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from a different world
on 23 July 2010
I was surprised to see the number of people who enjoyed this book and don't want to be overly negative. Clearly others haven't been disappointed. But, for me, this book was only just ordinary, a far cry from the brilliant Howl's Moving Castle, which is a real classic. It lacks the freshness and richness and genuine inventiveness of its predecessor. I was not overly interested in Castle in the Air, in fact, until the return of Sophie - and she does not reappear until very late.
Good news is: House of Many Ways, her 2008 sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, sees Wynne Jones return to form. I'd skip straight to it!