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What a storyteller! I am totally in awe after reading Chronicles of Narnia.

Does he have anything else that even comes close to the perfection of this book?
 
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Two of my favorites by him have been 'Til We have Faces (the Psyche/Cupid myth retold) and A Grief Observed (non-fiction musings after his wife died).

Folks are gonna come in here and tell you about the Space Trilogy : Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength. I haven't read them, always meant to, just haven't gotten around to them.

I have a copy of The Dark Tower, I just haven't read that one either, yet.

There's a gazillion more : Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, poetry, .... all sorts of stuff. I've been slowly working my way through the Four Loves.


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I was really disappointed with the space trilogy, but I must say I'm curious about those other books you mentioned.


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The Great Divorce: very arresting concepts and features advice from the author George MacDonald whose books Lilith and Phantastes I highly recommend. He was an inspiration to Lewis and Tolkien and wrote some of the first true fantasy stories.

Screwtape Letters!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exciting, fun, and sobering to read.

Take care and enjoy!


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I love Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra; if you can get over the fact it doesn't work as a sci-fi anymore, it's really rewarding.
However, I've only heard bad things about That Hideous Strength, so I'm avoiding it... You still might like it, but I hear it's very different from the first two.

Otherwise, I just chime in with what was already said.

And speaking of George MacDonald, Princess and the Goblin is in many ways similar to Narnia.
Lilith was awesome, too.


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I've only heard bad things about That Hideous Strength, so I'm avoiding it... You still might like it, but I hear it's very different from the first two.
I've heard it described as "one of the great books of our time".

It is very different, but if you admire an author you should't avoid reading some of his books just on someone else's say-so.
 
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Originally posted by eardstapa:
if you admire an author you should't avoid reading some of his books just on someone else's say-so.


Not because they were saying it was bad; because they were saying it was very different and in ways I did not like in comparison to the first two, which I really love.
Maybe I'll read it one day - I suppose I will - but later. When I can get over the difference. I don't think I can just now.


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Read it some time ago. There were parts I did not like, and parts I loved; either way, I could finally overlook the fact it's not a natural follow up.
I can't get the idea of "true countries" out of my head now. (I'm not sure that's the exact wording in the book, but if you've read it, you'll know what I mean.)


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Originally posted by marmota-b:
I love Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra; if you can get over the fact it doesn't work as a sci-fi anymore, it's really rewarding.
However, I've only heard bad things about That Hideous Strength, so I'm avoiding it... You still might like it, but I hear it's very different from the first two.


Otherwise, I just chime in with what was already said.

And speaking of George MacDonald, Princess and the Goblin is in many ways similar to Narnia.
Lilith was awesome, too.


I loved the first two. I tried to read the third one twice, at different times in my life. I never could finish it.


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