Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Magician's Book Review and GIVEAWAY!! Closed

This giveaway is now CLOSED! Congratulations to Leah for winning this book.


About the Book (taken from Laura Miller's website)

The Magician’s Book is the story of one reader's long, tumultuous relationship with C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. As a child, Laura Miller read and re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and its sequels countless times, and wanted nothing more than to find her own way to Narnia. In her skeptical teens, a casual reference to the Chronicles’s Christian themes left her feeling betrayed and alienated from the stories she had come to know and trust. Years later, convinced that "the first book we fall in love with shapes us every bit as much as the first person we fall in love with," Miller returns to Lewis' classic fantasies to see what mysteries Narnia still holds for adult eyes—and is captured in an entirely new way.

In her search to uncover the source of these small books’ mysterious power, Miller looks to their creator, Clive Staples Lewis. What she discovers is not the familiar, idealized image of the author, but a man who stands in stark contrast to his whimsical creation—scarred by a tragic and troubled childhood, Oxford educated, a staunch Christian, and a social conservative, armed with deep prejudices.

The Magician’s Book is an intellectual adventure story, in which Miller travels to Lewis’s childhood home in Ireland, the possible inspiration for Narnia’s landscape; unfolds his intense friendship with J.R.R.Tolkien, a bond that led the two of them to create the greatest myth-worlds of modern times; and explores Lewis’ influence on writers like Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Franzen, and Philip Pullman. Finally reclaiming Narnia "for the rest of us," Miller casts the Chronicles as a profoundly literary creation, and the portal to a life-long adventure in books, art, and the imagination. Erudite, wide-ranging, and playful, The Magician’s Book is for all who live in thrall to the magic of books.

MY REVIEW

I am not a big fan of this book. I suspect the biggest reason for that is I believe in Jesus and I find the Christian themes found in the Narnia chronicles beautiful. The author finds them a betrayal and a way to wreck a perfectly good story. I disagree. Although I think the book is well written I found some of the research really bogged it down. I think Miller did a lot of research and work on this book but it definitely did not suit my fancy.

Would you like to win my copy of this book?

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10. Tell me something delightful. You can do this as many times as you like earning yourself unlimited entries :)

I will choose a winner on February 16 th and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize. Please leave me a way to contact you if you win!

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149 comments:

traymona said...

I like that Narnia mixes the real with the mythical. We all like to dream of magical worlds within our own. It must be good because it has stood the test of time.
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Mishel said...

Narnia is so great! I love the fact that the animals can talk. I've always loved that kind of thing.

Mishel said...

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Margay said...

I like the symbolism of the story and how it weaves in certain beliefs without letting them overpower the narrative. It's a great, magical story that touches the old as well as the young reader.
Margay
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bookoholic13 said...

I love that Aslan doesn't jsut come and rescue whoever is in trouble - they actually have to work for it! I appreciated that when I was a kid and I appreciate it now. Such a great series!

bookoholic13 said...

Oh, I'm a follower.

bookoholic13 said...

Something delightful?

My assistant surprised me with a cupcake today because I had a really bad morning.

Maybe that's just delightful for me... :)

darbyscloset said...

I love the way the magic appeals to both the young and the older reader!
Thanks so much,
Darby
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darbyscloset said...

I am a follower!
Thanks so much,
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darbyscloset said...

Something delightful is that the gym was not crowded today so I did not have to wait on people to finish on the machines!
Thanks so much,
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Stacie said...

I love the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and love the Lion.

Stacie said...

I follow.

Erika Lynn said...

I love that Narnia creates a whole different world and allows kids reading it to really stretch their imagination. If more books did that more kids might read.

Erika Lynn said...

i follow

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i subscribe in google reader

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valerie2350 said...

i like that it's 'real' people having a fantasy adventure

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violetcrush said...

It's funny, but the best thing about Narnia is the kids, the characters actually. Then there is the absolute fantasy world which anyone would love.

violetcrush said...

I follow you on google reader

violetcrush said...

Something delighful huh? I go to office everyday at 11 and leave by 5.30 inspite of having a regular 9-6 job. That gives me more time to read :)

Bridget said...

I've posted this on Win A Book. Don't enter me in the contest.

mar said...

I would love to learn about Lewis's childhood.

Lenore said...

There is so much I like about Narnia, I can't really pinpoint one thing. But I always remember the tent scene in the last battle at the end.

Book Spot said...

I'd like to read this book...it sounds interesting :) and I think talking animals are pretty cool.

mverno said...

its great for the entire family

1agordon said...

the talking animals

Rita M said...

It's sheer escapism... fantasy, adventure & magic!

Tisa said...

