This book was just okay for me. As a child, I am sure that I would have enjoyed it much more. But as an 'adult' I found the book predictable and somew...moreThis book was just okay for me. As a child, I am sure that I would have enjoyed it much more. But as an 'adult' I found the book predictable and somewhat dull.
The City of Ember failed to have what I call the 'suspense factor'. With that being said though, it wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't the most exciting childrens book that I have read.
Wanted to read it before the movie came out though. With that said, I am really excited to see how they turn this plot into a film!(less)
Still to this day one of my favorite books. We follow young Milo on a wild adventure as he learns to become more confident in himself and to "smile"....moreStill to this day one of my favorite books. We follow young Milo on a wild adventure as he learns to become more confident in himself and to "smile". Full of wacky characters and fun drawings, a great book for all ages.(less)
Overall, I really enjoyed reading all the short stories in this book. I feel that Lewis has done a great job at creating a world that is interesting t...moreOverall, I really enjoyed reading all the short stories in this book. I feel that Lewis has done a great job at creating a world that is interesting to read about, and it doesn't seem to drag on (the way that some of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy does). However, I feel that my age and my knowledge of this books relation to christianity hindered my enjoyment of them. Nevertheless I feel that I enjoyed the books in the following order:
The Silver Chair The Magician's Nephew Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Last Battle The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Horse and his Boy
Though there was some toss up near the end as to which way to order the books. I felt that The Silver Chair and the Last Battle had the best plot. However, my reason for moving the Last Battle down the list is that the ending seemed a little too abrupt for me (aka, I didn't care for the writing style) and it felt like I was reading a children's fantasy version of the bible.
Despite it's flaws, I still feel that this is a series that should be read by most and all children. It teaches the importance of still believing in magic (which I think is sometimes lost with all of the world today). Also it introduces some great characters... Eustance and Jill (Pole) still being some of my favorite from the earth realm.
Also, I do want to say....for those interested in just reading one book in this series: The Magician's Nephew. It will give you great insight to the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and provide you with some cool facts that your friends, whom have only seen the movies would not know. Like for example, how the lightpost became in Narnia. Also, how the witch got to Narnia....
Overall however, I give this book four stars. A great series to read. (less)