Howl's Moving Castle
|Title:||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Author:||Diana Wynne Jones|
|Series:||Howls Moving Castle (1)|
|LibraryThing:||Title:Howl's Moving Castle WorkId 5806|
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.