This is a book which coincidentally has the same name as the famous Hayao Miyazaki movie, and a few of the same characters. But there the similarities end. Typically, I adore the book and like the movie, but wish it had been more like the book. Not this time. Possibly in part because I was introduced to the movie long before I read the book, and was completely crazy about the movie, I found I was underwhelmed by the book. Really they only share the most basic parts; Sophie, Howl, Calcifer, the Witch of the Waste, and the Moving Castle. In the book Sophie is much more argumentative, and she and Howl are much more tempestuous as roommates. I found her uncertain of herself in the movie, but in the book she comes across more as angry, and flat out unwilling to just go with the flow. There are more important characters in the book overall, and every single one of the major plot points works out differently. I’m used to noticing some differences, but not every single event. The book is the first of a trilogy, and I’m half wondering, half hoping that more of the events of the movie will show up in the other books. Quite the opposite of how it usually goes.