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review 2019-08-26 06:37
Cute romp
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

Smiled at some bits, laughed at others, and loved the mare most of all.

 

I liked the part about being told only your own story and the detail of the torn back. Oh, and the Pevensies' cameo (reading carefully, there are these minuscule hints of Susan being different than the other three too).

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text 2019-08-05 19:59
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/05 (Day 5): Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements?
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection - J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The True Game: Kings Blood Four/Necromancer Nine/Wizard's Eleven - Sheri S. Tepper
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Once and Future King - T.H. White
The Dragonbone Chair - Tad Williams
Merlin Trilogy - Mary Stewart
The Green Mile - Mark Geyer,Stephen King
The Complete Vampire Chronicles (Vampire Chronicles, #1-#4) - Anne Rice

Hmmm, are we talking "series" as in "including trilogies and quartets" here, or does it have to be more than that number?  Also, what about works that were intended as one (very long) book but are traditionally broken up into several parts that are published separately (like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) and books originally published in several self-contained parts but now frequently combined into one omnibus volume (like Stephen King's Green Mile)?

 

Anyway, starting with the beasts that nobody can legitimately dispute are series and moving on from there, based on the assumption that it's "yes" to all of the above:

 

MULTI-BOOK SERIES ( >5 INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES)
Terry Pratchett: Discworld
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter
C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
Sheri S. Tepper: The True Game (all nine books, including the Mavin Manyshaped trilogy and the Jinian / End of the Game trilogy)

 

TRILOGIES / QUARTETS / MULTI-PART OMNIBUS VOLUMES
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
T.H. White: The Once and Future King
Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
Mary Stewart: Merlin Trilogy
Stephen King: The Green Mile

 

JUMPED THE SHARK
Anne Rice: The Vampire Chronicles

 

Unsurprisingly, almost all of my favorite supernaturally-tinged series are fantasy -- and I read both Green Mile and the Vampire Chronicles for pretty much everything but their horror contents.  That said, Rice jumped the shark for me when she insisted on using Lestat (of all characters) as a vehicle for exploring her rapidly altering expressions of faith ... shortly before going BBA and thus earning herself a place on my no-go list once and for all.  I still like the first books in the series, though, especially the first two.

 

 

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review 2019-05-20 06:27
Path can be corrected (as many times as necessary)
The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

Cute and entertaining, subtly and annoyingly misogynistic, and as entrenched in Christian-lore as ever. The friendships are well done, and the world built is beautiful. The animal companion steals trophy of best loved character yet again.

 

I liked the over-all message of this one a lot better.

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text 2019-05-12 17:30
In which I return to Narnia ...
The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

It's been wonderful to return to Narnia and by the most direct route this time around. My first foray into that delightful realm was eons ago via audio dramatizations, and I listened to the books in publication order then. I always promised myself I would go back and read the actual books, and do so in chronological order. And so I stepped back in ...

 

I heartily enjoyed both books, but especially TLTWTW with its themes of hope, forgiveness, sacrifice, and restoration. Deep magic in a simple package.

 

Everyone plus the whole world have probably read the Chronicles of Narnia already, but if by some remote chance you haven't, I highly recommend that you remedy this oversight immediately. Pronto and ASAP. For therein lies magic deeper still.

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text 2019-01-07 10:58
Reading progress update: I've read 656 out of 767 pages.
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

"They could see King Caspian raising his hand to bless his son. And everyone cheered, but it was a half-hearted cheer, for they all felt that something was going wrong. Then suddenly the King's head fell back upon his pillows, the musicians stopped and there was a dead silence. The Prince, kneeling by the King's bed, laid down his head upon it and wept."

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