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The Magician's Book by Laura Miller
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Jun 02, 2011

really liked it
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Read from June 02 to 08, 2011

This book is so great because Laura Miller writes many of the appreciations I have for reading that I just have not been able to articulate myself. There's so much I wish I had written down while I was reading it.

The Narnia books were never my favorites; but I certainly felt that thrill of recognition in other books that took me into their worlds and transformed me: Lizard Music, Earthsea, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Golden Compass. Even more so, throughout this reading, I enjoyed Miller's company and had the consistent feeling that we might have liked each other when we were kids.

The chapters on Lewis' friendship and writing life with Tolkien seemed to go on a bit too long. However, it may be that this was pure cleverness on Miller's part, as she is making a case for LOTR being a bit boring. (Ha!)
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