Part 2 of my delicious recent acquisitions! Feast your eyes on these babies!
The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller – reading through the Chronicles of Narnia for the Reading Challenge has not only renewed the love that lay dormant in my heart for Aslan and Mr Tumnus and even Jadis, it’s also set me on task for devouring more of C.S. Lewis. I must have more!!! Having adored them as a child and losing that innocence to the knowledge of Narnia’s religious undertones, Laura Miller’s book is ‘A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia’ and details the rise, and fall, and rise again of the Narnia chronicles through her eyes. I am reading it slowly, fingering each page with delight as I remember my own first encounter with Narnia. I am quite sure that interspersing this book with a re-reading of the Chronicles will enrich the experience a thousandfold.
I hate to admit that I’ve never read C.S. Lewis’ other works. I’m relieving myself of this unforgivable ignorance with Till We Have Faces. This is a retelling of the Greek myth of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche, and I have never read anything quite like it. I was a bit hesitant at first, wondering whether C.S. Lewis would subject me to a religious rant, but this book is a refreshing and welcome surprise, and is the perfect lead-in for me to next purchase The Screwtape Letters as my next Lewis read. Suffice to say I think I will enjoy writing the review for Till We Have Faces.
I’ve gone out on a limb with my non-fiction choices too, purchasing Long for this World, by Jonathan Weiner, who set out on a scientific adventure to discover if we had actually already discovered the secret to eternal life. I don’t have a cover picture for this one (it’s black and kinda simple, so you’re not missing out on much), but Long for this World certainly sounds like an interesting read.
Recently I received for review The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas. The cover is certainly beautiful (the gold filagree is SHINY), but it’s the story that attracts me most.
Taking place on the streets of Turkey at the end of the Ottoman era, a little girl named Eleanora is whisked into history after she is taken on as advisor to the Sultan. The Oracle of Stamboul is meant to be literary in style, but not cumbersome, and has been hailed as an ‘instant classic’. I wonder if I will feel the same?
Have you purchased anything recently that you’re excited to start? Have you checked out a book from the library that you totally misjudged? I’d love to hear about them!