I have finished. This book (or series of books) counts toward Heart of A Child, Initials, Cardathon, Chunkster, Inklings, and 888 Challenge. Not to mention the Series challenge. And the Decades Challenge.
The omnibus (7-in-1) edition is 767 pages.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
Horse and His Boy
The Last Battle
What I liked:
- I loved (or should say love, love, loved) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
- I liked The Magician's Nephew.
- I came to a new appreciation, a genuine like, for A Horse and His Boy.
What I didn't like:
- I disliked Silver Chair. (It was just a bore really compared to the others.)
- And I *really* had issues with The Last Battle.
- I wish this omnibus edition had the books in the proper order, the publication order, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe *needs* to come first.
I read this series again and again as a child. Probably four or five times at least growing up. But I hadn't read it--not as a whole at least--since adulthood. I *did* read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as a standalone several times as an adult. But not the others in the series. I think I *meant* to. But I never made it a priority until this year.
I didn't know if these books would hold up well as an adult reader. After all, I didn't have all those degrees and all those years of experience when I read them as a child. My standards were very different then compared to now. I definitely am more critical as an adult. Would they hold up? Did they hold up? Yes and no.
I still loved, loved, loved the first book. That didn't change. But two things surprised me:
1) I actually liked--really liked-- A Horse And His Boy. This was shocking to me. It was my least favorite as a kid.
2) I actually disliked--almost hated--The Last Battle. Again shocking. This was one of my top three as a kid.
So do I love the series? Mostly. Five of the seven would get my definite approval. Six of the seven are okay. That seventh one though I am just so disappointed, so upset, so annoyed. If only Lewis had tightened up his theology a bit.
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