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House of Many Ways av Diana Wynne Jones
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House of Many Ways (utgåvan 2009)

av Diana Wynne Jones (Författare)

Serier: Howl's Castle (3)

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When Charmain is asked to housesit for Great Uncle William, the Royal Wizard of Norland, she is ecstatic to get away from her parents, but finds that his house is much more than it seems.
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Titel:House of Many Ways
Författare:Diana Wynne Jones (Författare)
Info:HarperCollins Children's Books (2009), 336 pages
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House of Many Ways av Diana Wynne Jones

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    Drömprinsessan av Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Also features Howl, Sophie and Morgan
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I like this one much better than the second one, almost as much as the first one. Charmain is relatable—who here was a moody teen bookworm—and I found the plot pretty brisk and fun. Howl is still a pill but Sophie likes him so I suppose it’s fine. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
House of Many Ways is the third book in the "Howl's Moving Castle" trilogy. Like book two, Castle in the Air, book three has a different protagonist. Unlike book two, Charmaine and Peter are not lovebirds torn apart. They don't even like each other. Charmaine Baker, an ardent bibliophile, is our protagonist. Her father is the best baker in town. Her mother is obsessed with being respectable. Her ideas of respectability for her only child do not include Charmaine knowing the first thing about dusting, cleaning, or washing dishes or clothes, let alone cooking. She's not kind. On the other hand, as she discovers, she's got real magical talent.

Peter has some practical knowledge, but he has two major handicaps: no sense of direction and an absolutely unfounded confidence in his ability to work spells. The lack of direction is no help in a wizard's house where the many ways depend upon making left or right turns correctly.

Princess Hilda from book two is back. We also get to meet her father, King Adolphus, a very nice man. Too bad the crown prince is such a selfish, nasty person. Another character from book two, the one-eyed Jamal the cook, is now working for the King. His dog is still with him.

The best news is that Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer have much bigger roles in this adventure. Morgan is back, an imperious toddler.

Throw in a wizard being cured by elves (which is why Charmaine and Peter are unsupervised in his house of many ways), a magical little dog, a monster with a rather ghastly habit, three mysteries for Sophie and Howl to solve, and a dispute with some local kobolds, and you get a very entertaining adventure.

Cat lovers are out of luck, but dog lovers have both Jamal's dog and sweet little Waif to enjoy.

I liked Jenny Sterlin's narration. She was particularly good at getting across Charmaine and Peter's mutual exasperation. ( )
  JalenV | Jan 17, 2021 |
awwww, Dinkle. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
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Title: House of Many Ways
Series: World of Howl #3
Author: Diana Jones
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 162
Words: 70.5K

Synopsis:

From Wikipedia & Me

Charmain Baker has led a respectable, and relaxing sheltered life. She has spent her days with her nose in a book, never learning how to do even the smallest household chores. When she suddenly ends up looking after the tiny cottage of her ill Great-Uncle William she seems happy for the adventure, but the easy task of house-sitting is complicated by the fact that Great-Uncle William is also the Royal Wizard Norland and his magical house bends space and time.

Though she is supposed to clean up the mess William has left the house in, Charmain knows next to nothing about magic, and yet she seems to work it in the most unexpected way. The house's single door can lead to almost any place – from other rooms like the kitchen, to faraway places like the Royal Palace, and even other time periods. In her first days in the magical house she ends up looking after a magical stray dog named Waif, encounters a horrible lubbock, has to share a roof with a confused young apprentice wizard named Peter, tries to work some spells from William's library, and deals with a clan of small blue creatures called Kobolds.

When Charmain is caught up in an intense royal search to remedy the kingdom's financial troubles, she encounters Sophie Pendragon, her son Morgan, a beautiful child named Twinkle, and their fire demon Calcifer. One of the messes Twinkle gets Charmain into results in Twinkle climbing onto the roof of the Royal Mansion. She is soon involved in curing the kingdom of its ills and rediscovering the long-lost mystical Elfgift.

Calcifer destroys the Lubbock, Howl turns the Lubbockin (children of the Lubbock) into tiny versions and Waif eats them, as she turns out to be a magical dog and the Elfgift. She is bonded to Charmain, who it looks like will be the next royal wizard after her ever so great Uncle William passes on. Peter turns out to be the next heir of Norland and all the missing money is found, making Norland solvent again.

My Thoughts:

This was pretty good, rather good in fact, but there was something missing that I can't put my finger on that made me give this 4 stars instead of 5. Pretty much what I've written about Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air still apply here, but something didn't quite fill me perfectly up.

Other than something that I can't even describe or figure out, this was another fantastic entry in the World of Howl series. Reading this trilogy so close together has been a very enjoyable experience and I don't regret it one bit. I've tried other DWJ books and they didn't really work as well for me, so I'm going to just wish there were more Howl books and leave it at that.

Having such success with this does make me wonder what other middle grade books I should try. I don't know if I'm brave enough or willing enough to attempt that though. I think my best bet is to just relish what I've read here and leave it alone. No need to get greedy.

★★★★☆ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Sep 25, 2020 |
Sequel to Howl's moving castle ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
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