Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Prince Caspian

by C.S. Lewis

I didn't intend to read two Narnia books in a row, but I was trying to stay awake last night and it was either find a fast, easy read or vegetate in front of a TV screen. My book collection is better than my video collection, so I ended up reading about Prince Caspian. The book was good, as I would expect from Mr. Lewis, but I found it to be much less impressive than the other three Narnia books that I've read. The plot isn't too thrilling or surprising, and the characters are all rather plain, except for Reepicheep, the brave and slightly arrogant mouse. Maybe it was because of my weariness, but this book seemed very much like a typical sequel -- an imitation of the original, lacking its luster and fire. But when you imitate a great work, the result is still worth checking out.

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Saturday, January 26, 2002

The Horse and His Boy

by C.S. Lewis

"An orphaned boy and a kidnapped horse gallop for Narnia ... and freedom." So goes the blurb on the back cover of this, the third chronicle of the mythic kingdom of Narnia. In case you haven't been following my reviews, I thought the first two chronicles were great. Mr. Lewis had clothed great Christian truths in rich, colorful fantasy and wove a tale that struck a chord deep within my heart. This third book does the same, but with a different twist. The tale takes place outside of the kingdom of Narnia and we meet characters who for various reasons set out for that fabled kingdom of the North. The Christian truths embroidered here focus more on the individual, how they seek out the kingdom of Heaven, sometimes in complete ignorance, and how the King finds them. Overall, I found the book slightly less delightful then The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- I thought the Tashbaan culture was dissed a bit too much in comparison to that of the Northern countries -- but it's still a worthy tale to keep on my shelf.

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