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The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller
With The Magician's Book, literary critic Laura Miller explores her relationship with C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. As a child, she was captivated by the book and she declares that it was the book that made her a reader. When she was older and realized its religious overtones, she was put off by its proselytizing themes. As a critic, she's come to re-evaluate it in terms of its literary value and the spellbinding world it creates and the story it tells. She includes information from Lewis' biography and friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien and ultimately puts the Narnia books in its place in literature as well as its effect on her life. The Magician's Book has received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "But Miller could never escape Narnia's spell, and in The Magician's Book, she returns to the landscape of Narnia to search for its deeper meaning. It's a journey of great pleasure - Miller is a wise, down-to-earth and often funny narrator. The result is one of the best books about stories and their power that I have ever read."