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Old 03-20-2013, 07:20 AM   #16006
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:55 AM   #16007
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:42 PM   #16008
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I'm currently reading The Magician's Nephew, the first book (published as sixth but first in terms of internal chronological order) in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Immensely enjoying it
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #16009
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I'm currently reading The Magician's Nephew, the first book (published as sixth but first in terms of internal chronological order) in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Immensely enjoying it
Have you read the other books before? If not, I'd STRONGLY recommend reading them in publication order. If you read "The Magician's Nephew" first, all the pleasure of discovering Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is taken away.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:51 PM   #16010
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I'm currently reading The Magician's Nephew, the first book (published as sixth but first in terms of internal chronological order) in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Immensely enjoying it
I have the omnibus which presents the books in chronological order... For those of you who have read the series, do you have a preference between chronological vs date published order?
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #16011
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I have the omnibus which presents the books in chronological order... For those of you who have read the series, do you have a preference between chronological vs date published order?
I prefer the published order but either seems to work ok if you are doing a re-read. I don't think I would love the series as much as I do if I had started with Magician's Nephew instead of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:59 PM   #16012
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Have you read the other books before? If not, I'd STRONGLY recommend reading them in publication order. If you read "The Magician's Nephew" first, all the pleasure of discovering Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is taken away.
I haven't and I'm already 60% in. But on Amazon The Magician's Nephew is book number one. Also, I searched prior to starting the book and it says the correct reading order is:

The Magician’s Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

I've watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when it first got released so I kind of know the story. I recall the characters: Peter, Edmund, and Lucy (I forgot the other one's name) anyway, the characters in The Magician's Nephew are different which made me think at first that it's not part of the series but rather a stand alone novel but then the Witch appeared and then Aslan...

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:24 PM   #16013
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I haven't and I'm already 60% in. But on Amazon The Magician's Nephew is book number one. Also, I searched prior to starting the book and it says the correct reading order is:

The Magician’s Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

I've watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when it first got released so I kind of know the story. I recall the characters: Peter, Edmund, and Lucy (I forgot the other one's name) anyway, the characters in The Magician's Nephew are different which made me think at first that it's not part of the series but rather a stand alone novel but then the Witch appeared and then Aslan...
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Fans of the series often have strong opinions over the order in which the books should be read. The issue revolves around the placement of The Magician's Nephew and The Horse and His Boy in the series. Both are set significantly earlier in the story of Narnia than their publication order and fall somewhat outside the main story arc connecting the others. The reading order of the other five books is not disputed.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #16014
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I have the omnibus which presents the books in chronological order... For those of you who have read the series, do you have a preference between chronological vs date published order?
I first read them in chronological order, and can't imagine having read in any other order. I wasn't even aware that there was a difference between publication and chronological orders until I read this thread!
I much prefer an introduction to Narnia with The Magician's Nephew rather than with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but that's just my own humble opinion.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:24 PM   #16015
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:04 PM   #16016
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Are they available as ebooks in the US now?
Some are starting to show up, at least in Canada. (Another one is reported to be coming end of March on the BCLibrary site.) But mostly not, yet. I've got them all in paperback, however, and I confess I resorted to the dark net rather than scanning them in myself. As soon as they become available here, I'll be buying them, however.
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Between moderation and Book Club duties, this thread is about all I'm reading these days. Ever wish you could slip out of the time stream for a spell to catch up with life?
Yup, I understand completely! I took a couple of months off here while I dealt with life, and I'm starting back drinking tea and this thread.
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Have you read the other books before? If not, I'd STRONGLY recommend reading them in publication order. If you read "The Magician's Nephew" first, all the pleasure of discovering Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is taken away.
My first book in the series was 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' but didn't stop me from enjoying the rest.


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Old 03-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #16019
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Next will be The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.
The Conan Doyle Estate gave Horowitz permission to write another Sherlock Holmes story and he did a good job. The author researched Victorian London extensively and it made the story come alive. Not as much artful deduction as the originals and the language was somewhat modern. Did they say "that's right" in 1890 London? The ending was not a complete surprise. A red herring and shocking revelations round out this title. Rated C [3 stars].

Next is Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh. My first with this author.
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Yup, I understand completely! I took a couple of months off here while I dealt with life, and I'm starting back drinking tea and this thread.
I understand completely as well! I've been out of the loop as well, it's going to take me a while to get back to 'normal'.
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