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16 December 2009 @ 06:43 pm
Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones

Oh boy, this was so cute! Sophie and Howl have to be one of the most adorable couples in literature and I was excited to see what befell them. I'm pretty dumb, so most of the twists came as a total surprise.

As usual, Lady Di had her protagonists fall in love in literally five minutes. That always annoys me, but I'm essentially reconciled to the fact by now. I was horrified by the description of the fat brides - it was so ... slash fandom female bashing-esque. BAD.

But Sophie-the-cat and her kitten were SO CUTE. SO CUTE. Morgan had a bottle-brush tail! Sophie couldn't hold him properly but Howl could! Howl called him ugly! How are they so perfect!

"Pray use both cats as sponges if it pleases you, infatuated infantryman," Abdullah said and went off to revel in his own bath.

I also kind of love Abdullah. ♥!

Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | ♥ For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | ♥ For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | ♥ The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | ♥ Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | ♥ Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | ♥ The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | ♥ Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon | The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway | ♥ The Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb | Orlando, Virginia Woolf | The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath | Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk | Crush, Richard Siken | Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor, Max Pemberton | The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart | ♥ Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman | Young Miles, Lois McMaster Bujold | He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo | The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand | A Classical Education, Caroline Taggart | The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope | Two Cures for Love, Wendy Cope | Unseen Academicals, Terry Prachett | Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand | Diary, Chuck Palahniuk | Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray | ♥ A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth | A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway | Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
Blindmouse: Alice readingblindmouse on December 16th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think this one suffered for me by not being HMC. But, yeah, it's pretty damned charming ♥ And even though the style is so different, to me it fits much better into the Howl-verse than House of Many Ways, because it's another book based on fairy tale tropes, they're just a different kind of fairy tale.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bands Katy Perry parasolscoradh on December 17th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
I actually found this a lot tighter than HMC, which read to me slightly ... sloppily. Like I said, I didn't figure the identities of the genie or the cats till literally the last moment, so that was fun. I haven't read the other; it doesn't look as interesting, either. :/
jehnt: ocean's 11 - danny & rustyjehnt on December 16th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, somehow I didn't even realize there was a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle? I'll have to acquire this.
allyndra: Aziraphaleallyndra on December 16th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
And there's another one in this 'verse called House of Many Ways. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: white dressscoradh on December 17th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
I got it for three euro! Yay for semi-legal distributors. :DDD
allyndra: Castle (so fairy tale)allyndra on December 16th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
You may not remember this, but long ago in a comment on your journal, I asserted that Castle in the Air needed a bandom AU with Brendon as Abdullah and Ryan as the sheltered Flower-in-the-Night. Still want that. :o)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Brendon's squishyscoradh on December 17th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I do remember! That's why I latched on to this. NOW I WANT YOU TO WRITE THIS TOOT SWEET. :DDD
S.P Vinterspvinter on December 16th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love Howl and Sophie and pretty much anything they appear in by association. ♥ Castle in the Air is so charming! know some people have had issues with it because they expected the sequel to Howls Moving Castle to be all about Howl and co, but when I read it I was forewarned and had no problems enjoying the story for what it was. I found I really liked Abdullah as well. The scene where he and the carpet salesman insult each other never fails to crack me up. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hot air of balloonsscoradh on December 17th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
I never even thought about that! I liked Abdullah from the start so I had no issues with the non-appearance of Howl. And yes, that scene pretty much sealed my love for this. ♥
Merit: Misc Flowermeritjubet on December 17th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Diana Wynne Jones reminds me of my childhood :DD I think I read Castle in the Air before HMC so their cuteness wasn't so readily apparent though it later became very obvious upon reading HMC!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fooish: pink bottlesscoradh on December 17th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Personally I think their background role suited the book very well. That way, you can appreciate the cute without being overwhelmed by it!
Allikaallika on December 17th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! There's a SEQUEL to Howl's Moving Castle?!?!

...Sorry, must go. I have to go find a 24 hour book store now.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fooish: pink party dressscoradh on December 17th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)