Recently, I found myself in the position of needing to name a teddy bear. (Long story.) After considering various Irish words and types of dessert, I finally decided upon the name Digory Kirke. An odd name for a teddy bear, perhaps, but it was the name of the professor who owned the wardrobe that brought Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy into Narnia.
With Narnia thus on my mind, I decided to give you my thoughts on the books. And not just the Narnia books, but all the other C.S. Lewis books I've read. And since I've read...eighteen of his books, I've decided to condense my reviews to ten words or less. I'll also add a rating, since ten words really isn't enough to describe a book. Here goes nothing!
The Magician's Nephew: Nothing better than flying horses, witches, and weird uncles. 10/10
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Why can't my closet be magical? 10/10
The Horse and His Boy: The horse talks, and surprise! Shasta's a prince. 9/10
Prince Caspian: Lots of dwarves, swords, and sadness in this book. 9/10
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: No real plot, but Reepicheep's back! *Excited squeals* 9/10
The Silver Chair: Sadder and weirder than the others; Puddleglum is Squidward. 8/10
The Last Battle: Literally everything and everyone dies. 8/10 (for sadness factor).
Mere Christianity: Apologetics and practical theology--ideal for all Christians. 10/10
The Screwtape Letters: Mind-bendingly scary, funny, and convicting all at once. 10/10
The Great Divorce: Damned souls take road trip to heaven, decide hell's better. 7/10
The Four Loves: Everyone should know about affection, friendship, eros, and charity. 10/10
The Abolition of Man: Philosophy that sucker-punches you on the fourth reread. 10/10
On Stories: Way more than writing advice and book reviews. 9/10
Surprised by Joy: Ironically-titled memoir of a man I want to hug. 10/10
Out of the Silent Planet: Lewis goes sci-fi, invents Martians and space angels. 9/10
Perelandra: Literally just two characters talking. 6/10
That Hideous Strength: Lesbian police officers? Demon-possessed severed heads? MERLIN? WHAT!? 8/10
The Pilgrim's Regress: Bunyan fanfiction full of poetry and stuff I can't understand. 7/10
Yep. Eighteen books. I also own three more that I haven't finished yet (heretical, I know) but I'll give you my opinions of Christian Reflections, God at the Dock, and Miracles as soon as I can. Do you agree with my assessments of Lewis's works? Want a more in-depth analysis of one? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll answer you! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to review us on Amazon!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.