A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

  Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book (2008) I’d be willing to wager that most readers who prowl these pages fell under the spell of words at an early age, finding both enchantment and release in their power to transport us to a different world. Laura Miller can trace her own bespellment to a particular book, […]

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Waging Peace: Power of Three

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Waging Peace: Power of Three

Diana Wynne Jones, Power of Three (1976) One of the things I love about Diana Wynne Jones’s books is that they are always thoughtful without being didactic.  One never has the sense of being offered a “problem novel” with some topic-du-jour to be chewed on for one’s own good.  They always deliver a cracking good […]

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My Favorite Witch and Wizard: Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
My Favorite Witch and Wizard: Howl’s Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle (Greenwillow, 1986) Some people just don’t “get” fantasy. They are unable to comprehend the appeal of stories full of people who never existed and never could have, genealogical tables composed entirely of unpronounceable names, and endless endpaper maps portraying craggy coastlines that look like Wales, but aren’t, quite. They […]

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