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Re:The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S.Lewis
« Reply #75 on: January 11, 2006, 02:40:13 pm »
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I've had to stop reading them because I need to concentrate on my English Literature texts. Booooo!
My Dad came into my room and stole it from my shelf, and now he's getting really into them.
I had to have words with him, to make sure he treated the book with love.

Look at it, it's so beautiful...
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Re:C.S Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia
« Reply #76 on: April 14, 2006, 11:00:23 pm »
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I just finished Prince Caspian a few minutes ago.  I noticed a few things that I thought some people on this board would appreciate.

One was that they talked about games of Tig, which at first I thought might be a typo for Tag, but it came up a second time in a different chapter as Tig, so maybe that was intentional?  I'm sure you all know whay I laughed at games of Tig, don't you?

The walking trees coming to their aid in battle was certainly Tolkien-esque, as are many other things in this series.  Although this series is so much simpler and IMO less satisfying than Tolkien.  I know these are shorter and written for children, unlike LOTR, but I find myself thinking that this is a somewhat poor ripoff of Tolkien's imagery, etc at times.  That may not be very fair, I suppose, but it's what tends to occur to me.

There was also an appearance by Bacchus, which reminded me of Elijah in the Mardi Gras parade.  So many Lij/LOTR references. 
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« Reply #77 on: April 16, 2006, 06:33:00 pm »
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I know these are shorter and written for children, unlike LOTR, but I find myself thinking that this is a somewhat poor ripoff of Tolkien's imagery, etc at times.  That may not be very fair, I suppose, but it's what tends to occur to me.

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Tolkien and Lewis did get ideas from each other. They talked extensively about what they were doing, did writing bets, asked opinions, and were wrapped up in the creating process of each other's greater works (Tolkien didn't like Narnia, and I don't think Lewis had anything to do with "Roverandom").

Speaking of walking trees, Lewis was apparently the basis for Treebeard. Okay, back on topic now.

I have to say that the more "fantasyesque" books of this series are my favorites. I really like "The Horse and his Boy" for the whole sort of pan-Middle-East country that Lewis conjured up, Calormen, and the cultural trappings he made for it. It was a cool variation on the King Arthur legend to have a twin brother.

And Aravis Tarkheena is one of the coolest characters in the whole series. I like reading about smart warrior girls in the Eowyn mold.

"Prince Caspian" is a fascinating read, for a somewhat grimmer Narnia centuries later, and how man's invasion of Narnia has driven its natural magic and creatures back (a very Tolkien-like theme there). "Magician's Nephew" is also very cool, since we get to find out where the Witch came from, and we get to see her at her scariest and least subtle. And I love the scene where the animals almost coddle Uncle Andrew to death and/or insanity.

Was Lewis the among the first fantasists to really tackle the idea of a multiverse?
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« Reply #78 on: April 18, 2006, 02:00:56 pm »
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Seven - I haven't yet read the last 3 books and I haven't thought about the earlier ones deeply at all.  But, it was interesting to read your comments on them.  I am finding the series in general to be a little less than satisfying, but having been rereading LOTR with the online reading group, I might have too high expectations for fantasy books right at the moment.  And, since the audiences are diffferent I recognize that that is unfair, but I just can't help it.  But, I will finish the series as I find time because we got the set for Christmas and I think it's a good series to have read.
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« Reply #79 on: June 16, 2006, 01:12:03 pm »
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i rasd them all when i was younger i just read the first one again recently.
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« Reply #80 on: July 09, 2006, 01:27:39 pm »
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I'm reading the first book in the series. I really like it so far.
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