A true Narnian adventure featuring the much-changed cousin Eustace and a new adventurer, Jill. This story features giants, witches, princes, marshwiggles, and an underground city. It is slightly reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz in the end, but fun with entertaining adventures and creatures.
In this last installment to the Thursday Next series, our heroine is desparately trying to retrieve her eradicated husband. She spends her time embroiled in real world politics with a few bookworld characters popping in and out. While not as immersed in literary reference, it certainly takes a shot at the politics of today. Be prepared for a shocking conclusion!
In this prequel to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn the origin of Narnia and the Professor. However, Lewis becomes so wrapped up in symbolism and Biblical reference, that he misses the adventure. The book is dull, lacking in colorful characters and plot. The Magician's Nephew could have easily been shortened appeared as a single chapter in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and have been just as informative. It is not a necissity to even read this book to truly appreciate the the rest of the Narnian series.
While C.S. Lewis has definately written better Narnian adventures, this does not fall into the category of the worst. It is entertaining and full of action and adventure. The down-side is that we never see these two characters again as the series jumps 100 years into the future with the next book.
An amazing adventure that introduces the reader to the next generation of Narnia rulers. This is a very welcome addition to the Narnian series. Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy are drawn back into Narnia by the summoning of Susan's magic horn. However, over one hundred years have passed since their last adventure, and the new human rulers have tried to wipe up "Old Narnia" and all of it's magical creatures--including Aslan! The four children must come to the aid of the deposed child, Prince Caspian so that he may rule over a free Narnia in Aslan's name.
Not a Dean Koontz fan, or suspense reader in general, I was drawn into his world by the awe-inspiring, never-set-down Life Expectancy. Afterwards, it was a quick decision in the affirmative to read Odd Thomas. Koontz provides an amazing array of characters centered around Odd Thomas, a 20-year-old man whose name, yes, really is Odd, and can see and somewhat communicate with the deceased. Coming from a home life one has to read to believe, Odd emancipated himself and has become the town's favorite fry-cook who looks to three adults--his boss, the sheriff, and a mystery writer as surrogate parents. While sounding quite comical, this book is beautifully written, heart-wrenching, suspenseful and love story. It has all aspects of every genre on literature. It even got this hard-core "chic lit" fan to shed some tears and pick up the sequel.
After Odd Thomas, I wasn't sure if Koontz could really take the character any further. However, in this suspenseful trek to find his kidnapped friend, Koontz gives the reader even more depth to Odd as well as creating a true villain, Datura (the meaning of that name, you'll have to read to find out). And as always, Koontz is prepared to shock and break hearts.
If you haven't read the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, you have missed one of the most entertaining books of last century. Reading it at 7 or 31, I was fascinated and moved to tears both times. This is C.S. Lewis first Narnian adventure and the introduction of the world to Peter, Susan, Edmond, Lucy, Aslan, and many other truly unforgettable creatures. As the four children are magically drawn into the world of Narnia, the discover in themselves a yearn for adventure, justice, and a bravery and faith in good they had not yet discovered.
Generally people look at me askew when I listen to a Jeeves book in my car, because I am usually laughing out loud. Every Jeeves book I have read has managed at some point or another to put me in histerics or go running to find someone else to enjoy the book as well. Wodehouse is British farce at its best!
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