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Occasionally I run into to people who haven't read The Chronicles of Narnia, and I'm always surprised. The books (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and its sequels) are juveniles, but well worth it nevertheless. I anticipate reading them aloud to our child(ren). (Our first arrived on February 12, 1997.)

Lewis also wrote three books sometimes known as the Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. When I first read these in my early teens, I liked the first one quite a lot, found the second one tough going, and couldn't finish the third. Now I find the first one kind of trivial, the second more interesting, and the third quite good. Like most of Lewis' work they are written from an explicitly Christian viewpoint, which might be offputting to some, but is a source of interest to me.

The Screwtape Letters is a series of letters from Screwtape, a senior devil, to his nephew Wormwood, an apprentice tempter. Wormwood is trying to tempt a human being into Hell, and Screwtape is advising him on the best procedures. While written from a Christian viewpoint, it may be of interest to non-Christians for its sterling depiction of how people can be nasty to each other in little ways. It is quite illuminating.

The Chronicles of Narnia

I've noticed that the editions of these books currently on U.S. shelves have them ordered by series chronology, rather than the order in which Lewis wrote them. I think that's a mistake, personally, so the order below is the traditional order.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Reviews: 1 July 1997, 1 September 2002
Prince Caspian
Reviews: 1 July 1997, 1 December 2002
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Reviews: 1 July 1997
The Silver Chair
A Horse and His Boy
Reviews: 1 August 1997
The Magician's Nephew
Reviews: 1 August 1997
The Last Battle
Reviews: 1 August 1997

The Space Trilogy

Out of the Silent Planet
Reviews: 1 April 2001
That Hideous Strength
Reviews: 1 March 2000

Other Books

Surprised by Joy
Reviews: 1 July 1997
The Great Divorce
Reviews: 1 July 1997, 1 September 2003
The Screwtape Letters
Mere Christianity
Reviews: 1 December 2000
A Grief Observed
The Pilgrim's Regress
Until We Have Faces
Reflections on the Psalms
Reviews: 1 January 2001
God in the Dock
Reviews: 1 February 2001
On Stories
Reviews: 1 October 2003
The Abolition of Man
Reviews: 1 April 2004
An Experiment in Criticism
The Weight of Glory
The Discarded Image
Reviews: 1 January 2004

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