Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book sucks. It's little wonder that Lewis would spend the next two books going backward rather than forward before he reached his conclusion because you could really feel that he was running out of steam with this one. The characters are either annoying or bland (Though, there is a scarecrow-esque character who provides some welcome humor), and the journey seems even more unnecessary than the last few. Maybe I'm just reading these books in the series too closely together (separating each book with just one non-Narnia book), but the charm is wearing thin for me. Harry Potter this isn't.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11)Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is certainly a book of its time, and by that, I mean it's incredibly racist. Its depiction of Native Americans is downright disgusting. That said, despite its yucky racism, this is a pretty exciting book. Especially when you put your mindset in the time period. The story is a fun one, and it holds up. An Englishman makes a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days, and calamity ensues, most of it caused by his silly sidekick. The ending is also pretty satisfying, which helps. I love Jules Verne!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I know many consider this their favorite Narnia book, and I guess I can see why. It's probably the book that feels like the grandest adventure, but to me, it feels more like a lopsided series of vignettes, with some working, and some not working. As a whole, I think the trekking from island to island is interesting, but only from a surface level. It doesn't really hope my interest like The Horse and His Boy or the first book. Overall, a decent book.

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