My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Wow, what a slow and tedious story. I feel like this book could have been 30 pages instead of 300. Everyone talks about how fast paced and action filled this book is, but when you meander through a short story for 300 pages, it is anything but. If I hadn’t been stuck on a plane for six and a half hours with nothing else to read, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. Needless to say I think I’ll be skipping the other “Killing…” books.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Good, but not super-awesome. Some plot inconsistencies in my opinion, such as why would a character do “X” in one situation but do a very different “Y” in a different, very similar, situation. Fun to read, happy ending, feel good fantasy. I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the fact that it’s a single book fantasy novel and not part of a trilogy. It’s always nice to get a good, fun, story in a concise 600 pages. There’s nothing worse than reading an only semi-decent story and having to meander through 1200 pages of a poorly written trilogy. Recommended for light fantasy reading.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Yep, it’s a classic that is worthy of the title. Incredible depth in characters and emotions. Awesome representation of good and evil and deep philosophical contemplations. Terrible prose. Ergo, 4-stars.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ahh. It’s a shame that text cannot accurately capture a most contented sigh. Awesome. Pure awesome. C. S. Lewis’s way of helping the reader see behind the veil of reality is all at once unparalleled, delightful, terrifying, enlightening, sobering, and inspiring. Till we have faces, indeed!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was thoroughly contemplating giving this book 2-stars because it was barely good enough to make even want to finish it, but due to the writing style, elegant prose, and the fact that Heathcliff dies in the end, I decided to round-up to 3-stars. I think the characters are completely unbelievable, and complete jerks, for lack of a better term. The only person about whom that I cared for enough to finish the book was Nelly! I don’t get why this is a classic, the characters are all caricatures who’s actions in no way could have been motivated by their alleged mental state.
This was not a story of romantic passion or thwarted desire, for me this was a story of socially isolated simpletons who’s moral, physical, and intellectual states continually deteriorate. It’s not even that the story is “dramatic” or the characters “do crazy things out of passion/love/whatever” the character’s actions are ridiculous and incoherent.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a very scary book! As a man who has a 3mo old daughter, this is a horror book to beat all horror books! But if you can make it past the doom and gloom there are a lot of good ideas and excellent advice to be had. Be a man, be there for your daughter, and be a parent, not a friend. I was leaning to four stars for most of book, but I really wish the author took a clearer stance on the importance of Christianity. Having faith is way more than just statistically relevant and important for your daughter to be well balanced and grounded. I get that she’s attempting to appeal to non-Christians, but by vacillating between “church” and “temple” the author completely undermines the truth of Christianity, instead implying that simply “believing in something greater than themselves” is enough to help temper radical behavior in children. While it may be statistically true, believing in Christianity only for its therapeutic effects is stupid and those who do are to be pitied among all men!
Wow. I am reminded of why I love C.S. Lewis so much. This book was a wonder to read. It gives one that amazing feeling where your mind is stretched beyond what you previously thought possible, breaks, and is then opened to allow so much more to flow directly into it! Lewis is the master of the pen when it comes to describing the human (fallen) condition in a way that is so clear and relatable that the truth of it is evident to even the most reluctant to hear it. I reserve my 5-star ratings for only the most influential and potent books, and Lewis handily earns it with Perelandra.
In my previous review of Out of The Silent Planet, Dr. Ransom’s journey to Malacandra, I had withheld stars for what I described as a rather flat and relatively simple, obvious, story. Not so in Perelandra. While the writing style retains much of the previously mentioned “overly descriptiveness”, in Perelandra, the fact is more than welcome, it is necesssary. In contrast to what seemed simple and obvious in Out of The Silent Planet, Lewis spins and weaves in a subtlety that is deep and complex. The powerful deceit of the Un-man through such seemingly positive twists of logic is both uncanny and terrifying. However, it is also enlightening as it shows how we humans are so adept at deceiving ourselves. The detail with which Lewis captures “fallen-ness” is stunning. Beyond that comes the struggle, and success, of Dr. Ransom over the fall with that immutable hammer that is simple logic, pure and true, design as it was intended. The battle of wits, and bodies, is as intense and thought provoking as the most epic of war scenes. To top it all off, Lewis ends with a redemption story so full of powerful imagery and analogy that I am reminded of the first time I read The Last Battle, when I was first blown away by Lewis’s words as he described the infinite. Needless to say, Perelandra comes with my highest recommendations.