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Postby Anna Moss » 20 May 2007, 10:13

What do you think of c.s lewis? his books
are fantastic! anyone else a fan? I think the best one is the magician's
nephew. 8)
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Postby Mollybob » 20 May 2007, 10:20

I love his books and I think you'll find that lots of people share your enthusiasm on this site. It's very difficult to choose between them. Like you I really like The Magician's Nephew because I love the concept of the in-between world (the wood) and the ponds that lead into all the different worlds. I always wonder what other lands they could have visited.
I also really like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle.
I think I'd have to agree with you though and go for The Magician's Nephew in first place.
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Postby Kathelyne » 20 May 2007, 14:00

I think Magician's Nephew is my favourite too!
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Postby Rob Houghton » 20 May 2007, 15:13

Magician's Nephew, Lion, Witch and Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy. After that I don't really like any of the others!
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Postby Kitty » 20 May 2007, 15:37

I like Magician's Nephew best too - it has by far the most likeable children, for a start! The other ones - I have various issues about them (which I won't bore anyone with!), and although under no circumstances would I want to see them abridged or altered to fit in with modern sensibilities, it does make me a bit lukewarm in their praise. I always was though - even when I was little the world view didn't entirely sit right with me.

I find the last one almost unreadable!
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Postby Moose » 20 May 2007, 16:58

Yes i am a fan. I like the Narnia books though I think he got frankly rather carried away by the end. He wrote some rather good adult fiction also, my favourite of which is Till We Have Faces. As a Christian apologist he's fairly readable, though sometimes his logic - or lack of it - gives me heartburn. Mere Christianity is a good introduction though.
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Postby jen » 20 May 2007, 19:12

I like The Horse and His Boy best
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 20 May 2007, 19:45

I absolutely love The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - it's a stirring, dreamlike voyage of adventure and discovery, destination "the utter East." Wow - that makes me shiver! Lucy is my favourite of the Pevensie children and in this book we get to know her better - I've never forgotten the part when she catches the eye of a Sea Girl in the water and sees in her a kindred spirit, or the part when she casts various spells in the magician's house and spoils an earthly friendship in the process.

The Silver Chair and The Magician's Nephew are my other favourites.

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Postby Mollybob » 20 May 2007, 19:49

Moose wrote:He wrote some rather good adult fiction also


I like some of his adult fiction too. Have you read the trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Pelandra and That Hideous Strength?
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Postby Moose » 20 May 2007, 20:21

Yes, i like the Space Trilogy. My favourite of the three is That Hideous Strength, what is yours? It's different from the other two - harsh and unpleasant in places and with some characters to send shivers down your spine, but it's compulsive reading and much under-rated.
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Re: c.s lewis

Postby Almas » 16 Jul 2007, 00:19

I'm in love with the seven Narnia books and I've read probably for the hundredth time. Lewis has really captured my imagination and like Tolkien, he has invented his own myths and fictional folklores.

My favorite is probably The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and I least like, The Last Battle.

I love the Dinsey's adaptation of the first book. The CGI animation was brilliant in my opinion - and I'm a great fan of William Moseley, who played Peter Pevensie in the film... :D
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Re: c.s lewis

Postby RDMorrell » 16 Jul 2007, 05:57

I don't have any of the Narnia books, although it would be the easiest thing in the world at present to obtain a full set - nearly every bookshop seems to have one. But I've never really got into fantasy books - I prefer stories that are grounded in realism (so, without any magic elements, or fantastic creatures, aliens or suchlike). However, I do have (and quite enjoyed) The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape Proposes a Toast, God in the Dock and one other title I can't remember offhand.
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Re: c.s lewis

Postby Moose » 30 Jul 2007, 20:50

I read Screwtape proposes a toast - it's a long essay isn't it? - years ago but can't remember anything at all about it bar the title. I like Screwtape tho - well, like and don't like; it has moments that make me squirm :). Apparently Lewis found it very awkward to write, also.
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I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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Time to die.




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Re: c.s lewis

Postby Almas » 30 Jul 2007, 20:56

So far the only C.S. Lewis books I have read are the Narnia chronicles although I would love to get my hands on his Space trilogy.

The Wikipedia article about him states that he was in fact a religious scholar and the Narnia chronicles were the only books he wrote for children...


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Re: c.s lewis

Postby Moose » 03 Aug 2007, 16:31

It is correct. I understand that in the US he is as well known for his Christian apologetics as he is for the Narnia series.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die.




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