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Book Review- The Tethered World

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Ah this book made me smile. The story telling is seeped in my favorite things. Narnia references throughout, nuanced characters, an exciting new world to explore, The Tethered World took me a while to get through because I was enjoying myself and didn’t want to rush.

Sadie Larcen is one of five siblings, the oldest in a homeschooling family. Her family is the best representation I have ever seen in fiction of a homeschooling family. They take care of each other, they squabble, and the older ones find out they have to rescue their parents from Big Foot.

“What if Myths are Real” is only my favorite writing topics ever. I appreciated the world Heather L.L. FitzGerald built and the heroes that live there and help the Larcen kids. Sadie is an interesting character because she has no interest in fantasy. She is a down to earth girl who likes her life. She doesn’t day dream of far off places, she likes real life thankyouverymuch. Her character was a real treat to see her grow and stretch herself, but she still stays that homebody girl. Sadie would make a good hobbit.

I look forward to seeing a couple of the characters more fleshed out in the next book as I felt they were just along for the ride, teetering on Mcguffin status. The book has a fulfilling end, but leaves enough space to be curious for future adventures.

Note: I received this book as an advance pre-reader copy.

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The Silver Chair…and Reboot?

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A few days ago it was revealed that The Silver Chair will be made…but it will be a complete reboot of the series. Brand new.

I read at least one article that said it was ridiculous to call this a reboot considering the series is picking up exactly where it left off. And in The Silver Chair the only character who would be continuing on is Eustace, so there would have to be a whole new cast anyway. Which, this is a pity because the actor who played Eustace in Voyage of the Dawn Treader absolutely nailed the character. I would be pleasantly surprised if they could find a kid who would do as good of a job, but it has been over five years, and that actor probably would be too old now.

I am not holding my breath that this movie will come to be. But here is where my concern is. From the articles I’ve read, it gives the appearance that the reason they are pushing for calling this a reboot is to distance themselves from the original three movies. ‘Look! We’re new! And exciting! We’re totally different.’ Any series has it’s flaws, but the feel of those movies, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was so *right* that I would be sad if they purposely tried to go a different direction. Or a ‘darker and edgier’ direction just to be different.

The Silver Chair has some dark scenes. (No pun intended) And you could make a movie that would scare little kids if you just followed the book even without giving it a Hobbit treatment. But it also has one of the best scenes in the whole series with Puddleglum declaring how the world is better than anything the Lady of Green Kirtle could come up with. In the feel of the previous three movies? I think they’d do that scene justice. I just hope that in an effort to be ‘new’ they don’t skip the magic.

In Which I Almost Exploded in Excitement

To watch the trailer again, or start typing?? Such a difficult decision!

It was enough excitement having the new Desolation of Smaug trailer released today (ok…at this point only watched it twice). That in itself would be enough to gush in a post and again be excited and again with the planning that dang it this year we will not be cold!! Apparently 1 pair of socks is not enough for waiting for midnight showings in the Northwest.

BUT THIS HAPPENED:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is in the works

I had completely given up that there would be new Narnia movies. At least ones that continued and weren’t a reboot. AHH. Ahem. Yes, a little excited. We’ll get to see Puddleglum! And I do so hope they get the same kid for Eustace as they had for Voyage of the Dawn Treader, because he was perfect.