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Wait...George R.R. Martin stands for "Ricky Martin"? Laughing
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Where can I find this timeline?


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It's an interesting read. It shows when some of the characters mentioned in passing lived (e.g. Moonwood the Hare, Queen Swanwhite) and gives some background into the origin of the non-Narnian countries. It's nowhere near as complex as Tolkien's timelines though.

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Finished The Last Battle. I kinda figured out what was going to happen so it wasn't a shock, and it wasn't as painful as it could have been going in blind, but still. Damn. That was really quite sad. I've nothing to add on that point except a low, incoherent wail/sob, so I'll move on.

The first half of LB is really rough. Crying or Very sad
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It broke my heart the first time I read it.

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I really, really liked the bad Narnians. As far as I gathered, up 'til that point Narnians had been a sort of uniform niceness (aside from the Witch's minions), which jarred me a little, so it was nice to see division in that aspect, and the ape* was quite an interesting character. But what I found to be very interesting was the dwarfs who wanted essentially emancipation from rule from the others. That was a nice little touch, and felt quite in character.

Yeah, the Dwarfs have been the grey area for the whole series and I thought that was a fitting end for them (and hooray for Poggin!). I liked the black and white characters (relatively speaking) up to this point, but I also loved how things became more muddled in the last book. The thing that has always been fundamentally right about Narnia has been broken.

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Though one thing that I didn't understand: when Narnia (the country) was conquered, why did the rest of the world come to an end? Even Archenland, Calormen and the lands to the north were destroyed. Unless I missed it, that wasn't explained in the book.

My take on that is that Narnia's demise is pretty much a strike to the heart of that world. Narnia was the firstborn and the beacon of nobility and light. I'm having a little trouble remembering because of all the books it's been the longest since I read LB, but I don't think it ever mentions whether Archenland was taken over by the Calormenes before they took Narnia, but if they hadn't it's inevitable. The desert has always prevented the Calormenes from conquering the free northern countries, but once they have a foothold in the north, I don't see anything stopping them from conquering the rest of the world (at least the world depicted on the maps - I've always wondered if there are lands beyond that are never seen or mentioned in the books). Because of the hopelessness of the situation, Aslan drew the world to a close.

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But the main thing I quite liked was the end. I mean, not a particular part of it, but I liked the world within world part of it, and Lewis excelled in the writing of that part.

"It's all in Plato, all in Plato: Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?" Razz

LB is an emotional roller coaster for me. It takes me from the depths of despair to the heights of euphoria. I'm glad that Lewis was able to give our heroes a hopeless last stand, but still end it all with a happy ending. It's hard to explain how some endings like this work in an emotionally satisfying way, like in LB, while others feel cheap. It's the difference between deus ex machina and what Tolkien called "eucatastrophe". What makes the difference, I really don't know, but it's a huge one.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Wait...George R.R. Martin stands for "Ricky Martin"? Laughing


Laughing I don't know what his real name is. I used to be unable to remember his name, so I made that up. Unfortunately I keep saying it as a force of habit.

I wrote a reply, but I lost the post, so cliffnotes version time!

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Here



Thanks. And I liked the information on the origin of the non-Narnian countries - that was of specific interest to me, during my read through, and especially after MN.

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The first half of LB is really rough. Crying or Very sad
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It broke my heart the first time I read it.


Indeed. My eyes welled up when the dryad thing happened.

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Yeah, the Dwarfs have been the grey area for the whole series and I thought that was a fitting end for them (and hooray for Poggin!). I liked the black and white characters (relatively speaking) up to this point, but I also loved how things became more muddled in the last book. The thing that has always been fundamentally right about Narnia has been broken.


That does make sense, thematically. Though I do still wish that it wasn't so black and white in the past books, I do think Lewis did a good job of breaking that fundamental right.

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My take on that is that Narnia's demise is pretty much a strike to the heart of that world. Narnia was the firstborn and the beacon of nobility and light. I'm having a little trouble remembering because of all the books it's been the longest since I read LB, but I don't think it ever mentions whether Archenland was taken over by the Calormenes before they took Narnia, but if they hadn't it's inevitable. The desert has always prevented the Calormenes from conquering the free northern countries, but once they have a foothold in the north, I don't see anything stopping them from conquering the rest of the world (at least the world depicted on the maps - I've always wondered if there are lands beyond that are never seen or mentioned in the books). Because of the hopelessness of the situation, Aslan drew the world to a close.


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"It's all in Plato, all in Plato: Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?" Razz


Laughing I loved that bit.


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LB is an emotional roller coaster for me. It takes me from the depths of despair to the heights of euphoria. I'm glad that Lewis was able to give our heroes a hopeless last stand, but still end it all with a happy ending. It's hard to explain how some endings like this work in an emotionally satisfying way, like in LB, while others feel cheap. It's the difference between deus ex machina and what Tolkien called "eucatastrophe". What makes the difference, I really don't know, but it's a huge one.


I think I understand what you mean.
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That's an interesting theory. Time would work differently in Aslan's Country, as it does in the other worlds, so things might look different if you're standing in the doorway to Aslan's Country. I've never thought of that before.
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As per Life's recommendation, I'm reading The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell.
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^ If any of you were woken up by a high pitched squeal just now, I do apologise.
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Finished book one of ASOIAF, now on to book two. This is going to be a long, long trek.
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^I started re-reading the series a few weeks ago, and now I'm on Book 4.
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I finally finished Dune: House Corrino. The prequel trilogy was a lot of fun (essentially where the various characters of Dune were, from 35 years before Dune to 15 years before Dune, ending with Paul's birth).

I'm currently reading Children of Dune. I want to finish the original saga (up to Chapterhouse Dune) before I read more post-Frank Herbert books.
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Taral-DLOS wrote:
I finally finished Dune: House Corrino. The prequel trilogy was a lot of fun (essentially where the various characters of Dune were, from 35 years before Dune to 15 years before Dune, ending with Paul's birth).

I'm not reading Children of Dune. I want to finish the original saga (up to Chapterhouse Dune) before I read more post-Frank Herbert books.


Children of Dune is a Herbert novel, are you thinking of something else?
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I finally finished Dune: House Corrino. The prequel trilogy was a lot of fun (essentially where the various characters of Dune were, from 35 years before Dune to 15 years before Dune, ending with Paul's birth).

I'm not reading Children of Dune. I want to finish the original saga (up to Chapterhouse Dune) before I read more post-Frank Herbert books.


Children of Dune is a Herbert novel, are you thinking of something else?


Fixed it. I meant "now," not "not."

Yes, I am reading Children of Dune, as the next step to reading all of the original Dune saga.
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I finally finished reading the last book in The Sundering series (Forgotten Realms). Sadly, I didn't like Ed Greenwood's book that much. The Herald had a lot of repetition in it and shallow characters.

I'm sort of in limbo now as I decide what book I'll dive into next. I tentatively stepped into A Study In Silks but I'm not sure I'm going to keep with it because I just got Cibola Burn in the mail yesterday.
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Reepicheep wrote:
As per Life's recommendation, I'm reading The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell.


I'm really sorry for the lateness, as I entirely forgot about this: but the names can be a bit ... difficult sometimes, so Cornwell made a name pronunciation list to make things easier: http://www.bernardcornwell.net/the-arthur-books-information/
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^ Wow. I was way off on a lot of them haha. I figured that Cei was pronounced "Kay" because I recognized the character, but wow, I would have never guessed some of those.

And I'm done. I really enjoyed The Winter King. It stood on its own feet as a good Dark Ages epic without even considering the fact that its based on Arthurian legend. It was really clever how you can see how this story could have spawned the legends after many corruptions and embellishments, but I don't think it would be necessary to know anything about the legend to enjoy the story. Even though the High Middle Ages is my favourite part of the Middle Ages and the idealized retellings of Arthur will always be closest to my heart, I liked how Cornwell kept the setting authentic to the Dark Ages e.g. motte and bailey castles, mail and leather armour rather than plate, rough warrior mentality with Arthur being the only really chivalrous character, the mixing of Christian and pagan cultures etc. I connected with Derfel and thought that Nimue and Cornwell's interpretations of Arthur and Guinevere were compelling characters. I second-guessed Arthur for the first 2/3rds of the book, thinking he had ulterior motives, but by the end I realized that while he is very human, he also has good intentions. Guinevere was basically a megalomaniac, but I have a soft spot for those kind of characters. I also liked Cornwell's descriptions and overall writing style. He kept me interested the entire time.

Now for my gripe. I recognize that this is completely subjective, but I really didn't care for Lancelot's portrayal. While I do recognize the cleverness of the portrayal (can't you just see how the Lancelot of legend would have been created?), it pained me to see my hero basically slandered. Lies, all lies! Wink

I was also less enthused with Merlin, simply because he felt a little too... magical? He didn't seem to fit as well into the world as the other characters.

As a standalone, I actually think it would have served the story better for the characters to have their last stand and go down fighting rather than having Merlin save the day, but I recognize that there are two more stories to tell. Having all your character getting slaughtered in the first book would be inconvenient.

Overall, really good book and I look forward to starting the next one. I'll probably pick up Enemy of God today or tomorrow.
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