The Big Book Review Top 100 Books…. and a few more

13Jan/110

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader – C.S.Lewis

Top 100 Book:: Number 33
Star Rating:: *****

Quick Review::

The next in the Chronicles of Narnia series The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was published in 1952. The third of the books.

This one has so far been my favourite! I love this tale.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader see's the return of two of the Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund and the arrival into Narnia of Eustace Scrubb. Again the family find themselves magically transported back to Narnia where they come across Prince Caspian who is on a mission to find the fate of the seven lost lords of Narnia! The book is entirely focused on this journey and the brave warrior mouse called Reepicheep plays a larger role in this book.

The book explores trust, loyalty and bravery amongst many characters and it is wonderfully written... again a complete joy to read.

13Jan/110

Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis

Top 100 Book:: Number 33
Star Rating:: ****

Quick Review::

The follow up to the tremendous Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and it does not disappoint. In this story many years have passed in Narnia and the Pevensie children return to help return order to Narnia which has yet again fallen into disrepute at the hands of a rogue false king! Shock Horror.

This book explores the themes of courage and chivalry and is yet again beautifully written by Lewis. The books flow so well and are such a joy to read. Like its predecessor the book was made into a TV series for the BBC in the late 1980's and was released as a major motion picture in 2008. I have yet to see the film version of this book but thoroughly enjoyed the previous one.

13Jan/110

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis

Top 100 Book:: Number 33/36
Star Rating:: ****

Quick Review::
By now a classic book and TV series and film! That most people would have heard of :)

I am going to be cutting these reviews shorter still I am afraid! I would love to write the long reviews I used to but time is not on my side! And I want to give you all a quick summary and some feedback before I forget :D

So anyway... back to the book itself! A beautifully written book, set in a fantasy world that can only be accessed by certain people at certain times we meet the Pevensie children who mysteriously find themselves in the magical land of Narnia! They find themselves on a quest of good vs evil and a great battle ensues. Along their journey they meet people both good and bad.

A truly wonderful book to read although really meant for children I thoroughly enjoyed the read and this classic will be read for years to come.

2Nov/090

The Wind In The Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Wind In The Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Wind In The Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Top 100 Book: Number 30

Star Rating:: **** 1/2

Quick Review::
Written in 1908, The Wind In The Willows is a "Cutesy" tale of friendship, respect and companionship between wildlife animals, focusing on the lives of Moley, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad. It's known as a childrens book but I feel us adults can learn a lot from this book. It has a lot of underlying morals which are put across in a very gentle way. We follow the mischevious Mr Toad, The river bank loving Ratty, The home loving Mole and the father, authoritive figure of Badger. There is no real storyline as such it is more a collection of their adventures along the river bank and in the countryside of Pastoral England. A very enjoyable book to read.

19Feb/093

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Top 100 Book :: Number 8 (The whole trilogy)

Star Rating:: ****

Quick Review::

Northern Lights, The first in a trilogy of books follows the story of Lyra an Orphan in a world parallel to ours. After losing her friend Roger she embarks on a mission to find him… Along the way she discovers horrible experiments, scientists and unravels many mysteries….

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*