Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Series Review: Chronicles of Narnia

Today I want to talk about a book series that, in many ways, changed my life: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. For those of you who already listened to Episode 1 of the podcast (found on our website), you'll know that fiction in the classroom is an important subject for us. Personally, if I'd never read the Narnia series, I wouldn't be who I am.

I might have found Tolkien and enjoyed the books, I may have even delved into writing fantasy at an early age (but later than I did). And there's still a good possibility that I would have picked up tabletop gaming. But it would all be different.

Narnia taught me that the innocent faith of a child can still touch the stoniest heart. It taught me that a great fiction is something that can and should be read many times, both as a child and as an adult. And I get something new from the books every time I read them.

I cannot rate this series high enough. What I can say is that everyone should go find them and read them, regardless of personal beliefs, and enjoy the stories written by Lewis.

More clever than he looks, but not as clever as he thinks, Giles picks stories that entertain. Life is too short to dig morals out of depressing stories, so laughter and joy are his primary focus in both writing and reading.

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