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PUDDLEGLUUUMMMMM 3I forgot how much I love himI m on Aslan s side even if there isn t any Aslan to lead it I m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn t any NarniaMY SOUL IS FEELING THINGS 333 Also, these two bits were particularly priceless xD And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled After that, the Head s friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they made her an Inspector to interfere with other Heads And when they found she wasn t much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after. C.S Lewis over here throwing British shade xD xDWhy, Son of Adam, don t you understand A Centaur has a man stomach and a horse stomach And of course both want breakfast So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omelette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer And after that he attends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar That s why it s such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the weekendsnorts I m just going to give a generic opinion of the whole series.We love them.The end.Okay, so maybe I ll tell you that we read them outloud to the kids almost 2 years ago So they were 5 going on 6 and 2 They all loved them and followed the plot and talked about the characters during their play.We re re reading them again now ages 8, 4 and 2 and they re loving them eventhan the first time All I hear, all day long is For Narnia and then they rush through the house, swords drawn They have made Reepicheep figures out of pom poms They have conversations with the characters, So Edmund, what do you think about the squirrel doing such and so I think this is a series of books that needs to be read over and over again. The Silver Chair Chronicles of Narnia, 4 , C S LewisThe Silver Chair is a children s fantasy novel by C S Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1953 It was the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia 1950 1956 it is volume six in recent editions, which are sequenced according to Narnian history 2002 4 1376 184 96462461 20 1379 229 9647100086 1385 1387 304 9789644178542 1394 1387 200 9789648890891 187 I can t believe it took me so long to read this one SO GOOD also where is the movie The Silver Chair is a fascinating adventure story of the Chronicles of Narnia After my disappointment over The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I was a little apprehensive as to how I would receive it But all my fears were groundless as the story held my interest from the first chapter For the first time, we don t meet the Pevensies Instead we meet Eustace, returned to Narnia with Jill Pole, a school friend of his Although one misses Pevensies, the characters of Eustace and Jill who replace them do justice to the story and display enough bravery and courage I really enjoyed the writing in this story There was intrigue, suspense and humour The minute and colourful description of the various places where the adventurers found themselves painted a true picture of the setting that one feels one is living in the story with all those characters Also there was underlying satire which was quite a new experience With this read I have finished six books of the Chronicles, and the Silver Chair is my second favourite, placed between The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian Looking forward to the final read in the series and to complete the Chronicles. Probably the weakest so far, but scraped 4 stars and still fun More tomorrow Right I have been thinking about this review all day It was the weakest of the books so far with what felt almost like a padded out story and I was thinking it would be a 3 star read That said i didn t bank on Puddleglum, he was the real star of the book and added enough to make me give it 4 stars.The book features the Pevensie s cousin Eustace, now a Narnian regular and a jolly good chap with a schoolfriend of his rescuing Prince Caspian s heir A fun romp, made enjoyable by the appearance of Marsh Wiggles and the owls C.S Lewis and I are never going to see eye to eye First, because I ve yet to feel any desire to participate in a seance, and second, I prefer my manipulative religious propaganda to be muchsubtle in nature And yet, despite all the above, I can t help but keep coming back to these books What can I say The appeal of a magical world in a wardrobe is irresistible Yes, I knooooow it s not actually inside the wardrobe, yadda yadda yaddaI loved reading about the latest developments in Narnia I enjoyed riding owls alongside Jill, I giggled at Puddleglum s idea of pep talk, especially when taking into account that he was considered to be rather upbeat by his kind Good morning, Guests, he said Though when I say good I don t mean it won t probably turn to rain or it might he snow, or fog, or thunder You didn t get any sleep, I dare say Yes we did, though, said Jill We had a lovely night Ah, said the Marsh wiggle, shaking his head I see you re making the best of a bad job That s right You ve been well brought up, you have You ve learned to put a good face on things and most of all, I enjoyed accompanying our three heroes on their quest, looking forward to the new lands they d discover.So 2 stars for the awesome world building aspect and Puddleglum s unintended pep talk through reverse psychology If there was ever a story suffering of a show, don t tell deficiency, this was it I can t remember a single instance where our characters weren t explicitly told important things I generally don t much care about the manner a hero finds his clues, but this was excessive.And last, but most definitely not least, what is UP with the epilogue Admittedly this is not the only book wherein Narnia and the real world intertwine, but The Magician s Nephew did it much better In here it seemslike an afterthought perhaps a bonus for a job well done.Score 2 5 starsI took up reading this book with the lowest possible expectations I was expecting religious propaganda, poorly veiled Christian morality and the obligatory black and white world view On the one hand, the latter should not come as a surprise given the target audience On the other hand, the overly simplified morality made it difficult for me to take any character development seriously.That said, I m looking forward to the movie, and the portrayal of the different lands and people that the heroes encounter Just please drop the epilogue Review of book 3 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Finally, a proper novel Thank you, Mr Lewis Sixth time s the charm, eh The Silver Chair is my favorite out of all the Narnia books Not only does it have all the usual elements of this wonderful, rich fantasy world Lewis created, but the characters are better, at least in my opinion, the story feels less contrived, and it has the added benefit of being a proper novel That is to say, it has a an actual plot b an identifiable climactic point and c a clear, concise denouement For once, I wasn t left scratching