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    I reread The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Oof. I've read it at least twice, once as an adult... It's great worldbuilding, but the writing is... it's not my favorite. It's great for kids, but there's not a lot of depth. Granted, most novels I read are hundreds and hundreds of pages, so a fantasy book I can finish in a day seems quaint... It still felt shallow, while at the same time SUPER heavy on the Jesus imagery. I didn't hate it or anything, but it didn't captivate me the way it did when I was 9.

    It kind of feels like the Cliffs Notes of a longer series in some ways. And when the kids go back after a lifetime in Narnia, do they like remember puberty? Did they have love affairs? Kill a human in battle? That's some fucked up shit to bring back through the wardrobe.

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    ^ I agree that it becomes interminably preachy after a certain age, but the White Witch is still one of the coolest baddies of all time. Also, have you read "The Problem of Susan" by Neil Gaiman? It deals with all of those questions that you bring up beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrotherNamedErised View Post
    ^ I agree that it becomes interminably preachy after a certain age, but the White Witch is still one of the coolest baddies of all time. Also, have you read "The Problem of Susan" by Neil Gaiman? It deals with all of those questions that you bring up beautifully.
    Oooo, no I haven't! I've read a lot (but not all) of Gaiman so I'll go see if my library has it. Thanks!

    The White Witch is cool, but I'm dreading as I reread the whole series some of the lesser baddies. She comes back in TMN, I think, right?

    And I'm not looking forward to the ending. I hate the ending. Top 10 worst ending for me. (Other examples include The Dark Tower series, Dexter - tv show, having given up on book series ages ago). Poor Susan and her lipstick and hose.

    eta: It's a short story... I found it just now and read and I do think I read it before years ago and forgot about it. Team Susan!

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    The ending of the Narnia series threw me into a depression when I was a kid, and The Problem of Susan is the story I always wanted to write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina Phalange View Post
    The White Witch is cool, but I'm dreading as I reread the whole series some of the lesser baddies. She comes back in TMN, I think, right?
    Oh yeah, she's basically the only interesting villain in the whole thing. She does come back in The Magician's Nephew, and some people still argue that she is also the Lady of the Greek Kirtle in The Silver Chair, but that's basically a fan theory. Still, watching the actress from the original BBC series have a full-on psychotic break to play both is among the most cherished memories of my childhood.

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    I'm basically inconsolable after finishing The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante because I have no more Neapolitan novels now. "But how can a female friendship be interesting enough to span four books?" HOW CAN IT NOT BE, I say.

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    I'm re-reading Little Women and it's just still so, so good, even when it occasionally dives into a little too much God/religion stuff for me. The later chapters when they're grown up feel so poignant for me right now, at this point in my life regarding relationships, creative ambition, loss, etc.
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    I’m curious. What was everyone’s favorite book of 2017? My favorite read of 2017 wasn’t released in 2017 ( Carry On), but my favorite book of the year had to have been Lincoln In The Bardo.
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    Favorite book I read in 2017: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (is my answer today)
    Favorite 2017 release: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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    I think my favorite things I read this year were the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. I hope that the TV adaptation they're doing turns out well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Markness View Post
    I think my favorite things I read this year were the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. I hope that the TV adaptation they're doing turns out well.
    I just finished the fourth one and I have the same hopes for the show. Those books are pretty much perfect.

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