Thursday, May 31, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
read some of it on Amazon

Hi everybody! So today I thought I would do a book review on a book I read about a year ago. I am planing to do more reviews too! Okay, so the book is HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by DIANA WYNNE JONES. 

This is a: Fantasy Novel
For ages: 10 and up
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 429
Year Published: 1986


Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye
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So I first found out about Howl's Moving Castle by watching the movie. The movie was really good so I wanted to read the book. Well, I know how movies usually are very different from the books they are making a movie of, but the movie was so different from the book! But the movie was still good! The plot of the movie was different from the book, at least in the ending and middle it was, but it still was the same "Sophie turned into an old lady by a witch thing." 

Movie Poster for "Howl's Moving Castle"
2004 Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Studio Ghibli
Walt Disney Pictures

Howl's Moving Castle is a very good, hard-to-put-down, book. It is about a girl named Sophie who is turned into an old lady by the Witch of the Waste. Sophie finds the castle of the Wizard Howl, who everybody fears. There she meets a fire demon (so funny in the movie!), and the Wizard Howl, who is a vain jerk at first, but he is awesome later in the book and awesome in the movie! This book has some funny things in it, some weird things, and has lots of magic! (well it is about wizards and witches!) I read this book 2 times and heard it on audio 2 times, so I give this FIVE STARS!

Howl is also in Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways (the sequels to Howl's Moving Castle, but not all about Howl) 

Image of Diana Wynne Jones THIS IS THE AUTHOR: Diana Wynne Jones In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards--and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter--her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy. From the very beginning, Diana Wynne Jones's books garnered literary accolades: her novel Dogsbody was a runner-up for the 1975 Carnegie Medal, and Charmed Life won the esteemed Guardian children's fiction prize in 1977. Since then, in addition to being translated into more than twenty languages, her books have earned a wide array of honors--including two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honors--and appeared on countless best-of-the-year lists. Her work also found commercial success: in 1992 the BBC adapted her novel Archer's Goon into a six-part miniseries, and her best-selling Howl's Moving Castle was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki in 2004. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006, and became one of the most financially successful Japanese films in history. The author herself has also been honored with many prestigious awards for the body of her work. She was given the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 for having made a significant impact on fantasy, received a D.Lit from Bristol University in 2006, and won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007.

(bio from Amazon)


Indiana Beach

Here are the pictures I took at the beach!

Hope you like it! I will post some zoo pics soon too! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Button Entry!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012


Okay, I was going to check my Email when Yahoo had  this 9 year old blogger being featured on the news. It said she posted about her school lunch. So I checked out her blog, and she got so many page vewis and comments!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Indiana Beach!

Me and my family went to Indiana Beach! It was AWESOME! I road a rollar costar and saw bungie jumpers! I will post pictures soon!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kathryn's blog button

Kathryn, over at Chatty Kathy, made me this amazing blog button!

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Monday, May 7, 2012


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Friday, May 4, 2012


Sorry I haven't been writing in a wile.... I have been focused on my photography blog for a while. I thought I would post here now with some photos to. So yea, I have been taking lots of pictures and entering photo challenges. Here are some photos:

I hope you like them. 


I got interested in photography soon after I bought my camera, a G7E Smart Series camera. I am especially interested in nature photography, nature is such a fun subject. When I am not taking pictures of flowers, I am most likely to be doing my millionth photo shoot of my cat Charlie. Photography is very fun. My camera is a good camera, but it has some errors that I hate. Two of them are: 1 – my camera sucks batteries so fast! I hate it! 2 – the macro has a little error were it won’t focus on the right thing if it is a very small thing up close. Because of that, I will pull the camera further away till it focuses on the right thing, take a picture, and then crop it. If you do not know what the macro is, it is meant for small things and things up close, nail polish (It will focus on the polish very well), bugs, flowers, text, etc. Some cameras you can fix the focus, but, my camera is not a “professional” camera. Something I love about my camera is that it has built in black and white and sepia, which I found in my manual mode. My camera also has a mode were you take three pictures, and put them together, but it isn’t very good. Another thing that I love is the multiple shot setting. Just hold the button down and you can take lots of pictures and make a flip-book type thing (one of my blog posts has some “flip-books” on it.  I like to use it for birds and for my cat, I use it for my cat so I can catch it tongue sticking out!  I got my camera because I was tired of not being able to take a picture of something awesome and stuff like that… so yea. I saved up for $50 and got my camera! Okay… for the photos and tips.
1. ALWAYS use macro when taking a picture of flowers, bugs, people’s eyes, small things, text, photos, etc. NEVER use it when zooming in.
2. If macro isn’t working, or you had to take a picture from far away or something, crop it. That way what you want is in focus.
3. Try and get colors to match in the camera the same way they look in real life. Some cameras aren’t good at that. Use settings like, fireworks, sunny, snow, beach, etc.
4. Use a tri pod for self-shots and set to 10 or 2 seconds (or however long your timer has).

That is something I am working on..... More of that later.