simply, the best writer of magic there is, for readers of any age.” Neil Gaiman

“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
Publishers Weekly

“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter”
The Bookseller

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel 28 Jun 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read Howls Moving Castle and Castle in the Air, I was waiting for this to come out with a great deal of anticipation. And I can safely say that it was worth the wait.

Howl, Sophie and Calcifur make a welcome return and have more prominent roles in the story, which was a welcome surprise. The new main character Charmain, a sheltered young woman sent to take care of her wizard uncles magic house, is an engaging character who gradually comes to realise that she has magical talents of her own.

If I have any complaints to make its only that the villains of the story, the lubbock and the lubbockins, never really seemed like much of a threat in the story. And the ending, although satisfying, was slightly abrupt.

Overall this story is definetely worth a read, though I definetely recommend reading the first 2 books first if you havn't done so already.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Diana Wynne Jones 18 Aug 2009
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What a fun read! I have read the previous two books in the series, 'Howl's Moving Castle' & 'Castle in the air' and enjoyed them immensely, books to be kept and shared with my nieces and nephews. 'House of Many Ways' was a great tale and it included my favourite characters, Howl and Sophie, plus the introduction of some new characters. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments, I have never laughed so much at the actions of one little white dog called 'Waif', if you get the chance, read the Howl series, you will thank me for it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doors through space and time 20 July 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
A few years ago, Hayao Miyazaki made a gorgeous anime movie based on the classic fantasy novel "Howl's Moving Castle," about a wizard and the artificially-aged girl who falls for him.

It must have made Diana Wynne Jones nostalgic for her flamboyantly-dressed, quirky wizard hero and his little family, because he plays a pivotal role in "The House of Many Ways." And the rest of the book is the kind of work Jones has been producing for many years -- a complex, tight little plot full of magical mysteries and bizarre problems, and at least one gutsy adolescent hero.

When the Wizard of High Norland falls ill and has to be hospitalized by elves, his great-great-niece-by-marriage Charmain is roped into taking care of his cottage.

But Charmain has a rather difficult time with the magical cottage and all the odd spells it contains. She also struggles with the cooking, cleaning, vast seas of soapsuds, a timid dog, a tribe of angry kobolds, and the arrival of Uncle William's new apprentice Peter -- who never gets magic quite right. In the middle of all this, she finds that she has a new job working with the King in his library.

But there are no fewer problems in the King's mansion, where Charmain is ordered to find information on something called the Elfgift. And the sorceress Sophie Pendragon -- along with her toddler, fire demon and cutesy, too-smart "nephew" -- have arrived to do some investigating as well. But even with powerful wizards nearby, this conspiracy's key may lie with Charmain -- and the vile magical creature lurking near the House of Many Ways...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... 4 Jun 2011
By James
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Howls Moving Castle after watching the movie a couple of years ago and loved both of them.

I stumbled across this book not too long ago and gave it a read, a very good sequel, but can also be read as a very good stand alone book.

All in all I loved it and finished it very fast, could barely put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books...EVER! 26 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
this is one of the best books i have read yet in all my 14 years!i picked it up in a church jumble sale for 5p and i wasn't able to put it down!!! i saw the manga movie of howls moving castle and all confusing parts (about who howl and sophie were)i love all the different worlds!! so interesting and it inspired me to read other diana wayne jones books!i love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 22 Sep 2010
By Furio
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Just a little short of "The Little Prince" or "Pinocchio" this wonderful little book has the uncomparable charm of those works written for kids but capable to address adults as well.

The writing is neat, precise, orderly, just like the world of little Charmain, the book's flawed main character. The plot is simple but not dull and moves forward convincingly and easily in a fairy tale world left undescribed -which is very good- but self evident and vivid in the reader's imagination which is even better.
All the characters are believable and have something to teach to everyone but with a splendid lightness of touch.

I would heartily recommend this novel to everyone: though it belongs to the Howl's series it can also be read as a standalone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! 31 July 2010
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I am a huge Howl's moving castle fan, and although I wished there was more of Howl and Sophie, this is a really good read all on its own. I'm a little older than the target market, but I tend to read anything that's magical or mythical. It has all of Wynne-Jones quaint charm in her writing, her tough no-nonsense female protagonist, and the very warm and well rounded characters. If you loved Howl's moving castle, then this is definitely worth a look. Castle in the air was passable to me but it doesn't touch the house of many ways. As I read I kept waiting for Howl and Sophie to turn up, but the story made me forget all about it until they showed up. I would recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
Not really for me sorry it's a library copy and in very good condition and very well priced you pay more for the postage
Published 2 months ago by Tinkerbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read the book yet
since I'm still reading the first book of the series.
But the first book is very good and quality of the second book is excellent condition.
Published 3 months ago by ji hye seo
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
As gripping as the first book. More mythical again, but that ties in very well with the location. Easy read and happily re-read.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. E. J. Bubbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, magic and wonderful
Great. I read this because I read her book of howl's Moving Castle after seeing the Studio Ghibli film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Caroline J
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I have read all three of the epic series, I absolutely love this book!
My favourite of all the series.
Published 10 months ago by Kitty kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful story of the latest adventures of Wizard Howl
This is a hilarious story with well written rounded characters more like Howl's Moving Castle, then Castle in the Air. Read more
Published 14 months ago by wolfsbaine1
5.0 out of 5 stars More of everything
House of Many Ways is the third book in the Howl trilogy. It is set in the small country of High Norland near Ingary. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars another great story
I loved Howl's Moving Castle, so it was great to read this sequel. Not so much about Howl, but another very good read.
Published 19 months ago by Susan Woodford
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great characters, strong ideas
Here's my exhaustive review - it was a very enjoyable read. I love the animated film of Howl's Moving Castle so I wanted to read more about that world and those characters, and... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Sean
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel - not her best, but still highly readable
I don't think it's possible for Diana Wynne Jones to write a bad book. Her writing is so very readable, drawing you in as a reader, and she manages to get readers totally engaged... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by BookWorm
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