13 December 2006

The 12 Days of Bookmas Countdown - #8


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew - Long before the Star Wars prequels, Clive Staples Lewis was writing back stories for his big hit Narnia saga. This book was interesting in that it explains the origin of the White Witch, the lamppost the wardrobe and even Narnia itself. These back stories are well told and more importantly, worth telling, and it was all done without the help of a Jar Jar Binks (meesa stinky winky). It was a pretty good story, better than I remembered, and I hope that they are able to make all of the Narnia books into films eventually. This one would probably be last though as its human characters, for the most part, are unique to this book (or at least much younger than Wardrobe counterparts). Like Prince Caspian though, this book lacks the "big battle" sequence, not that I am complaining, but the movie makers may wish to find a way to up the action. In recent years, this has been numbered as the first book in the Narnia series, but Magicians Nephew is better as a follow-up to Wardrobe than as an introduction or even a stand-alone book. In other words, read Wardrobe first.

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Countdown So Far

#8 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
#9 - The Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea
#10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
#11 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
#12 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

1 comment:

j said...

My mom read us this one (along with some of the other Narnia books) and I thought it was pretty interesting. Definitely more of a fantasy novel than an action/adventure movie. And if you are going to make movies of all of them, how could you release this one after "The Last Battle". Seems anti-climactic doesn't it?

I don't think it stands alone as well as The Hobbit, but definitely a great prequel tale.