Thursday, April 12, 2012

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle is a rare treat. It's full of magic and humor--and British. Jones was a true magician just like her character Sophie she has a way of bringing people and places alive. But with Howl constantly trying to charm someone how could you not fall in love with this book. It's a book that makes you want to read it over and over again--which is just more proof that Jones truly was a word magician!

TANGENTS:
  • Watch the movie! It's beautiful--different but still beautiful in its own unique way.
  • Howl and I are the same age...now...27!
  • Howl has been on my Fictional Husband list since I first time I read the book!
  • There is a sign in Megan's house that says Rivendell an Elfish--Elfin--city in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
  • "We can't all be Mad Hatters" a clear reference to Alice in Wonderland.
  • Arthurian references include Howl's alias Pendragon which is derived from King Arthur's name. Suliman's alias is Percival and Howl's brother-in-law Gareth are two knights of the round table. Pretty clever.
  • Witch of the Waste...a pun on the Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz?
  • Calcifer's saucepan song is actually "Sosban Fach" (little saucepan) a famous Welsh song that is sung at rugby matches.

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