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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes I hate to give such a great series such a lukewarm score, but Naria deserves little more than 3.5 stars as a whole. (Keep in mind that 3 stars means "I liked it" on Goodreads.)

The series has its moments of brilliance (particularly in The Magician's Nephew and Voyage of the Dawn Treader), but books like Prince Caspian and The Horse and His Boy are fairly boring. In fact, the series is more like Star Wars than Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings in that the stories are connected by only the loosest of bonds. This gives much creative freedom to the author, but at the expense of cohesive narrative. It's a tradeoff that C.S. Lewis uses to his advantage, but it does make the series feel a bit fragmented.