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Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
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Jun 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, fiction

I enjoyed “Out of the Silent Planet”, but I LOVED “Perelandra”. C.S. Lewis gets all Niven-y by creating a fantastic, fascinating view of Venus that has NO basis in reality, but is still pretty darn cool. I’d love for someone to illustrate this book, because Lewis has a gift for creating beautiful images: a silvery, cloud-covered Venus that’s mostly ocean, with floating, undulating, tree-covered islands draped over the waves like carpets. Mountains made of crystal. Other-worldly animals and plants for the main character, Ransom, to interact with (one of my favorite images is one of Ransom walking through a valley of waist-high shrubs, each topped with a long red ribbons that flow in the breeze like waves). Plus there Action! Adventure! Preaching (not a lot, but it gets thicker near the end). Pretty impressive for a sci-fi/fantasy story written before the genre even had a name.

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