Lewis’ Storybook

That Hideous Strength, by C.S. Lewis

I recently finished reading That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (1945). Having read Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra last year, I was anxious to learn how Lewis would conclude his trilogy, and picked up Strength with high hopes. As you may have heard, Lewis’ space trilogy grows in complexity and maturity as you move from novel to novel. Out of the Silent Planet is almost a fantasy for children, like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Perelandra is a more complex journey that is more abstract, though no less fantastic. It reminded me more of Lewis’ The Great Divorce. I thoroughly enjoyed both books, and expected the third to follow suit with broader strokes, higher ideas, and more mind-bending strangeness than I could imagine.

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Second Time Around

I just finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After watching the sixth film I was left with a nagging feeling that some crucial plot points had been left out, so I had to go back and check. As with many good books, once I started I couldn’t stop. I was wrong; the plot points they left out weren’t exactly crucial, they just happened to be my favorite part of the story.

Warning: Spoilers for Prince and Hallows follow.
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