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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(Book 1, The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis

Date Completed: August 16th, 2005

I didn't have time to read much in the last several weeks, but I finally started making some more time for it. I finished up the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia. These were some of my most favorite books when I was a kid, and I am reading my original copies (copyright 1970). I will be updating the cover art soon to reflect this version.

I read and reread these books so many times as a kid, but I probably haven't read any of them since I was about 12 years old. I was excited earlier this year when I found out that the first book was going to be made into a movie, and I wanted to reread them again before the movie comes out.

I decided to read the books in their original order rather than their repackaged chronological order (this one would be book #2 in that order). I guess that I shouldn't really criticize the new order without trying it, but I felt that this was the order that they were intended and the world of Narnia is properly introduced in the original published order. This may not be true, but that is what I tell myself! I think it is definitely an excellent start to the series in terms of pulling the reader into the world of Narnia. I don't recall being bothered as a kid that the original order was not chronological...

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is about four London children who stumble into an enchanted world (Narnia) through a magical wardrobe. In Narnia, they are introduced to the evil White Witch and the good and all-powerful lion, Aslan. It is a different experience reading the books as an adult. I am much more aware of the symbolism and biblical parallels than I was when I was a child, but the story still stands on its own as a wonderful tale in a fanciful land.

Other books Kerry has read in this series:

  • Prince Caspian (Book 2)
  • The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" (Book 3)
  • The Silver Chair (Book 4)

    Other fantasy books:

  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
  • Magyk by Angie Sage
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
  • Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
  • The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud
  • The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  • Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  • On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

    Other books that Kerry read before seeing the movie:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  • Holes by Louis Sachar

    Other books that Kerry read as a kid:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes