Recently, I’ve just gone to the library for a sweep of books, and guess what, I return home with 3 Diana Wynne Jones (who had just died recently, and I’m really sad D:)
So, I’ve managed to finish Castle In The Air within one sitting, and I really like it! It’s a story about Abdullah and how he comes into possession of a flying carpet. He meets with Flower-In-The-Night (which is an absolutely delightful name if you think about it) and falls in love with her. However, before they could elope, Flower-In-The-Night gets abducted! –cues gasps- And so Abdullah sets off on this journey to get his princess back.
Of course, I really like the ‘cameo’ appearance of Howl, Lettie, Sophie and Calcifer in this story! It was really fun to read more about them and to find out what happened with Howl and Sophie after Howl’s Moving Castle.
As for the story itself, I thought that it’s quite interesting… but somehow it seems like Howl’s Moving Castle’s story line manages to grab my attention more than this story. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched the animated film of Howl’s Moving Castle… I really don’t know… but the exciting parts of the story seem to come towards the end of the story, rather than throughout the story like Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m not saying that exciting bits at the end of the story is bad. It’s just that everyone has different reading tastes and all that, and I happen to prefer, if given a choice, stories that constantly put me on suspense.
That being said, Castle In The Air is still an absolutely delightful read for me!<3 I love how Diana Wynne Jones can put her readers into this temporary journey into another world, and when you turn the last page, you are reluctant to leave the world.