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A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
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Feb 06, 11

bookshelves: best-of-the-series, wwjd
Read in January, 2007

I think this is the best of the series even though it has much less focus on the key elements I adore in the rest of the series -- the Murray family dynamics, the Power of Heart... but in aging up protagonist Charles Wallace by nearly a decade, you get a much 'older' reading book. The imminent threat of nuclear holocaust helps, too. I probably also love this book the best because of the time travel. Each of the Time books has its own interesting sci-fi-ish wrinkles -- tessering, kything -- but the more traditional 'butterfly of chaos' approach used in Swiftly Tilting Planet works beautifully, especially in the way it spans eras. And then there's St. Patrick's Rune, an adaptation of a real prayer, and if you're not tempted to say it yourself when facing 'powers of darkness' -- you're lying, of course you are.
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