Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Thu Aug 5 00:19:38 EDT 1999
In a message dated 8/4/99 9:12:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Arahsae at netscape.net writes:
> Let me take this opportunity to gripe about my least favorite DWJ cover
> of all time-the ACE Fantasy 1986 paperback of Howl's Moving Castle. I would
> never have purchased this book solely because of the ridiculous cover,
> for the fact that only other copy I knew of was at the library. Let me
> explain...First of all, Sophie looks like she is a 12 year old playing dress
> up--her hair looks like a white wig (yet her eyebrows are black) and she has
> no wrinkes whatsoever. SHe also is wearing rainbow striped socks.(?) FOr
> some reason, the dog that becomes Percival has a pair of spectacles perched
> his nose, Michael looks about 30 and is having what can only be called a bad
> hair day. Calcifer is composed of far too much blue and green and is
> about 6 feet out and over the fireplace. FInally, Howl is wearing a blue
> tunic with PINK trim (pink!) and elfin-type footwear. This ensemble does
> really go with the haystack of yellow hair he appears to have, plus he looks
> just senseless and ugly. Not like one who spends 2+ hours in the bathroom
> every day. The only this this illustrator managed to get right was the
> face of the scarecrow. APparently no one told him that the castle does not
> harbor a family of screech owls nor an electric guitar (see back cover).
> I have been holding that in for a long time! Has anyone else seen this
No, But I HAVE to see it now!
> I was so happy to finally acquire a much nicer hardcover with Calcifer in
the shape > of the castle behind a Howl with flying sleeves. The other does
the story no justice > at all.
Yes, that's the one I have too. I like Howl's surcoat (I guess
that's what you'd call it). And Calcifer looks suitably malevolent.
>(I too loved An Ideal Husband. Jeremy Northam was WONDERFUL in Emma--also
>v. good in The Winslow Boy)
I haven't seen this version of The Winslow Boy. If I'd known Jeremy
Northam was in it I would have! Time to go to the video store....(assuming
it's on video by now).
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