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The Chronicles of Narnia and His Dark Materials

The Chronicles of Narnia
Author: C.S. Lewis
Genre: Fantasy, Children's, Christian
Pages: 1540 (all 7 books combined)
Summary from Goodreads: In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope.

His Dark Materials Trilogy and Lyra's Oxford
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: Fantasy, Children's, Young Adult
Pages: 1254 (all 4 books combined)
Summary from Goodreads: Lyra and Will find themselves embarked on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, soul-eating Spectres, child-catching Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.

Comments: I didn't read either of these series growing up so I though I'd finally get around to doing so. I really enjoyed reading these two series together since religion was at the heart of both of them (though obviously the authors took it in completely different directions). As for The Chronicles of Narnia, I really liked the beginning of the series but I felt that after Prince Caspian it really started to drag. Then in the final book I picked up quite a bit of sexism and racism (which were both present through the whole series but really started being much more prominent). His Dark Materials, however, was excellent all the way through. I didn't really like Lyra at the beginning of the first novel but she grew on me as she matured a bit. Lyra's Oxford was a nice addition of a short story to the trilogy but I didn't really get the point of it to be honest. I mean it was a cute enough story on it's own but it didn't really add anything new or interesting to the world or characters.

16 / 50 books. 32% done!

4341 / 15000 pages. 29% done!
Tags: christian, fantasy, fiction, narnia, young adult

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