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Book Of Narnians by C.S. Lewis
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Aug 03, 2009

did not like it
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Read in August, 2009

A waste of time and an insult to the Chronicles.

Book of Narnians is a bit of an encyclopedia of Narnian characters and creatures; the text was compiled by James Riordan, and the art is by Pauline Baynes, the first illustrator for the series.

The entries seem scattered; dwarfs in general are mentioned, specific types of dwarfs are brought up, specific dwarf characters are highlighted - but not in any particular order.

The text is clearly based on Lewis' books, but it comes across as disjointed (and thoroughly kills any joy at the remembrance of the story) and incomplete, to say the least.

And if I'm going to be picky, I might as well say that the illustrations - "loved throughout the world" - are a bit lacking.

One neat thing in the book: a timeline of Narnia alongside relevant events (with years) in our world.

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