my head at the end and going, What the hell was the point of that In this book, we re reunited with Eustace, the Pevensies cousin, who has turned into an all right guy since we first met him in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Pity how he s kind of bland now that he s not an insufferable git any Fortunately, it wasn t Eustace, but his schoolmate Jill who really made the book for me Jill is a modern sort of girl she has new age hippie parents who send her to a new age hippie school, and though Mr Lewis obviously didn t seem to think much of it, I rather think it did her some good Unlike the Pevensie girls, who had a tendency to be ninnies and were very much girls of their time, Jill is a pretty level headed kid, and neither expects nor receives any particularly special treatment on account of being a girl She s a real, honest to god herione, who takes a if not the central role in the proceedings, rather than just sort of standing around observing while the boys do all the important stuff Girl protagonists, for the win I love it.Also, I feel it s worth mentioning that Jill using the sort of behaviors, if a bit exaggerated, that annoyed me about Lucy and Susan to trick the giants of Harfang, and with no small amount of disgust, amused me greatly Maybe Lewis finally got the memo that post war girls were a different breed.But even though I rather adored Jill, I think my favorite character not just from this book, but out of the whole series has to be Puddleglum the Marsh wiggle God, what a character In my opinion, he has the most personality of any of Lewis s other characters I love his upbeat sort of persistent doom and gloom, though that would seem to be an oxymoron, and his bravery and resolve despite his bleak, pessimistic outlook on life I also loved that he was the only one who kept his head and saved the day through a heroic and selfless act when the witch was trying to enchant them And I really hope we get to see him again in The Last Battle.The other thing I really enjoyed about The Silver Chair is that it s a Quest story I mean, who doesn t like a good Quest story If there s a story where so and so goes on a long, harrowing journey to complete a difficult and dangerous task, I am all about it The only thing I didn t particularly like was that the journey itself didn t last long enough for my tastes, and the final conflict and resolution were a little too easy, but since it s a children s book, I m willing to handwave those points.Definitely worth a read if you re into fantasy And overall, if you were going to read just one of the Narnia books, I would recommend this one. Ah, the strange joys of Narnia How is a middle aged feminist nonbeliever supposed to feel about this contradictory volume Pro Jill Pole is a strong, active, fun, funny, vigorous girl that any reader, male or female, will be happy to have as a protagonist Con Jill s old enough to be active, but young enough not to be a sexual being Which is clearly the only reason Lewis is comfortable having her around, because Con Once again, Lewis only allows grown women as characters when they re scary, evil, beautiful, and seductive in equal parts In this volume, the villain is the brilliant, ruthless Queen of the Underworld Pro Jill is a fully developed character who shows that kids can be strong and important without being paragons of virtue One of the lines I remembered all my life after reading this book as a child is her reply to Aslan when he asks her why she was standing so near the edge of a cliff and putting both herself and her friend in danger in the process I was showing off, Sir I love how she says this, without flinching She messed up, and there s nothing to do but own it.Pro Because of moments like the above, Jill isenjoyable to follow on her adventures than Lucy I love Lucy, but she s cute and sweet and pretty much flawless Jill gets tired, impatient, sick to her stomach with fear, sulky, and unreasonably angry She also knows when to fight and when to run I can relate to that.Con This is the only full length story of Jill s adventures The Last Battle so does not count More about that later Like, in another review Con Quite aside from the relatively passive sexism of Lewis pitting pre sexual girls against dangerously seductive full grown female villains, he also displays active sexism in this book At the very end, he makes a point of pointing out that the terrible, incompetent Head of Jill s awful boarding school is a woman Literally And then the Head who was, by the way, a woman Really Well, that explains everything Pro Lewis does some of his best characterization in this book Minor spoiler At one point, Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum discover to their horror that the meat they ve been eating was actually a talking beast Their separate reactions as they put down their forks are brilliantly described Jill, who was new to that world, was sorry for the poor stag and thought it was rotten of the giants to have killed him Eustace Scrubb, who had been in that world before and had at least one Talking beast as his dear friend, felt horrified as you might feel about a murder But Puddleglum, who was Narnian born, was sick and faint, and felt as you would feel if you found you had eaten a baby Con Once again, Lewis backs the wrong horse, historically speaking Jill and Eustace are together on this adventure because they go to the same school Yes Really Can you believe it Boys and girls, attending school together What s next Pro It s kind of funny to think that someone as brilliant as Lewis could fall so cleanly into the losing camp on this issue Pro Lots of Aslan Con As a symbol of the Christian God, he s not at his best here For instance, he tells Jill at the beginning of her adventures, Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly I will not often do so down in Narnia Even as a child and certainly now, my first thought was, Why If you already accept divine inscrutability as necessary or at least inevitable, this flies fine if you don t, this doesn t help Pro Puddleglum is one of the finest fantasy characters ever His name and his tells are Dickensian in their genius, but he never falls into reflexive predictability He s a weird, quirky, deeply appealing hero.Pro Happy ending for every kid who s ever been bullied at school.Conclusion Once again, Narnia is awesome no matter how old and skeptical you get. `Free E-pub ⇨ The Silver Chair ☠ Jill And Eustace Must Rescue The Prince From The Evil WitchRNIAwhere Owls Are Wise, Where Some Of The Giants Like To Snack On Humans, Where A Prince Is Put Under An Evil Spelland Where The Adventure BeginsEustace And Jill Escape From The Bullies At School Through A Strange Door In The Wall, Which, For Once, Is Unlocked It Leads To The Open Mooror Does It Once Again Aslan Has A Task For The Children, And Narnia Needs Them Through Dangers Untold And Caverns Deep And Dark, They Pursue The Quest That Brings Them Face To Face With The Evil Witch She Must Be Defeated If Prince Rillian Is To Be Saved