I love that it is for all ages and the symbolism to it! ~ :) Thanks!

gkstratos said...

I love its symbolism
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Karen said...

Narnia is wonderful.

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rottawa said...

this sounds interesting. Please enter me
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jamielz said...

I love the fantasy!
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linett said...

everyone loves a little magic

Meredith said...

The Narnia series was one of the first I ever read. I enjoyed the dreamy descriptions of things. So lovely.

Meredith said...

I also follow.

Carol Lawrence said...

Nice book,hope I win. jelly15301@gmail.com

GALENA said...

I FEEL LIKE A CHILD WHEN I READ ABOUT NARNIA EVERY THING TIS FRESH AND NEW

sweetsue said...

I am one of those weird people who never read the Narnia books. I still plan to though!

sweetsue said...

I'm following you!

toughturtles said...

its sureal

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

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Sunnyvale said...

Not familiar with the books, but my kids are and would like this.

Tiggerriffic said...

Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

Linda said...

We just finished watching Prince Caspian and I love how the story appeals to all ages and all of the symbolism.

redron said...

It was one of my kids favorite books. They loved to read it

Leah said...

I love that Narnia inspires the most magical adventures, dreams and callings in so may people's lives no matter what age you are! : )))

Thanks so much for this give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

I TWITTERED about this give~away.......user name: leahita.

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Leah said...

I am following your BLOG! : )))

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Leah said...

I stumbled this give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

I also subscribe! : )))

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Leah said...

I commented on the very cute (Thursday, January 22, 2009)
"Under the bed" on your husband's blog. : ))) Precious! : )))

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Leah said...

It's so delightful watching my ds....16 months old....smelling flowers in the garden! : )))

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ootyresort said...

I just enjoyed it!! thanks for a memorable weekend

demmi said...

I like how the book has stood the test of time and can bring the young and old together con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

susan1215 said...

Please enter me

Leah said...

We saw a beautiful hummingbird in the garden today! : ))) Delightful!

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Kasey Reon said...

I have read a couple of the Narnia books and they were very good. At first I wasn't sure if I'd like them because they were children's books, but amazingly I did enjoy them and look forward to sharing them with my husband's granddaughter when she's a little bit older.

Dave said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. Although I am a Christian also, I think I will be able to read it with an open mind and gain some insight into the mind behind the Narnia series of books. Thank you for the chance to win.

idahomom said...

Great family entertainment.

Leah said...

Snuggling with my sweet'um is so delightful! : )))

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Leah said...

It' so delightful to dance with your sweet'um in the gorgeous rain! : )))

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Leah said...

It's truly delightful slurping organic oranges straight from the tree with my sweet'um! : )))

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sula_nsb said...

I love the symbolism in her writings
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Carolyn said...

I like that they are kid friendly tales of people and magic, animals and religion.

Carolyn said...

I have your button!

Leah said...

Love the delightful way my sweet'um flirts with universe at large! : )))

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The Bertone's said...

I love Narina! As the movie is so real, but yet uses mythical creatures as well. My children really enjoy this movie as well. I'd love to be able to read this book to my son. :)

The Bertone's said...

I follow your blog.

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I also put your button on my site!
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Leah said...

A sweet kiss from my husband in the rain is delightful! : )))

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Wehaf said...

My experiences echoed Laura Miller's, as far as I can tell from your review. I'd like to find just how closely they match.

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Leah said...

Receiving a letter from my darling MIL is delightful! : )))

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caseykelp said...

I like that when you go to Narnia it is a world of magic. It is a series you can read while young and then reread as an adult and still have it be entertaining.

caseykelp said...

I am a follower. Thank you for the giveaway

caseykelp said...

Something delightful is the friendship of my dear hubby and my best friend. Their friendship makes life all the bearable. Thank you for the giveaway

artkdz said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I love the narnia books for several reasons. I love the fantasy and fairy tale elements that make them such a great kids story. I also like how it's possible to read them at various stages of your life and get something different from them each time.

denyse said...

I love the fantasy storyline and that the entire family can enjoy it.

Leah said...

It's truly delightful watching my ds play my husband's harp (harmonica) with wild abandon! : )))

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Leah said...

Delightfully grateful for my amazing family every second of every day! : )))

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amweeks said...

I would love to read this book, if only to see "the other side"'s point of view! I love Narnia because it is the age-old story of Good v Evil, and allows that children are a wonderful way for Good to win over Evil!

amweeks said...

I'm a subscriber!

amweeks said...

I'm following you! (amweeks)

amweeks said...

I left a comment on Doug's photoblog!

amweeks said...

I left a comment on your mother's blog!

amweeks said...

