Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1) by C.S. Lewis 4 out of 5 stars Ransom is kidnapped and taken to another planet, where he escapes his kidnappers and must fend for himself on an alien world. Everything he encounters is entirely foreign and strange, from the water to the trees. The landscape is wild and inhospitable, and there are aliens who (he has been told) need a human sacrifice for some pagan ritual.
Malacandra is such a vibrant planet, with rich cultures and languages of its own. I love all the little details of the aliens and their society that make it feel like a real place. It’s utterly bizarre and wild, but with little flecks of familiarity that endear you to the alienness of it all.
The writing and story-telling are truly brilliant. The plot is exciting, and the writing draws the reader into each scene so that you are experiencing what Ransom is experiencing through every adventure. I love that there are a lot of philosophical questions and spiritual lessons in this book, but it never weighs down the plot or spoils the adventure.
I read this book by listening to the audiobook, and really enjoyed the voice of the narrator and the structure of the book. Following a chronological and sometimes topical format, this book covers the lives of four of the most famous members of the Inklings. Starting from their childhoods and following them through both World Wars, their academic careers, and their writing, this book also includes details of their family lives and personal friendships right up until their deaths.
I already know a lot about these men, because Tolkien and Lewis are my two favorite authors, and I’ve already read other biographies about the Inklings. But I was really impressed with the depth of information and careful research in this book. There are some really wonderful details and anecdotes that bring these historical figures close to the reader. Continue reading →
Wait. I missed question number Four?!?! Gah! How did that happen? I’m such a weirdo.
Okay, my answer to question 4 is….The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.
1. Choose a colour.
2. Show all your books in that colour.
3. Separate books by read/unread.
4. What book do you want to read the most?
5. What is your favourite book?
6. What is your favourite book cover?
7. What is your least favourite book cover?
8. What is a book you want to buy?
9. What is something near you/on your bookshelf?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Here are the top ten books for which I am grateful:
10. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
9. The Birds’ Christmas Carol- Kate Douglas Wiggin
8. Jack and Jill- L. M. Alcott
7. The Woman in White- Wilkie Collins
6. Boundaries- Cloud and Townsend
5. The Mysterious Benedict Society- Trenton Lee Stewart
4. The Blue Castle- L.M. Montgomery
3. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
2. The Screwtape Letters- C.S. Lewis
1. Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis