Friday, January 04, 2019

Books read in 2019: No. 1 -- Out of the Silent Planet

by C.S. Lewis

Started: Jan. 1
Finished: Jan. 4

Notes: I've read quite a bit of Lewis' work, but I've never delved into his science fiction, and since a friend gave me this trilogy a while back, I thought I should at least check out this first book in the trilogy.

Mini review: A professor is kidnapped by two men who take him in a spaceship to another planet where the professor escapes and on his own discovers the oddities of the planet. Unfortunately, I can't call this Lewis' best writing. It took a long time for this one to get going, but eventually it did pull my interest a little, but not much. In the end, this is mainly a work of philosophy, to some little extent that of religion. I don't think I can recommend this one except for Lewis purists or those who simply want to read as much older science fiction as possible, this one originally having been published in 1938. Also, for better or worse, this novel was so English (especially early on) that at times I felt like I should break out some tea and crumpets while reading.

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