Here's something that I find delightful: We just got back from a swim meet this weekend. My daughter who is 9 yrs old swam in 7 events over the weekend. She isn't one of the swimmers that even comes close to winning a race. But on one of her races, she swam faster than she's ever swum before. And instead of being upset about not doing well on her others, she was thrilled to have taken time off of that one event. And she spent most of the rest of the time cheering on her teammates and giving out hugs to them! I was so proud of her!

Amy said...

I love Narnia, I grew up with that movie and book, it is such a wonderful fantasy world. Thanks, Godesseablu@msn.com

Amy said...

I left your husband a comment on his wonderful photography work, he is talented. Thanks, Godesseablu@msn.com

Amy said...

I left a comment on your moms blog, cool mom. Thanks, Godesseablu@msn.com

Gabriel said...

I really like Narnia.

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Leah said...

Sweet'um imitating my sneeze and going "Ahhhhhhhh~schoooo" while wildly giggling is delightful! : )))

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Leah said...

It's so delightful to see stars in L.A.! : )))

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tsslug said...

I love Narnia
And I'm even a adult
God bless us all

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bison61 said...

I like the real world and magic world

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kaylee8 said...

I like how Narnia is interesting for children and adults!

Leah said...

A heavenly slice of organic mango pie with goat milk vanilla ice cream deliciously devoured under a starlit night on the sands of lovely Isla Mujeres is delightful!

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amyinkamloops said...

Thanking you for posting such a wonderful review. I love the fantasy. Thank you once again. ~ Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

george ferris said...

Something delightful today is the first time this week I did not fall on the ice.

Leah said...

It's delightfully ticklish when my ds chews on my nose and then giggles! : )))

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Anonymous said...

Great contest

Diana D said...

I'd find this book interesting. I'm not a follower of C.S Lewis and therefore my thinking would probably lean in the author's direction.

Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

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Steph said...

I love everything about Narnia, it was my favorite series of books growing up. It is a fantastic story.

Brooke said...

I would really like this book. I was never so into the Narnia books because I'm not Christian so perhaps this could introduce them in a way I could like.

quiltingreader said...

I love the animals.

Joyce said...

I like the communication between the animals and the humans, and the way the characters stretch and grow to find solutions to their problems.

GALENA said...

is a woderful fantasy

Qwill said...

I love Narnia, have read the whole series at least once a year since I was 10.

tony said...

love the magic

tiffanybeth said...

love the fantasy aspects

chromiumman said...

i love the magic

Renee G said...

I love that my boys and I can share Narnia together.

lezanac said...

i love the fantasy and how the books transport you to another land

Leslie said...

I have an attactment to the Narnia books because the were some of the last books my mom and I read together before she died.

Jinxy and Me said...

I like Narnia because it is a fantastical place!

Jinxy and Me said...

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Greg R said...

I love the books so much even more now that i can share them with my boys

Greg R said...

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Paige said...

Narnia turned every stream, field, and hill around my childhood home into a place with magical potential.

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Leah said...

Being in love with my 16 month old sweet'um is deliciously delightful! : )))

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Agrigirl said...

Who doesn't love mythical and magical worlds, to take you away from the everyday life. Narnia is wonderful.

calabaza said...

I read Narnia after I already heard the allegory. I would love this to re-introduce the fantasy of it!

LINDA said...

Please enter me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Linz said :

The animals can talk !

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rdazer said...

I love that the movie appeals to both the young and old, that we can all get a lesson out of it

kathy pease said...

i love books that take you away into magical worlds it is really a great way to chill out :)

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Candie said...

I love that it has talking animals. When the first one came out at the movies, my son stood up in the aisles and played fighting. Thank you

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purango said...

I like the magic. garrettsambo@aol.com

mrstrooper said...

The fantasy of the story was great!

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I love that Narnia is mythical & magical & beautiful.
It unlike anything on earth & draws you intoit's fanasty.

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I am a follower!

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Angie L said...

I love Narnia! I love how you can see yourself or someone you know in so many characters.

Tisa said...

I love that both children and adults can enjoy the story! ~ :) Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

great contest thanks

Lori said...

Narnia is a place for magic. I loved that it was so magical that even things in our world could be magical, too.

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Anonymous said...

It is so imaginative!

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Heather said...

I love that you can talk to animals...and they can talk back. I've always wanted to do that.

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Heather said...

Here's something delightful!
I'm on the South Beach diet, and I can eat Fudgesicles!

Heather said...

Here's something else delightful!
I just found a laundry system that avoids using detergent and fabric softener! Talk about money savings!

calgirl said...

I like the fact that animals can talk and humans can communicate with them.

 
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