Geoffrey Howard's style is very similar to CSL's speaking style. Re the book itself, the writing style is the opposite of that in the Narnia nooks. Instead of telling a story that reaches a moral, CSL uses the story yo frame the conversations that teach the moral.
Great performance of a story of interplanetary travel written before man landed on the moon. A new twist on a medieval morality tale done well.
Such a beautiful series, deep and reflective. The story and dialogue are rich and offer a new an fresh prospective to an ancient truth. I really enjoyed the book and loved talking about it with friends.
God is my favorite character. Even though Lewis doesn't render Him overtly, the story contains a vision of how God intended things to be. It would be impossible not to love Him if we understood Him the way Lewis did.
Howard has the whole range of intangibles that separate mediocre readers from very good ones. He can carry the tone and mood of each situation without making himself the object in place of the text.
This is a masterful novel. Those of us who were raised in the Christian faith often find that we begin with a "Jesus Loves Me" kind of understanding of Christianity. When we outgrow that understanding, we need a deeper, more personal knowledge of God. Thank God for C.S. Lewis. I hesitated to read this series at first because, having read the Narnia books, I was afraid these wouldn't be satisfying to adults. They are. They exceeded my expectations in every way. They surpass my own grasp of Christianity and leave me "older" in the faith with many new, profound things to take back to the Bible. Read Lewis. Deepen your faith.
Lewis paints with emotions and all the senses, like the master painters of the renaissance. True science fiction, given the science of his day; his created world is complete, if simple. His plot emerges gradually, becoming clear late in the narrative. I never expected to hear such a meld of Christian and cosmological themes.
History of Man
Out of the Silent Planet
That Hideous Strength
Easy to understand. Great character inflection without over doing it.
Ransom's inner struggles of self doubt and fear really do capture the experience of many who long to live a Christian life. God has called us to great things. We are the means of His work on Earth and a chosen part of His purposes, and yet we think that the powers of darkness will overtake us. He has given us the truth, and we walk around as if we have nothing to offer in the debates and lies crowding the minds of men. In the end, we are more than conquerers and our fate is known to us - if only we believe Him and stand against the enemy.