Into the Book


General Fiction

  1. Graham Greene’s End of the Affair is difficult to digest, equal parts claustrophobic and imaginative. Set in wartime England, Greene’s novel is defined by wartime frankness that reminds me of Hemingway. At the same time, End of the Affair is intensely personal and emotional, conveying a tone that Hemingway never attempted. It’s a lesser-known piece of British literature that’s well worth some exploration. (more…)

  2. I will readily admit that when I first read That Hideous Strength I was not impressed. From 2010, past-Andrew wrote, “don’t even bother reading this one,” and “[That Hideous Strength] has very little plot connection with the first two books, and introduces totally different characters.” So I was tentative when I had finished Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, because that meant tackling That Hideous Strength once more. So did the book hold up under a re-read, or was I disappointed again? Read on for more: (more…)

  3. One dark and stormy night, after years of waiting for their missing scientist father to return, a stranger arrives on the doorstep of children Meg and Charles’ house. Dressed in funny old clothes and talking of things from another world, she sweeps Charles, Meg, and their friend Calvin into a dangerous adventure where they must face evil terrors whilst journeying through time and space to find their father. This is Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. (more…)

  4. If the Space Trilogy is often forgotten, C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra may be the least known of the three stories. It can be difficult to slog through a book that’s essentially one long conversation, and the last time I read the Space Trilogy I just breezed through it. This time, however, I took it more slowly, and got a lot more out of it. Perelandra is a unique book that tackles deep theological questions about redemption: the story may take second place to the philosophy, but it’s worth the effort nonetheless. (more…)

  5. C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy has never been as well-known as Narnia or his non-fiction writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your attention. Out of the Silent Planet has always been my favorite of the three: I take a look at how it stacks up these days. I’m a big sci-fi fan and have looked forward to rediscovering C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy. Read on for more:


  6. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Love conquers all and Thane Kyrell and Cienna Ree are a case in point. They overcame their parents’ animosity to become best of friends. They overcame the strict rules of the Imperial Academy to become the best pilots in the galaxy. Now, they are promising members of the Imperial Military with a marvelous life in front of them. Life has done its best to split them apart, but Thane and Cienna have won. Nothing can keep them apart.

    The destruction of the Death Star changed everything. (more…)

  7. Gary Schmidt is one of my favorite children’s book authors, so when Orbiting Jupiter came out last year, I knew I’d have to get it on my reading list soon. Thanks to a blitz gift by my aunt, I was able to sit down with this book last week and devour it in just over an hour. Like a good Gary Schmidt novel, Orbiting Jupiter leans heavily on emotions and characterization. However, I was also pleased to see new themes and ideas being woven into an entirely new story. Orbiting Jupiter is definitely worth a read-through. (more…)

  8. The Warden and the Wolf King, Andrew Peterson’s conclusion to the Wingfeather Saga, brings the entire series to a thundering close, fully living up to the excellent standard that the first three books set for it. Everything hurtles towards the end, and hopeless situations pile up like flabbits in a totato patch. It’s a fitting end to the characters, story, and world of Aerwiar, and a fantastic cap on an already-fantastic series. (more…)

  9. Most people see the world on a single plane, known as the temporal (Waking World). But really, there is much more to life than the temporal. No one knows this better than Archer Keaton, one of three human beings specially selected to be guardians of another realm: the Dream. Archer’s job is relatively simple. He must protect the two worlds by keeping them from colliding. But now, a rift has been formed between the Dream and the Waking World, and chaos has erupted. Archer’s epic dreamtreading saga comes to a head in this conclusion to the fantasy trilogy: War for the Waking World. (more…)

  10. Archer Keaton is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary gift: the power to manipulate his dreams. But Archer’s gift comes with a great burden. Archer lives within two worlds: this realm, and the Dream. As a Dreamtreader, he must protect the world from the evil forces that operate within the realm of the Dream. Now, these forces threaten to rip apart the fabric that separates the two realms, bringing confusion and chaos to the world, which would be the end of life as we know it. But Archer is determined not to let that happen. This is The Search for the Shadow Key. (more…)