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Monday, December 1, 2008

The Magician's Book - contest -interview-review

The Magicians Book, A Skeptics Adventures in Narnia, by Laura Miller.

Once again thank you Miriam from Hachette for sending the book for review.

First of all:

We have some fun stuff going on with the Promo for this book. Check out this photo contest on flickr.

Secondly:

Check out the Live Interview with Laura Miller here:
DATE: 12/4/2008 10:00 AM PT (one hour)

Thirdly:
A Giveaway! Yep, Hachette is letting A Circle of Books host a giveaway.

Giveaway Details:

Please leave me a comment about my review by December 9th and you will be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of this book.
Open to US and Canada.
Must have an address (no P.O. box)
Please provide a way to contact you if you win!


My Review:

This book is a very in depth look into Laura Miller's long standing relationship with the Chronicles of Narnia. She explains her first reactions, her disappointments and then her reconciliation of the books to her own heart and soul.

It is a "deep" outstanding literary conversation. I have to say a few times I was like "what?" and I had to reread because for me at times it was a very academic read. I hate to say "over my head" because if I read carefully I was able to digest what is being conveyed. I am a firm believer that if you want to get something, just read slowly and aloud if necessary. I admire someone that can take their first reading experience and follow up with a complex and literary experience that can fill up a whole book.

She also ties in her disappointment with the Chronicles with her disappointment in some religious teaching in her life.

I thought this book was going to be a fictional story, so I had to readjust my thinking and brace myself for it. After that I realized that it is more of a literary commentary of books that I enjoyed as a child. There is no doubt that the author is committed to the topic and that she really writes from her heart and her experiences in life that connect to Narnia. And readers that have ever been captivated (obsessed) with a book will really be able to relate to Laura Miller's commitment in writing this book even if their view is different. I have a feeling that there will be varying views on this book.

I believe lovers of Narnia are going to really enjoy quotes and detailed writing from The Magician's Book. There is a lot of food for thought, plenty of issues to debate, and questions to ponder upon. There are a lot of notable quotes and thoughts in the book providing a sound foundation to the writing. But some might say it is over kill. What would I say? I would say it depends on my mood. After I got into it, I read a little each night, I could seriously appreciate the depth... but ask me if I am deep everyday....the answer is NOPE. The book is still by my bed with post it flags markers from my not so "deep" times.

I will also note that personally a few times in the book I felt the disappointment in the author's experience and it was sort of a bummer to me because her experience with Narnia as a "skeptic" was not my experience. My experience was always the surface value of the story. But I still enjoyed the book, the presentation and the academic presentation of opinion. Laura Miller presents a founded literary experience in this book.

Have some fun with the links to Facebook, Flickr, and the giveaway.






11 comments:

Miriam Parker said...

I'm so glad you loved this book! I did too. It really made me think about the books I loved as a girl and how they have shaped me.

Toni said...

Miriam, I also been thinking more about other books that shaped me. As I mentioned before I don't think that Narnia was more to me than just wonderful stories, but this book did open up a conversation in my mind as to some of the other books that influenced my childhood and teen years.

Annie said...

I'm eager to read this. I enjoyed your review and I'm up to the challenge of a "deep" read!

Thanks so much

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Toni said...

Hello Annie!
Welcome to the giveaway!

tetewa said...

I have a niece who would enjoy this one! tWarner419@aol.com

Toni said...

Welcome Tetewa!!!

The Giveaway Diva said...

I like the review you did! great job! hope i win!! =)

Michelle said...

ooo my little sister loves these kind of books! thanks for the chance!!

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

Toni said...

Diva and Michelle.. welcome to the Giveaway.. tomorrow is the day!

Book Lover Lisa said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my review. This was one of the most difficult books I have ever done a review for. I put it off and put it off. There was just so much in the book I really didn't have any idea where to start. So it is really nice to have some confirmation that it was a good review from someone who has read the book. I enjoyed your review, too! I have to admit that I am not "deep" nearly as often as I should be.

Toni said...

Hi Lisa. I agree with the book being hard to pick back up. Maybe it is the season, you know holiday, busy... and sometimes a lighter read is optimum for this time of year. It was well done nonetheless. I really thought your review great.