Howl's Moving Castle

Title: Howl's Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Howls Moving Castle (1)
Copyright: 1991
Ranking: ?Unranked
Binding: paperback
LibraryThing: Title:Howl's Moving Castle WorkId 5806
Type: Owned
Read: 2009-04-20


Re-read this in preparation for "The House of Many Ways", and enjoyed it all over again. I like how none of the characters is perfect, but you like them anyway. I love, of course, the way the fairy-tale trope of "the eldest of three fails first and worst" is turned on its head.

I actually like the way this author doesn't explain all the rules of magic. I know some people prefer their fantasy with very rigid rules for magic, following the inverse of Clarke's Law: magic is indistinguishable from sufficiently advanced technology. But I prefer a certain amount of mystery and wonder in my magic; not that the magic is unlimited and anything goes, but that it is a Craft rather than a Science.